The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 11-14

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Waco has tons of fall-inspired events this #wacoweekend from the Fall Fossil Festival to the Children’s Garden Fair. 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


Get hopping! The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo is waiting for you to come to the Extraco Events Center. Enjoy carnival rides, concerts, exhibits and rodeo thrills fit for the entire family. Something new occurs every night, including local entertainment on the Hometown Stage. 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. A special alumni celebration show is Saturday 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
Do you love boards games, particularly Clue? Then “Clue the Musical” is for you! Jubilee Theatre’s production asks the audience to choose the room, the weapon and the killer each night when the show begins. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Call 753-4900 or visit for details.

Thursday, October 11


Classical music is wonderful, especially anything put on by the Waco Symphony Orchestra. Attend its first performance of the season featuring violinist Corey Cerovsek. Cerovsek previously performed with the Waco Symphony in 2002. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Waco Hall. For ticket information, call 754-0851 or visit
Midterm elections are drawing near, but don’t let that make you frown. MSC OPAS welcomes you to “The Capitol Steps,” a group of Senate staffers satirizing their employers. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Rudder Theatre at Texas A&M University. Visit for ticket prices.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (pianist), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, October 12

Is your child in kindergarten through 6th grade? Then head to East Waco Library for Cookies & Coloring, presented by the Art Center of Waco. Learn about a famous artist and one of their works. At the end of the class, children will go home with a project idea and coloring pages related to the artist discussed. The free event will take place from 4-5 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit or call 752-4371.

Country music fans everywhere probably know the name Clint Black. He soared to the top charts with his debut “Killin’ Time.” Since then, he has sold millions of records and earned dozens of awards. See Clint Black perform at the Waco Hippodrome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the opener at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are selling fast, so buy yours at
Live Music
• Morgan Ashley (Texas country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Collection with Quiet Company (folk), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $10-$13
• Nick Sterling (rock), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Treble Soul (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Los Roachez (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 13

Move your legs for a good cause at Walk MS: Waco. Team up with others and help raise money for multiple sclerosis. The walk begins and ends at Heritage Square. The site opens at 7:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 8:30 a.m. Visit to learn more.

Who’s up for a run! The Chupacabra Trail Run offers a 5K and a 15K race, both starting and ending at the Redwood Shelter in Cameron Park. This race is the fourth and final race in the Huaco Cuatro Trail Run Series. Both races begin at 9 a.m. Registration costs $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 15K. To sign up, visit
Don’t just sit around. Get going to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. It’s perhaps the best place to spend a Saturday morning. Buy breakfast at a new place or explore everything the vendors offer. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It wouldn’t be fall without the Fall Fossil Festival, presented by City of Waco Parks and Recreation. Decorate a pumpkin, make crafts or have your face painted. Enjoy games, prizes, treats and more. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Waco Mammoth National Monument. While the event is free, an optional $5 wristband is available for the fossil dig site. Visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument Facebook page for a full list of activities and exhibitors.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Pop-Up Saturday: Under the Dr Pepper Big Top! Join the Dr Pepper Museum for a circus-themed event. Can you master the Dr Pepper ring toss? Snack on scrumptious Dr Pepper cotton candy. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities are included in price of admission to the museum. For details, visit

Grab your furry four-legged pal and join Fuzzy Friends Rescue for Pups on the Patio! Enjoy lunch on the patio at Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit to learn more.
It’s Sic ’Em Science Day at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Baylor University students and faculty are coming over to participate. Check out hands-on activities involving all things STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. All events are included in price of admission to the museum. For more information, call 710-1110 or visit

Happy 10th anniversary, Balcones Distilling! Help them celebrate its 10th Anniversary Party from 3-7 p.m. Balcones presents the perfect combination of live music, specialty cocktails, new releases and cake. Tickets cost $15. Raise your glass and enjoy! Visit to purchase tickets.
If you love Waco, support the nonprofit Keep Waco Beautiful at Drink Local. Drink Waco. From 3-8 p.m., Barnett’s Public House will donate a portion of sales to Keep Waco Beautiful. Come on out and have a good time while supporting our great city. For details, visit
Let your country side out and dance to Miles Williams. Texas red dirt music is good for the soul, so swing by Lakeside Tavern for a good time. The music starts at 4 p.m. To learn more about the artist, visit
Run at night in the Light Up the Dark 5K, a family-friendly “glow-in-the-dark” run while supporting UnBound and its fight against human trafficking. Show up early for food trucks, body paint, bounce houses and more at 5 p.m. at Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium. A 1K Nugget run for kids age 12 and younger begins at 6:45 p.m. followed by the 5K race at 7:30 p.m. After the race, enjoy a concert, Chick-fil-A, Pokey O’s, prizes and yard games. Visit for prices and to register.
“Oh, look. Another glorious morning. Makes me sick.” Name that movie! Not sure? Here’s another clue: “It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus.” You’ve got it: “Hocus Pocus”! Help Cameron Park Zoo kick off its Zoovies Night with the three famed witches. Gather at the zoo’s special events pavilion with lawn chairs and blankets. Admission costs $5. Zoo members are admitted free. Gates open at 6 p.m. followed by the movie starting at dark. Visit for more information.
Did someone say food and wine? I’m there! Stop by Indian Spring Park from 6-10 p.m. and enjoy the 19th annual Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival, benefiting the Humane Society of Central Texas. Taste more than 200 wines and sample food from more than 30 restaurants. The festival will also include a sports area, a barbecue cook-off, fun games and activities, a silent auction and a red carpet dog walk. Tickets cost $60 for general admission or $100 for VIP. To purchase tickets and to learn more, visit
Live Music
• A Cappella Choir and Reunion Choir, Glennis McCrary Building, 4 p.m.
• Wayworn Traveler (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Creekside Republic (Americana), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m.
• The Ballards (Texas country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Retro Rose (rock/country/blues), The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Luke LaGrange & Lauren January (country/Americana), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• The Standards (eclectic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik (Americana), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 14


Do you love all things pumpkin? Historic Waco Foundation welcomes you to its October family fun day: Pumpkins Galore. Have fun this fall season with pumpkin activities and food. Decorate them, roll them, eat them, make crafts with them. Pumpkins are everywhere. The event will be held at Earle-Napier-Kinnard House from 1-4 p.m. Admission costs $10 per family.
What’s better than learning with fun? The City of Woodway and McLennan County Master Gardeners present the Carleen Bright Arboretum’s Children’s Garden Fair. Master Gardeners will run 24 stations that are designed to educate children. Activities include a scarecrow contest, a scavenger hunt, rock painting, insect identification and more. The free event will occur from 2-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 399-9204.