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Top 8 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Nov. 26-29

2 years ago

By Anna Tabet

Happy Thanksgiving, Waco! If you’re looking for things to do after your turkey dinner, we have you covered. With two opportunities to run for a good cause — the Waco Turkey Trot 5k or the Rescue Christmas Run, you can get some exercise and support nonprofits. We also have an art show and sale and Christmas events to help you get in the holiday spirit!

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. Grab your running shoes and get ready to run the annual Waco Turkey Trot 5k! This year, the run is virtual, allowing you to participate between Thanksgiving and Nov. 29, anywhere you like to walk or run. To register for the run that’s benefiting Susan G. Komen of Central and East Texas, visit this link.

2. Get ready to cheer on the Baylor Bears! Baylor Football will be facing off against Kansas State on Saturday at McLane Stadium. For updates about the game, visit this link.
3. Cultivate 7Twelve will be hosting the Professional Artists of Central Texas’ art show and sale, Studio Magic. The exhibit opens on Friday and will continue through February 12, 2021. The art showcased will include functional and sculptural pottery, impressionist paintings, Waco-inspired drawings and much more. For more information, visit this link.
4. Running can better your health and benefit a nonprofit with The Salvation Army Waco’s Rescue Christmas Run. This virtual run begins on Thanksgiving and will be accessible for a month to help their initiatives in caring for the poor, hungry, sick and displaced. All participants receive a T-shirt and marathoners (even if you run/walk a mile every day for 26 days) will receive a medal. To register or donate, visit their website here.
5. If you’re a fan of the game Cards Against Humanity and love all things improv, then this event might be for you. Brazos Theatre continues their post-thanksgiving tradition of Improv Against Humanity Saturday at 7-8:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. The show is for mature audiences and no one younger than 17 years of age will be permitted into the theatre without a parent or guardian. For tickets, visit this link.
6. The 33rd Annual Homestead Fair is here to provide you with unique craft and outdoor based activities. Friday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be activities such as cow milking, chair crafting demonstrations, and cheese making for you to partake in. The fair will take place at 608 Dry Creek Rd. For more information, visit this link.

7. Want a fun way to enjoy the crisp, fall weather with your family? Then, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market certainly has you covered. 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. Christmas is coming and Fossil Creek Retreat is providing you and your family with the perfect way to celebrate. Winter Wonderland will be open to the public from Saturday to December 27, 5-11 p.m. Between enchanted hayrides through a Christmas Tree Forest, story time with Mrs. Claus, and ice skating, there is no shortage of events to get you in the Christmas spirit. To purchase tickets, visit this link.

Live Music


Clinton Bon Slaughter, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 9 p.m.
Kolby Cooper, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $20 online, $25 at the door
Cody Canada & The Departed, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $15 online, $20 at the door

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