The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

April 18-21

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

This #WacoWeekend, hunt for Easter eggs, watch some sports, talk with artists and listen to 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

Cheer on the Baylor Lady Bears softball team as they play Iowa State three times this weekend. First pitch is Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. at Getterman Stadium. For more information, visit
Horse enthusiasts, don’t miss the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) National Championship at Extraco Events Center! The best of the college equestrians will compete in reining, horsemanship and more. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For a full schedule, visit
Have a thriller time at an I Am King concert, a tribute for Michael Jackson, at The Backyard. Tribute artist Michael Firestone will sing your favorite Michael Jackson hits and perform a spectacular show. An adult show (ages 18 and older) will start at 9 p.m. Saturday. A show for all ages will start at 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit to purchase tickets for the Saturday show.
Deborah Reed-Propst blurs the line between reality and fantasy in her “Reverie and Contemplation” exhibit at the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery. Her works are inspired by her travels and how she sees people and nature interact. The exhibit runs now through April 30. For details, 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 runs now through April 30. Visit to learn more.
Enjoy the magic of watercolors at the Central Texas Watercolor Society Exhibit at Carleen Bright Arboretum. Works are by artists from the Waco area. The exhibit runs now through May 5. For more information, 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 runs 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” runs 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 18

Strike your best pose and join The Art Center of Waco for an Artist Talk with Larsen & Talbert. The husband and wife photography duo are known for their celebrity portraits. Hear them discuss their beginning and journey as artists as well as their special type of photography. The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the American Bank downtown branch at 325 Franklin Avenue. Visit to learn more.
Surround yourself with art at the Texas Fine Artists’ Spring Art Show and Reception. Frank Exum will perform. The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Springhill Suites by Marriott Waco Woodway. For a list of artists, visit
Fans of the written word will want to check out Poetry and Authors, presented by Global Revive and Cultivate 7twelve. Waco authors will talk about their books. The evening also includes open mic poetry and light refreshments. Attend the event at Cultivate 7twelve from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit for details.
Enjoy a special concert by Maria Dell’Orefice. Her piano music will speak to your soul. Catch the concert at 8 p.m. at Roxy Grove Hall on Baylor campus. For more information, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Nate Rodriguez (Americana), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Three4One (rock/pop/R&B), Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 19

It’s a fly ball! Watch the McLennan Community College Highlassies softball team take on Hill College in a double header. The games start at 12 p.m. and at 2 p.m. at the MCC Bosque River Ballpark. For more information, visit
Take me out to the ballgame! The McLennan Community College Highlanders baseball team plays Ranger College in a double header. Catch the games at 1 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. at the MCC Bosque River Ballpark. For details, visit

Make your way to the Lake Waco Wetlands for a Night Hike at 7:30 p.m. Staff from the Cameron Park Zoo will lead the free hike. Attendees are asked to wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear and to bring a flashlight and a water bottle. Visit to learn more.

Groove to Americana music by Jennifer Pisarcik and Jon Fox. Your boots won’t want to stop moving. The music begins at 7 p.m. at the Rusty Nail Barn and Grill.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jonna Mae (Americana/country/folk), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (Americana/blues), The Grape, 6 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Clean Slate (rock/country/blues), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop downtown, 7 p.m.
• Jeni Hackett (folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Miriam Wallace (eclectic), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Jayme Wade (country), Papa Joe’s, 8:30 p.m.
• Dave Wild Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Erick Willis (alternative/indie), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m.
• The Lawless (alternative country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Sundae Drivers (Americana), Lakeside Tavern, 9 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 20


Wakey, wakey, it’s time for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Get on your feet and make your way through the fantastic vendors. Don’t forget to stop and taste the great food or browse the unique products. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help Cameron Park Zoo celebrate Earth Day early at Party for the Planet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes animal presentations, fun activities, educational talks and more. McLennan County Master Gardeners will attend and share knowledge about composting and recycling. Visit to learn more.
Junior Rangers, one and all, head to the Waco Mammoth National Monument for National Junior Ranger Day! Earn badges from Centennial Junior Ranger to Junior Paleontologist. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a full schedule, visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument’s Facebook page.
Laugh until you cry with comedian Steve Treviño. His comedy speaks to everyone while retaining a hint of his Tex-Mex roots. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Waco Hippodrome. For ticket information, visit
Sip wine and sway to the music. The Towne Adams Band performs at 8 p.m. at Waco Winery. Enjoy the combination of country, Americana and rock music. To learn more about the band, visit
Live Music
• Lilly and the Implements (eclectic), Slow Rise Slice House, 4 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Dave Wild & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Jamie’s Guns (rock), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop downtown, 7 p.m.
• Bobby James & the James Gang (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Josh Ward & Cherokee Rose Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $10-$15
• Justin Taylor (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• Darrell Ray (acoustic), Lakeside Tavern, 9 p.m.
• Rewind Party Band (’70s & ’80s), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Happy Easter, Waco! Did you know Easter is one of the two biggest holidays for candy sales? The other is Halloween, of course. Eggs, plain or dyed, symbolize life and rebirth. Gather with family or friends to celebrate the day however you choose.

Easter Egg Hunts


Easter time brings Easter egg hunts! How well can you find the brightly colored eggs? Waco has plenty of opportunities for you to find out. The list below provides some community-wide Easter egg hunts. Search the events online or through Facebook for more specifics and to see if a free registration is recommended for headcount purposes. Let the hunts begin!
• Easter Egg Hunt
Dewey Community Center | 6-7 p.m., Thurs
• Sensory Friendly Easter Eggstravaganza
Elite Therapy Center | 1-2:30 p.m., Fri
• Easter Eggstravaganza
Jeffrey Place Healthcare Center | 2-3 p.m., Fri
• Community Easter Egg Hunt
Woodland Springs Nursing Center | 2-4 p.m., Fri
• The Great Robinson Easter Egg Hunt
Peplow Park | 4-6 p.m., Fri
• 30,000 Eggstravaganza
Victorious Life Church | 5-7 p.m., Fri
• Easter Eggstravaganza
Heart of Texas Kart Club | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat
• Hanging with my Peeps
FBC Lorena | 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sat
• Educators Credit Union’s Easter Egg Hunt
Hewitt Park | 10-10:45 a.m., Sat
• Easter Egg Hunt
Marineland Boating Center | 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sat
• Easter Egg Hunt
Brazos Meadows Baptist Church | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sat
• Community Easter Egg Hunt
Trinity at Badger Ranch | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat
• Community Easter Block Party
Crossroads Fellowship Church & Woodway Elementary School | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat
• Big Bad Easter Egg Hunt
Harley-Davidson of Waco | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat
• Western Heights Baptist Church Easter Block Party
Jaycee Park | 12-2 p.m., Sat
• Easter Egg Hunt
Cabela’s | 1-3 p.m., Sat
• Easter Egg Hunt
Hewitt Elks Lodge #2881 | 12-2 p.m., Sun