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Top Things To Do In Waco this Weekend

November 2—5

7 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

Happy November Waco! There are plenty of plays, art exhibits, live music, pumpkin patches and trivia nights to enjoy this weekend. Wherever you choose to explore in Waco, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend

Deck the Halls

Support the Junior League of Waco’s annual Deck the Halls holiday market all weekend long at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. For more information on this event read our blog!

“The Girl on the Train”: Waco Civic Theatre

Take a ride with the Waco Civic Theatre’s play based on Paula Hawkins’s novel from November 3 until the 12th! To view showtimes and purchase tickets visit their website

Waco Cultural Arts Fest

The Waco Cultural Arts Festival features art vendors, food vendors, musicians, dancers, art activities, spoken word, science, and art on the pickleball court! Each day the festival is open from 10 a.m.—10 p.m. This event is located at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., and is free and open to the public.

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., has a new exhibit all about understanding emotions. This interactive exhibit is perfect for families and is open until January 7, 2024. Ticket prices are available on the museum’s website

Western Belle Farm Pumpkin Festival

Western Belle Farm is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 5th for their annual pumpkin festival! Over 20+ activities at the farm plus all things PUMPKIN. Come celebrate the best season of the year at the farm! Tickets are $5-28 and can be purchased here

Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity Exhibit

Attend this blockbuster art exhibit featuring 19 different artists and pieces from Kelvin and Jessica Beachum’s personal art collection. This exhibit is free and open to the public! Current museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, read our blog!

Thursday, November 2

Keston Fall Lecture featuring Michaela Kufová

Michaela Kufová, Teacher and Conductor at the Ondrášek Nový Jičín Arts School in the Czech Republic, presents the 2023 Keston Fall Lecture, “War, Music, and Dissonance: A Czechoslovak Case Study,” at 3:30 p.m. at the Armstrong Browning Library & Museum, 710 Speight Ave. Light refreshments and conversation follow the lecture, and a livestream of the event via Zoom Webinar is available. This event is free and open to the public.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Spend your night line dancing and listening to live music from Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition for only $5 at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! This event is at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7—9:15 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m. 

Touch of Grey, Old Chicago Pizza + Taproom, 7 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink

Get your facts right because it’s Trivia Night at Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave. This evening consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period starting at 7 p.m. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening!

Darts Tournament 

Clicks’ Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr., is hosting its weekly darts tournament starting at 7 p.m.

Trivia Night

It’s Thursday which means it’s Trivia Night at Brotherwell Brewing, located at 400 E Bridge St. Trivia is from 7—9:30 p.m. and each week covers different trivia topics. Be sure to bring a team that has a wide variety of knowledge!

Friday, November 3

Extra Life 24-hour Gaming Marathon

The MCC Engineering and Physics club is hosting a 24-hour gaming competition to raise money for Baylor Scott & White’s Children’s Hospital. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. and go until midnight in the MCC Science building. This event is free and open to the public with donations encouraged. 

Friendsgiving Pint Night

How you doin!? Join Fabled Bookshop, 215 S 4th St., from 6—9 p.m. for their Friends trivia pint night. Enjoy beer, Home Fries Cafe and trivia! This event is free and open to the public. 

David Doss Exhibition 

Artist David Doss is coming to Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., for his opening exhibit! Sip refreshments while hearing from the artist. This event is free and open to the public from 6—9 p.m. 

Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 4

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. The market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco, plus live music and a featured local organization each week. The market is located in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

“Love Comes First” Book Tour

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush are having a special book signing of their new picture book, “Love Comes First” at Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Ave. from 10 a.m.—12 p.m.

Rainwater Harvesting and Compost Workshop

Learn about Rainwater Harvesting and Composting with Keep Waco Beautiful and Da’Shack Farmers Market, 925 Houston St., from 10—11:30 a.m. Registration is required and can be found here.

Baylor Football v. University of Houston

Cheer on the Bears at McLane Stadium, 1001 S MLK Jr. Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets visit their website

Improv Comedy Show

BYOB and get ready to laugh at the Brazos Theatre Improv Comedy show located at 7524 Bosque Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.50 and are available at

Jo Dee Messina with Johnny Dailey, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 5

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live music, 6—11 p.m.

Karaoke & Service Industry Night

Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 1613 James Ave., is hosting a karaoke night from 7 p.m.—12 a.m.! Play games, sing songs and drink local brews all in one spot. If you are a service industry worker, enjoy a discount on certain drinks.