The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 3-5

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Let’s get 2019 started! Waco has something for everyone from the Texas Fine Artists Exhibit and Chipping of the Green to First Friday 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 website at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


The best cowboys and cowgirls from the Texas circuit gather to compete for top honors at RAM Texas Circuit Finals Youth Rodeo. The rodeo begins Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Extraco Events Center. Enjoy a variety of rodeo events, including team roping, poles, tiedown and more. Tickets are available at the Extraco Events Center Box Office or by calling 224-8282. Visit for a full schedule of events.
Admire original works of seven artists from Central Texas at Texas Fine Artists Exhibit. Art displays will feature mostly oil paintings and a few watercolor paintings of Southwestern landscapes and abstracts. The exhibit opens this Friday and runs through February 3 at Carleen Bright Arboretum. An art reception will be held January 13 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Whitehall Center at the arboretum. Visit or for details.

The Professional Artists of Central Texas presents a small works exhibit titled “Touch of Red,” which will be on display at Cultivate 7twelve. The exhibit features collectibles for less than $300, all created by PACT members. Attend the opening reception Friday from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through February 14. To learn more, visit

Thursday, January 3


How much do you really know about two TV comedies? Find out at First Thursday Trivia! The theme is “Parks and Rec” and “Big Bang Theory.” Signup sheets open at 5:15 p.m. with the first question at 6 p.m. Make a team and test your knowledge. The event will take place on the second floor of the Waco Hippodrome. Visit for more information.

The Stars Over Texas Jamboree presents its Oldies Jukebox show at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Enjoy a throwback to your favorite hits from the past several decades. Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for anyone age 65 or older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. For details, visit The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Facebook page.
Can you feel the tension in the air? The McLennan Community College Highlassies Basketball team face Angelina College. The game will be held in The Highlands Gym at MCC at 7 p.m.

Are you ready for some fun? The Baylor Lady Bears Basketball team play the University of Connecticut. Make your way to the Ferrell Center at 8 p.m. to catch the game.
Get into the groove with the Bill and Phil Show at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill! The duo is known for their acoustic madness. Raise your glass and dance along to the music starting at 8 p.m. Visit to learn more.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (Americana/blues/roots), The Grape, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 4

Don’t feel down; First Friday is here! Grab your friends and stroll around Downtown Waco. Many shops will stay open late and offer special deals, giving you a great way to start off 2019. For a list of participating businesses, visit or
Grab your closest friends and have a fun-filled evening at Kissing Tree Vineyards. Pianist Andrew Hudson will perform. Add a little wine, a little food and you’re bound to have an unforgettable night of fun. The music begins at 7 p.m. Visit for details.
Live Music
• Live Music, BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• John Dempsy (Americana), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Texas Style, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Treble Soul Duo (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Deon Q & Joel McCray (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 5


A new year comes with many changes, but some things stay the same. Luckily, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is still open most Saturdays for you to enjoy. Chat with your favorite vendors and try something new. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Now that the holidays are over, you might have a Christmas tree you don’t need anymore. Keep Waco Beautiful has you covered with its annual Chipping of the Green. Bring your real Christmas tree to Paul Tyson Field (behind the Extraco Events Center) to have it shredded and receive a sapling in return. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 723-5714.

Kick back and relax at The Hightop at the Hippodrome this evening. Dave Wild and Chuck Jennings will liven the scene with some great jazz. You can’t go wrong with jazz, food and a fantastic view of Downtown Waco. The music begins at 7 p.m. Visit the Hightop at the Hippodrome’s Facebook page to learn more.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Kimberlee Leber (blues/Christian/folk), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Jessica Mauzy and Clinton Bon Slaughter (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Rocking Randall Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Kenny Orts (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• Johnnie Bradshaw’s Out of the Blue Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9:30 p.m.