The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 17-20

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell and Brooke Hill

Get out and about this #WacoWeekend with events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., Baylor Bear basketball, theatre 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

Equestrian fans, don’t miss the Blue Ribbon Winter Festival horse show, presented by Southbound Show Management. Events begin at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday at the Extraco Events Center. For a full schedule, visit
Shop ’til you drop at the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop! Browse among 37 quilt shops, watch demos and take your chance on a door prize. The event will take place in Chisholm Hall at the Waco Convention Center Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for details.
Need a good laugh? Head to Brazos Theatre for Celebrity Improv Comedy. Some Waco celebrities will take the stage and create scenes based on audience suggestions. The show will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Central Texas. For ticket prices and to purchase tickets, visit

Thursday, January 17


Put your hands together for Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez as she joins Waco Symphony Orchestra. Martinez is an internationally acclaimed performer and has played with orchestras around the world. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Waco Hall. Visit or call 754-0851 to purchase tickets.

Stomp your boots to Johnny Joe Ramos at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill! His country sounds create the perfect atmosphere for a fun evening. Fill your glass and enjoy the show at 8 p.m.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 18

Grab some honey and escape into The Hundred Acre Wood for A.A. Milne’s birthday at The Library at Pooh Corner. To celebrate the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, the library will watch, play and taste everything related to the characters and their literary world. Join the fun from 4-5 p.m. at the South Waco Library. For more information, visit
Are you ready for the Advocacy Center’s annual ball next month? Head to G2 by Georgio’s for the Mardi Gras Ball Fashion Preview! Attendees will catch a glimpse of the outfits for the ball. Light bites and cocktails will also be available. The come-and-go event will start at 6 p.m. with the fashion show at 7 p.m. Visit or to learn more.

Global Revive presents the second annual Martin Luther King Jr Empowerment Banquet. Mike Guinn will be the keynote speaker, and Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux will perform. The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Waco Multi-Purpose Facility. Tickets cost $25 and include refreshments. For details, visit

Spend a relaxing evening with the combined sounds of Melinda Adams and Lexxi Garza. Their voices blend for a beautiful harmony of country and Southern rock. Hear them sing at 7 p.m. at La Fiesta Restaurant and Cantina.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Andrew Jones (Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Joseph Neville & Grayson Graham (folk), Common Grounds, 7 p.m., $7-$10
• Fourth annual Waco Masonic Concert, The Backyard, 7 p.m.
• Darrel Ray (eclectic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 19

Start your morning with a yummy breakfast from your favorite vendor at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Chat with the vendors as you shop amidst creative handmade items. The market is located at 500 Washington Avenue and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lovers of literature, conversation and writing will want to stop by the second annual Texas Literature & Language Symposium at the Waco Convention Center. The symposium is presented by Signum University and will include podcasting workshops, a panel of special guests, a costume contest and more. Tickets cost $30 for regular registration, $25 for students and $75 for a family. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until midnight. To register, visit
Feeling poetic? Join the Heart of Texas Poets Society for its first open mic of 2019 at Cultivate 7twelve. Bring your favorite poem, whether you wrote it or not, to celebrate the power of words. The event begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit
Come support the Baylor Men’s Basketball team as they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders! Make your way to the Ferrell Center by 5 p.m. to catch the game.

Have a boot scootin’ Saturday night with the Tanner Sparks Band. Enjoy some old-fashioned country music inspired by the likes of Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. The show starts at 10 p.m. at The Melody Ranch.
Live Music
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (country), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• String Faculty Gala Recital, Armstrong Browning Library, 6:30 p.m.
• Chuck Jennings & Beth Ullman (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Bri Miller, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Isis Lee & Cody Ellinger, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Austin Meade (rock/Americana), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m.
• Clay Hollis (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 10 p.m.
• The Rewind Party Band (eclectic), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 20


Spend your Sunday afternoon with the Lady Bears! The Baylor Women’s Basketball team plays West Virginia at 4 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
Close out your weekend on a strong note with some good ol’ folk music. Barrett Lankford brings the Life and Times of Melvin Cornbread to Papa Joe’s at 8 p.m., featuring special guests Caleb Boles of Red Feather Tribe and Zach Aaron.