The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 14-17

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Celebrate spring break and St. Patrick’s Day this #wacoweekend with Spring at the Silos, Texas Food Truck Showdown and lots 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

Enjoy some Texas spring weather, shop locally and grab a bite to eat at Spring at the Silos! This special Magnolia event features a vendor fair, live entertainment and food trucks. The weekend also includes the release of Joanna Gaines’ children’s book, “We Are the Gardeners.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. While daytime activities are free, tickets are required for after-hour events. For details, visit
Coin collectors and enthusiasts, check out the 39th annual Waco Coin Show at the Bellmead Civic Center. You’ll find coins, of course, plus currency, gold, silver and jewelry. The event is from 12-6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission costs $2. For more information, visit
If you love watching horses compete, head to Extraco Events Center for the Texas Wildflower, presented by Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club and Texas Paint Horse Club. Events begin at 10 a.m. Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit for a full schedule of events.
Who loves disc golf? Watch pros compete in the Waco annual Charity Open, presented by Dynamic Discs. The competition will be held at Brazos Park East Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. For a full schedule, visit

Knock it out of the park, Bears! Watch the Baylor baseball team in not one, not two, but three games this weekend at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears will play the Cal Poly Mustangs Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. To learn more, visit

Ready, set, pedal! Bikers of all levels and ages can compete in the Cameron Park Blowout, presented by The Bear Mountain. A free kids cup will be held Saturday at Lovers Leap in Cameron Park. Registration starts at 12 p.m. with the ride at 2 p.m. The adult races will be held Sunday with various categories, and the first race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Cameron Park. Visit to register and for more information.
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. 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 is 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. An art reception will be held Sunday from 1:30-3 p.m. 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

Thursday, March 14

Let’s paint! Adults can enjoy spring break with Paint Night at the West Waco Library from 6:30-8 p.m. Attendees will receive step-by-step instructions to make something wonderful. To save your seat, register online at
What goes best with a good glass of whisky? Jazz music of course! Listen to Chuck Jennings Duo while you relax with your favorite drink. The music starts at 5 p.m. at Balcones Distillery.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (piano), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 15


Join the Mayborn Museum for Spring Break at the Mayborn: Game On! Play horseshoes, ring toss and more in the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities are included in regular admission to the museum. Visit for details.
Take the rainbow trail and hope you aren’t sent back to the peppermint stick forest in Life Size Candyland! The whole family can walk on a giant version of this favorite board game. The event will be held at South Waco Library from 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit
Chips, salsa and live music? Yes, please! Brian Brown and Widgeon Holland will perform acoustic music to accompany your dinner at La Fiesta Restaurant & Cantina. The music begins at 7 p.m.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Tanner Newman (folk/country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Smokin’ Maxx Band (folk), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 7 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Kyrstin Baird (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Terie Lei Moore (country), Lakeside Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 16


Say, “Good morning” to fellow market-goers at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. It’s the perfect spot to round out your spring break with delicious food and unique goods. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to write your family’s history but didn’t know how? The Central Texas Genealogical Society invites you to Writing Your Family History: A Hands-on Workshop. You will have help with your bio, timelines, photos and more. To receive the most from the workshop, attendees are asked to bring records for one line for four generations, a filled-out pedigree chart for the same line, filled-out family group sheets for the four generations and a few photos. The event will be held at the West Waco Library from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For details, visit

Food trucks compete once again in the fifth annual Texas Food Truck Showdown at Heritage Square in Downtown Waco. More than 40 food trucks will serve to the public starting at 10 a.m. Tasty Tickets cost $5 for a 4-ounce signature dish. The competition ends at 4 p.m., at which time trucks will serve their full menu for cash or credit. The event includes pop-up markets, live music, reptile shows, petting zoos and more. Visit for a schedule of activities.
Missed your chance to travel to King Kandy’s castle? Head to East Waco Library for another round of Life Size Candyland! It’s giant fun for the whole family. The event will be from 2-4 p.m. To learn more, visit
Batter up! The McLennan Community College Highlanders baseball team takes on Vernon College in a double header. Cheer on the Highlanders at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Bosque River Ballpark. Visit for details.
Feel the smooth rhythm of great jazz by Bob Scott. Jazz plus food and drinks are the perfect combination for a fantastic evening. The music starts at 8 p.m. at Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Tim Mauzey (eclectic), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• The Peculiar Pretzelmen (voodoo mayhem stomp rock), Waco Winery, 7 p.m.
• Waco Jazz Orchestra & Cecil Welch (trumpeter), Waco Hippodrome, 7:30 p.m., $15-$30
• Crash Landing (rock/blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Blue Houdini Band (soul/blues), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Matt Castillo (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Armadillo Mudflaps (country/rock), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.
• Hayden Haddock (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 17


Don some green attire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Did you know green wasn’t always the color for St. Patrick? It was originally blue. One reason the color changed was because the saint used the green shamrock as a teaching tool.
Don’t leave your furry friends out of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Instead, take them to the Lucky Pup St. Patrick’s PLAY Day at Animal Birth Control Clinic from 2-4 p.m. Dogs can play with friends and toys and enjoy some treats. Their humans can bring their own picnics. Animal Birth Control Clinic asks guests to bring a new or used collar to donate to dogs in need. Visit for more information.

Enjoy a free concert by The LeFevre Quartet. The group’s combined talent brings you fantastic Christian and Southern gospel music. Attend the concert at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lorena. To learn more about the quartet, visit