The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 25-28

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Make the most of this sunny #wacoweekend and attend the Zombie Run, the Ironman or any of the great concerts happening around town. 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

Need a good laugh? Join Brazos Theatre for its dramatic comedy “The Cemetery Club.” Three friends meet monthly for tea before visiting their husband’s graves. When a new man enters the trio’s lives, will envy and differing opinions drive their friendship apart? Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit

Thursday, October 25

Lions, tigers and bras — oh my! Join the American Cancer Society for Battle of the Bras of Waco. The unique event will feature bra models, hors d’oeuvres, silent auctions, special tributes to cancer survivors and more. The event will take place at the Phoenix Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets cost $65 each or $500 for a table of eight. Visit or call Tara Krueger at 753-0807 to purchase tickets.

Raise your glass for Texas country stars Gary P. Nunn and Lee Roy Parnell! Shine up your cowboy boots and start dancing. Tickets cost between $25 and $65. Catch the concert at Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit
Hear the talent of the Baylor University School of Music. Six students will perform a Brass Chamber Music Ensembles. The free concert will be held at Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Thinking Caps (eclectic), Common Grounds, 7 p.m., $10-$12
• Eric and Thomas (rock), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, October 26

It’s time to Find Your Waco! Everyone is welcome to attend this life fair, presented by Greater Waco Chamber. The fair features four “quads” with which you can connect. Find Your Tribe focuses on getting plugged in; think hobbies, nonprofits, religious organizations, fitness facilities. Find Your Career introduces you to local employers. Find Your Space explores living in Waco from realtors to banks to school districts. Find Your Flavor presents the “flavors” of Waco: restaurants, wedding venues, car dealerships and more. The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Freedom Fountain outside of the Waco Convention Center. For details, call 757-5625 or visit
Raise your glass for Book Signing: Drinking with Saint Nick! Meet author Michael Foley as he presents his sequel to “Drinking with the Saints.” “Drinking with Saint Nick” includes 63 new drink recipes. Foley advises you on what to drink this holiday season and how to drink it. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Balcones Distillery. To learn more, visit

Don your green and gold to support the Baylor Women’s Basketball team. They will face Langston University at the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
Hear the angelic voices of the Chamber Singers! The Baylor University group is conducted by choral music professor Brian Schmidt. The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong Browning Library on Baylor campus. Visit for details.

Grab a cup of coffee and relax to live music by Bryce Merritt. The soul and pop singer will perform music from his latest project, Chroma III. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Common Grounds. To learn more about the artist, visit
Live Music
• Eric and Thomas (rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• John P. Kee and New Life (gospel/worship), Grand Lodge of Texas, 7 p.m., $20-$40
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Ray Wylie Hubbard (Americana), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $15-$27
• Dirty Echoes (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Ballards (Texas country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• WACONY (jazz), Cultivate 7twelve, 8 p.m., $8-$30
• Cami Maki (Americana), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Parker McCollum (Americana), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20

Saturday, October 27

What’s that? Who’s there? Why, it’s the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Hop to it and start browsing the many wonderful vendors. Buy breakfast or the perfect gift for your friend. Whatever you find, it’s sure to be local. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Let’s get spooky! Head to the Mayborn Museum Complex for Halloween in Design Den. From 1-4 p.m., children can create a spooky symphony using conductive objects. Kids age 8 and older can sew and embroider personal trick-or-treat bags. Access to the event is included in regular admission to the museum. For details, visit

Beware the zombies! Run for your lives and avoid the zombies at Fuzzy Friends Rescue’s sixth annual Zombie Run. Choose between a timed 5K race and a 1K pet walk, both beginning and ending at Brazos Park East. The 5K begins at 4 p.m. and the 1K at 4:10 p.m. Registration costs $30 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K. Visit for more information.

Are you ready for Halloween? Grab your family and friends for McLane Stadium Spooktacular! Enjoy Halloween activities such as trick or treating, games, face painting and a costume contest. Admission costs $5 for adults and $10 for children. A family four-pack costs $25. The event will be held at McLane Stadium at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit
Spend your evening listening to Stacy Arnold in the Chapel of the Four Sisters at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Hailing from Dallas, Arnold plays classical guitar with virtuosity and a beautiful tone. Admission to the concert is free. Music begins at 6 p.m. Visit or for additional information.
Live Music
• Lynn Woolley, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Bustamante, La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Doc Dockery (blues), The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• The Happy Fits (indie rock), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7
• Braden Guess (alternative rock/folk), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Bubba Haze Halloween, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Spooktacular Halloween, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Shane Smith (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $12-$15

Sunday, October 28


The Ironman 70.3 is here! The race will start at Indian Spring Park with a 1.2-mile swim in the Brazos River. Next, hop on your bike for the 56-mile single-loop bike route that will take you along rural roads, through the Waco Wetlands and back into downtown Waco. Finishing the race is the 13.1-mile double-loop run along the Brazos River and through Cameron Park before ending across the suspension bridge. To learn more, visit
Spend your afternoon listening to classical music at St. Alban’s Sacred Art Series, featuring the McLennan Community College Chorale and Collegium Orchestra. The concert, called “1918: The Human Journey,” will include music to celebrate Estonia’s 100th year of independence. The free concert will start at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Visit for details.