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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 27-30

5 years ago

By Christian Aleman & Allen Miller

And just like that, the last weekend of July is here. Time flies when you’re having fun! With all the live music, family fun and community events, there’s something for everyone deep in the Heart of Texas this #WacoWeekend. Let us know what fun you’re having by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 27

Stop by Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits to check out Trent Minter perform his songs that are sure to get you grooving. The pop singer and songwriter has said he enjoys creating music about relationships and other themes people can relate to. He will be performing from 7-9 p.m. with no cover charge. It’s the perfect way to unwind after your busy week!

Looking for something different and fun with your family? The West Waco Library is hosting the Family Night: Puppet Show, “The Three Little Pigs Build a Better World!” performed by the library’s teen volunteers. This show marks the last family night event of the summer. It starts at 7 p.m. in the West Waco Library meeting room.

Waco Civic Theatre proudly presents a children’s theater performance of “Singin’ in the Rain, Jr.” based on the iconic MGM film. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Don’t miss this stellar performance from Waco’s young actors and actresses as they channel Classic Hollywood in this beloved story. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.

Friday, July 28

If you love games, prizes, food and laughter, Southern Purpose Game Night is the place for you. Join in on the fun, including “The Dating Game” and “Hollywood Game Night” on the main stage! This wacky party will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Crestview Church of Christ Multi-Purpose Center.

Head out to Papa Joe’s as Kimberly Kelly takes the stage and shares some of her powerful songs. Known for truth and wit in her songwriting, Kelly is sure to deliver a memorable performance. Have some drinks and join her as she tackles the industry with her unique perspective and approach. The event starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover charge and food from Fat Boys Pizza!

Saturday, July 29

Start your Saturday off right with a trip to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market in the morning for a breath of Texas summer air. Grab a bite from one of Waco’s food vendors and taste what makes the morning market one of our favorites. Even if it’s just for a stroll, check out the fresh finds from local farmers. You won’t regret it!

This one is for you, Blues fans. Head over to Brazos Park East and delight in the tunes of artists like Sir Charles Jones, Smooth Jazz Generation and more as part of the Waco Brazos Blues Festival. Food vendors will be there to satisfy your cravings for something yummy. Get there early and bring your lawn chair, blankets and umbrellas to get comfortable because the show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets prices start at $20 and parking costs an extra $5. Visit to learn more and get your tickets.

Spend an evening of fun at the 25th annual Central Texas Cattle Baron’s Ball, presented by the American Cancer Society. There will be a performance by Diamond Rio, gourmet Tex-Mex cuisine, special tributes to cancer victims and survivors, dancing and more. The ball is held at the Waco Convention Center and starts at 6 p.m. Funds from the event will go towards research in the fight against cancer. Ticket prices begin at $250 on the Silver Baron level. Tickets can be purchased at

Join the Hewitt Police Department and other community partners for National Night Out. The kick-off party Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Warren Park will feature live entertainment and booths from local businesses, teaching residents about crime prevention for their homes and community. There will be food, family games, bounce houses, giveaways and more. Join your local neighborhood first responders for a fun time for the whole family! For more information, call 296-5698 or visit

Oklahoma native Bryce Merritt is having an album release show for “CHROMA: II” at Common Grounds. His music is described as soulful pop with a range of musical influences from Stevie Wonder to Maroon 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit for details. Enjoy your favorite cup of brew and indulge in the singer-songwriter’s music from his new album. I know I will!

Sunday, July 30

Last chance to visit the Martin Museum of Art’s current exhibit, “From Plate to Print: An Introduction to Printmaking.” The exhibit’s closing day takes place from 1-4 p.m. The pieces featured are created with techniques like woodcutting, etching, engraving and more. Stop by for a unique experience.

Check out our online calendar at for more events and information. Explore, engage and don’t forget to enjoy!

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