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Top 11 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Oct. 15-18

4 years ago

By Anna Tabet

The Waco Weekend is here and we’ve got plenty of events so you can get out and enjoy it! Whether it’s craft beer tasting at the Cameron Park Zoo, visiting an art exhibit (in person or virtually) or taking part in 100-year-old Baylor Homecoming traditions, Waco offers plenty of fun to choose from this weekend.

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. Buying designer bags and eye-catching jewelry doesn’t have to take place in a high-end storefront. In fact, it can even benefit charity! The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children’s Bags, Baubles, and More online auction is happening from now until Oct. 18. There will be a live drawing for a Louis Vuitton bag on October 19 at Di Campli’s Italian Ristorante. Contact Di Campli’s at (254) 300-5978 for a required reservation to attend the event. For more information or to enter the auction, visit this link.

2. Brew at the Zoo is back giving you the opportunity to try out a variety of brews while strolling through Cameron Park Zoo at night. From Thursday to Saturday, you’ll be able to taste brews from 4-5 local breweries and see zoo animals from 6-9 p.m. and even visit the animals until they are put to bed at 7:30 p.m. The event is for ages 21 and older. Proceeds of the event will help provide for the animals at Cameron Park. For more information or to buy tickets, visit this link.

3. Stop by the cemetery and learn about historical Waco figures with The Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild. Interpreters (some dressed in period clothing) will bring to life the stories and lives of renown and infamous people laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery “Walking Tales” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit this link.

4. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to watch a show about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical, then Baylor Theatre’s rendition of “[title of show]” might just be the perfect event for you. From Thursday to Sunday, you’ll be able to watch this comical and lively musical online starting at 7:30 every night. For tickets, visit this link.
5. October is truly the month for pumpkin patches. If you still haven’t gotten your yearly pumpkin patch photo op, then the Autumn Fest at Fossil Creek might need to be your next stop. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you’ll be able to take part in tons of games, a hayride, petting zoo, and so much more. For tickets, visit this link.

6. The Waco Downtown Farmers Market has you covered on all of your fresh produce needs for a dinner that’s sure to wow any guests. 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.

7. Eastside Market is back for October and better than ever! In addition to having a vast selection of vendors, food trucks and live music, Brotherwell Brewing will have the beer garden is opened yet again for you to enjoy a brew while you stroll through the market from 12-5 p.m.
8. The Mayborn Museum, in partnership with the CenTex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is hosting an ofrenda starting Thursday to November 8. Visitors will be able to make offerings to honor the lives of loved ones who passed away, as a way to celebrate the traditions of Día de los Muertos. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit this website.

9. Baylor’s Homecoming may look a bit different this year, but the traditions will carry on virtually to help connect the Baylor Bears’ community, as it has for decades past. Despite the cancellation of the Baylor football game against Oklahoma State, well-loved events such as Singspiration, Pigskin Revue, and a Pep Rally celebration will still occur online. For more information and the full schedule of events, visit this link.
10. Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art is currently hosting two exhibits, both in-person and online. The exhibits, “The Floating World: A Collection of Japanese Woodcuts” and “Revisiting Audubon: An American Naturalist”, highlight unique portions of diverging cultural periods in art. For more information about the exhibits or how to view The Floating World online, visit this link.
11. Some of Waco’s most well-known artists, as well as students of all ages, are to be featured in Waco Friends of the Climate’s 4th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibition. This free virtual gallery will be taking place from now until Nov. 30. Visitors will be encouraged to vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award to gain eligibility for prizes, including $100. For the exhibit, visit this link.

Live Music

Ryan The Son, Waco Hippodrome, 7:00 p.m., $16
Wade Bowen, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $30-50, $55 at the door
Clean Slate, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Hewitt, 6:30 p.m.