The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

April 11-14

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Head around town this #WacoWeekend and enjoy Art on Elm, Henry Winkler, Brazos Nights, Rootstock Festival 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


Help Waco Cultural Arts Fest celebrate Waco artists at Art on Elm. A preview party, Splash on the Color, kicks off the weekend Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brazos Event Center. On Saturday, walk along historic Elm Avenue to find artists, musicians, children’s activities, and craft and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the preview party cost $20. Visit to learn more.
Saddle up for the Texas Paint Horse Show at Extraco Events Center! Presented by the Texas Paint Horse Club, the show includes ranch cow work, barrel racing, reining, pole bending and more. Events begin Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m. For a full schedule, visit

Journey outside and cheer on the Baylor Lady Bears Softball team as they play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The games start Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Getterman Stadium. Visit for details.
Step up to the plate and watch the Baylor Bears Baseball team take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Catch the games at 6:35 p.m. Friday and at 3:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Baylor Ballpark. For more information, visit
In the mood for mystery and intrigue? Brazos Theatre presents Trapped by a Treacherous Twin, or Double Trouble. Christmas morning brings melodrama for Grace Haverford whose husband disappeared a year ago and for her sons Noel and Yule who are smitten with the same woman. Purchase paper wads or popcorn to throw at the actors. The Hilton Waco will provide slider plates. Watch the performance Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit for ticket prices.
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. This is the last weekend for the exhibit. To learn more, visit
Board? Admire work from Waco’s woodworkers at Cultivate 7twelve’s “Engrained” exhibit. The artwork reveals the beauty of craftsmanship and of the grain. The exhibit is open now through April 30. Visit to learn more.

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. For more information, visit
Meet painter Alexis Serio and sculptor Dewane Hughes at Visiting Artist Talk and Reception Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Martin Museum of Art. The artists will discuss their artwork in “The Expanse Between” exhibit, which explores the connection between object and viewer. The exhibit is open now through June 2. Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 11


Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart is performing at Waco Hippodrome Theatre at 7 p.m. If you like music by Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard, you’re sure to love Stuart. His country music honors the past while carrying it into the present. Tickets cost between $39 and $70. Visit to purchase tickets.

He’s an actor, author, director and producer. You may know him as “The Fonz” or “Fonzie” from “Happy Days.” Wacoans, please welcome Henry Winkler! He will accompany Waco Symphony Orchestra to narrate “Peter and the Wolf.” Joining him are Wacoan twins Haeun and Hayoung Moon, who will play the violin and cello respectively. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Waco Hall. For details, visit
Live Music
• Dave Wild & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Balcones Distilling, 6 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.
• The Toadies (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $20-$30

Friday, April 12


Are you ready for all-you-can-eat crawfish? CASA of McLennan County’s fifth annual Crawfish for CASA begins at 7 p.m. at Extraco Events Center. Devour the crawfish and enjoy all-you-can-drink beverages. The event also includes silent and live auctions, and live music by The Spazmatics. Tickets cost $125 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, call 304-7982 or visit
One of the best summer concert series is back! That’s right. The City of Waco presents its first Brazos Nights concert of 2019. Booker T. Jones and Cedric Burnside will kick off the series. The free concert will be held at Indian Spring Park from 7-11 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit
Live Music
• Live music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Wayworn Traveler (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Bustamante, La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Venus E (blues), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Hewitt, 7 p.m.
• MCC Chorale Concert, Ball Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
• Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., $10
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Stoney LaRue (red dirt/Texas country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$25

Saturday, April 13

Lace up your shoes for TNT: The Toughest N’ Texas Trail Run! Choose between a 50K, a 20-mile race, a 10-mile race, a 10K and a 5K. All races begin and end at the Redwood Pavilion at Cameron Park. The 50K starts at 7 a.m. followed by the other races in half-hour increments. Visit to register.
Help the City of Woodway keep its parks beautiful at Woodway Park Cleanup Day. Water, trash bags and grabbers will be provided, and participants are asked to bring materials such as rakes and hoes. The event will be held at Woodway Park from 7:30-11 a.m. For more information, contact Jamie Kent at 772-7491 or at For updates about the event, visit
Call a friend and meet them at Waco Downtown Farmers Market for a fresh start to the day. Delicious food, friendly people and neat crafts are the perfect recipe for a fun morning. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help Keep Waco Beautiful take care of our city at the Brazos River Cleanup. Meet at Waco Paddle Company at 10:30 a.m. to receive T-shirts and cleanup materials. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a pre-filled reusable water bottle. Water coolers will be available to refill your bottles. If the event is canceled due to weather, Keep Waco Beautiful will post the notification on its Facebook page at Sign up online at

Bring out your football gear for the Baylor Football Spring Game! Watch the Bears play in a Green versus Gold scrimmage. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. at McLane Stadium. For more information, visit

Gather your friends for the annual Rootstock Texas Wine Festival at Brazos Park East from 12-7 p.m. Taste wine from 15 of the best Texas-based wineries, sample food from local chefs, and enjoy live music and lawn games. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 at the gate. Each ticket includes 12 wine tastings and a Rootstock wine glass. Visit for details.
Flowers and spring go hand in hand. Breathe in the wonderful smell of flowers at the Iris Show, presented by the Waco Iris Society. The free show will be open from 1-4 p.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South. Potted irises will be for sale for $10 each. Visit for more information.
March of Dimes will host the annual March for Babies to help more babies enter this world happy and healthy. Registration is at 5 p.m. followed by the 3-mile walk at 5:30 p.m. at Cameron Park Zoo. To register, visit
Dance the night away with Sundae Drivers at Big’s Mayberry Tavern! The band’s Americana music will make your feet move. Catch the concert at 9 p.m. Visit to learn more about the band.
Live Music
• Live music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik (Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• The Sharks & The Conches (bluegrass), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas Unplugged (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Chuck Jennings & Juan Acosta & Ed Taylor (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• 35 South Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Blane Howard (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 10 p.m., $7-$10

Sunday, April 14

Hippity hop your way to the Earle-Napier-Kinnard House for Down the Rabbit Hole with Peter Rabbit. Historic Waco Foundation’s family funday invites you to explore Beatrix Potter’s stories with Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Your adventure awaits in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Admission costs $10 per family. Visit to learn more.