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Top 12 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Oct. 22-25

3 years ago

By Anna Tabet

Halloween is just around the corner and with it comes a variety of chilling events to get you in the mood! Chase a monster through Waco or visit a market with sword swallowers to truly immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit. Don’t let the spookiness distract you from supporting local businesses this weekend by visiting events such as the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Floating Mercado and REFIT Studio’s Collide with Women.

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1. Playing golf and giving back to the community don’t have to be mutually exclusive with the 2020 Cen-Tex Roof Systems Invitational! On Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lake Waco, you can enjoy some socially-distanced golf while also benefiting the Waco Karem Shriners. To form a team or sign up for a sponsorship, call Steve Everett at 254/709-6857 or Karem Shiners’ office at 254/848-5600. For more information, visit this link.
2. The Waco community has an abundance of talented artists and musicians. A portion of which will be showcased on Saturday at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery for their Autumn Uptown Art Walk. In addition to buying paintings, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in your own mini pumpkin painting while listening to live music. For more information, visit this link.
3. Are you a Whataburger fanatic or in dire need of a new designer handbag? Then Caritas of Waco’s Online Auction has the perfect items for you. Until October 22 at 8 p.m., you’ll have the ability to bid on items such as dinner experiences, designer jewelry, designer handbags, a Waco staycation package, home décor, Whataburger for a year, and so much more. To register for the event, view items or bid, visit this link.
4. The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is advocating for different cultural expressions and small businesses through their Floating Mercado. The one day market on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. will feature food, drinks, and varying cultures by displaying local businesses’ products. The event will occur at the chamber’s office. For more details, visit this link.

5. Nothing will get you in the Halloween mood quite like chasing a monster around Waco! Waco Escape Room is hosting a “Monsters of Waco” event on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. that mixes everything from the amazing race, scavenger hunts, and escape rooms. For more information on how to register for this hauntingly good time, visit this link.
6. Do you often find yourself entranced by the beauty of nature? Then Steve Scott’s exhibit, the “Alchemy of Light”, might just be for you. This ongoing exhibit at the Mayborn Museum features perfectly lit and authentically beautiful pictures of natural scenery. To get tickets to see this exhibit, visit this link.
7. Elite Therapy Center is hosting a Sensory-Friendly Treats-to-Trunk Halloween event for children and families with special needs and disabilities. On Sunday from 2-4 p.m., children are encouraged to dress up while vendors follow safety and social-distancing procedures to bring candy to their vehicles! For more information or to register, visit this link.
8. Bradley Settles’ new show “The Rough Draft Documents” aims to connect redlining to everyday problems occurring around the world. Head over to Cultivate 7Twelve for the rest of October to view this moving, free exhibit. For more information, visit their website here.
9. If there’s an event that truly encompasses the October spooky vibe, it’s Skellington Curiosities and Oddities October Market. Taking place at Skellington Curiosities on Sunday from 12-5 p.m., this market will have everything from local vendors, tarot card readers, and food and drink. And if you stick around for the entertainment, you might just catch one of the sword swallowers, escape artists or mentalists that will be performing. For details, visit this page.

10. Have you been wanting to spruce up your living room with some beautiful greenery? Then the Waco Downtown Farmers Market has got you covered. 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.

11. Supporting and learning from local, female-entrepreneurs is a unique opportunity that the Collide With Women event is providing to the Waco Community. REFIT Studio will be having a vendor fair and a women’s panel on Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. to showcase solely women-owned businesses in Waco. For tickets or more information, visit this link.

12. Blowing glass no longer has to be an artistic endeavor that evades you. In fact, it can even be festive! Join Stanton Studios this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. make your own glass-blown pumpkin. With over 100 different colored glasses to choose from, the opportunities are endless. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact or call 800-619-4882.

Live Music

Casey Donahew, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $25 online, $30 at the door
Tea Aguilar, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
Lee Gee, Freight, 8 p.m.
Randall King, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $20 online, $25 at the door
Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., $10
The Dave Wild Trio, Valley Mills Vineyards, 4 p.m.
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat gold, Waco Hippodrome, 6:30 p.m., $12