The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 7-10

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Kick off spring break this #wacoweekend with First Thursday Trivia, Set Sail for Murder mystery dinner and tons of 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

Make your way to the Pavilion Arena at Extraco Events Center for Elite Barrel Racing Extravaganza! Equestrians and their horses will compete for grand prizes. The events begin at 9 a.m. Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit
Do you love antiques and repurposed items? What about repainted furniture, jewelry or collectibles? You’ll find all that and more at the Huntsville Antique Rusty Chippy Vintage Hippy and Garden Show, with more than 100 vendors selling their goods. Make a trip to the Walker County Fairgrounds in Hunstville from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The entrance fee is $7 for both days. Visit to learn more.
The value of art is in the eye of the beholder. Enjoy art created by Lutheran Sunset Ministries’ residents at its fifth annual Resident Art Show. Works will be displayed at the Bosque Arts Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through March 20. An artist reception will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. The free event is open to the public. For details, visit
Explore thought-provoking art at Cultivate 7twelve’s “POP: The Art of Celebrity and Modern Brand Making” exhibit. Waco-based artists create pop and modern art that focus on critiques of well-known brands and public personas. The exhibit will be on display now through April 3. Visit to learn more.
Art enthusiasts will want to check out Tom Scott’s art exhibit at Carleen Bright Arboretum. His watercolors and photography are spectacular. Scott’s art will be on display now through April 7. For exhibit hours, visit

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 “Coming of Age” exhibit. 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 “SpaceX: Now This is Rocket Science” exhibit. 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, March 7

How big of a Potterhead are you? Test your knowledge of the movie version of J.K. Rowling’s famous series at First Thursday Trivia: Harry Potter! Form a team and sign up at 5:15 p.m. with the first question at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Waco Hippodrome. For details, visit
If you love reusing items, then the ReStore ReStart art show is for you! Recycled products are transformed into unique works of art. Bid on your favorite piece in the silent auction, snack on free food and enjoy classical and Spanish guitar by Frank Exum. Proceeds from the auction benefit Waco Habitat for Humanity. Waco ReStore will host the event at Cultivate 7twelve from 6-9 p.m. Call 756-0131 or visit for more information.

Spend your night remembering the Legends of Country at the Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s monthly show. Wacoans will star as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and more. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Admission costs $14 for adults and $12 for seniors age 65 and over. Children under age 12 are admitted free. To learn more, visit the Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Facebook page.
Your favorite jazz duo brings you smooth jazz to accompany your dinner. Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly will perform at DiamondBack’s at 6 p.m.
Live Music
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Flamengo Symphony (Spanish-inspired guitar and violin), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• Wind Ensemble Concert, MCC Ball Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
• “Love Wounds” guest recital (opera), Jones Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.
• Blake Crenshaw (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 8


“I’m Alright” because Jo Dee Messina performs at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill. The country music star strives to present herself and her story with honesty. Her show will get your boots stompin’ in no time. Tickets cost $25 for attendees age 21 and over and $30 for attendees age 20 and under. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• The Playing Ages (eclectic), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Cherokee Rose Band (country), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 7 p.m.
• Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., $10
• Eric & Thomas Unplugged (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Ben Rendek (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Twelve12 (acoustic), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 9


Another great day begins at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Grab some breakfast or your groceries for the week, chat with the vendors and have fun. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit
Junior Rangers, near and far, swing by the Waco Mammoth National Monument for Junior Ranger Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day’s events include guided tours, Ice Age stories, nature hikes, fossil hunting and more. Visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument’s Facebook page for a schedule of events.

Kick off spring break with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum at Spring Break Round Up. A Texas Ranger will discuss their experiences and answer questions at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m., starting and ending the event. Between the talks, guests can meet Texas Rangers on active duty and Texas Ranger reenactors. All activities are included with regular museum admission. For details, visit
Partake in a dice game at the Central Texas Bunco Tournament, hosted by Rolling for the Children. Doors open at 12 p.m. with food served at 12:30 p.m. The tournament begins at 2 p.m. Compete in the game and bid in a silent auction. Registration costs $35 and includes iced tea, lunch, door prizes and two raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit Daughters of the Nile, an organization that raises funds for the children in Shriners Hospitals. To sign up, contact Patsy Matthis at 817/219-0041 or email Visit to learn more.
Throw on a baseball cap and support the McLennan Community College Highlanders baseball team in a double header. The Highlanders play Weatherford College at Bosque River Ballpark. Watch the games at 12 p.m. and at 6 p.m. For a full schedule, visit
Put your skills to the test at a Cornhole Tournament at 4 p.m. at Lakeside Tavern. Players are to arrive by 3:30 p.m. Dylan Paris will perform, and free barbecue will be provided. Registration costs $20 per person. All proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association. Visit or call Jennifer at 716-6998 to sign up.
Who, what, when, where and why are some of the questions asked during any murder investigation. Try and answer those questions at Set Sail for Murder, an actor-led murder mystery dinner by Brazos Theatre. Help find Suzy Seabreeze’s murderer! Doors open for dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices, visit

Kick back, relax and have a glass of wine while Melinda Adams plays some music. Her country and Southern rock tunes are the perfect fit for a fun evening. The music begins at 6 p.m. at Kissing Tree Vineyards.
Live Music
• America’s Hope starring Michael Hix (musical variety), Waco Hippodrome, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $20-$42
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• The Bill & Phil Show (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Tea Aguilar (alternative), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Calamity Janes (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• One of These Nights (Eagles tribute), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $10
• Tony Booth & Cherokee Rose Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Jon Stork (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.