The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 18-21

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

This #WacoWeekend does not disappoint with tons of great events happening around town, including Silobration, Race for the Cure and live music everywhere. 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

Head for the silos for the fifth annual Magnolia Market Silobration, hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Meander through the vendor fair that will line the streets around the silos. The vendors will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the official schedule of events at
Come one, come all to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) at Brazos Theatre! Joining the show is Waco Warp, Waco’s premier RHPS shadowcast. You have two chances to attend this event: Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 9 p.m. both days followed by the preshow at 9:30 p.m. and the movie at 10 p.m. For ticket prices, visit
A strange journey awaits you at The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) midnight shadowcast. Waco Civic Theatre provides the shadowcast while Waco Hippodrome presents the movie and location. Watch the shows Friday or Saturday at 11:45 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit to purchase tickets.

Thursday, October 18

An evening of desserts and music? Let’s go to Sweet Sounds, a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels Waco. All That Jazz Academy of Dance will perform musical dances from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Dine on hors d’oeuvres provided by Waco’s Bestyett Catering, wine and desserts. Tickets cost $65 per person. Visit for more information.
Stand up and dance! The Toadies are rocking The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill. With more than 25 years of experience, this rock band will make you want to move. Tickets cost $20 for attendees age 21 and over and $25 for attendees under age 21. To learn more about the band, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Mitchell Ferguson (rock/folk/blues), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (blues/Americana), The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $10
• Mark Gibson (soul), Dichotomy, 7 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19

Do you love the written word? Then Waco Poets Society’s Open Mic Night is for you! Hear Ivory Lion Poetry perform for the first 45 minutes before the mic opens to everyone. Bring songs, stories, poems or any form of written word to share. If you don’t wish to perform, come anyway for the fellowship. The event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. For details, visit
Live Music
• Red Watterson (blues/rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Vibro Kings (rock ‘n’ roll), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Casey Donahew (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20

Saturday, October 20


Get racing and fight breast cancer at the Komen Central Texas Race for the Cure at Brazos Park East. A survivor celebration takes place at 7 a.m. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile fun run at 8:45 a.m. To register, visit

Your favorite day is here if you love the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Hop to it and see what the vendors have today. Try a new food booth or just stretch your legs. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Looking for something to complete a DIY project? Head to Waco Habitat ReStore for its semi-annual 1/2 Off Sale! Everything you see will be marked down 50 percent. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, visit

Let your artistic side shine at Art Lab, hosted by The Art Center of Waco. Children ages 6 through 12 will focus on famous works of art to investigate art processes and analyze key elements and techniques behind the work. The class will be held at Cultivate 7twelve from 10-11:30 a.m. Attendance costs $15 and preregistration is recommended. Visit for more information.
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. For details, visit
Who doesn’t love some good barbecue? Join Woodway Public Safety Association for its 45th annual Police and Firefighter BBQ Fundraiser! Munch on delicious barbecue and sides from Vitek’s. Enter raffle drawings and door prizes or watch firetruck and police demonstrations. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $10 for children age 4 to 12. The event will be held at the Woodway Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.
Didn’t get enough poetry yesterday? Return to Cultivate 7twelve for HOT Poets Society’s Open Mic Night. Bring poetry to share, whether you wrote it or not. The event will occur from 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit

It’s the Battle of the Beers! Join Craft Brewing Shop for all things beer. What beer do you cheer for? Teams will form, each one represented by a different beer. Adult beverages and pizza will be provided. The event will take place at Harley-Davidson of Waco from 3-5 p.m. Visit or to learn more.
Put your hands together for Elvis! Or rather John Cobb as Elvis. The tribute artist will perform your favorite Elvis songs while you sip on a glass of wine at Kissing Tree Vineyards. Tickets cost $35 and include a seat plus a three-course meal. Shows are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at
Spend the evening all dolled up at the 14th annual Hope Gala, benefiting Generations Adoptions. The special evening includes silent and audible auctions, raffles, catered food and ministry highlights. Find the event at the Baylor Club from 6-9 p.m. Individual tickets cost $50 each. Visit to purchase tickets or to reserve a table.

Have a drink with zoo animals at Cameron Park Zoo’s seventh annual Brew at the Zoo! Walk around the zoo and see your favorite animals in their habitats from 6-8 p.m. Then enjoy music by Haywire and food from food trucks until 11 p.m. Tickets include a tasting mug and samples of up to 20 different beers. For ticket prices, visit
Raise your glass to sweet jazz music. Bruce Carbonara will perform Sinatra-style music at Valley Mills Vineyards. Spend the evening with friends and great music. Hear Carbonara at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.
Live Music
• Haggard & Jones (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $45-$50
• The Bill and Phil Show (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• John McAnally (country), The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Melinda Adams (country/Southern rock), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Josh Grider (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $8-$13

Sunday, October 21

Did you know October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month? Do your part to raise awareness at the seventh annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, hosted by the Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network. Grab friends and family and start walking at Hewitt Park. The event will take place from 2-5 p.m. and will feature Zumba, a walk, food, door prizes and a bounce house. For details, visit