The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top 11 Things to do in Waco

May 20-23

3 years ago

By Essie Klausmeyer & Rachel Love

This #WacoWeekend has something for everyone! From fabulous Mardi Gras balls and chilling plays to plant sales and Baylor baseball, we’ve got you covered with the best local events. Be sure to follow us on social media (@Wacoan) to keep up with events, giveaways, and more.




Drink Beer. Save Turtles.
Head to Cameron Park Zoo to drink beer and meet turtles for a good cause! Enjoy Brotherwell brews while learning about the Turtle Survival Alliance, which is committed to achieving zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century. Special event merchandise will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from every pint will be donated to turtle conservation. To learn more, visit here.

Ready for a gripping, roof-rattling rock musical? Join the Waco Civic Theatre for their high octane rock operetta that tells an American gothic tale of a murder! This performance will be held May 17 at precisely 9:52 p.m. Viewer discretion advised, this is an R-rated experience. You won’t want to miss this thrilling tale – for ticket information, click here.
Mardi Gras Ball
It’s Mardi Gras in May! This Saturday, get dressed up and join the Advocacy Center in raising funds for crime victims and children at its 9th Annual Mardi Gras Ball at the Baylor Club. To learn more visit the Advocacy Center here.

Keep Waco Loud 2 Year Anniversary
Celebrate 2 years of Keep Waco Loud at Brotherwell Brewing this Saturday at 6 p.m. Enjoy local food trucks, live music and art vendors! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate Waco’s growth and small businesses. For more information, click here.
Watch this romantic play by Matthew Barber and follow retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister as she must make a decision about her future when she meets smooth-talking drifter Abel Brown. Will Eleanor take a risk on Abel? Find out this Friday through Saturday with Waco Civic Theatre. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.
McLennan County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
It’s almost summer, and that means you need new plants! Head to McLennan County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale this Saturday to pick out new plants and learn tips from professionals on how to keep your garden in shape. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the AgriLife Extension Office. To get more details, click here.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market
Start your Saturday at the farmers market! Get there early to grab some farm fresh peaches before the line gets long. The market opens at 9 a.m. on the corner of Washington Ave. and 5th Street. To learn more about our local market, click here.
Baylor Baseball vs. Oklahoma
Cheer on Baylor baseball as they take on Oklahoma this weekend at the Baylor Ballpark. Games start at 6:30 on Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 start time on Sunday. Be sure to wear green and gold! Click here to get your tickets.
Rose Reason at Milo All Day
Grab your friends for a Rosé Patio Party! Join Milo All Day on May 21 from 5:00-11:00p.m. for their Rose Patio Party. Tickets are $55 for a tasting of fifteen different rose and three drink tickets for a full glass for your favorites! With the purchase of each ticket, you will also receive a Rose Season shirt. Open to the public but limited supply! For ticket information, click here.
Endangered Species Scavenger Hunt
This Saturday, learn more about endangered species with a scavenger hunt at Cameron Park Zoo! Group tickets are $20 and include one stuffed animal. All proceeds from the scavenger hunt will go toward the zoo’s education department and new education building. Have fun and make a difference. Click here for more details.
Uptown Art Walk
Enjoy this warm weather with Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery by supporting local artists at the May Uptown Art Walk! Local artists will gather in front of the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery , MC Art Supplies, Brown’s Electric and Monument Barber Co. Artists will receive 100% of sales during this event and businesses will be open! For more information, click here.

Live Music

Katie Stewart, 7 p.m., Southern Roots Brewing Co.
Grupo Firme, 7 p.m., Plaza Waco Rodeo
Matt Castillo, 8 p.m., Freight Icehouse and Yardbar
Sons of Bocephus, 8:30 p.m., The Backyard Bar, Stage and Grill
DJ JBray, 10 p.m., Cricket’s Grill and Drafthouse
Brazos Brothers, 7:30 p.m., Freight Icehouse and Yardbar
North of Navasota/Far From Reach, 8:30 p.m., The Backyard Bar, Stage and Grill
DJ Magnum, 10 p.m., Cricket’s Grill and Drafthouse