The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 24-27

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell and Brooke Hill

Waco has a fun-filled weekend in store for you from new exhibits and plays to Miracle Match Marathon 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


If you like early 19th-century engravings of Greek and Roman sculptures, check out the Martin Museum of Art’s newest exhibit: “The Neoclassical Gaze: Myth and Reality of Ancient Sculpture.” The special exhibition features Wilhelm Gottlieb Becker’s Augusteum — a three-volume publication of engravings — beside plaster-cast reproductions. When February 14 rolls around, keep an eye out for a special Valentine’s torch-lit guided tour. The exhibit is open through March 8. Visit for details.
Equestrian fans, make your way to Extraco Events Center for the Blue Ribbon Winter Warm-Up. Presented by Southbound Show Management, the horse show starts at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Visit for a schedule of events.
Six Southern women have an unbreakable bond that helps them stick together in the comedy/drama “Steel Magnolias,” presented by Waco Civic Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday features a dress rehearsal fundraiser benefiting Talitha Koum Institute at 7:30 p.m. Fundraiser tickets cost $22 and are available at Regular tickets cost between $16 and $20 and are available at
“Curiouser and curiouser!” Tumble into the mystical rabbit hole with Alice as she goes on mad adventures in Jubilee Theatre’s production of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” This retelling has a few twists to the original work, including a rap battle between Alice and a bubble-blowing caterpillar. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $7 for children age 3-11. Visit to purchase tickets.

Do you have what it takes to run in Miracle Match Marathon, nicknamed “The Toughest Little Marathon in Texas”? The 1-mile fun run and kids marathon start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Indian Spring Park followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The marathon, half-marathon, 10K and relay begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Waco Convention Center. Other weekend activities include a kids festival, pancake breakfast, fire truck pull and more. Proceeds benefit Be the Match, the national marrow donor registry. For a full schedule of events, visit
Let your imagination run wild at “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy,” the Mayborn Museum’s latest exhibit. Inspired by Eric Carle’s five “Very” children’s picture books, the play-and-learn exhibit features activities where visitors jump into the world of special insects from the books and discover their own journeys. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through May 12. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, January 24

Feeling jazzy? McLennan Community College Foundation invites you to its Steinway Series Concert featuring Beegie Adair and Roger Spencer. Adair is one of the special musicians with a strong understanding of jazz and an ability to transfer the soul of her music to her audience. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Ball Performing Arts Center at MCC. Tickets cost $10 each. Call 299-8604 or email for details.

March to the beat of your own drum with Grammy Award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion. The ensemble produces energetic shows highlighting the breadth of the musical world of percussion. The guests will perform their show “Lyrical Geometry” at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall at Baylor University as part of the School of Music’s Distinguished Artist Series. To learn more, visit
Live Music
• Dave Wild Band (jazz), Balcones Distillery, 5 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Karaoke on the Rooftop, Waco Winery, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Nate Rodriguez (Americana/soul), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Asleep at the Wheel (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $29-$59
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, January 25


Put your hands together for Sara Davis Regan and Brody Price! The two native Texans will light up your night with fabulous folk music. Grab a cup of coffee and catch the show at Common Grounds at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $7 and $10. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (blues/roots/Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jessica Lewis & Clinton Bon Slaughter (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Austin English (country/blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (country), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Los Roachez, The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 26

Start your weekend off on a high note with a stroll around the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Grab some yummy breakfast and pick up some artsy goods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Ave.

Calling all fashionistas! The second annual Women United Fashion Show and Brunch is back at Waco Hippodrome from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy brunch, raffles, a silent auction and a style show featuring Waco shops. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships benefiting the advancement of women in the areas of education and financial stability. Tickets cost $140 a seat. Visit to learn more or to register.
The cold never bothered us anyway. Immerse yourself in an icy thrill while supporting the Special Olympics Texas with the Waco Family YMCA’s Polar Plunge. Take the plunge to support dignity, equality and opportunity for all people. Raise a minimum of $60 in donations (for adults) to take the plunge. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the plunge at 11 a.m. For details, visit

Baylor basketball is gaining momentum! Spend your morning cheering on the Bears as Baylor Men’s Basketball takes on Alabama in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at 11 a.m. at the Ferrell Center.
Dust off your dancing shoes for a boot scootin’ good time with Junior Gordon Band. It’s a night full of country music, country music and a dash of more country music! Watch the show at 9:45 p.m. at Smiley’s Country Club. For more information, visit
Live Music
• Dave Wild Band & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Matthew Allan Butter (Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Ed Leonard & Friends (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Clean Slate Band (rock/country/blues), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 7 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (Sinatra-style), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• The Standards, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Bob Scott, Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• William Clark Green (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Truck Stop Gamblers (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $7-$10
• Rewind Party Band (’70s & ’80s), Lakeside Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 27


Your wedding day marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life. The 30th annual “With This Ring Bridal Show” will help you through the process of planning your big day. A pre-reception called “honeymoons around the world” at 11 a.m. includes travel vendors and a drawing for a free honeymoon. From 12-4 p.m., meander around the room and talk with experienced professionals to ask questions, gather ideas and check items off your to-do list. The event will be held at the Waco Convention Center. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children. Visit to learn more.