The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things To Do In Waco

October 26-29

7 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

Happy Halloweekend Waco! Get your costumes and candy baskets ready because Waco is full of spooktacular 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

Baylor Homecoming

Welcome home bears! This weekend is packed with meet-n-greets, historic bonfire, the homecoming parade, Pigskin Revue Shows and of course, the football game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Iowa State. For more information about Homecoming read our blog!

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

Halloween Weekends

Halloween Weekends are back at Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane! With over 15 activities scheduled each weekend, they’ve got something scary and sweet for every ghoul, goblin, glamper and camper. For more information, visit their website

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!

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

Thursday, October 26

Imperial Drive Health Campus ribbon-cutting

Head over to Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network’s new campus, 6500 Imperial Dr., for their ribbon-cutting ceremony! This event is free, open to the public and starts at 11:30 a.m.

Wine Tasting and Shopping Party 

Sterling Clothing Co., 2012 N Valley Mills Dr., is hosting a shop and sip party from 4—7 p.m. Taste-test wines while shopping their new Peter Millar Collection. 

Hewitt’s Spooktacular Halloween Bash

Have a spooktacular time with the Hewitt Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Bash located at Warren Park from 6—8 p.m.! There will be candy, food trucks, vendors, costume contest and canned goods donations. This event is free and open to the public.

Witches Night Out

#BoutiquesonFranklin are hosting a fun boutique block party from 6:30—8:30 p.m. They will have cocktails, treats, vendors, tarot readings, and more. The participating boutiques are Dylan Nicole, Twisted Sister Shoetique, Mainstream Boutique and Urban Bliss Boutique. They are all located between the 600-700 blocks of Franklin Ave. For more information email gmitchell@mainstreamboutique.com

Discover Woodway’s All Hallows Groove

Discover Woodway is hosting a spooky and groovy night at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. There will be a bar, costume contest, food and live music from Suede, this event is free and open to the public. 

Fall Still Life Painting Workshop 

Wendy Michelle Davis is hosting a painting workshop from 6:30—8:30 p.m. at her home studio, 215 Arrowhead Point. Tickets are $40 and include all materials, to register click here

The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy

Midway High School is presenting “The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy”, a popular 1950s silent film, with the MHS Orchestra accompanying the showing and playing an original score by MHS Orchestra Director Dr. Beau Benson. The film starts at 7 p.m. at the MHS Theater, 8200 Mars Dr. Click here to purchase tickets.

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!

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. 

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.

Friday, October 27

Music on the Patio

Take a sip of fresh coffee while you enjoy live music from local Waco artists at Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St. Take a seat on the patio anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to experience this true Waco sound. To learn more, visit their website.

The Cove’s “Piece of Home” Fundraiser

Join The Cove’s fundraiser event with live music with Max and Lynnette, Family-friendly activities, online silent auction and after-party/happy hour from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Freight Waco at 1613 James Ave. No donation is too small. 100% of donations support youth experiencing homelessness.

Saturday, October 28

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.

Dia De Los Muertos Parade

Celebrate the beautiful holiday of Dia De Los Muertos downtown with a parade, live music, local food and art! This event is from 4—10 p.m. and is free to the public. Want more information? Read our blog!

Balcones Distilling 15-year Anniversary

Balcones Distillery is celebrating its 15-year anniversary! From 4—9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music, expert panels, food trucks, vendors and curated cocktails produced by top local bartenders. 

Cops and Kids Drive-Thru

Join the Woodway Public Safety Department and Woodway Family Center for a free and fun trick-or-treat drive-thru! Cops and Kids Drive-Thru is at Woodway Activity Park 6—8 p.m.

Vampire Rave at One Day Bar

Grab your vampire fangs and head over to One Day Bar, 618 Columbus Ave., for their fangtastic Halloween Bash. This event is free and open to the public and starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 29

Fright Night at the Rite

The Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Dr., is hosting its annual spooktacular haunted house from 4—8 p.m. Tickets are $10 (children under 5 are free) and can be purchased at the door or online. 

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

Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra is hosting its Fall concert at Midway High School, 8200 Mars Dr. The concert is from 6:30—8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

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.