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Top 7 Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 30- August 2

4 years ago

By Maddie Lacy

Hello and happy weekend! There’s a lot going on in Waco this weekend as we head into August. From stand-up comedy to a community-wide picnic, there’s something for everyone. If you go out, be sure to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines! There are also some great virtual events if you prefer to say in.

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 the #WacoWeekend to let us know what fun things you are up to!


1. If you want to help out animals and the environment this weekend, be sure to bring your old aluminum cans to Cameron Park Zoo’s Aluminum Can Drop Off Saturday. All the proceeds from the cans will go towards the animals’ enrichment fund, which provides them with toys and activities. The drop off will be set up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, follow this link.

2. Looking for some laughs this weekend? Go see comedian Chingo Bling perform at the Hippodrome Friday. Chingo Bling has done a little bit of everything, from appearing on MTV to recently releasing a comedy special on Netflix. For details, check this link.

3. What better way to spend a nice summer day than having a picnic? This Friday, Extraco Banks is hosting a Community BBQ and Back to School Picnic from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event is open to all, and they will also be displaying films from the Waco Family and Faith International Film Festival on the lawn. Follow this link for more information.
4. Want to see some cool cars this weekend? Check out the Heart of Texas Super Show Saturday at 11 a.m. Hosted by Passionate Rides Car Club, they will be showing cars, playing music, hosting competitions and much more. For more information, follow this link.

5. This Thursday is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, so be sure to educate yourself on human trafficking and ways to combat it. If you want to get involved in making change in our community, there’s a peaceful protest at the Suspension Bridge Thursday night from 7 to 8 p.m. Also, Unbound Waco and Jesus Said Love are hosting a drive-through candlelight vigil Thursday night. For more ways to fight human trafficking, follow this link and check Unbound Waco’s website.
6. As always, be sure to go to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and stock up on local produce! They also have tons of great brunch foods from cinnamon rolls to breakfast burritos. For details and any updates, check their Facebook page.

7. Want to learn something while also making some fun crafts? Then check out some of the Mayborn Museum’s At Home Programs where you can also virtually see and engage with the exhibits. For more information, follow this link.

Live Music

Pecos and the Rooftops, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 p.m.
Casey Donahew, The Backyard Bar Stage & Gril, 9 p.m.
The Golden Sounds of The Platters, The Hippodrome, 7 p.m.