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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

5 years ago


It’s a theatrical #wacoweekend with “Shakespeare in Love” and “Annie, Jr.,” and a sporty weekend with baseball, softball and the Bearathon. 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

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Young writer Will Shakespeare struggles to write the play “Romeo and the Pirates” until he meets Viola, a merchant’s daughter. Their comedic-turned-tragic love story unfolds in Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Shakespeare in Love.” Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $16 to $20. To purchase tickets, visit
Take me out to the ballgame! The Baylor Bears baseball team takes on West Virginia all weekend. Games begin Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:05 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark. Visit for details.

Knock the ball out of the park! The Baylor Lady Bears softball team plays Oklahoma State three times this weekend. First pitch is Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Getterman Stadium. To learn more, visit
Little orphan Annie is stuck with a “hard knock life,” but she doesn’t let that stop her from charming her way into her forever home in “Annie, Jr.,” presented by Mission Waco’s Jubilee Theatre. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $7 to $12. Visit to purchase tickets.
Hay is for horses, and horses compete in the Open Gaited Show. Trail and rail classes are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trotting and gaited dressage tests are Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All activities will be held at Highlander Ranch at McLennan Community College. For a full schedule, visit
Discover the great outdoors at the South 40 Outdoor Expo, presented by Gibbs Outdoor Recreation. Talk to vendors and exhibitors about all things outdoors or check out the car show. The event also includes the Fishing Trail Championship, the barbecue cook off and kids activities. Parking, admission and activities are free. Attend the event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Extraco Events Center. 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. Scott’s art is 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 21


Luck of the Irish be with you at Cultivate 7twelve! Andrew Finn Magill and Alan Murray bring you the sounds of Ireland with fiddle, guitar and bouzouki. Admission costs $15 at the door. The music starts at 6 p.m.
Who loves science? Head to the Mayborn Museum for Science Thursdays: The Transformative Impact of Nanotechnology, organized by the Department of Physics at Baylor University. Dr. Christie Sayes, an environmental science professor, will talk about functional nanosystems from 7-8 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be available before the lecture at 6:30 p.m. While the lecture is free, admission to the museum is not included. Visit to learn more.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Twelve12 (acoustic), Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.
• Lauren January & Nate Rodriguez (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Flamenco Symphony (Spanish-inspired), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Tim Knecht (country/folk/blues), Backyard Saloon, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 22

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 with regular admission. Visit for details.
Spend your evening with music and poetry at the Nathan Brown House Concert, presented by WordFest and Waco Cultural Arts Fest. Nathan Brown will sing folk songs, read poetry and share stories. Tickets cost $20 at the door and include food and drinks. The event begins at 7 p.m. For more information and location, visit
Live Music
• Ed Leonard & Friends (country/rock), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 6 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jessica Ann Lewis (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Creekside Republic (Texas country), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 7 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (power pop), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Tanya Tucker & Holly Tucker (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $40-$75
• Jonna Mae & Daddy Mae (Americana), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• When Forever Ends (Christian metal), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $10-$12
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Three4One (eclectic), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Treble Soul (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Tradinghouse Bar & Grill, 8 p.m.
• Ballous Cats (rock), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Kyle Park (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15
• Chad Cooke Band (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m., $8-$12

Saturday, March 23


Are you prepared for the Bearathon, aka the “Toughest Half in Texas”? The half-marathon and the Sic ’Em 6K both start and end at McLane Stadium, with the half-marathon extending through Cameron Park and Downtown Waco. The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m. and the 6K at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Baylor University’s Student Foundation and goes toward student scholarship funds. To register, visit

A new day begins, and what better way to start it than at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market? Delicious food? Check. Neat vendors? Check. Dog-friendly? Absolutely! The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Women often played instrumental roles throughout time, both in the foreground and in the background. Waco Walks presents Women’s History Month Walk and welcomes you to discover how women influenced Waco’s history. The event is organized by Baylor’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Historic Waco Foundation, and Waco Girl Troop Scouts BSA Troop 308. Attendees will meet at 10 a.m. at Indian Spring Park. For more information, visit
Have quadruple the sports fun with McLennan Community College. The Highlassies softball team face Temple College at 12 p.m. and at 2 p.m. The Highlanders baseball team play North Central Texas College at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. McLennan Athletics amplifies the great atmosphere with Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be giveaways, inflatables, games and more. All events will be held at Bosque River Ballpark. Visit for details.

Head to Waco Hippodrome for an electric performance by Rhonda Vincent at 7 p.m. The Queen of Bluegrass combines her traditional music with a sophisticated show. Ticket prices start at $39. For more information, visit

Join Waco Symphony Orchestra for “All-Orchestral: Spotlight on the Orchestra!” The night also includes the presentation of the Waco Symphony Belles & Brass by the Waco Symphony Council. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Waco Hall on Baylor campus. Call 754-0851 or visit for ticket prices.
Laugh and listen a little at Variety on the Rooftop. Brazos Theatre will take over Waco Winery with music and comedy at 8 p.m. Making the night better is free hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $28.50. To purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• The Fox and the Crow (folk), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Chuck Jennings & Beth Ullman (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Waco Community Choir (gospel), Faith Temple Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Melinda Adams (country/Southern rock), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Downtown Waco, 7 p.m.
• Nefesh Mountain (bluegrass), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $20
• Darrell Ray (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Fenix Theory (eclectic), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• David Adam Byrnes (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 8 p.m., $8
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• David Allan Coe (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Chris Manning Band (red dirt/Texas country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $7-$10
• Rewind Party Band (’70s & ’80s), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 24

Enjoy a free evening of fantastic music with Choral Evensong and The Art of Improvisation at Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church. The Choral Evensong will kick off the event with music sung by the St. Alban’s choir at 5:15 p.m. Internationally acclaimed performer Justin Bischof will play the organ while improvising themes submitted by the audience at 6 p.m. For details, visit