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Top 14 Events in Waco this Weekend

Jan. 30 - Feb. 2

4 years ago

By Claire Van Zee

This has been a week, hasn’t it? With the death of the legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter, earthquakes and impeachment trials, it’s safe to say this weekend should be devoted to some much-needed fun and relaxation. Here’s a list of the top 14 events happening in Waco this Super Bowl weekend, just in case you’re like us, and looking for something to put your mind at ease and refresh yourself for the week to come.

Check out the events here on our blog at or find even more events and prepare for next weekend with our events calendar at or our monthly Short List in January’s issue at Be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and let us know what fun things you are up to!

1. Catch a show at the Waco Civic Theatre with their production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” a musical biography paying tribute to the legendary country singer-songwriter. Tickets are going fast for the last two shows on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and can be purchased here.

2. Come out to the Martin Museum of Art this weekend for the “Played in America” exhibit by artist John Hartley. Admission is free and open to the public, and the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For details, go here.

3. Making music since the 1990s, country music legend Neal McCoy will perform hits like “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

4. Don’t forget to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers battle it out this Sunday, in the 54th Annual Super Bowl. The game will kick off at 5:30 p.m., so get together with some friends and snacks to enjoy the game and an exciting half-time show headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Catch a variety of local watch parties including one at Brotherwell Brewing where a ticket includes all you can eat food from Guess Family BBQ and two Beers. Tickets cost $40 during the presale or $50 at the door. Visit for details.

5. Up for a laugh? Comedians Mike Speenberg & Lee Hardin will be on stage at The Silo District Comedy Club Thursday to Saturday night with two sets at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.95 and are available at

6. Three of the most prolific country songwriters will be in Waco Thursday night at the Chord’s & Conversations Songwriters’ Event hosted by Texas Tech University at Waco. Enjoy dinner while Paul Overstreet, Marv Green and Scott Emerick perform at 5:30 p.m. All profits will go to support the Texas Tech University Higher Education Teaching Site in Waco, directly benefitting TTU Waco students through scholarships. For more information and tickets, click here.

7. Watch some of the county’s best youth compete in the ring with their animals at the McLennan County Junior Livestock Show. The Extraco Events center will busy around the clock this weekend, so check out the weekend schedule to pick and choose which events you want to go out and support.

8. Check out the Mayborn Museum for their new exhibit The Lion Guard: The Exhibit. With interactive activities, children can train with each member of the Lion Guard to protect the Circle of Life. Admission is $7 for children 2-12 and $9 for adults and hours are available here.

9. Finding January, a bit stressful? Perhaps a Mindful Movement Dance Workshop focusing on self-love and identity through the integration of modern dance is exactly what you need for a refresh. Head to Cultivate 7twelve this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to join Authentic Arts Studio for $15. Tickets available here.

10. Hosted by Greater Waco Chamber, the MidTex Farm, Ranch & Garden show will be held at the Extraco Events Center this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, so stop by and check it out!

11. Head to the West Waco Library on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for their weekly family story time. With stories, songs and puppets, Thursday nights at the library are definitely something worth checking out! More information available here.

12. If learning to play the Native American Flute sounds fun to you, check out the Heart of Texas Native American Style Flute Circle! The group will meet this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 2301 Colcord Avenue. Don’t worry if you’ve never played the flute before because the group says “anyone can learn!” For information, click here.

13. Another weekend means another stop by The Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Head downtown for some fresh produce, donuts and flowers to brighten up your week on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

14. The 33rd Annual Really Big Fishing Event will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Extraco Events Center. Join them for a day of food, music, games and, of course, trout fishing!

Live Music:
Thursday (Jan. 30):
Baylor Opera Theatre “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” Jesse H Jones Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Ed Leonard, The Junction on Route 36, 6:30 p.m.
Tiffany Valentine and The Rambling Troubadours, BIG’s Mayberry Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday (Jan. 31):
Neal McCoy, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
Bruce Carbonara, Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
Clean Slate, BIG’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
Baylor Opera Theatre “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” Jesse H Jones Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Waco Collective and Lattice: James Hall and Jamie Baum, Cultivate 7twelve, 7:30 p.m.
Darrel Ray, Mynar’s Bar, 7 p.m.

Saturday (Feb. 1):
Logan Samford, Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
Baylor Opera Theatre “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” Jesse H Jones Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Dueling Pianos: Featuring David Morris, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m.
Los Roachez, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 9 p.m.
JD Hicks and the H.O.T. Road Gang, Rocky’s Roadhouse, 2 to 6 p.m.
Kasoku Quartet, Baylor’s Roxy Grove Hall, 4:40 p.m.
Dirty Echoes & The Freddie Steady Revue, Nexus Esports, 7 p.m.
Burn the Wicked, Last Chance Bar, 7 p.m.
The Ballards: Zac & Heather Live, Hippodrome Hightop, 7 p.m.
Out of the Blue, Sefcik Tom Hall, 7 p.m.
Sundae Drivers, Lakeside Tavern, 9 p.m.