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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 28-March 3

3 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Celebrate the start of March and Texas Independence Day with art, plays, First Friday and live music this #wacoweekend. 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

Batten down the hatches and watch the comedic masterpiece of Gilbert and Sullivan in McLennan Opera and McLennan Theatre’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Ball Performing Arts Center at McLennan Community College. For ticket information, call 299-8604 or email
Laugh your socks off at Brazos Theatre’s Improv Comedy Show. Everything is made up on the spot, sometimes with suggestions from the audience. Catch the show Friday or Saturday at 8:30 p.m. For ticket prices, visit

Last call for art enthusiasts to check out the “Mí Corazón/My Heart” exhibit at the Art Forum of Waco. Each work portrays the anatomical heart in a variety of mediums from sculptures to paintings to quilts. A closing reception will be held Saturday from 6-10 p.m. and will include music and food. The art is on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. To learn more, visit the Art Forum of Waco’s Facebook page.
If you haven’t visited the Art Guild of Central Texas exhibit, now is your last chance. Swing by the Carleen Bright Arboretum and admire around 30 original paintings by at least 12 artists from the Central Texas area. The exhibit is on display Thursday through Sunday. For gallery hours, visit
Waco Winery presents a Texas Fine Artists Exhibit and Art Reception. Admire original paintings and photography by 14 artists from the Central and North Texas area. The exhibit runs now through March 31. For details, visit or

Let your imagination run wild at the Mayborn Museum’s “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy” 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.
Step back in time with Historic Waco Foundation’s newest exhibition: “Coming of Age.” Take a sneak peek into the Edwardian era of debutantes from attire and music to Waco traditions, and how the past influences modern debutante balls. View the exhibit at the East Terrace House now through July 7. The house is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit

Blast off with Mayborn Museum’s new exhibit “SpaceX: Now This is Rocket Science.” See a rocket model and thruster engine, our solar system represented on a vibrant scale, and more. If you’re curious about Space X in McGregor, you’ll learn some of its history and some history of rocket development. The exhibit is open now through fall 2019. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, February 28

Yo ho ho! Spend your evening with McLennan Community College Foundation at its 17th annual Hearts in the Arts Gala. The night begins with an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception at the Ball Performing Arts Center and Fountain Plaza on MCC campus at 6 p.m. After the reception, enjoy the combined talents of the McLennan Opera and McLennan Theatre in a performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets cost $75. Proceeds benefit McLennan scholarships and special projects. To learn more, call 299-8604 or email

Let the music fill your soul as you listen to Baylor Campus Orchestra. Joining the orchestra is organist Jillian Gardner and the Baylor University Concert Choir. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Balcones Distillery, 5 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Chris Sies & Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion), Cultivate 7twelve, 7:30 p.m., $7
• Ghost Dance Band (country/Americana/folk), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Rory Wolfe (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 1

Step up to the plate for a fun evening at Bosque River Ballpark. McLennan Community College Highlanders baseball team faces New Mexico Junior College in a double header. Watch the games at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. For details, visit

It’s First Friday, you say? Then it’s time to explore Downtown Waco and see what specials the businesses have to offer and who will stay open late. As always, the Dr Pepper Museum will offer free admission after 5:30 p.m. Grab your friends and have fun.
Help Cultivate 7twelve celebrate its new exhibit “POP: The Art of Celebrity and Modern Brand Making.” Waco-based artists create pop and modern art that focus on critiques of well-known brands and public personas. The exhibit debuts from 6-10 p.m. and includes food, drinks and live music. Visit to learn more.

Enjoy a three-in-one concert with The End of the World Tour featuring Gungor, The Brilliance and Propaganda. Duo Michael and Lisa Gungor create dynamic, honest songs that cross multiple genres. The Brilliance asks you to see the world through another person’s eyes with music ranging from symphonic pop to jazz harmony. Propaganda brews music that will open your mind. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Common Grounds. Tickets cost $25 for general admission and $39 for VIP. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Live Music, Brû Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Billy Latham (acoustic), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 7 p.m.
• Darrell Ray & Isaac Martinez (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Krystin Baird (country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Max Tooker, Steven Scheifley & Lynette Allman (rock ‘n’ roll), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Joel McCray & Deon Q (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Bee Gees Gold (Eagles tribute), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20

Saturday, March 2

Happy Texas Independence Day, Waco! Did you know this day is also Sam Houston’s birthday? It’s rather fitting that Texas shares its Independence Day with the first president of the Republic of Texas. Celebrate today with your friends and family.
How do you start your weekend morning? If your answer is at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market, that is fabulous! Grab some friends and show them the wonder that is the farmers market. Food and artisan vendors welcome everyone. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Car enthusiasts, one and all, make your way to Extraco Events Center for the Waco Collector Car Auction, presented by Dan Kruse Classics. Browse more than 200 cars from antiques and classics to sports and luxury. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the auction will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, call 866/495-8111 or visit
Throw on your cowboy boots and hats for Historic Waco Foundation’s Texas Independence Day Celebration. The family funday brings you old-fashioned fun with pioneer-inspired activities, such as making a corn husk doll. Admission costs $15 per family. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Terrace House. Visit or call 753-5166 to learn more.

Who has the Big 12 title? The Baylor Lady Bears basketball team! Cheer them on as they play Oklahoma State. The game starts at 1 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. For more information, visit
Honor past and present military personnel and Gold Star families at the 11th annual Freedom Ball, presented by the Greater Waco Chamber and Greater Waco Aviation Alliance. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live music. The event will take place from 6-11 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. Tickets cost $125 per person or $50 for veterans and active duty military. A table of eight costs $800. Proceeds benefit aviation assets of greater Waco and provide scholarships for students. Visit to purchase tickets.
Hear the inspirational sounds of the award-winning men’s a cappella chorus Vocal Majority at the second annual Rise Up for MPS benefit concert at the Midway ISD Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. The concert helps raise awareness of MPS, a rare genetic disorder. Tickets cost between $10 and $100. Proceeds benefit the National MPS Society and will be disbursed through the Jenna Marie Richbourg Endowment. For more information, visit
Analog Waco invites you to partake in confessional storytelling at Analog: Quitters. The event focuses on the belief that everyone is a quitter, and some stories are born from that. Music and drinks complete the night. Attend the event at Brotherwell Brewing from 8-9:30 p.m. Visit for details.
Get your dance on at The Warehouse. Giblet Head will perform its unique Texicana porch punk music and some tunes by Elvis Presley. Catch the band from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Twelve12 (acoustic), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Knox Hamilton (alternative), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $12-$15
• Krystin Baird (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Rocking Randall Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• The Steve Smith Group (rock/country/blues), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
• Casey Donahew & Shotgun Rider (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Dustin Terral & The Lost Heart Highway Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Ransom Rhodes (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 3

Don’t miss an incredible performance by the United States Navy Band. Known as “The World’s Finest,” the band can perform any musical style. The concert will be held from 3-4 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

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