The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 4-7

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Hello, October! Kick off the new month with the fair, the cultural arts fest, live music or any of the great events happening this #wacoweekend. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


Fall is wonderful, and the HOT Fair & Rodeo makes it even better! The fair opens Thursday at the Extraco Events Center for 10 fun-filled days of carnival rides, concerts, exhibits and rodeo thrills for the entire family. Something new occurs every night, including local entertainment on the Hometown Stage. This weekend’s special events include wiener dog races Saturday and Running with the Bulls race Sunday. For schedule and ticket information, visit

Baylor University Theatre proudly presents “Godspell,” a modern classic. Fun and family-friendly, the show tells Jesus Christ’s gospel stories through parables, songs, comedy, audience participation and more. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at Mabee Theatre on Baylor campus. For ticket prices, visit
McLennan Theatre welcomes you to “Blue Stockings.” The year is 1896 in Girton College, Cambridge, where Tess Moffat and her friends are the first women studying at college in Great Britain. Follow these women as they make a new age for women’s education and equality. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ball Performing Arts Center on MCC campus. Visit for ticket prices.

Spend the weekend at the art-rich Waco Cultural Arts Fest. Come to Indian Spring Park and the Waco Convention Center for art displays, workshops and crafts for all ages. The free festival kicks off Friday from 6-10 p.m. and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about specific festivals — Dancefest, Wordfest, Filmfest, Sciencefest, Artsfest and Musicfest taking place throughout the weekend — visit

Any wakeboarding fans? Head to BSR Cable Park for Wake up 2018, a collegiate wakeboarding competition held by Texas A&M Wake Team. Check in starts Friday at 5:30 p.m. followed by a cable big air at 8:30 p.m. The competition continues Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. For a full schedule of events, visit

Does the Victorian era fascinate you? What about the dead? Check out Historic Waco Foundation’s new exhibit Sitting up with the Dead: Victorian Funeral & Spiritualism Exhibit. Dive into the Victorian era and see their death rituals and customs through a Victorian-style funeral. The exhibit opens Saturday at McCulloch House and will be open weekends until October 21. Visit the exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, visit

Thursday, October 4


Put your hands together for The Stars Over Texas Jamboree! This month’s special show is the Oldies DooWop show. Don’t miss out on the great voices and good times. Admission costs $14 for adults and $12 for seniors age 65 or older. Anyone age 12 and under are free. Catch the show at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum at 7 p.m. For more information, visit The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Facebook page.
Step into your cowboy boots and tap along to Texas country duo The Ballards! Eat dinner on the patio at Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant and hear them perform music from your favorite country stars, including George Straight and Wade Bowen. The music starts at 7 p.m. For details, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Nate Rodriguez (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Thomas Csorba (Americana), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $10-$13
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, October 5

Grab your golf clubs and spend the day at the McLennan Community College Foundation’s 32nd annual Golf Classic. Tee times are at 7:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Registration costs $125 per player or $500 for a team. Visit or call 299-8604 to learn more.

October has finally arrived, which means First Friday is back! Stroll along Downtown Waco with friends or pets. Enjoy free admission at the Dr Pepper Museum or find specials at your favorite boutiques and restaurants. Visit for a list of participating businesses.
Swing by Cultivate 7twelve and hear Baylor Opera Theater perform, bringing vocal music to art. Eight students will sing about art, arias and musical pieces. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. For details about Baylor Opera Theater, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Brû Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik and Jon Fox (Americana/blues/rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Max Stalling (Texas country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $15-$27
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Creekside Republic (Americana), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m.
• Dave Wild Duo (jazz), The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Jordy Searcy (folk/pop), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $10-$13
• Mr & Mrs Something (folk), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Jayme Wade (Texas country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Venus E (eclectic), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Justin Cole (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Joel & Deon Q (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 6

Get moving at the MDA Muscle Walk of Waco, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at University High School. For more information, visit or contact Laura Lutrick at or at 512/691-0065.

You know the drill! Wake up and head to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. What isn’t there to love about local vendors offering delicious food and unique products? The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
History fans and Waco fans alike will love the Downtown History Walk, hosted by MCC Continuing Education. Take a walk around Waco while a knowledgeable guide shares details about and stories of Waco’s vivid and somewhat checkered past. The walk will start at the corner of 6th Street and Washington Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost $20. Proceeds benefit Act Locally Waco. To learn more, visit
If you love exploring nature, swing by the Waco Mammoth National Monument for its weekly Wild Residents Trail Walk. Stroll through nature on a 20-minute guided tour and learn about the park’s wild residents. The free tour begins at 11 a.m. Visit for details.
Can you say street party? Join Waco Hippodrome Theatre and Happy Hounds on Austin Avenue from 12-5 p.m. for the second annual Dogtoberfest, benefiting the Animal Birth Control Clinic. Bring your dogs for a fantastic time with outdoor games, dog-friendly photo booth, caricature artist, pet psychic, splash pools and more. German food and various beers will be available. Tickets cost $25 and include a plate of food, two drinks and dessert. Visit to purchase tickets.

Don your green and gold and support the Baylor Bears! Baylor Football will face Kansas State at 2:30 p.m. at McLane Stadium. Whether it’s your first game ever, first game of the season or your 100th game, show up early at Touchdown Alley for even more fun. Welcome the team with the Bearwalk or eat great food while tailgating.
Sip some wine at Valley Mills Vineyards and dance to music from Jennifer Pisarcik. The small-town Texas girl writes and sings her own songs in American style. If you like James Taylor, Billy Joel or Linda Ronstadt, you’ll love Pisarcik. The music begins at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.
Laugh until you cry at Improv Comedy Show! Brazos Theatre group will take your suggestions and turn them into hilarious scenes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own alcoholic beverage and enjoy snacks from the snack bar. Tickets cost between $10 and $12. To purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Ed Leonard & Friends (classic country/classic rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• 5 Dollar Shake (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.