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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 31-February 3

3 years ago

By Richelle Braswell and Brooke Hill

Hello, February! This #wacoweekend welcomes the new month with First Friday, an art exhibit, Bound for the Brave 5K 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 our Waco Weekend Recap. For more events, head over to our website at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


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 Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $16 and $20. For more information, visit
Get your laugh on with Brazos Theatre at its Improv Comedy Show! You never know what hilarity the night will bring. Catch the show Friday or Saturday at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticket prices.

Art speaks a thousand words. The “Mí Corazón/My Heart” exhibit tells a heartwarming story as all works portray the anatomical heart. An international art exhibition, “Mí Corazón/My Heart” includes artists from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, New Mexico and Texas. An opening reception will be held Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and will be on display through March 2 at the Art Forum of Waco. To learn more, visit the Art Forum of Waco’s Facebook page.

Thursday, January 31


Put your hands together for a Guest Artist Recital featuring Leslie Spotz. Dr. Spotz is a piano professor at Tarleton State University. Hear her perform classical piano music at 7:30 p.m. at McLennan Community College’s Performing Arts Center. Visit for more information.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Isaac & Darrell Ray (blues), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, February 1


It’s that time again! First Friday is taking over Downtown Waco. Local businesses stay open late and offer specials from 5-10 p.m. The Dr Pepper Museum has a big reveal in store while other businesses combine forces for a galentines’ party. Keep an eye out to see what your favorite places will do.
Can’t get enough of the latest exhibit at Cultivate 7twelve? You’re in luck! Cultivate 7twelve and PACT Waco invite you to Meet the Artists in “Touch of Red.” Chat with the professional Waco artists or purchase their work. The free event will take place from 6-10 p.m. with small bites, drinks and live music by Chuck Jennings. For details, visit

Check out livestock at the Sale of Champions, presented by the McLennan County Jr. Livestock Show. The event supports youth involved in 4H and FFA. Attend the event from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at Extraco Events Center. Visit the McLennan County Jr. Livestock Show’s Facebook page to learn more.
Please give a warm welcome to Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras! The jazz duo is back at the Hilton Waco for First Friday. Have a drink and enjoy the smooth tunes. The music begins at 7 p.m.
Live Music
• Live Music, BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Jeff Hulbert, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 6 p.m.
• The Playing Ages, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Restless Heart (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $49-$59
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Wind Ensemble with Midway High School, Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• Texas Style, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Justin Cole (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Max Tooker, Lynnette Allmon & Steven Scheifley, Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Deon Q & Joel McCray (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Fenix Theory (eclectic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Roger Creager (country), The Melody Ranch, 10 p.m., $15-$20
• Porter Union (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 10 p.m., $8-$12

Saturday, February 2

Support local law enforcement and run in the eighth annual Bound for the Brave 5K and 10K, presented by the Woodway Youth Commission. Both races start at 9 a.m. at the Woodway Family Center. Proceeds benefit the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation, which is used for police officers’ death benefit. To register, visit

Wakey, wakey, Waco! The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is here with your favorite vendors. Grab a friend and check out all the booths. Eat breakfast or buy groceries for the week. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Baylor Women’s Basketball is ranked No. 1 in the nation! Come cheer on the Lady Bears as they take on Texas Tech at 1 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
Cheer on the McLennan Community College Highlassies basketball team as they face Cisco College. The game begins at 2 p.m. at MCC’s Highlands Gym.
Show your appreciation for our nation’s veterans at Valentines for Veterans. All materials will be provided, so bring a friend and make a valentine for a veteran. The event will be held at Elk’s Lodge #2881 at 2:30 p.m. For details, visit

Make your way to Hustle Co-Working for the Baylor Percussion Symposium at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy contemporary music by the Baylor Percussion Group and soprano soloist Amy Petrongelli as they perform a concert featuring composer Christopher Cerrone’s work. Visit to learn more.

There’s nothing like a good ol’ rivalry game! The Baylor Men’s Basketball team goes up against the TCU Horned Frogs at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jayme Wade (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Venus E (blues), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 7 p.m.
• Feeves & Danielle Grubb (pop/blues), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10
• Live Music, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Lexxi Garza & Cody Beck (country/blues/pop), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Rockin’ Randall Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Fenix Theory (eclectic), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• ’80s Costume & Theme Party, Backyard Saloon, 8 p.m.
• Second Hand Rose Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• 35 South Band (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9:30 p.m.
• Los Roachez (rock), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.

Sunday, February 3


Attention all brides! Valley Mills Vineyards invites you to its estate winery for its inaugural Bridal Showcase. Meet wedding-related vendors from florists to photographers and start planning your big day. The event will take place from 12-7 p.m. Visit for details.
Want an afternoon of classical music? Baylor University School of Music presents Duo Karudan. The special concert features Christopher Ayer on the clarinet and his wife Kae Hosoda-Ayer on the piano. Watch the concert at Roxy Grove Hall on Baylor campus at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit
Heads up! Super Bowl LIII is here. Who will you cheer for: New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams or the commercials? Whether you watch the game from home or at a super bowl party, have fun. The game will air on CBS at 5:30 p.m.

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