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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

April 4-7

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy April, Waco! Have fun this #wacoweekend with the Woodway Wine Tour, “Gobsmacked” and live music everywhere. 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


Poetry fans, don’t miss Baylor University’s 25th annual Beall Poetry Festival, featuring great contemporary poets. Activities include a student literary contest, poetry readings, a poetry panel and a lecture on contemporary poetry. The festival events are Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. For a list of this year’s poets, visit or call 710-1768.

Baylor University Theatre explores memory in “Mnemonic” by telling the stories of interrelated characters. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Mabee Theatre. Due to adult language and content, this play is intended for mature audiences. For ticket prices, call 710-1865 or visit
Fall into the world of opera with Baylor Opera Theater’s “Opera Scenes” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Mozart’s music will be front and center along with other songs. The free event is open to the public at Roxy Grove Hall on Baylor campus. Visit to learn more.
Have a barrel of laughs at Improv Comedy Show by Brazos Theatre! The monthly comedy show creates scenes based on audience suggestions. Watch the show Friday or Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information.
Round up your friends for the Bluebonnet Circuit by the Texas Appaloosa Horse Club. Equestrians will compete in trail, reining, Western pleasure and more. Shows begin at 9 a.m. Friday and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Extraco Events Center. For a full schedule, visit

Show your support for the Baylor Bears Baseball team as they take on the University of Texas Longhorns three times this weekend. First pitch is Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. All games will be held at Baylor Ballpark. Visit for details.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s superm— wait, it IS a plane! The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform in the Heart of Texas Airshow. Other performers include the US Army Special Ops Black Daggers and aerobatic airplanes. Food, ground activities, interactive exhibits and more will be available. Catch the show Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at TSTC Waco Airport. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets. For ticket prices, visit
Admire fresh and upcoming talent by Baylor art students at the Baylor Art Student Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art. Tish Brewer, owner of The Center for Art Conservation in Dallas, will be the juror. The exhibit is open now 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” is open now 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. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 4

How well do you know TV shows like Full House, Boy Meets World, Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills 90210? Put your knowledge to the test at First Thursday Trivia: ’80s & ’90s Sitcoms. Teams can sign up at 5:15 p.m. until the first question at 6 p.m. at Waco Hippodrome. Proceeds benefit the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children. For details, visit

Step back in time with The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Oldies Jukebox show. Special guests include Kenn Elliott, Glenda Cheek and JR Sanchez. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Visit to learn more.

Put your hands together for The Quebe Sisters, a Dallas-based trio who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia. You’ll quickly be tapping your foot to the sounds of fiddles, guitar, bass and vocals that harmonize in an Americana blend. Attend the concert at 7 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. Ticket prices start at $29 and are available at
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (Americana), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Concert Jazz Ensemble, Jones Concert Hall at Baylor, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5

Some people might argue art makes the world go around. For Deborah Reed-Propst, going around the world might make her art. Head to the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery for the opening of Deborah’s exhibit, “Reverie and Contemplation.” The works at the exhibit are inspired by Deborah’s travels. Live music, wine and light food will be available. The opening will be held from 4-9 p.m. Visit for details.
April is here and so is First Friday! Explore your favorite haunts in Downtown Waco for specials and discounts from 5-10 p.m. Shop, dine and enjoy the evening. For a list of participating businesses, visit

Board? Admire work from Waco’s woodworkers at the opening of Cultivate 7twelve’s newest exhibit: “Engrained.” Live music and light food will be available. The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. Visit to learn more.
Spend your evening with good wine and food at the Woodway Wine Tour at Carleen Bright Arboretum from 7-10 p.m. Brian & Jeremy Acoustic Duo and The Union Revival will perform. Tickets cost $40 each, and space is limited. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Texas Police Chief’s Association Foundation and the Heart of Texas 100 Club. Visit for details.
Sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the sounds of Chris Renzema and More Than Sparrows. The Christian bands will fill you with heartwarming music. Catch the show at 8 p.m. at Common Grounds. Tickets cost between $12 and $15. To purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Julia Tucker (Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• D-Rail & Isaac (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Justin Cole (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Lexxi Garza & Rewind Party Band (rock), Lakeside Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Jessica Lewis & Clinton Bon Slaughter (country), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Joel & Deon (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Mike Ryan Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $15-$25

Saturday, April 6

If you’re not afraid to get dirty and love running, then the Down n’ Dirty Trail Run is for you! Choose between a 3K and an 8K trail run, starting and ending at the Northern Gateway Pavilion at Cameron Park. Both races begin at 9 a.m. To register, visit

It’s fun. It’s outside. It’s the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Gather your friends for a morning trip to the farmers market. Try a new vendor or visit your favorite one. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wild dances and wondrous costumes take the spotlight in “Gobsmacked” by Out on a Limb Dance Company. Dinner, wine and dessert will be available. The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Waco Civic Theatre. Visit to purchase tickets.
Remember the year “1985” with Bowling for Soup! The rock band is back at The Backyard with its timeless songs and fantastic music. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. For ticket prices, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Mathew Butter (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (pop), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Wynn Williams (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 7 p.m.
• Lawrence Scott III (eclectic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Rick Trevino & Brice Daniels Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

Grab your paddles for Kayak for a Cause at 1 p.m. at McLane Stadium! Participants can choose either a 1.5-mile course or a 3-mile course, both starting under the Pedestrian Plaza connecting Touchdown Alley and the South Plaza. Everyone is welcome, no matter how much or how little kayaking experience you have. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Waco. To purchase tickets, visit or call 710-8112.