The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 7-10

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

This #WacoWeekend doesn’t disappoint with comedy, races, live music and so much more! 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

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 exhibit while it is on display now through February 14. To learn more, visit

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. The art will be on display now through March 2 at the Art Forum of Waco. To learn more, visit the Art Forum of Waco’s Facebook page.
Swing by the Carleen Bright Arboretum for the Art Guild of Central Texas exhibit. Admire around 30 original paintings by at least 12 artists from the Central Texas area. An art reception will be held February 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Whitehall Center. The exhibit is on display now through March 3. For details, 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 is open now through May 12. Visit to learn more.
Hold your horses! It’s time for One HOT Reining, presented by South Texas Reining Horse Association and Texas Reining Horse Association. The horse show will be held at Extraco Events Center Friday through Sunday. Events start at 8 a.m. each day. For a full schedule, visit
Want to update your home? Check out the Heart of Texas Builders Association’s Home Products Show. Everything you possibly need and anyone you need to talk to will be there. The show will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Extraco Events Center. Admission costs $5. Call 776-8701 or visit for details.

Thursday, February 7

Test your knowledge of your favorite rom-coms with First Thursday Trivia at Waco Hippodrome. Whether you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks movies or love classics like “When Harry Met Sally,” find out just how much you know. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit the
Three cheers for The Stars Over Texas Jamboree! The monthly show is back with its Gospel Edition. Special guests include Debra Wilson, Tommy Ryan and LaNelle Gallent. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Call 755-7257 for ticket information.

Need a good laugh? Attend a pre-valentine’s comedy show featuring DL Hughley. The event will be held at the Grand Lodge of Texas from 8-10 p.m. Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. To purchase tickets, visit

Are you a fan of The Beatles? Waco Hippodrome proudly presents Liverpool Legends: The Complete Beatles Experience at 7 p.m. Hear all the music you love as if you were at a Beatles concert. Buy your tickets now before they’re gone! Tickets are available at
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• A Gospel Sing Celebration, Toliver Chapel Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Symphonic Band, Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 8


Everyone deserves a special night. Crestview Church of Christ presents Night to Shine, a prom night for people with special needs ages 14 and older. The free event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Register as a guest or as a volunteer at
One night only! Join the Brazos Theatre Group for its presentation of Love Letters: A Dinner Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Beth Richards and Dean Riley return for the biennial tradition. Ticket prices range from $15.50 to $26.50. For tickets, visit

Relax the evening away with a performance by Thomas Csorba. The Houston native will play everything Americana just for you. Watch the show at Cultivate 7twelve at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Billy Bone Band (rock/blues), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 6 p.m.
• Dave Wild & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Moe Pitney (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $29-$39
• The President’s Concert, Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Pacific and Jacob Humber (folk/indie), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $10-$13
• Darrell Ray (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (eclectic), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Sam Riggs (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $12-$17

Saturday, February 9

Runners everywhere, don’t miss the 40th annual Cross Country Trail Run, the first race in the Huaco Cuatro Trail Run Series. Participants can choose the 2-mile trail hike or the 5-mile trail run. Both races start at 9 a.m. at the Redwood Shelter in Cameron Park. Registration costs $35 for the 2-mile race and $40 for the 5-mile race. Visit to register.
Want to work off those Girl Scout Cookies? Get some exercise with the fourth annual Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint 5K. There will be a 1-mile Daisy Dash fun run as well. Registration costs $35 for the 5K and $20 for the fun run. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. Both races will be held at Woodway Park. Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts Greater Waco Service Unit and help Girl Scouts travel. To register, visit
Rise and shine, Wacoans! The Waco Downtown Farmers Market awaits with a special handmade market! Your favorite vendors will be there as always, and so will the McLennan County Master Gardeners to show you how to grow roses. Grab a friend and your dog for a great time. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Cheer on the Lady Bears as Baylor Women’s Basketball takes on the TCU Horned Frogs at noon at the Ferrell Center.
Can’t get enough basketball? The McLennan Community College’s basketball teams play Collin County Community College at The Highlands Gym on MCC campus. Watch the Highlassies compete at 2 p.m. and the Highlanders compete at 4 p.m.
Spend your night supporting Baylor Men’s Basketball as they go up against the Kansas State Wildcats at 5 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
Adventure to Asia at “Symphony of the City: The Mysteries and Treasures of Eastern Asia,” a fundraiser benefiting Waco Symphony Council and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Attendees will depart from Hotel Indigo by bus at 6 p.m. and travel to two Waco homes featuring Asian-themed cocktail parties. The night will conclude at Hotel Indigo with a dessert party, wine pull and silent art auction. Ticket prices start at $250 per person, and quantities are limited. Contact Laurinda Thorp at or visit to learn more.
Mission Waco’s Jubilee Theatre humbly invites you to a Benefit Concert for the Mission Waco Youth Summer Trip. The Waco Community Choir will perform. Tickets cost $10. For details, visit or call 753-4900, extension 202.

It’s a musical kind of night at The Backyard with Reckless Kelly. Have a drink and enjoy the country and rock ‘n’ roll show. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15-$20. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Gaither Vocal Band, First Woodway Baptist Church, 6 p.m., $25-$30
• The Steve Smith Group (country/rock/blues), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Shane Spann Tune Time (classic rock/folk), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Morticians Valentine’s Day Party (classic rock), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $15-$40
• Waco Report: Horace Maxille & Baylor Faculty Jazz, Cultivate 7twelve, 7 p.m.
• Ben Rendek (country), Elk’s Lodge, 7 p.m.
• Cade Foehner & Bryce Merritt (rock), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $12-$50
• Brazos Brothers (rock), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• $5 Shake (rock), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Dirty Crawfish (eclectic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (eclectic), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Nolan Pick Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Gary Kyle (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 10 p.m.

Sunday, February 10

Can you feel it? Love is in the Air at the Historic Waco Foundation’s family funday. Learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and of valentine cards. Activities include making love bugs, heart-shaped valentine cards and valentine bookmarks. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at McCulloch House. Admission costs $10 per family. Visit for details.