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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to do In Waco

Mar. 21-24

1 month ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy Weekend Waco! Get ready for a great weekend full of amazing events. 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:


Wild Imaginings Theatre Company will be putting on the dark comedic musical “Assassins”, a story that touches on our nation’s culture of fame and power told by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. The musical will run from March 21–24th at the Jubilee Theater, 1319 N 15th. Click here to purchase tickets

“The Princess and the Pea”

McLennan Community College Opera will be putting on “The Princess and the Pea”, a charming love story about love, devotion and the search for royalty. The play will run from March 22–23rd at the Ball Performing Arts Center, 1400 College Dr. Click here for more information

“The Lightning Thief”

Join Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Drive, as they dive into the classic Rick Riordan story featuring the demigod Percy Jackson. From March 15–March 24th, come watch Percy and his friends go on a quest to clear his name and find the real Lightning Thief. Click here to purchase tickets

Martin Museum of Art Exhibitions 

The Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave., has two exhibits, “In Pursuit of Light” and “Biennial Faculty Exhibition” that are free and open to the public! For hours and information about each exhibit, visit their website.

“Journey to Space” 

Climb aboard and experience what it is like to live and work in space at the Mayborn Museum “Journey to Space” exhibit. Visitors will explore the extraordinary environment of space, including the very real dangers that astronauts face during their missions above Earth.

“A New Moon Rises”

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University parks Dr., is hosting a new exhibit filled with highly detailed photographs of the moon. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore dramatic landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, lunar poles and much more.

Thursday, March 21st

Waco Pride Network Third Thursday Hangout 

Head over to Cultivate 7Twelve, 508 Austin Ave, to relax and hang back with the Waco Pride Network. From 5:30—7:30 p.m., come learn more about the organization and connect with other members of the Waco Pride community. 

Sip N’ Speak Poetry Night 

THRST Coffee, 1500 Colcord Avenue, is back with their annual Sip ‘N’ Speak Poetry Night, hosted by April Neal. The event is from 69 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here

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. 

Joel Wood, J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave, 7 p.m

Waco Symphony Orchestra: Exploring the Great Unknown 

Come to Waco Hall, 624 Speight Avenue, to listen to the innovative trio, Time for Three, consisting of Charles Yang, Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer, three classically trained musicians with a unique voice of expression. From 7:309:30 p.m., come listen to this Grammy and Emmy award-winning ensemble as they combine the traditions and eras of Western music to create something new. 

Darrell Ray, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 7–10 p.m. 

Songwriter Thursday

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, is hosting its weekly Songwriter Thursday Night from 710 p.m. located at 511 S 8th St. This is your opportunity to share your original songs or experience someone’s first time performing. Sign-ups begin at 6 p.m.  

Steak, Sips & Serenades

Uncork and unwind at Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave. From 710 p.m., listen to the smooth sounds of live acoustic music while enjoying steak and drink deals. 


Head over to Hooper Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave, to watch a performance of “Friends”, written by Abe Kobo. From 7:30–10 p.m., experience a dark comedy that touches on social isolation, togetherness and friendship. 

Friday, March 22nd

Jennifer Pisarcik and Jon Fox, 1424 Bistro, 1424 Washington Ave, 6–9 p.m. 

Dave Innis, Cambria Hotel Waco University Riverfront, 110 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 6:30–9 p.m. 

“I’m Just A Girl” Exhibit

Head over to 507 Gallery, located in the back of THRST Coffee shop, 1500 Colcord Avenue, for their newest exhibit “I’m Just a Girl” by artist Joselinne Amador. From 7–9 p.m., come engage in art and community while enjoying crafted mocktails and birria tacos.  

Ryan Paul Davis, The Blue Pup Wine and Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Dr., 8–11 p.m

Joe Parker, J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave., 8–11 p.m. 

Mike Ryan, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St, 8:30–11:30 p.m

Brazos Brothers, Freight Bar, 1613 James Avenue, 9–11 p.m

Saturday, March 23rd

Bearathon 2024 & Sic Em 6K 

The Student Foundation at Baylor is hosting their annual Bearathon and Sic Em 6K fundraisers to raise money for student scholarships. Both races will start from McLane Stadium, 1001 South Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, and will run from 8–11 a.m. The race is open to the public. Click here to register.  

China Spring Farmers & Crafters Market 

China Spring Farmers Market is back at 301 Illinois Avenue, China Spring, TX. From 9 a.m.–12 p.m., come enjoy a wide selection of produce and vendors. 

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and is located at 500 Washington Ave. This market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco. There is always live music and a featured local organization each week. For more information regarding upcoming events and weekly vendors visit their website.

March Uptown Art Walk 

Visit the Uptown Art Walk, 2201 Washington Avenue, for their artist market. From 11 a.m.–3 p.m. enjoy food, music, art and business vendors. The event is sponsored by Envision Realty Group at EG Realty. 

Jared Pool, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7–9 p.m

Woofstock ‘24 

Freight Bar and SlapStix are back with Woofstock 2024. This event will be filled with good music and good dogs out and about looking to be adopted. From 5–11:59 p.m. at Freight Bar, 1613 James Avenue, come hang out for a chance to find your furever friend! Entry is $10 and all proceeds go directly to the Humane Society. 

Poetry Open Mic

Lighthouse Coffee & Wine, 624 Washington Ave, is hosting an Open Mic Night. All poets, spoken word artists and poetry-lovers are welcome to this free evening, featuring coffee, cocktails and wine. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m. 

Eli Young Band, The Backyard, 511 South 8th St, 8:30–11:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Sunday, March 24th 

Sunday Funday at J.S Barnett’s Whiskey House

 J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Avenue, is hosting their Sunday Funday from 10 a.m–7 p.m. Come enjoy award-winning brunch and cocktails, live music, outdoor games and karaoke. 

Seafood Sunday

Brazos Landing, 100 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, is hosting their Seafood Sunday. Go in and take $3 off of their featured seafood dishes, such as their eggplant au gratin tower, shrimp and grits, Chilean sea bass or pecan-crusted catfish meunier. 

Local Ladies Pop-Up

Junior League of Waco is hosting a local pop-up shop. From 1–5 p.m., head over to Clifton House, 2600 Austin Ave., to learn more about Junior League of Waco. 

Sunday Salsa Night 

Head over to Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Ave, for their Sunday Salsa Night. From 6–11:59 p.m., grab your dancing shoes and enjoy the spinning of DJ Fuego.