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Top 8 Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 20-23

2 years ago

By Jen Naylor Gesick

Relief from the triple digits came just in time because this #WacoWeekend has plenty of events to get you outside from Eastside Market’s one-year anniversary to concerts, contests and more! If you’re going out, be sure to take your mask along. 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. You can meet me on the Eastside — Eastside Market that is. Celebrating the one-year anniversary and the return of the popular market at Brotherwell Brewing, vendors offering everything from art to clothing, food and more will be set up Sunday from 12-5 p.m. For details, visit the event page here.

2. Last call! Don’t miss your chance to win one of several Waco prize baskets with Creative Waco’s #WacoSafe Photo Challenge. Visit the new murals, snap a photo and post to social media — it’s that easy. It ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday so don’t miss out on your chance to win and help support local businesses, artists and safe reopening. Find the public art map on Creative Waco’s website here. For details on how to enter, visit the organization’s social media pages on Facebook or Instagram.
3. The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill is keeping the outdoor party going this weekend as they bring red dirt country favorite Stoney LaRue with opener Jon Stork to the stage Saturday! Doors for the all-ages show open at 6 p.m. so you can grab some food from the restaurant before the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 pre-sale and $33 at the door with an additional $5 per ticket for those under age 21. For tickets, visit the website here.
4. Want to try your hand at winemaking? It all starts with the grapes so pack a lunch and join the McLennan County Master Gardeners Friday for the next session in their Lunch with the Masters Seminars featuring Viticulture Regional Specialist Fran Pontasch at the Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. Free to attend, for details click 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. Pack a mask and enjoy shopping the booths offering everything from fresh meats, dairy and veggies to handmade goods and so much more at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Located in front of the McLennan County Courthouse and the ALICO building, find details on the website here.
7. Head to the Mayborn Museum Complex for a variety of fun and educational experiences including the popular Paw Patrol exhibit. 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.
8. Grab the kids and check out the Waco Mammoth National Monument. The dig shelter recently reopened and you can join national park rangers for free, short, informal pop-up programs on a variety of topics daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Located at the park’s amphitheater area along the dig shelter trail, find details in the Facebook event or visit the website here.

Live Music

Johnny Joe Ramos, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 9 p.m.
Sundae Drivers, The Tipsy Lion Bar & Grill, 9 p.m.
Dustin Terral & Lost Heart Highway Band, The Minnow, 7:30 p.m.

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