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Top 10 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Nov. 19-22

2 years ago

By Anna Tabet

Thanksgiving is next week, and the spirit of giving has arrived in Waco this weekend. Visit Baylor Club’s event to support the Employee Partner Care Foundation and Project Healing Heroes, give to the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign or donate to Compassion Ministries of Waco’s mission to help the homeless. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, remember there are always nonprofits ready and willing to accept your help.

Plan ahead with our events calendar at And when out and about, be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and use the #WacoWeekend!


1. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Compassion Ministries of Waco has maintained their goal of giving help, housing and hope to homeless families. Their annual Giving Thanks, Giving Hope banquet event has moved online to encourage the safe transferal of sponsorships. Sponsorships start at $600. For more details about sponsorships, visit this link.
2. Who doesn’t love shopping? Especially when it’s for a good cause. Join Baylor Club for their 6th Annual Sip + Shop Holiday Market on Saturday from 2-8 p.m. A portion of the funds raised from their holiday market will go towards two causes, the Employee Partner Care Foundation and Project Healing Heroes. Tickets start at $10. To register as a vendor or shopper, visit this link.
3. It’s a barrel of fun at Extraco Events Center for the McGregor Lions Club Barrels & BBQ event! Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m., Barrel exhibitions open. For riders, there’s a $10 office charge per day. For more information, visit this link.

4. Are you an avid reader and believer of all things Enneagram? Then this event might be for you. Join Fabled Bookstore in welcoming Suzanne Stabile and Kelly Harp to record a live episode of The Enneagram Journey Podcast. The podcast aims to grow compassion for others through discussing the Enneagram. This is a free event and requires a mask to attend. For more information, visit this link.
5. Do you have an elementary-aged child with a passion for art? Then the Art Center of Waco has the perfect avenue for them to explore their talent. Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., classes will allow children to analyze key elements and techniques famous artists used and create a relevant, open-ended product. To register, visit this link.

6. It’s a stressful time of year that certainly calls for some relaxation. South Waco Strength & Waco Cha are collaborating for an outdoor yoga event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration and Masks are required for the outdoor event taking place at South Waco Recreation Center. Free tea will be provided afterwards for attendees. To register, visit this link.

7. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is back this year to continue their mission to provide a Christmas dinner to families in need. Help the Marine Corps League ring in another year of this tradition by visiting the Dillard’s on 6001 West Waco Drive Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and giving what you can. For more information, visit this link.
8. The CenTex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is continuing its goal of highlighting different cultures through the products and food of local vendors at their monthly Floating Mercado. Visit them on Sunday at their headquarters from 1-4 p.m. to support local businesses and cultures. For more information, visit this link.
9. The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is back providing you with a variety of local goodies ranging from produce, meat, jewelry, and so much more. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in front of the McLennan County Courthouse and the ALICO building, find details on the website here.
10. It may be nearing Christmas, but the spookiness never ends for the Skellington Curiosities and Oddities Market. For November’s market, there will be a unique opportunity to take pictures with Jack and Sally Skellington from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas. Sunday from 12-4 p.m. at the Bosque Square shopping center, there are no tickets necessary to explore their wide variety of local vendors, artists, and food. For details, visit this link.

Live Music

Peco & The Rooftops, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $15 online, $20 at the door
Ethan Smith, Freight Bar, 7:30 p.m.
Chris Perez, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 9 p.m.
Bart Crow w/ Jesse Daniel, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $15 online, $20 at the door
Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox, Valley Mills Vineyards, 4 p.m.

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