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Top 9 Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

Oct. 1-4

3 years ago

By Anna Tabet

October is finally here and with it comes an abundance of fun-filled events for everyone in your family or friend group! Whether you’re going to Grammy Award winning artist Chris Tomlin’s drive-in concert, grabbing some fair food or donating your time and money to help fund Cancer or Alzheimer’s research, this weekend is sure to solidify your pride in being a Wacoan.

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. It’s not often that a Grammy Award winning artist stops by this part of Texas. So when they do, you have to make the most of it! Make sure not to miss country musician Chris Tomlin’s performance at First Woodway Baptist Church Friday at 7:30 p.m. This socially-distant, drive-in concert will be benefiting Restoration Gateway, an organization aimed at helping and empowering people in Uganda. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $100 per car. For tickets, visit this link.

2. If you find yourself constantly craving fair food and drinks, then look no further than the Fair Food Drive-In at the Extraco Events Center. Starting this Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., this event will be providing guests with mouthwatering food from a variety of vendors until October 18.
3. The Deep in the Heart Film Festival is back for weekend two! Make sure to check in to their online events this Friday through Sunday to watch engaging Q&As, short films, and informative panel discussions. To access the schedule of events or purchase tickets, visit this link.
4. The American Cancer Society’s Central Texas Baron’s Ball is moving online this year to continue their mission of raising awareness about cancer and helping support cancer patients. Tune in Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to watch touching speeches and possibly donate to their area of focus for the night, gastrointestinal cancer. For more information about the event or donating, visit this link.
5. The coming of October is exciting for many reasons, one of which is the return of First Friday Waco! Support local businesses and take part in unique events and deals by heading downtown Friday evening. For more information, visit this link.
6. Help fight against Alzheimer’s by registering online to attend the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event this Friday. Starting at 9:00 a.m. with a virtual Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony, the event allows you to walk in your neighborhood, with a later visit to the Promise Garden at Brazos Park East. Visit this link to register.

7. The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is a one-stop-shop for all of your local produce, plant, and accessory needs. 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. Sundays wouldn’t be quite the same without brunch! Join The Waco Hippodrome every Sunday for their Gospel Brunch including food and live music performances from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit this link.
9. Waco Out of the Darkness Experience is taking place this Saturday to advocate more for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. As supporters, you can either take part in the Out of the Darkness Walk in the safety of your own neighborhood, or attend the Drive to Fight Suicide from 2-5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. At the drive through event, you’ll have the opportunity to access resources, purchase merchandise, donate goods and attend a memorial event. To register for the event or donate to the cause, visit this link.

Live Music

Sloppy Joe Band w/ Lauren January, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8 p.m., $10 online, $15 at the door
Mike Stanley, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
Mike Ryan, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $20 online, $25 at the door
Randy Rogers Band, Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-Be-Que, 7:45 p.m., $25 online, $30 at the door