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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 3-6

1 month ago

By Chris Klimkowski

November is here which means it’s time to ring in the holidays. What better way than shopping at markets, judging cocktail competitions and brewing ciders? Let’s welcome the colder weather with some of our favorite Waco festivities this weekend.

This Waco Weekend is sponsored by Junior League of Waco, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our Waco community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Featured Event

The best way to usher in the holiday spirit is with Waco’s very own Deck the Halls gift market! This annual market, hosted by Junior League of Waco, has always been more than just a market. It’s an event that brings the people of Waco together for holiday cheer for a good cause. From the Gingerbread Bash to the Mother-Daughter Tea and Storytime with Santa, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. And, of course, the market will be filled with vendors from all over Central Texas and beyond.

Visit their website for a complete list of events, sign-ups and information. The market will be held at the Waco Convention Center on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through the Weekend

Friends of the Waco-McLennan Public Library is back with their annual book sale this weekend! Tens of thousands of books, recordings and other media of the sort will be available for sale, Thursday through Sunday, at the Extraco Events Center. Admission cost $10 Thursday, which gives patrons the chance to get to some of the best goods offered ahead of the crowd. Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday admission is free. More info to be found here.

Stories are an amazing way to share experiences and spark conversation in our Waco community. That’s why Reel Stories: A Black Film Showcase aims to tell Waco a series of stories through film from Wednesday through Friday at Art Center Waco. Each evening at 7 p.m., a different film will be shown, telling stories ranging from the first all African American high school rowing team to two young African American women who were failed by the maternal health system in New York. The film series will also be catered by three different black-owned Waco restaurants. Click here for more info or to RSVP.

Halloween may be over, but there’s still an opportunity for some lasting spooky fun. The Brazos Theatre will be putting on a show, Haunted Home: A Musical Comedy Horror, through the weekend. This playful production is about a group of people trying to put on the scariest haunted house ever… but someone ends up dead, in a bizarre and hilarious way. Dinner will be served alongside the show. Tickets cost between $28.50-$47.50 and can be purchased here.

Baylor University’s G-Troupe has officially partnered with Silent House Theatre Company to bring the funny back to Waco! Reserve a spot for a show at Mission Waco’s Jubilee theater for a night of laughs, drinks and merriment. This improv show will cost just $5 per ticket and can be purchased here for showtimes on Friday and Saturday, either at 8:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.

Thursday – November 3

For a quality dinner, head on over to Barnett’s Public House for their steak night. For just $20, enjoy a mouth-watering steak with two side dishes, a side-salad and half-priced bottles of wine. Dinner will be served between 6 – 9 p.m.

Waco Brew Theology is back at it again this weekend with a new open discussion at Southern Roots Brewing Company. This week, the conversation will be about Process-Relational Theology, discussing what it means to live relationally, be accountable to others, and what to do about the space between us. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Please register here before the event.

Geeks Who Drink is coming to Truelove Bar for their weekly Trivia Night. Bring a team of up to six people at 7 p.m. and compete in a game of facts and knowledge. The event is free to join, but we would strongly encourage you to buy a drink or two to support this local business. Participants must be 21+.

Friday – November 4

Kickoff the inaugural Rowing Regatta hosted by the Waco Rowing Center two days before the big race with their Opening Day & Boat Celebration event. There will be live speeches, food and several guest stars, including DJ Batman, Olympian Aquil Abdullah and former NBA player Stephan Howard among many others. The event starts at 11 a.m. at Brazos East Park, and is open to the public.

It’s time for First Friday at Cultivate 7Twelve. The monthly mini market includes live improv and lots of family fun. It’s also the last chance to see the “Spectrum of Reality” tandem show before it leaves the gallery. The market goes from 5-9 p.m. Get more information here.

Saturday – November 5

Ramble & Co. is hosting its first Sip N Shop event! Ramble & Co. is a women-ran shop specializing in hand-printed graphic tees. From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., mimosas will be served and Kolten Benton will perform live music at 11:30 a.m. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

To support local Waco businesses, hit up The Edison at Castle Heights for their annual Fall Market, where they will host a variety of local vendors displaying their goods for the holiday season. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will take place indoors to shield patrons from the chilly weather. More info can be found on their social media page.

With the cold weather coming in, it’s important we all take steps to say healthy. YOUtopia feels the same, which is why they are holding an Alchemy Nights event at 6:30 p.m. where they will be making Blazing Cider, a concoction based off the recipe of Fire Cider created by the renown herbalist, Rosemary Gladster. Cider is believed to act as a defense against flus and colds, so sign up here for $35 to make your own special cider in a lesson!

Looking for a night of good laughs? Then you’re in luck. Stand-up comedian and podcaster Jon “Polar Bear” Garcia is bringing his comedy show to Waco at the Hippodrome Theatre, featuring Daniel Dugar and Israel Garcia. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $25 – $35 and can be purchased here.

Sunday – November 6

Rise-and-shine for Waco’s first annual Rowing Regatta, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Brazos Park East! This regatta will consist of a 5k race on the Brazos River. There will be food trucks, vendors and a beer garden to enjoy while you watch these competitive rowing teams race for the title of winner.

Looking for the perfect place to watch the game? Then head over to Coach’s Smoke at 6 p.m. for their Sunday Funday event. 35 big screens will be showing the game while they play music from Hot Tejano the Party Station. Order a meal or some drinks, then kick back and relax.

Live Music

  • Thursday, November 3
    • Daniel Norwid at Pivovar, 6 – 9 p.m.
    • Bobby Dean and Timeless Country at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 p.m.
    • Pecos & The Rooftops at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 4
    • Keaton Nail at Pivovar, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Live Oak Moonshiners at Old Chicago, 8 p.m.
    • Sean Anderson and Friends at Stay Classy, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Lauren January and Luke LaGrange at Freight, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Jo Dee Messina at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 5
    • Nicholas Dennard at Pivovar, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras at Hilton of Waco, 7 p.m.
    • Aaron LaCombe and Kent Klaras at Stay Classy, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Twista in concert at Brotherwell Brewing, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
    • Bart Crow at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 6
    • 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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