The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things To Do in Waco

August 10-13

11 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy back-to-school Waco! From school supply shopping to orientation and meet-the-teacher nights, we here at the Grackle hope that even in these busy times that you’ll take a minute to breathe and have some fun. With that said, here are some amazing events going on this weekend. Make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend

Wild Imaginings “Gray”

Wild Imaginings is hosting a modern retelling of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in their new play, “Gray”. Come watch as this cast and crew pay homage to the original story, all while tackling contemporary issues that are seen in today’s time. The play will be shown at the McLennan Community College Black Box Theatre, 1400 College Drive, from 7:30—9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets can be purchased here

“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”

The Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr, will be putting on this C.S. Lewis classic for all of Waco to see. From August 10—August 13, come watch the adventures of four young children as they wander from an old wardrobe to the exciting, mythical world of Narnia. Show times may vary by date. Tickets start at $12. Click here for more information

Heart of Texas Leather Show 

To all leather lovers near and far, the Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal will host the Heart of Texas Leather Show at The Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue, from August 11—August 12. The show is open to the public, and admission is free. 

Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of the Texas Collection

Rare Texana will be featured at the special exhibit, “Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of The Texas Collection”, located at Carroll Library, 1429 S 5th St. From 8 a.m.—5 p.m., come celebrate the collection at this centennial event. 

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!

Hermès in the Heart of Texas: The Art of Kermit Oliver

Kermit Oliver (@KermitOliverArt) / Twitter

Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St, is presenting an exhibition of wearable art in celebration of Kermit Oliver’s 80th birthday. Curated by Andrea La Valleur-Purvis, come view the intricate designs of Kermit Oliver, a Waco post worker and humble artist, in his 30-year collaboration with the world-renowned French fashion house, Hermès. The exhibit will run from August 4th through October 14th. Gallery hours are Tuesday—Friday from 11 a.m.—5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m.—7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. 

Thursday, August 10

Piano Happy Hour

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.

Vibes & Verses

Join Kas Poetess as she hosts Vibes & Verses, an evening of spoken word, poetry and soul. From 7—9 p.m., hear from Tashita Bibles, Ruther Patterson and much more at Cozy’s Coffee Lounge & Cafe, 4018 Sames St. 

Stars Over Texas Jamboree: Gospel Edition

Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Drive, is hosting its monthly, family-style musical variety show. From 7—9:00 p.m., come watch special guests Classic Voice, Dale Allen, Tommy Ryan, LaDonna Nelson and many more as they take over the Lockwood for a night of soulful celebration. Tickets can be purchased here

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!

“Machinal” Night

Stay Classy, 723 Austin Avenue, is hosting a 1920s-themed event. From 8—10 p.m., dress to the nines in your best roaring 20s garb and enjoy great drinks and ambiance. Join in on their costume contest for a chance to win tickets to Silent House Theatre’s production of “Machinal”.

Darrell Ray, J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Avenue, 8—11 p.m. 

SHADY: Eminem Tribute Show

Get ready to lose yourself at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St, as they dish up great drinks and live music from SHADY: The Eminem Tribute Show. The show is from 8:30—11:30 p.m., and tickets start at $15. Click here to purchase tickets.

Friday, August 11

Golfing for Bobby

Come golf for a good cause at Sammons Golf Course, 2727 W Adams Avenue, Temple, TX! From 7:30 a.m.—2 p.m., this four-person scramble golfing event will feature an auction, with all its proceeds going towards the medical expenses of Bobby Lane, a double organ transplant survivor from McGregor. Click here for more information

Darrell Ray, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 1620 North Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, 6—8 p.m. 

Rachel and the Resistors, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 1509 Hewitt Drive, 6—9 p.m.  

Eric & Thomas, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30—9 p.m. 

Kolten Benton, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Family Movie Night

The Woodway Public Safety Department is hosting a Woodway Family Movie Night at the Woodway Family Center, 1100 Estates Drive. From 8—9:30 p.m., come enjoy a variety of free snacks while watching Luca. Admission is free. 

Chad Prather: Am I Crazy

Join comedian and TV personality Chad Prather at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Avenue, as his stand-up comedy tour comes to Waco. From 8—10 p.m., get ready for endless laughs and fun from this friendly neighborhood cowboy philosopher. Click here to purchase tickets

Triston Marez, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 South 8th Street, 8:30—10:30 p.m. 

Saturday, August 12

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.

Art and Horses

From 10 a.m.—1 p.m., the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Texas Ranger Trail, is hosting its arts and horses event. Enjoy Western storytime and crafts. 

Waco Ale Company Fourth Anniversary Party

The Waco Ale Company, 806 Austin Avenue, is hosting its fourth-anniversary party. From 11 a.m—1 p.m, come and help celebrate the company and listen to live music. 

6th Annual Back To School Bash

Express ER, 1411 N1 p.m., North Valley Mills Drive, is hosting its annual back-to-school bash. From 11 a.m.—1 p.m. come and enjoy a variety of activities, such as a petting zoo, bounce house, a photo booth, vendors and much more. 


Come on down to the Shoporama Girls Day Out shopping event at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue.  From 10 a.m.—4 p.m., come purchase handcrafted art, sparkly jewels, vintage clothing, home decor, gourmet foods and much more. 

Phantom of the Opera Screening 

The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway tickets and information

A screening of the 1925 “The Phantom of the Opera” will be shown at the Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 3311 Park Lake Drive, from 7—9 p.m. The film screening will feature live organ accompaniment by Jim Pitts. 

Josh Barnard, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Segovia Wine Bar, 7—10 p.m. 

Cody Hibbard, The Backyard Bar and Grill, 511 South 8th, 8:30—11:30 p.m. 

Sunday, August 13

Waco Life Drawing

Join this monthly live figure drawing class held by Hope and Harper Art in the upstairs studio at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Ave from 1—3 p.m. Sessions aren’t instructed and all art mediums and skill levels are welcome. All participants must be 18+. 

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