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Top 13 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

June 18-21

2 years ago

By Maddie Lacy

Hello, and happy weekend! There’s something for everybody this weekend in Waco, ranging from Shakespeare to a barbecue cook-off. Juneteenth is Friday and Father’s Day is Sunday, so be sure to check below for a few special activities. If you want to have a socially distanced weekend, check last weekend’s post for some distanced activities!

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 #WacoWeekend to let us know what fun things you are up to!
1. Listen to “The Voices of Change” at Waco’s annual Juneteenth Community Parade, hosted by the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce Saturday at 10 a.m. The route begins at Quinn Campus and ends at Heritage Square. For details, click here. If you can’t make it, it will be televised on Channel 10 for both Grande and Spectrum customers or at To further support small, local minority-owned businesses, consider purchasing an exclusive CTAACC Juneteenth t-shirt with proceeds benefiting the Cen-Tex Minority Business Equity Fund. Order yours here.

2. It’s been a while since most of us have gone to a concert; if you’re eager to get out of the house and listen to some great music, go see William Clark Green Saturday at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $20 for ages 21 and older or $25 for minors. For more, visit the event page here. If you would rather stay home, you can watch a livestream of the concert here.
3. What better way to spend a nice summer day than cooking and eating some Texas BBQ? Be sure to check out the inaugural Riesel Fair BBQ Cook-Off! You can catch the annual Riesel Fair Parade Friday at 6:30 p.m., and then hit the cook-off anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday. Besides enjoying plenty of food, there will be plenty of activities including a cornhole tournament and some axe throwing courtesy of Waco Axe Company. For details, check this link.
4. Enjoy live music with a glass (or two) of wine at the Juneteenth Celebration at Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro Friday from 7-11:55 p.m. Jazz R&B artists Joel and Dion will perform, and a special dinner menu is offered that includes pulled pork, candied yams and collard greens. To learn more, check here.
5. Browse limited edition and vintage vinyl records at Spin Connection’s Record Store Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The team will bring out special records and be offering discounts! For details, check here.

6. Looking for an artsy weekend? Maybe this Gold Leafing Class is for you! The gold leafing technique has been around for centuries, spanning from the work of the Ancient Romans to more modern artists, like the renowned Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Artist Katie Ward will be teaching the class on gold leafing Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at Cultivate 7Twelve. Tickets cost $95 and includes your choice of a print from Ward’s current collection. For more information, visit this link.
7. Check out one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies and go see theatre group Wild Imaginings perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Common Grounds. The show runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased here.
8. Eager to get out and go on a run this weekend? Join this Virtual Race organized by Moon Joggers. Run any time between Sunday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday the 30th at 9 p.m. For more information and the race route, go here.

9. Chlorinated pool water and sunburns are unavoidable in the Summer and can be tough on your skin. If you want to find some ways to keep your skin healthy, check out Glow Waxing Studio’s Clean Beauty Virtual Event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a live Q&A, giveaways and discounts. For details, check here.

Father’s Day Events

1. Want to have a fancy dinner for Father’s Day but don’t want to cook? Head to the Friday Night Father’s Day Chef’s Dinner at The Olive Branch from 6-9 p.m. for a special four course meal that includes a delicious carrot cake cheesecake for dessert. Tickets cost $35 each. For details, check here.
2. If you’re looking for something that the kids can also enjoy this Father’s Day, check out the Father’s Day Skate at Skate Waco Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission and skate rental is free for dads! More information can be found here.

3. Make dad’s Father’s Day extra special with crawfish and local beer at the Crawfish Boil at Southern Roots Brewing Company Saturday from 1-5 p.m. After the meal, enjoy a variety of yard games. For details, check this link.
4. Is dad a trivia buff? Then take him to the Father’s Day Trivia Night Friday at the Brazos Theater. Dad jokes and dad-themed questions are on tap from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Prizes will be given away throughout the night and the event is BYOB. For more, go here.

Live Music:

Cody Hibbard, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 p.m.
Max and Lynette, Z’s at the Curry, 8 p.m.
Zamora County Line, El Paso Grill, 7 p.m.
Sundae Drivers, The Slippery Minnow, 8 p.m.
35 South Band, Melody Ranch, 9:45 p.m.

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