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Top 8 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Sep. 24-27

4 years ago

By Anna Tabet

Fall is here and there’s certainly no shortage of events to help get you in the mood for the impending sweater weather and changing of the leaves. Whether you love it for the eeriness of Halloween or moments of family bonding, we’ve got you covered — from kicking-off Baylor’s football season to our amazing local film festival, pumpkin patches and more. All events are subject to change so be sure to refer to the websites provided or each organization’s social media pages to learn of any cancellations.

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. The Deep in the Heart Film Festival is back! Check out all of the films, panels and networking events you could ever want, but this time with a virtual twist. The festival, which extends over two weekends starting this Friday to Sunday, allows viewers to watch the content at any time from the comfort of their home or at designated time blocks for live events. To access the schedule of events or purchase tickets, visit this link.

2. It’s finally the long awaited Baylor Football gameday! The fierce showdown against Kansas takes place Saturday from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at McLane Stadium. The game will be streaming on ESPNU for Baylor fans across the nation. For those wanting to cheer on the Bears in person, visit this link for available seats.
3. The Waco Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities is partnering with Cameron Park Zoo for the 10th Annual Virtual Join The Pride Disability Awareness/Resource Fair Sunday from 2-4 p.m. It features video highlights of rehabilitating animals at Cameron Park Zoo as well as provides resources for families with members with disabilities to help them be successful. Admission is free, but registration is required. A Gold Sponsorship can be purchased to fund children with disabilities and their families to receive free tickets to the Zoo. Visit this link for tickets.

4. We can barrel-y contain our excitement for the Texas National Barrel Horse Association’s Championship Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. With three races taking place over two days, the ExtraCo Event Center is sure to be packed with excitement and intrigue. For more information, visit this link.
5. Theatre lovers don’t need to be deprived of their artistic joy during these times. Especially with Baylor Theatre providing virtual performances of “The Last Match” and “The Revolutionists” Friday to Sunday starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. For tickets, visit these links here and here.
6. If you prefer the Fall season for outdoor fun and all things pumpkin related, then Fall Days at The Robison Family Farm will be perfect for you! From Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., be sure to head over to The Robinson Family Farm for games, hayrides, a corn maze, and so much more. For tickets, visit this link.

7. Craving tacos? Need fresh produce? Want to support local businesses and vendors? Then the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is just for you. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in front of the McLennan County Courthouse and the ALICO building, find details on the website here.
8. It’s officially Fall which means it’s time to fully embrace the spookiness that comes with this time of year. One event that truly embodies everything strange and unusual is the Waco Oddities and Curiosities Skellington Market, which returns this Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Located at Bosque Square Shopping Center, this free outdoor event is sure to leave you in awe of some sword swallowers and escape artists, while also providing you with unique products from local vendors and artists.

Live Music

Sam Riggs, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $12 online, $15 at the door, $5 up charge at the door for minors
Jonna Mae, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., $10