The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

April 25-28

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Head around town this #WacoWeekend for great fun with “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Cotton Palace Historical Production and tons 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

Mistaken identities, love triangles and practical jokes flourish in William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” presented by McLennan Theatre. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in MCC’s Music and Theatre Arts building. Call 299-8200 or visit to purchase tickets.

Give a shout for the Baylor Lady Bears Softball team as it takes on the LSU tigers at Getterman Stadium. Holly Tucker will perform the National Anthem before the Friday game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday features a double header starting at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit
Follow Jesus Christ’s last week of life from the perspective of Judas Iscariot in the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” presented by Jubilee Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices cost $12 per adult, with discounted rates for seniors, students and children. For details, visit
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. To celebrate the exhibit’s last weekend on display, the artist will attend a Show Closing event Friday from 5-7 p.m. 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. It’s the last weekend for this exhibit, which ends April 30. Visit to learn more.
Enjoy the magic of watercolors at the Central Texas Watercolor Society Exhibit. 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 25

Join McLennan Community College for its final Wind Ensemble Concert of the academic year. Feel the spirit of music with compositions by Kurt Weill, William Schuman, Joel Puckett and Frank Ticheli. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on MCC campus. To learn more, visit
Live Music
• Jazz Combos, Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus, 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.
• Baylor Campus Orchestra, Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• Ryan Thomas & Judah (hip-hop), Common Grounds, 7:45 p.m.
• Justin Hewitt (country), Backyard Saloon, 8 p.m.
• Jackyl (rock ‘n’ roll), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20

Friday, April 26

Calling all Parrot Heads! Find Margaritaville with The Lost Shaker of Salt Band. The Jimmy Buffett tribute concert will be held at Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $19 to $49. For more information, 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.

See the history of Waco and of Cotton Palace come to life in the 49th annual Waco Cotton Palace Historical Production. The two-hour program features drama, song and dance before the presentation of the 2019 Cotton Palace Royal Court. Watch the production at 8 p.m. at Waco Hall. Tickets cost $50 for a floor seat or $15 for a balcony seat.
Live Music
• Taylor Dee & Tim Mauzey (country), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Ed Leonard & Friends (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Creekside Republic (Texas country), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop downtown, 7 p.m.
• Symphonic Band, Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• Waco Collective Jazz Concert, Cultivate 7twelve, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15
• Honest Men (indie/pop/rock), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $13-$15
• Curtis Grimes (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 8 p.m.
• Austin English (country/blues/Americana), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Shane Smith & The Saints (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $12-$15

Saturday, April 27

Get your blood flowing and run in Mission Waco Mission World’s Race ONE. The 5K timed race starts at 8 a.m. followed by the untimed 1-mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. Both races start at Jubilee Park. Race day registration costs $20 for the 5K and $14 for the Fun Run. To learn more, visit

The day is always beautiful if you start it at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Live music, delicious food, friendly vendors — what more could you need? The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Heartis Waco Senior Living at its Car Show, Concert & Cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The car show features the Heart of Texas Old Car Club as well as other cars and tractors. Enjoy music by The Morticians. While the event is free, donations are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and Heartis Waco’s Walk Team. For details, visit
Make your way to McLennan Community College’s Bosque River Ballpark and watch the MCC Highlassies Sotfball team play North Central Texas College in a double header. First pitch is at 12 p.m. and at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Work with your hands at Design Den: Woodworking. Create string art or build wooden sculptures. The event will be held at the Mayborn Museum Complex from 1-4 p.m. Access to the event is included in regular admission to the museum. For details, visit
It’s Time Africa and Baylor University’s African Student Association (ASA) present an African Culture Show. Watch performances by Baylor ASA’s dance troupe, eat African food and bid in a silent auction. The free event will be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame from 3-6 p.m. Proceeds benefit a school renovation project in Accra Village, Ghana. Seating is limited, so register online at
Spend Saturday in the Park with the Greater Lorena Chamber of Commerce. The seventh annual wine and cheese event will be held at McBrayer Park from 3-7 p.m. The Playing Ages and Brazos Brothers will perform. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and train rides. Admission is free, but wine tasting tickets will be available at the entrance. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. To learn more, visit
Head to Warren Park for the Nacho Daddy Car Show & Concert, presented by Greater Hewitt Chamber. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., and the car show starts at 6 p.m. Fenix Theory and The Morticians will perform. Admission is free, but parking costs $10 per car. A portion of proceeds will benefit Hunger Free MISD. Visit for more information.
Take a deep breath and smell the flowers. Support Keep Waco Beautiful at its annual Picnic in the Park beautification fundraiser. Jump in bounce houses, play yard games, hear live music, eat food and have fun. The fundraiser will be held at the Cameron Park Clubhouse from 6-9 p.m. For ticket prices, visit
Get lost in the jazz music by the Dave Wild Band. Kick back and have a glass of wine to celebrate the weekend. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. at Klassy Glass.
Live Music
• Block Party ‘19 (eclectic), Pinewood Coffee Bar, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Ethan Smith (acoustic), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop downtown, 7 p.m.
• Wind Ensemble (with Richard Floyd, guest conductor), Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Jeff Hulbert (eclectic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• The Damn Moore Boys & Co. (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Gordon Collier (country), Hewitt Elks Lodge, 8 p.m.
• Clay Hollis and Friends (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 8:45 p.m., $10-$15
• Johnny Joe Ramos & Castaneda (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Shaker Hymns (rock ‘n’ roll/country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $7-$10

Sunday, April 28


Run in Magnolia’s second annual Silo District Marathon. The marathon and half marathon start at 7 a.m. followed by the 5K at 7:30 a.m. at the Silos. Live music, entertainment and water are stationed throughout the courses. This year’s event includes a health and fitness expo. Proceeds benefit cancer research and treatment. To register and to learn more, visit

Cameron Park Zoo invites you to Join the Pride! Celebrate difference and success at the disability awareness and resource fair. Interpreters will be provided by Sign of the Times. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the door by mentioning “Join the Pride.” For more information, visit
Artists, gather ideas at Waco Walks: Ekphrasis Inspiration — Veracity. Everyone is welcome to join this walk designed to help the Central Texas Artist Collective artists start developing their Ekphrasis work. Ashley Bean Thornton and other storytellers will divulge Waco’s history. The walk starts at 2 p.m. at the Kinetic Tornado Sculpture on the corner of 4th Street and Austin Avenue. For details, visit
Hear the angelic voices of the Baylor Women’s Choir and Bella Voce! The concert celebrates laud, love and life. Music starts at 3 p.m. at Seventh & James Baptist Church. For more information, visit
Live Music
• MCC Concert Band Performance, Ball Performing Arts Center on MCC campus, 3 p.m.
• Jazz Combos, Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus, 5 p.m.