The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 22-24

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Thanksgiving, Wacoans! Celebrate this #WacoWeekend with friends, family, the Homestead Fair and live music. 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

Heads up! The 31st annual Homestead Fair is happening Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Homestead Heritage. Experience the wealth of fine crafts and heirloom skills through agricultural and artistic activities that everyone in the family will love. Watch master artisans at work, attend seminars, shop at the craft pavilion or make your own project. Each afternoon and evening will feature music, including gospel, bluegrass and children’s choir. Sample homemade dishes from the food court or food kiosks and tour the farm on a horse-drawn hayride. Admission is free, but parking costs $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. For a complete list of activities, visit or call 754-9600.

The meal is done. You’ve had your rest. Now get up on your feet and shop ’til you drop this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Remember to Shop Waco and support Waco’s small boutiques and stores while you work on your Christmas shopping or to-do list. Check out our Explore Waco, Shopping Map, Wish List & More at or our digital magazine at

Thursday, November 22


Celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Count your blessings, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat scrumptious food (especially the desserts) and cheer on your NFL football team. Whatever you do, try to relax and remember why you are thankful.

Help spread good cheer and Thanksgiving meals with Friends for Thanksgiving, presented by Friends for Life. Volunteers will help deliver meals to around 500 homebound elderly and people with disabilities. The event begins at Friends for Life at 7 a.m., and volunteers usually make it home by 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. To learn more and to sign up, call Easton at 772-8100, ext. 110, or visit

Friday, November 23


Dance to the beat of the music with Wade Bowen! The native Texan will get your boots stomping in no top with his country tunes. Catch him at The Backyard, Bar Stage & Grill at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $20 and $25. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Rob Holbert Group (jazz/blues), Lee Lockwood, 7 p.m., $20-$25
• D-Rail Acoustic & Isaac Martinez (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Shotgun Josephine (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 24


Don’t forget to visit the vendors at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Yes, the market will be open and celebrating small business Saturday with you. All your favorite people are bound to be there. Find the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Trot off your Thanksgiving dinner with Barnett’s Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving-themed scavenger hunt. Friends and family are bound to have a blast hunting Downtown Waco with this relaxing event full of Thanksgiving spirit. There will be tons of prizes, including one for best dressed team and one for best team name. It all starts at 3 p.m. at Barnett’s Public House. Tickets cost $25 per person with teams of four to eight people. For details, visit
Need a good laugh? Brazos Theatre invites you to its “no holds barred” Improv Against Humanity, inspired by the card game. What’s even better? There are two shows! One is at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The second is at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. Attendees must be age 17 or older. Ticket prices start at $13.50. Visit to purchase tickets.

Step in time to Sunny Sweeney at Smiley’s Country Club. Her honky-tonk music is as big as her Texas roots. Dance along and have a good time. Music begins at 9:45 p.m. For more information about the artist, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Fallon Franklin (pop), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Jarrod Dickenson (eclectic), Dichotomy, 8 p.m., $10
• Michael Saldana (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Jayme Wade (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Charley Crockett (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $12-$17
• Pride and Joy Band (blues/rock), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.