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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top 10 Things to do in Waco

May 6-9

3 years ago

By Essie Klausmeyer

This #WacoWeekend is sure to get you on your feet! We’ve got country concerts, chalk murals, and our hometown favorite — Dr Pepper. Get out and enjoy the festivities this weekend as we celebrate the First Friday of May. To stay in the loop on all things Waco, follow us on social media (@Wacoan) or check out our May digital edition at

Saving Bodies, Minds & Hearts, May 6
Come learn from your local and regional EMS professionals about safety and wellness. Bring your kids to see the ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and helicopters. They will also receive a free bicycle helmet for attending! This event is hosted by the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium. To learn more, click here.
Go Red for Women, May 6
Join the American Heart Association in raising awareness for women’s heart health at the annual Circle of Red Kick-off. Enjoy a virtual acoustic performance by country singer Pat Green at 7 p.m., and receive your own at-home party box. Proceeds will go toward research and education initiatives of women’s heart health.To find more information, click here.
McLennan Community Orchestra, May 6
Join the Mclennan Community Orchestra for a night of beautiful music starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Music and Theatre Arts building at Mclennan Community College. Contact the McLennan Box Office at 299-8200 or to reserve your free tickets.

Mom’s Night Out – Havana Nights, May 6
Are you ready for a night in Havana? Waco moms are invited for a night out at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum – Havana style. This night will be full of music, giveaways, food, dancing and an open bar. The festivities begin at 7 p.m., and more information can be found here.

One HOT Music Fest, May 7-9
Put on your cowboy boots this weekend for this celebration of Texas music! Enjoy performances by Koe Wetzel, Parker McCollum, Flatland Cavalry and La Fiera de Olinaga at the Extraco Events Center Friday through Sunday. Ticket prices start at $20. VIP tickets are $100 per person. To learn more, click here.
Wacotown Chalk + Walk, May 8-9
Join Creative Waco in supporting local art and small business. This two-day event will take over three blocks of Austin Avenue to showcase vibrant chalk murals from Waco artists. Browse through the art and check out local vendors, food trucks and more at the pop-up market. To get more information, visit here.
Beauty and the Brass, May 8
Enjoy a jazz performance by vocalist Calabria Foti and trombonist Bob McChesney presented by the Waco Jazz Orchestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre. Ticket prices vary from $15 to $30. All proceeds go toward scholarship funds for Mclennan Community College music students. To find your tickets, visit this link.

A Night With Holly Tucker, May 8
The Lee Lockwood Library and Douglass Subaru are bringing Holly Tucker to Waco for a special benefit concert. Tucker was a finalist on The Voice and 2019’s Texas Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee Lockwood Library. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, click here.
Wild Game Dinner, May 8
Help Meals on Wheels Waco reach its fundraising goal of $150,000 at its Wild Game dinner, auction and concert. Feast on wild salmon, venison medallions and more while bidding on items and enjoying the live musical performance by Michael Hix & The Classix. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. at The Ranch of Ambassador Lyndon and Kay Olsen. Individual tickets start at $150, and tables start at $500. For more information, visit Meal on Wheels at this link.

Dr. Pepper Museum, May 8
Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Dr Pepper Museum! General admissions will be only $2, the same price admissions cost when the museum opened in May 1991. Come explore the historic exhibits and treat yourself to some Dr Pepper from the old-fashioned soda fountain. Join the festivities between 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and click here for more information.
Live Music
Live Music at Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 7:30 p.m.
Carson Jeffrey / Cody Hibbard, 8:30 p.m., The Backyard Bar, Stage and Grill
Live Music at Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 7:30 p.m.