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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 20-23

5 years ago

By Christian Aleman & Allen Miller

Once again, this phenomenal city has provided us all with a variety of fun events for family and friends alike. Memories are waiting to be made and excitement is just around the corner now that summer is in full swing! Let us know what you’re up to this #WacoWeekend by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 20

Take a girls night out at Waco Winery & Vineyards for Ladies Sip & Shop Night from 6-9 p.m. It’s a fun chance to shop from awesome local businesses as you treat yourself to a glass of wine (or two) from one of Waco’s local wineries. Enjoy a drink, have a laugh and spend the evening with your friends. Can you think of a better way to start the weekend?

Listen to the Huser Brother Band live at La Fiesta beginning at 6:30 p.m. Have your favorite drink and dish as the Waco band treats listeners to a variety of southern rock, country and blues. Count us in whenever chips and salsa are involved!

Sure enough, Dichotomy always provides Waco with the unique music of local and upcoming artists. This weekend is no exception. Singer and songwriter Audry Oliver will be performing original music on the local stage beginning at 7 p.m. Listen as this Texas artist delights the crowd with her voice and guitar while you sip on your favorite drink!

Friday, July 21

Use fresh ingredients along with Balcones Distilling’s spirits to prepare a delectable assortment of dishes at Balcones for a summer cooking class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sheri Raleigh-Yearby will guide you in learning how to make dishes off the Creole Summer Cubanisimo menu. This savory cooking class will be one you won’t soon forget with dishes like LaCuba Pineapple Glazed Chicken or Pork! Visit Balcones’ Facebook page for more information and ticket prices.

The Backyard will be hosting the Peterson Brothers at 8:30 p.m. as part of the band’s tour around the country. The Austin duo plays a blend of soul, funk and blues and have performed at a variety of festivals across the U.S. with their debut album winning Best Debut Blues Album of 2015. You won’t want to miss this pair, described as “new rising stars.” Visit for details and tickets.

Saturday, July 22

Head to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market early before the heat comes around! Shop for local produce and eats and simply enjoy the beautiful Waco morning. Not to mention that it’s a fun way to get your grocery shopping in for the upcoming week!

Nationally known comedians William Lee Martin and Alex Reymundo will be at the Waco Hippodrome as part of their Fine Tex-Mex Comedy Tour. Both comedians have been featured on television specials and share many years of experience delivering laughter across the nation and abroad. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $39. For details, visit

Take a trip back in time at Valley Mills Vineyards as Bruce Carbonara pays tribute to the late, great Frank Sinatra from 8-11 p.m. as part of this week’s installment of Sip and Swirl. You’ll get the chance to sit back and sip on your favorite wine with friends at the vineyard showroom, just a few minutes outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Check out for details.

Calling all country fans! Award-winning country artist Zane Williams will be on stage as well as the Brett Hendrix Band from 9-11 p.m. Make your way out to Melody Ranch for some original country tunes from the Abilene and Lorena natives. Visit for more information.

Sunday, July 23

The ninth annual TriWaco, a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, will begin at 7 a.m. at Indian Spring Park. This triathlon was the first in Texas in 1980 and was revived as the new TriWaco. Swim through the Brazos River, bike along country roads and run along the Brazos to end at the historic Suspension Bridge. Not ready for a full-length triathlon? Take part in the sprint distance event, which includes a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K run. For registration fees and more information, visit

Go out and soak up the summer while it lasts this #WacoWeekend! Check out our online calendar at for more events and information. Explore, engage and don’t forget to enjoy!

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