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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 10 - 13

4 weeks ago

By Chris Klimkowski

True fall is finally here and Waco has a surplus of reasons to get out and enjoy it! Lace up your shoes for the Cameron Park Zoo Stampede or enjoy the Waco Symphony Orchestra for the final performance of Maestro Stephen Heyde. There are also plenty of options to get your holiday shopping fix, art, live music and more that you definitely won’t want to miss. As usual, WACOAN is here to ensure you won’t suffer from any FOMO [Fear of Missing Out]. Remember to tag @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Thanksgiving is approaching, so it’s only appropriate that Art Center Waco is putting on a Thanksgiving play. Larissa Fasthorse’s thought-provoking production, appropriately titled “The Thanksgiving Play,” pulls the unexpected in a story about an all-Caucasian theater group attempting to put on a politically correct Thanksgiving play.

Fasthorse, a Native American playwright, came up with the story after being told her own plays couldn’t be produced due to Native American actors being too difficult to find. The production will show at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Art Center Waco. Tickets cost $15 to $18 and can be purchased here.

Larissa Fasthorse. Photo credit: Conor Horgan

Thursday – November 10

For resources on a healthy mind and healthy body, join Mission Waco at the Jubilee Market from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for their 6th annual Jubilee Health Fair. They will provide free health services from local providers alongside plenty of snacks and giveaways! On top of that, cooking and exercise classes will be given every half hour. For more info, check out Mission Waco’s website.

Tis’ finally the season to be jolly! Richland Mall kicks off the Christmas season with Santa’s Holiday Parade. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and a Christmas parade beginning in the Food Court at 5:30 p.m. This will also be the first day Santa comes to the mall for a meet-and-greet where kids can tell him what they want for Christmas and get their photo taken. Reserve a spot to meet Santa here.


Sironia is hosting their biggest event of the year! Starting at 5 p.m. at their store’s location, they will be hosting a Margaritas & Mistletoe celebration with, of course, margaritas from La Fiesta, food from Sironia Uptown Café, exciting pop-up vendors and tons of exciting giveaways. There will also be live music from none other than Sloppy Joe!

To satisfy your taco craze, hit up Stay Classy Waco for their weekly Vinos & Tacos night. Stop by anytime between 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to buy a package of six tacos and a bottle of wine for just $35.

The Waco Symphony Orchestra performs their Keyboard Magic show tonight at 7:30 p.m. and bids farewell to Maestro Stephen Heyde, who has conducted the WSO for 35 years.


Heyde will take his final bow in this spectacular performance featuring Jeremy Denk, renown classical pianist who has won both a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this amazing artist while also joining the Waco Community to give Stephen Heyde the applause and sendoff he deserves! Tickets can be purchased here.

Friday – November 11

The Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery is all ready to show off its newest collection of pieces, named New Work. This collection by Charles Wallis will be shown throughout the month of November, and a reception will be held for him from 5 – 9 p.m. Drinks will be served. Parking will be available in city-designated locations.


Join Cody Carnes, a worship leader passionate about creating space where innovative artistry and authentic worship can collide, 7 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church for An Evening with Restoration Gateway. This two-hour event will be an evening led in worship by Carnes, a songwriter who has written beautiful songs such as Nothing Else, Run To The Father and Christ Be Magnified. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased here.

Calling all Cher and Elton John Fans! A tribute concert to both of these iconic musical artists is coming to Waco. Starting at 7 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre. Talented Las Vegas couple Heidi Thompson and Gene Sironen are best known for their impressions of Cher and Elton respectively, and so they promise for a night of laughs, applause and amazing duets. Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday – November 12

Get ready to roar and embrace your inner animal with the Cameron Park Zoological and Botanical Society, because it’s time for their 29th annual H-E-B Cameron Park Zoo Stampede! Earn your stripes and celebrate the Year of the Tiger in one of three runs: the 1K, 5k or 10K. The race starts at 8 a.m. at the zoo and registration costs between $20 and $60, depending on the length chosen. Reserve a spot on their website.

The Women’s Society of St. Jerome Catholic Church invites you to the Discover Waco: Business and Craft Expo. This event will feature a plethora of local businesses, craft vendors, food trucks and more for the community to discover and enjoy. It’s not just a great way to shop for holiday gifts, but to support the community as well! Expo runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church.

Learn to embrace your mistakes as happy accidents at the Paint Along with Bob Ross event at the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery. From 4 – 6:30 p.m., follow along with the late Bob Ross on three different paintings and you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. It’s potluck style, so make sure you bring something to share! Event tickets cost $35 dollars at the door. All materials will be provided.


Stop by St. Matthew Lutheran Church anytime between 6:30 – 9 p.m. to witness Art As Worship: A Gallery Exhibition and Benefit. Peruse the artwork on display that follows this year’s theme of “wilderness” while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and live music. If you can spare a can of food or two for Food For Families, a charity dedicated to stocking the shelves of food banks, please bring it to donate!

Barnett’s at Bear Ridge invites you to their Peju Wine Tasting Night. Peju Winery is a business from Napa Valley and will be providing four different pours paired with four hors d’oeuvres. Event costs $45 per person. Reservations can be made here.

The Waco Hippodrome will be hosting Carymel Rodriguez from 7 – 10 p.m. as she leads a band of talented musicians from around the world in a tribute concert to Selena Quintanilla Perez, the Queen of Tejano.

Rodriguez has been singing professionally all over North and South America since the age of just fifteen, and now she’s coming to Waco to dazzle us all with her stellar voice. Tickets cost between $15 and $50 and can be purchased here.

Sunday – November 13

Cultivate 7Twelve offers a live drawing figure session monthly from 1 – 4 p.m. This class is hosted by Hope & Harper Art. No instructors will be present, but artists of all skill levels are welcome and feedback between patrons is encouraged. The session costs $20 at the door, and registration must be done online here. Models will be nude, so participation is for patrons 18+ only.

Join Waco Wellness at Skellington Curiosities for the Holistic and Metaphysical Fair starting at 2 p.m. and lasting about four hours. It costs nothing to enter the fair, and visitors will experience grounds full of vendors, live music and family-friendly fun. Visit the event’s Instagram page for more info.

Live Music

  • Thursday, November 10
    • Venus E at Old Chicago, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Tyler Braden at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11
    • The Shuffle Kingz at Pivovar’s Beer Garden, 6 – 9 p.m.
    • Cody Ellinger Band at Pivovar, 7 – 9 p.m.
    • Brotherboy at Common Grounds, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Holly Tucker at Freight, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Girl Crush Tribute Band at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12
    • Brotherboy at Freight, 8 – 10 p.m.
    • Justin Hewitt at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 8 – 11 p.m.
    • Dylan Wheeler at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13
    • Bob Kane at Valley Mills Vineyards, 4 – 6 p.m.
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Penny and Sparrow at Common Grounds, 7:30 – 9 p.m/

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