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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things To Do In Waco

July 6-9

1 year ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! All of us at the Grackle hope that you all had a great 4th of July weekend. Make sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 years 

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Rare Texana will be featured at the special exhibit, “Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of The Texas Collection”, located at Baylor University’s Carroll Library, 1429 S 5th St. From 8 a.m.—5 p.m., come celebrate the collection at this centennial event. More events will happen over the year so be sure to check back for more fun celebrations.

Open Workshops

Hammer & Stain, 214 South 11th Street, is hosting open workshops, with different projects available throughout the weekend. Join Thursday and Saturday for the open paint day, Friday for candle pouring or Sunday for the blanket knitting. All are welcome to walk in and grab a project from their ‘open paint’ selection to create a special masterpiece. 

Scooby Doo Mansion Mayhem 

The Mystery Gang is in town and they need your help to solve a mystery! The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., is hosting this interactive exhibit through August 20. Museum hours Thursday through Saturday are 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday 1—5 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

Of Warm Impermanence 

Through paintings, sculptures and installation works, this two-person exhibit by visual artists Nathan Clark and Vy Ngo is sure to be a moving and memorable experience. This free exhibition will run from May 26th to July 22nd at Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St. Art Center Waco hours Thursday through Friday are 11 a.m.5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.2 p.m. 

Da’Shack Farmer’s Market

Da’Shack Farmers Market, located at 925 Houston St., provides fresh produce you can see cut straight from the soil. Da’ Shack offers organic produce, herbs and plants, along with occasional gardening classes and the expertise to answer all your gardening questions. The market is open from 2—6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday, July 6th

Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Located at 723 Austin Ave., join Stay Classy for their happy hour piano night from 5—7 p.m. Enjoy Grammy-winner Dave Innis’ music while sipping on a drink, for more information visit their website.

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!

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

Darts Tournament

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

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club 

Dance along with live music from Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition for only $5 at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! Spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, the two-step, waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance. This event is at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7—9:15 p.m.

Songwriter Thursday

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, is hosting its weekly Songwriter Thursday Night from 7—10 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.  

Thicc Thursday

Come on down and get ready to pump up your glutes at Thicc Thursday, hosted by TurnUP Waco, 2422 Columbus Avenue, from 6—7 p.m.

Sironia 20th Anniversary Party 

Come celebrate the 20th-anniversary party of Sironia, 1509 Austin Ave. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music, BURU, a hat trick hat bar, special pop-up shopping and more, from 6—9 p.m

Steak Night 

J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave, is hosting a steak night. From 6—9 p.m., come enjoy a beef filet, salad and two sides for $20, along with half-off bottles of wine. 

Latin Night

Join DJ Mito at Huaco Lounge, 112 Mary Avenue, for Latin night, from 6—10 p.m.

Whiskey & Art: A Conversation w/Jared Himstedt & Ty Nathan Clark

Art Center Waco, located at 701 S 8th St., is hosting an evening of whiskey and art with artist Ty Nathan Clark and Waco’s award-winning Balcones Distilling company. From 6:30—7:30 p.m Clark, along with Head Distiller Jared Himstedt, National Brand Ambassador Alex Elrod, Manager Tommy Mote, and Director of Spirits Gabriel RiCharde, are all coming together to discuss the intersection between distilling, craftsmanship and artistry. Click here to reserve your spot

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing

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!

Touch of Grey, Old Chicago Pizza, 4641 S Jack Kultgen Expressway, 7—10 p.m. 

The Malpass Brothers

Legendary Country duo the Malpass Brothers will perform at The Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave, from 7—10 p.m. 

Friday, July 7th

Red Hot Tribute

Red Hot Tribute: A Tribute to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, at Backyard Bar, Stage, and Grill, 511 S 8th St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

“Intertwined” Opening Reception

Cultivate 7Twelve, located at 712 Austin Ave, will be showcasing the work of the Adcox siblings, Robert Adcox, Jason Adcox, James Adcox and Sarah Watkins, in the new exhibition, “Intertwined”. The exhibition will run from July 7 to August 25. This opening reception is from 6—9 p.m. and aims to celebrate creativity and foster conversations about culture, inspiration and the artistic process. 

First Friday Night Market 

From 6—9 p.m., come shop, listen to live music and enjoy food vendors with your loved ones at the First Friday Night Market, located at 13th & Webster. 

Sharp Shooter in Concert

Sharp Shooter will be performing at Balcones Distilling, 225 South 11th Street, from 6—9 p.m. Wood-fired pizza from Artisan Oven will be available on site for purchase. 

Twelve12 at Pivovar, 320 South 8th St, 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

The Bill & Phil Show

The two-man “Acoustic Madness” duo Bill Hunter and Phil Wilson are performing at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 215 South University Parks Drive, from 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

Collin James Band, Segovia Wine Bar, 7—9 p.m. 

Jared Pool, Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—10 p.m. 

Sami Brown, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Drive, 8—11 p.m. 

Saturday, July 8th

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.

Texas Ranger Talk

Join Ranger Staff Capt. Joe Haralson at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum for the ranger talk at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m

Live Music Brunch

La Fiesta, 3815 Franklin Ave, is keeping the party going as they continue on their 60th birthday celebrations with a live music brunch, featuring Eric & Thomas Unplugged, from 10:30—1:30 p.m

So-Cal July Car Show

So-Cal Speed Shop, 321 S 6th St, is hosting its monthly car show from 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m. All models and vehicles are welcome, and entry and parking is free. 

Levitt AMP Waco Music Series

This Waco concert series is back with a rescheduled concert from May 13, and will feature live music by The Smooth Nature, The Union Revival, Nate Breezy and Sean Anderson & Friends. This concert series highlights original music by local, regional and national performers from a wide variety of different genres. There will be local vendors, food trucks, a family-friendly fun zone, and local artists. The event will take place at Bridge Street. Market and activity hours will run from 59 p.m., while concert hours will be from 69 p.m. 

Sarah Mackenzie Book Signing and Discussion 

Author Sarah Mackenzie will be at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th Street, to discuss her book “The Read-Aloud Family”, from 7—8 p.m. Get ready for lively conversations, glitter crafts and tons of fun! Click here to RSVP

Brazos Brothers, Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Cody Lee Stone, J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 8—11 p.m.

Baby Bash, Lil Rob & MC Magic 

Baby Bash, Lil Rob and MC Magic, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 South 8th Street, from 8:30—10:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Sunday, July 9th

2023 TriWaco 

The annual TriWaco Triathlon, hosted by the Greater Waco Chamber, is being held at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks, from 6 a.m.—2 p.m. Compete in sprint and Olympic distance running, biking and swimming events. Click here for more information

Open Mic Night with Clinton Bon Slaughter, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6—11 p.m.