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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 27-30

1 month ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Halloween is officially upon us and we’ve got the inside scoop (minus the pumpkin guts) for the perfect Waco weekend! From the Día de los Muertos celebration to Halloween parties, there’s plenty of options to celebrate everyone’s favorite spooky season.

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Through the Weekend

It’s time once more to celebrate Magnolia’s annual Silobration! All throughout the weekend, from Thursday through Saturday, the Silos will be full of life for their seventh homecoming celebration. There will be live music, a vendor fair, a roller rink and so much more. Silobration is a free event to the public, but certain features require a purchased ticket. A list of events and tickets can be found here.

Why not catch a play? From Wednesday through Sunday, The Baylor University Theatre will be performing “12 Angry Jurors,” a fresh and modern take on the classic story “12 Angry Men.” Feel the tension rise as six men and six women debate on the fate of a young defendant, with life-or-death consequences. Tickets can be purchased here for $10-$15. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, which starts at 2 p.m.

Ramble & Company is hosting its own block party just a few streets down from Silobration on 11th Street. From Friday through Sunday, party with a variety of Waco businesses, including Milk Bottle Cookies, Hammer & Stain, Balcones Distilling, Splendid Oaks and Cha Community. There will also be games to play! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Sunshine Recovery House hosts its Scared Sober Haunted House from Thursday through Monday evening from 6:30–10 p.m. Drop by 412 McKeen Street to traverse a spooky house of supernatural fun! Donations are accepted at the door, with $10 being the suggested donation per person. All proceeds go to the Sunshine Recovery House in their endeavors to help local women in the early stages of recovery.

Anyone with a passion for collections should check out the Sports Card Show at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Rare sports cards, autographs and vintage collectibles are just a few examples of what will be offered to buy and sell at this exciting show. Admission is $8 per person.

Thursday – October 27

Join REFIT Studio’s first annual Halloween BOOgie Bash! Located on-site from 7-8:30 p.m., bust some workout moves in this disco-themed session that will be sure to get you working up a sweat. Tickets can be purchased here for $20 per person, and a portion from each ticket purchase will go towards Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

Mount your bikes and helmet up for the weekly Cameron Park Road Ride. Test your mettle on a bicycle track that includes four laps of about 600 feet of climbing per lap. Cyclists will meet at the Bicycle World parking lot at 7 p.m. and should expect to ride for about three hours. And, yes, front and rear lights are required for safety, as is a helmet.

If you want to be a part of an experiment in confessional storytelling, then join the Analog Waco event at Revival Eastside Eatery. Analog Waco seeks to create a space for authentic and personal storytelling every few months, and this time around, the conversation will be centered around the fragility of life and lost loved ones in honor of Día de los Muertos. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the event begins at 8 p.m. Learn more from their Instagram page.

Friday – October 28

Barnett’s is kicking off Halloween weekend with a Halloween Extravaganza Friday night from 4 p.m. until midnight. Local musicians will be performing and special drinks will be offered during this time.

Several businesses will be hosting Trunk or Treat events at their respective locations. Envision Realty Group will be hosting an event from 5–7 p.m., whereas ENVĒ Beauty Bar & Suites and Volkswagen of Waco will be hosting theirs from 6–8 p.m. All ages are welcome to stop by for some free candy!

Set up a blanket and get settled in for the Cinema Safari at the Cameron Park Zoo! At 7 p.m., the zoo will be screening Jurassic Park in the meadows area. Outside food and drink are not allowed but will be available for purchase once inside. Tickets are just $5 per person and can be purchased here. There are also options to buy a picnic blanket and snack basket.

Reserve Lighthouse Coffee & Wine’s special Friday Night Dinner for a delicious treat. It’s your last chance to get their October meal, featuring an autumn salad and a choice of beef filet or Alaskan Salmon! The four-course chef-prepared meal costs $25 per person. Dine-in or pick it up to go starting at 4 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found here.

Saturday – October 29

For good food and creative vendors to shop from, head downtown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to browse The Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Produce is locally grown and many artisans sell handmade products. The market is held in the McLennan County Courthouse Parking lot. For more information, check out the farmer’s market website.

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and head over to Cameron Park Zoo for a Halloween Scavenger Hunt anytime between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $20 per team, use the Goosechase app to search for clues on the spookier side of the zoo. Registering a team comes with a free stuffed animal. Admission not included. Proceeds go to the Education Department to fund a new education building.

It’s finally time for Waco’s biggest Día de los Muertos celebration! Head downtown to Indian Spring Park for Waco’s annual celebration of life. The festival will begin with a parade featuring local art at 4 p.m., followed by a lineup of special performances from 6–11 p.m. The evening will be packed with incredible music, dancing, food trucks, art, vendors and even an immersive photo booth experience. The event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss it!

If you’re feeling fancy, then buy a ticket to the Baylor Club’s Gatsby Night Gala. This adults-only, formal attire event will feature a dinner, jazz band, raffles and an open bar. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here. Sponsorships are available if desired. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For a party dedicated to a good cause, the Humane Society of Central Texas is hosting a jamboree appropriately named Howl-O-Ween: A Night on the Town! From 7:30 p.m. until midnight at the Waco Convention Center, enjoy an event filled with costume contests, silent auctions, entertainment and food for $200 per person. Higher pricing options available for further donations. All proceeds go to helping homeless animals. Tickets can be purchased here.

Brotherwell Brewing will be hosting Skellington Curiosities for their third annual Halloween Ball from 8 p.m. until midnight. Throw on your best look for the costume contest and enjoy beer brewed right in house, a show of fire dancers/swallowers, food trucks and some great live music. Tickets are $10 if pre-ordered (purchased here), $20 at the door. This is a family friendly event and kids 10 and under get in free.

Sunday – October 30

With just one day until Halloween, Union Hall is inviting everyone to their Union Hall-oween Bash from 4-6 p.m. Dress up, eat, drink and enjoy the spooky festivities! Union Hall asks all guests to keep their costumes family friendly, as kids are encouraged to partake in the festivities as well. Open to the public.

More organizations will be hosting Trunk or Treat events today. Studio 84 will be hosting one from 3–5 p.m., Moldbreakers Fellowship from 5–7 p.m. and Crossroads Fellowship Church from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Crossroads will even be showing a movie at 6 p.m. and playing games. Kids are encouraged to come in costume.

Live Music

  • Thursday, October 27
    • Songwriter Night hosted by Jonna Mae at Texas Music Café, 7–10 p.m.
    • Midnight Mustangs at the Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7–9:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28
    • Josh Barnard Trio, The Inkcaps and Thomas Csorba at Balcones, 5–10 p.m.
    • Brit Kerr, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Brody Caster, Texas Music Café, 7 p.m.
    • Drew and Ellie Holcomb feat. Infinity Song at Magnolia’s Silos, 7:15–9:30 p.m.
    • The Ballous Cats at Old Chicago, 7:30–10:30 p.m.
    • Jordy Searcy at Common Grounds, 8 p.m.
    • Corey Kent at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30–11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29
    • The Fox & Crow, Possessed by James Paul and Summer Dean at Balcones, 5–10 p.m.
    • Stikēē at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
    • RELIC at Common Grounds, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 30
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m

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