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Top 7 Things to do in Waco this Weekend

Aug. 13-16

2 years ago

By Jen Naylor Gesick

Things are heating up in Waco — and we’re not just talking about those triple digit temps. There’s a growing list of things to do in Waco this weekend with the return of Casey Donahew to The Backyard, mural scavenger hunts, art shows, outdoor movies and more! Read on for plenty ideas for safe, socially distant fun this weekend.

Plan ahead with our events calendar at And when out and about, be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and use the #WacoWeekend!


1. Who’s up for an outdoor concert? We’re hoping the third time is the charm for Casey Donahew Friday at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill (his first two shows planned for the venue this year were postponed due to the virus). Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show cost $25 for those over 21 and $30 for those younger. Find details about the event here.

2. How about going on a scavenger hunt for murals? Oh and did I mention there are prizes involved?! Join in on Creative Waco’s #WacoSafe Photo Challenge for the chance to win one of 5 Waco prize baskets and help support local businesses, artists and safe reopening. Find out more by visiting Creative Waco’s website. For details on how to enter, visit the organization’s social media pages on Facebook or Instagram.
3. The dig shelter just reopened at the Waco Mammoth National Monument plus you can join national park rangers for free, informal pop-up programs on topics including “Our Amazing Sun,” “The Odyssey of Ologies,” “Learning Through Citizen Science,” “Missing Pieces: Mammoths and Elephants,” and many more. The pop-ups are offered daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater area, located along the dig shelter trail. For more information, check out the Facebook event or visit the website.
4. You’re killing me, Smalls! Catch one of the greatest summer/baseball movies ever with “The Sandlot” at The Backyard Bar, Stage and Grill Thursday night for the Dinner & A Movie event. Grab a bite to eat and then settle in for the outdoor showing on the digital Jumbotron at 7 p.m. and stick around for “Gladiator” at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. For details, find the Facebook event here.

5. Artist Cade Kegerreis continues his solo art exhibition “Devolved: Unity through Evolution, Diversity, and Connection” this weekend at Cultivate 7Twelve, open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-7 p.m. Take a visual journey and create connections with these thought-provoking, discussion prompting pieces. To learn more, visit Cultivate 7Twelve’s Facebook page.
Also, check out our interview with Cade from our December 2019 issue at or click here.

6. Grab a free reusable shopping bag at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friends of the Climate will provide the bags to about 600 visitors. Be sure to wear your mask when approaching tables and enjoy shopping for fresh veggies, handmade goods and much more. The market is located in front of the McLennan County Courthouse and the ALICO building. For details on the event, visit the event page here. For more on the Farmers Market, check out the website.

7. One our favorite ways to beat the heat is to head indoors to the Mayborn Museum Complex which is celebrating its second weekend since reopening to the public. There have been changes in hours, operations and exhibits for safety so be sure to check out the website here for more information, to reserve your time or purchase tickets.

Live Music

Jennifer Pisarcik with Jon Fox, Southern Roots Brewing Company
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Chris Colston, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., Tickets cost $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door, add $5 for anyone under 21

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