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Top Things To Do in Waco This Weekend

October 20-23

2 years ago

By Chris Klimkowski

It’s finally feeling like fall, ya’ll! This Waco Weekend, enjoy all the Baylor Homecoming festivities, get artsy with crafting activities and of course, get ready for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday! We’ll point you to all of the best of things to do in Waco this weekend.

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Through the Weekend 

The Waco Axe Company will be holding a Glow Throw event Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Head on over for a fun night of throwing axes in the dark. Of course, the targets will be glowing! Check out the website for more information.


Deece Casillas, the stand-up comedian, is ready to bring the house down at Bare Arms Brewing’s comedy night. Casillas has toured across America, Mexico and Belize bringing laughter to audiences everywhere. He has also appeared on Apple Comedy TV, Roku Comedy Channel and LMAO TV. His show begins at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Find details here.

Fall is in the air so why not celebrate it at the Fall Harvest Vendors Market? Stop by the Richland Mall 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, or 12–6 p.m. Sunday, for local vendors, giveaways, seasonal food and more. 

Thursday – October 20 

If you’re feeling crafty, sign up for Hammer and Stain’s Centerpiece Box Workshop. The two-hour class begins at 6 p.m. Whether you like the rustic, farmhouse or modern look, there’s a style for everyone. The cost is $60 per person, and reservations can be made here.

Brotherwell Brewing holds trivia nights every Thursday night from 7–9:30 p.m. Come test your knowledge with a group of pals while enjoying drinks. Earn pride points and win prizes if you have the brains for it! Learn more here.  

Friday – October 21 

Start a journey into your family tree this weekend at the 21st annual Genealogy Lock-in at the West Waco Library. Attend virtually or in-person. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Central Texas Genealogical Society will help participants learn more about genealogy research. Volunteers will be available all day to assist in your own genealogy journey! The event is open and free to the public. For details or to register, click here.

Rogue Media Network will be hosting a live show from 7-9 p.m. at Cultivate7Twelve. The show will include food and a wine tasting. If you’re a podcast addict, you won’t want to miss this fun event. Tickets will be on sale for $40 per person and can be purchased here

To kick off Baylor’s homecoming weekend, Freight will be hosting a Silent Disco – Decades Night event, in which they will be playing the best music from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s. Drop by for some drinks and groovin’ tunes. Learn more here.

Saturday – October 22 

Celebrate Baylor Homecoming with the Bears at the Homecoming Parade from 7-9:30 a.m., followed by the Homecoming game against Kansas at 11 a.m. The parade starts on Austin and 8th Street and continues towards Baylor campus. Show your Baylor spirit and cheer on the Bears! Get more information about the parade here.

Bring home a unique, handcrafted fall decoration to impress your friends by signing up for the Stanton Studio’s Blow-Your-Own Glass Pumpkin event. Book an appointment for a time between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to create your own nifty little keepsake for the Autumn season. Pumpkins are $50 each and take about 15 minutes to create. Reserve a time slot here.

The Fall Fossil Festival is back! For two years, the festival has been on hiatus, but this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Waco Mammoth National Monument is proud to once again host this annual event. Stop by to enjoy local exhibitors, food and crafts. Paint some pumpkins, make a discovery in the mock dig pit and hike the trails. Event is free and open to the public. For details, visit the event page here

Grab your claw crackers and head over to Barnett’s for their weekly Crab Boil. This mouth-watering meal will be served from 2 p.m. until they are sold out, so hurry over to make sure you can grab a plate! Learn more here.

The Black Daisy Boutique is moving out of their downtown location, and as a last goodbye, they will be hosting a Sip n’ Shop party at their shop with Wicked Hair Studio. The event will feature vendors, sales, drinks and a costume contest starting at 5 p.m. Don’t miss your last chance to bid them farewell! But don’t worry, you can still shop from them online and at their China Spring location. 

Sunday – October 23 

The Skellington Market Spooktacular from noon until 4 p.m. will feature food trucks, sideshows and over 20 vendors for all your Sunday shopping. Skellington Curiosities is dedicated to celebrating a spooky vibe year-round, so you just know they will go all out with this Halloween market. More info can be found on their website.

Sunday is the best day for mimosas and watercolor, so sign up for Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery’s Watercolor Class with Mimosas. For $40, you’ll get all the materials needed to work with beautiful watercolors, all while sipping bubbly. The class will be held from 3–6 p.m. For more info, check out their social media page here.

Why not let your pup join in on some of the weekend fun? Bring your furry friend to Brotherwell Brewing from 4-7 p.m. to mingle with other dogs at this puppy social. Grab a beer and make friends with other like-minded dog owners while you’re at it. 

Live Music 

  • Thursday, October 20 
    • Third Thursday Throwdown at Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Ragland Country at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 – 9:15 p.m. 
  • Friday, October 21 
    • Cody Hibbarb at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22 
    • Rewound, Bleak, and Cherish at Spin Connection, 7 – 11 p.m.
    • Sanger Heights Blues Allstars at Stay Classy Waco, 8 p.m.
    • Country Haze at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • The Damn Quails at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23 
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m. 
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m