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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

Richelle Braswell

5 years ago

By March 28-31

Spring is in full swing this #wacoweekend with the Deep in the Heart Film Festival, Mammoths on the March and plenty 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


Grab some popcorn and prepare for the Deep in the Heart Film Festival Thursday through Sunday! Waco’s premier independent film festival shows selected films that are intended to relate to everyone, from fantasy to documentaries and everything in between. Guests can choose which programs they wish to attend. All films will be shown at Waco Hippodrome, and additional parties and sessions will take place at downtown venues. For ticket prices, visit
“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.” Thursday through 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

Haven’t had a chance to explore Cultivate 7twelve’s “POP: The Art of Celebrity and Modern Brand Making” exhibit? Head there now before it’s too late. 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 Sunday. Visit to learn more.
Last call for all art enthusiasts who have yet to check out Tom Scott’s art exhibit at Carleen Bright Arboretum. His watercolors and photography are spectacular. Scott’s art is on display for the final time now through April 7. For exhibit hours, visit

Attend the opening reception and awards of the Baylor Art Student Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. The annual juried show showcases fresh and upcoming talent by Baylor art students. Tish Brewer, owner of The Center for Art Conservation in Dallas, will be the juror. The exhibit opens Thursday and runs through April 18. To learn more, 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.
Martin Museum of Art presents “The Expanse Between” exhibit, featuring contemporary painter Alexis Serio and sculptor Dewane Hughes. The exhibit explores the connection between object and viewer. “The Expanse Between” opens Thursday and runs through June 2. Visit for more information.
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 28

Far across the galaxy, planets await our discovery. Learn about the search for new planets at “Science Thursdays: If You Can’t See an Exoplanets, How Do You Know It’s There?” at the Mayborn Museum, organized by the Department of Physics at Baylor University. Chat with the speaker Dick Campbell and nibble on some cookies at 6:30 p.m. before the hour-long lecture begins at 7 p.m. While the lecture is free, admission to the museum is not included. Visit to learn more.

The boy yodeler with a big voice is coming to Waco! Mason Ramsey may be young, but he has a giant voice and a personality that’s charmed the nation. Ramsey will perform country music at Waco Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10. For details about the artist and to purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Balcones Distillery, 5 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Bella Voce (choral), Armstrong Browning Library, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29

Grab your golf clubs and start putting in Methodist Children’s Home’s Golf Classic at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. followed by awards and dinner. Proceeds benefit childcare services at Methodist Children’s Home. To sign up, visit

What’s better than a cook off show on TV? One in person, of course! Watch local celebrities showcase their favorite recipes and compete in the 13th annual H-E-B Celebrity Cook Off, benefiting the Waco ISD Education Foundation. Enjoy complimentary wine and beer while sampling the dishes, or partake in games and auctions. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. Visit or call 755-9517 for table inquiries.

Rock the night away with Lexxi Garza at Waco Winery. Sip a glass of your favorite wine with good friends and great music. It’s the perfect way to end the evening. The live music starts at 8 p.m.
Live Music
• Tim Mauzey (saxophone), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Donna Beckham (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (acoustic), Rusty Nail Barn and Grill, 7 p.m.
• Medicine Man (jazz/folk), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $10-$12
• Toby Gill (red dirt/country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Chuck Jennings and Beth Ullman (jazz), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Jeremy McComb (country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 9 p.m.
• ABBA Revisited (pop), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $15-$20

Saturday, March 30

Don’t be a chicken, or maybe do, and run in the Chicken Run by Bush’s Chicken and First Woodway Baptist Church at 8:30 a.m. Everyone in the family can join either the 5K or the 1-mile Fun Run. Both races start and end at Bush’s Chicken at 1501 Hewitt Drive. Registration for the 5K costs $35 the day of the race. Registration for the fun run costs $10. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Waco. For more information, visit

Combine the great outdoors, fresh food and artisans? Why, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Make a new friend and explore the vendors together. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What is spring without a good spring festival? Join the Waco Mammoth National Monument for its annual Mammoths on the March from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event includes arts and crafts, flowers to take home, and games. Admission is free, but an optional wristband is required for access to the fossil bed and other select activities. Call 750-7946 or visit for details.
Add bright color to your life at the YMCA Color Run at Woodway Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Travel along the 2.5-mile route however you want: jog, dance, walk, run, crawl. Participants will receive a white T-shirt and sunglasses. To learn more, visit
Travel to the past at Hands on History: The First World War. Wear helmets and gear, try military rations and hear the sounds from the Great War to learn what life was like for a soldier and others. The event will be held at the Waco-McLennan County Central Library at 11 a.m. Visit for details.
A pitch, a hit, a run! Cheer on the McLennan Community College Highlassies softball team as they take on Cisco College in a double header. Games start at 12 p.m. and at 4 p.m. at MCC’s Bosque River Ballpark.
Did you know, after this event, 383 athletes will be in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame? Attend the museum’s 2019 Induction Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. A reception will precede the banquet at 4 p.m. For ticket information and a list of inductees, visit
Music enthusiasts, enjoy music of and advice from three Nashville songwriters at Chords & Conversations. The songwriters — Bob DiPiero, Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobely — will perform their well-known songs and tell stories of what inspired the songs. The event will be held at the Hilton Waco from 6-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Texas Tech University at Waco. To purchase tickets, visit

Stomp your feet to the sound of Jon Wolfe at The Backyard. The country artist will make you want to dance. Let your boots move to the groove. Ticket prices start at $20. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Bobby James Gang and Bubba Haze (blues/rock), Papa Joe’s, 5 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Dueling Hearts (bluegrass), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Ed Leonard & Friends (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Ballards (country), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in downtown Waco, 7 p.m.
• King Country (psychedelic), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10
• Brandon Rhyder (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 8 p.m.
• Rewind Party Band (’70s & ’80s), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Blue Houdini Band (soul/blues), Waco Winery, 9 p.m.
• Branded Heart (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $7-$10

Sunday, March 31


Support those who help others in times of crisis at the First Responder Half Marathon, Relay and 5K. The course begins and ends at Waco’s Number One Fire Station and wends through downtown Waco and along the Brazos River. All races begin at 8 a.m. with awards at 11 a.m. Online registration ends Friday at midnight. To register, visit
Hear the angelic voices of Baylor University’s Chamber Singers in a one-hour concert. The choral music ranges from the Renaissance era to modern day. Attend the free event at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building from 3-4 p.m. Visit for details.