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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 1-4

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Hello, November! Kick off the new month at Deck the Halls, the Library Book Sale, Baylor Homecoming or any of the other 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

It’s a basketball-filled weekend for McLennan Community College! Watch the Highlanders face Lone Star College Thursday at 6 p.m. Friday features the Highlassies against Coastal Bend College at 6 p.m. and the Highlanders versus Fort Hood at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Highlassies take on Cedar Valley College at 6 p.m. before the Highlanders play Western Texas College at 8 p.m. All games will be held at the Highlands Gym on MCC campus.

’Tis the Season for holiday shopping! Join the Junior League of Waco for its 13th annual Deck the Halls Gift Market at the Waco Convention Center. The Ladies’ Night Out Preview Party kicks off the weekend Thursday from 7-10 p.m. General market shopping opens Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Catch the Gingerbread Bash Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Have Cookies with the Clauses Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Enjoy Storytime with Santa from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Spend Sunday at the Mother-Daughter Tea from 12:30-2 p.m. Visit for ticket information.
Book lovers, are you ready to shop ’til you drop? Shop from over 110,000 discounted books, DVDs, CDs and more at the 56th annual Library Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Waco-McLennan County Library at the Extraco Events Center — Creative Arts and General Exhibits Building. Opening day admission for adults costs $10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and $5 from 2-8 p.m. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Admission is free for everyone Friday through Sunday. To learn more, visit
Wahoo! It’s Baylor Homecoming! Kick off the weekend Friday with the Extravaganza/Bonfire at Fountain Mall from 6-10 p.m. or with Friday Night Flashback at Bill Daniel Student Center from 6-9 p.m. Wake up early Saturday and watch the Homecoming Parade roll through Downtown Waco starting at 7 a.m. After the parade, head to McLane Stadium for the homecoming Football Game versus Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. Visit for a full schedule of events.
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, November 1

Anyone who loves art will love the Audubon Lecture Series: The Conservation of Five Prints, presented by Martin Museum of Art. Guest lecturer Tish Brewer, owner of The Center for Art Conservation in Dallas, will discuss conserving artwork for the Martin Museum’s current exhibit. Attend the event at the museum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For additional information, visit

Throw your Bear Claws while you cheer on the Baylor Lady Bears Basketball team. They play Texas A&M Commerce at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. Visit for details.
Honor veterans at The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Salute to Veterans show. Special guests include Classie Ballou, Bruce Carbonara, Kendra Remedios and John McAnally. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for seniors age 65 and older. United States veterans are admitted free. Catch the show at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum at 7 p.m. Visit The Stars Over Texas Jamboree Facebook page to learn more.

Don your cowboy boots and make your way to Waco Hippodrome for John Conlee! The cowboy era saw the start of Conlee before he made his name known as a respected vocalist. Enjoy his country concert at 7 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Bobby Dean Duo (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Baylor Lyceum Series: Angela Cheng (piano), Jones Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 2


Fear not! First Friday has arrived. Meander Downtown Waco and check out the specials at various local businesses. Visit the Dr Pepper Museum for free or participate in trivia at Waco Hippodrome. Eat dinner at your favorite restaurant. The options are endless. Visit for a list of all participating businesses.

Want the best of both worlds? Head to Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits for a drink and live music by Joseph Neville! You can have a coffee, a spirit or a combination all while enjoying fantastic folk music. Hear Neville perform beginning at 8 p.m. For details about the artist, visit
Live Music
• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Damn Moore Boys & Co. (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Deon Q (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Read Southall (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15

Saturday, November 3


Start your morning right with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Local vendors from the Greater Waco area and beyond present their best goods, both food and trinkets. Explore the market, make a new friend and have fun. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
How much do you know about Waco and its past? Act Locally Waco’s Downtown History Tour is a perfect way to learn all about Waco’s history. The tour will also include a few legends and tall tales. Tickets cost $20. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Washington Avenue and 6th Street to start the walk. Visit for more information.
It’s Zoovie Night at Cameron Park Zoo! Bring your friends, family and lawn chairs or blankets. Because last month’s movie was rained out, enjoy a double feature of “Monsters, Inc.” and “Hocus Pocus.” Admission costs $5 for non-members. Zoo members are admitted free. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first movie starting at dark. To learn more, visit
Get laughing with Brazos Theatre’s Improv Comedy Show. No one knows how the night will unfold, but it’s sure to be hilarious. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military. Visit to purchase tickets.
Spend a relaxing evening with live music at Waco Winery. Tonight’s artist is Texas singer Mack Abernathy! Have a glass of wine and enjoy the acoustic show. Music will begin at 8 p.m. Visit to learn more about the artist.
Live Music
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Isis Lee (indie), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• Carmen Brandy (country), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 4

The holiday season is coming! Celebrate with McGregor Chamber of Commerce at McGregor Christmas Open House from 1-6 p.m. Stroll down Main Street in McGregor for a fun afternoon of shopping with Christmas music, special sales, giveaways and more. For details, visit
Live Music
• Wade Hayes (country), The Backyard, 7 p.m., $5