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Top 10 Things to do in Waco this Weekend

June 11-14

2 years ago

By Maddie Lacy

Welcome back to Waco Weekend! With the reopening of our city, many events in Waco have started back up. Some staples of Waco, including the Farmer’s Market and Cameron Park Zoo, have recently opened to the public. There are lots of great in-person events happening this weekend if you’re eager to get out of the house; however, if you prefer to stay in, there are some great virtual and socially-distanced ways to make this weekend interesting!
Find even more events and prepare for next weekend with our events calendar at  Be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and use the #WacoWeekend to let us know what fun things you are up to!


Guidelines (current as of June 10)

Bars and Similar Establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as the patrons are seated, as of June 3.
Restaurants are currently operating at 50% occupancy, but will be able to operate at 75% occupancy starting June 12.
Youth Sports and Summer Camps are permitted to operate, as of May 31.
More Guidelines Here

Major Reopenings


The Magnolia Silos reopened on June 1 with new social-distancing guidelines in place, which include measure such as contactless payment and one-way foot traffic flows. More about these guidelines can be found at this link.

The Cameron Park Zoo reopened on May 29. While some of the indoor exhibits remain closed, most of the outdoor exhibits and playgrounds are back up and running! If you’re looking to visit the Zoo this weekend, view the updated guidelines at this link.

The Waco Farmers Market started back up at the end of May, which is always a fantastic way to spend your Saturday morning. They have moved to 500 Washington Avenue, but are still open from 9am-12pm every Saturday! Some guidelines to follow to ensure that you can safely shop around can be found on the Farmer’s Market’s Facebook page here.
The Waco Libraries will reopen June 15. Upon reopening, they will be open Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm (wifi still available from 7am-11pm). They will also be offering a curbside pickup option that operates from 10am-5:30pm. Some more information about this reopening can be found here.
The Shops at Spice Village opened back up on June 3. They are now back in full operation, with normal hours and open dressing rooms. Here’s the Facebook post about reopening for more information.
The Waco Hippodrome, along with The Raleigh and the Hightop Bar, can now operate at 50% capacity, as of June 4. They will enforce social distancing measures in regard to seating, but you can still order some food while catching a movie. More details about reopening is at this link.

In-Person Events


If you’re looking to learn more about the forgotten history of some failed soft-drinks, go and see the Pop-Pop-Fizzle-Fizzle Exhibit at the Dr Pepper Museum. The Dr Pepper Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5:30 p.m. This link has more information on the exhibit.
For all the brides-to-be, check out the 8th Annual Bliss Bridal Bash on Sunday at the Waco Convention Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m., many of the top wedding vendors in Central Texas will be there to help you plan your dream wedding. For tickets and more information, check here.
Want to learn more about Cow Horses and Cutting? Then you should go to the Cow Horse Clinic Series- Cutting with Fons. Hosted by JWB performance horses, come learn with the best at the Top Hand Cowboy Church this Friday and Saturday. For tickets, follow this link.

If you’re a college student looking to go out this Thursday, head over to Freight Bar for College Night. Starting at 9 p.m., you can get $2 Wells and $2.50 Domestic Drafts. Also, in a show of appreciation for workers in the service industry, Freight will be open until 2 a.m. for Sunday Service Industry Night. More information can be found here.
Are your kids tired of being cooped up in the house? Take them to Ninja Night at Heart of Texas Cheer and Dance this Saturday! From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., HOT Cheer and Dance will have obstacle courses and other ninja activities set up. For more details and admission prices, check here.
Wanting to compete with some friends in darts? Then head over to the Thursday Dart Tournament at Click’s Billiards and Sports Bar. The tournament will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., depending on the number of entries. For more information, check here.

Looking to support some of Waco’s small businesses? Check out June Small Business Sunday at Billy’s Barn! It lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be music, yard games, shopping, and food. Find details at this link.

Virtual/ Socially-Distanced Activities

If you want an outdoorsy weekend from the comfort of your own home, you can “go” to a variety of outdoor locations– from our very own Cameron Park Zoo to some of our country’s most famous national parks– on a Virtual Park Tour. There are also a lot of fun activities for kids to do as they follow along with the virtual experience. All the information about the tours and activities can be found here, courtesy of the Waco Parks and Recreation Department.

Want an interactive and educational family weekend from home? Check out some of the activities and virtual exhibits from the Mayborn Museum at this link.

Interested in getting a new pet or just want to look at some cute animals? Tune in to the Waco Humane Society’s Facebook Live Event this Thursday at 10 a.m. to meet some of the animals that are up for adoption and learn more about fostering animals, adoption, and rescue programs. Check out this link for more information.

Live Music

Mason Hays, Freight Bar, 8pm.
Max Stalling, The Backyard, 8:30pm.
The Ballards, Fuzzy’s, 7 p.m.
King George: A Tribute to George Strait, The Melody Ranch, 9:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.

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