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Top Things to do in Waco this Labor Day Weekend

September 1-5

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Pictured: Photo Credit: Baylor Athletics

By Chris Klimkowski

The Bears are back this long Labor Day weekend and cooler temps are calling! There are plenty of things to do this Waco Weekend from the sights, sounds and tasty treats of  Westfest to new exhibits opening at Art Center Waco and Cultivate 7Twelve plus Baylor football opens the season at McLane Stadium Saturday! Wanna go? Find everything you need to know from parking to sailgating and more in our GAME DAY section online here.

Remember to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend as you show off your fun-filled weekend.

Through the Weekend

Enjoy traditional Czech food, beverages, music, dancing and all sorts of family-friendly activities at the annual Westfest celebration Friday through Sunday at the West Fairground. The Westfest parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and is one of the biggest parades in Central Texas. To learn more, click here.

Saddle up for the ANHA ShootOut’s barrel racing events Friday through Monday at the Extraco Events Center. Enjoy barrel races and pole bending as these daring and skillful horseback riders compete in competitions. For more information, click here.

Get creative with Hammer and Stain’s Open Paint event where you can create something amazing for your home Thursday through Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. Projects range from $15 – $75 and take 45 – 90 minutes to complete. Details here.

Thursday – September 1

Westfest may not officially begin until Friday, but head on over to the West Fairground at 6 p.m. to experience Westfest’s Thursday night “Sneak Peak.” This carnival-only experience is free and full of games, rides, and food.  For details, see the website here

Discover the philosophy of perspectivism at Art Center Waco’s new “Perspectivism” exhibit featuring Jack Bowers, an artist who studied and created works of art for years in California. Now based in Waco, he will be displaying his works of perspectivism on this opening night from 6-8 p.m. at the art center. Learn more here.

Learn a new skill in the Acrylic Painting Workshop hosted by artist Wendy M. Davis from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Maker’s Edge Makerspace. Spots can be reserved for $50 per person. Find more information here.

Bring your bike to the Cameron Park Road Ride weekly event. Meet at 6 p.m. at Cyclist World, then set off to ride between two and four laps of the Cameron Park roads. This long and challenging trail is rewarding to finish, but be sure to stay hydrated. Lights and helmets are required and a flat repair kit is encouraged. Reserve your spot here.

Friday – September 2

Jolee French’s new gallery opens at Cultivate 7Twelve with free chips & salsa, live music and handshakes from the artist. Enjoy her new collection, “Western Debut Show” and enjoy music from Always Dreaming from 5-9 p.m. Find more information here.

Susan L. Sistrunk opens the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery from 5-9 p.m. to showcase the “Desert Rose” exhibit with some never before seen artwork inspired by her visit to Terlingua. This will be her first solo exhibit since September of 2021. Come see these textured floral abstracts based on her travels to the Big Bend region of Texas.

Start your engines and drive on down to the Church of the Open Door for the Cruise-In-Car show. From 6-9 p.m., admire different collections of automobiles while meeting people who share the hobby. Food and drinks will be offered during this time.

Treat yourself to Lighthouse Coffee & Wine’s special Friday Night Dinner. The four-course chef-prepared meal cost $25 per person. Tickets and additional information can be found here.

Come join Plus Waco Comics and Rogue Media in their live edition of “The Longbox Podcast.” The event will be hosted at Nexus Esports from 7-9 p.m. and the subject of the show will be “Star Wars.” Throughout the evening, enjoy hearing from the expert panel, participating in trivia and winning prizes.

Saturday – September 3

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market sells fresh produce, meats and all sorts of other foods to satisfy your cravings every weekend. This unique weekend will also host a Handmade Market featuring handcrafted goods. The market runs from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. in the Courthouse Parking Lot.

Baylor University’s football season kicks off at 6 p.m. at McLane Stadium against University at Albany. During the game, there will be a celebration of life for the late Judge Joy, Baylor University’s beloved belated black bear. Stick around for fireworks after the game! Find all your Game Day info here

The Brazos Theatre is ready to bring the house down at their monthly improv comedy show. From 7:30-10:30 p.m., come enjoy a completely original show, completely unscripted and unrehearsed. Find out more here.

Embark on a spooky hunt for ghosts and ghouls at the Dr Pepper Museum for the Paranormal Experience tour. For decades, rumors of haunting have surrounded the museum. Join a tour guide equipped with ghost hunting tools throughout the historic building and down to the off-limits basement  Tickets cost $30 and the tour takes place from 8-10 p.m. Reservations go quick, so be sure to visit their website here.

Sunday – September 4

Have a furry friend you want to let in on some weekend fun? Brotherwell Brewing is now hosting a Puppy Social Hour from 4-7 p.m. at their Beer Garden every Sunday. Bring your faithful companion to meet some new friends while you enjoy a drink with your own. 

Skate Waco is hosting a “Star Wars” themed Skate Night with neon lights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Skate Country in Bellmead. Those who show up in costume will be given a free glow item and an opportunity to compete in the costume competition with a cash prize for first place. Admission costs $10 per patron and includes rental skates. Learn more here.

Monday – September 5

Take time to refresh and rejuvenate this Labor Day with Sangha Yoga with Vinyasa at Cultivate 7Twelve at 8 a.m. Make sure you reserve your spot by DM here.

Spend your Labor Day Monday at Homestead Heritage’s 28th annual Sorghum Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With sorghum pressing and a Syrup Cook-off, horse-drawn hayrides, fine hand-crafts demonstrations and make-your-own activities, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. The event is free and fun for the whole family.

Stay safe this holiday with the Zimmerman Law Firm’s free holiday ride-sharing cab ride program. Zimmermand Law Firm wants to ensure safe driving this Labor Day by reimbursing those who choose to take a ride home rather than drive dangerously. Terms and restrictions can be found here.

Live Music

  • Thursday, September 1
      • Bobby Dean & The Timeless Country Band at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7-9:15 p.m.
      • Songwriter Thursday at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 7-10 p.m.
  • Friday, September 2
      • Greg Bashura & Evan Klaras at the Hilton in Waco, 7-9:30 p.m.
      • Ryan Roberts with opener Lauren January at MacDaddy’s pub, 8-10 p.m.
      • Darrel “D-Rail” Ray at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon 8-11 p.m.
      • Joel & Deon Q at Stay Classy Waco, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
      • North of Navasota at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 3
      • Kyle Sinkule at the Tipsy Lion Bar & Grill, 11a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Darrel “D-Rail” Ray at Triple B’s Smokehouse Bar & Grill, 7-10 p.m.
      • Strix at Stay Classy Waco, 8-11 p.m.
      • Johnny Joe Ramos and Tha Band at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 4
      • Open Mic Night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
      • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Monday, September 5
    • Open Mic Night with Keep Waco Loud at Stay Classy Waco, 8-10 p.m.

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