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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 5-8

9 months ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Waco Weekend – January 5 – 8

The holiday festivities may be over, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in Waco this weekend. With a new year comes new opportunities, so why not pick up a new hobby, like creating artwork or joining a book club? If you need ideas on how to start your new year right, you’ve come to the right place.

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Through the Weekend

Is your New Year’s resolution to be more creative, or to pick up a new hobby? Then stop by Hammer & Stain from 12 – 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, for their “Open Paint” hours. Select from a variety of projects and spend hours getting lost in your creation! Beginners and experienced artists alike are welcome. Price depends on selected project.

Thursday – January 5

Get the kids in the creative mood with Hammer & Stain’s YOUTH Fun Fest. Register for $40 for a fun afternoon of pizza and a mosaic craft that they can take home with them. The 2-hour workshop starts at 4 p.m. and allows drop-off or parents are welcome to stay.

Stay Classy is starting its happy hour at 5 p.m. with live music from Dave Innis from Restless Heart. Enjoy craft cocktails and local draft beers on Thursdays at this popular Waco destination.

Friday – January 6

Do you care about the city? Want to know what steps it’s taking to create an equitable and inclusive work environment for everyone? Then book a seat at the Hispanic Leader Network’s luncheon at Waco Convention Center. The HLN invites Deidre Emerson, Deputy City Manager, to speak at 11:30 a.m. to talk about the state of Waco. Lunch will, of course, be provided. Seating is limited, so check their Facebook page for more details and registration instructions.

Join Hammer & Stain for their Barn Quilt Workshop. Customize your project with your choice of stain and paint colors for $40 from 4-6 p.m. Register here.

Lighthouse Coffee & Wine will be offering their January Friday Night Dinner starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and will include deviled eggs, choice of kale and quinoa salad or golden winter soup, choice of beef filet or halibut and macarons. Reserve your meal here.

Saturday – January 7

Every Saturday, the Downtown Waco Farmer’s Market is hosted in the parking lot in front of the courthouse from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stop by to browse fresh produce, delicious food, and handmade goods from a variety of vendors. The scene and vendors are ever-changing, so don’t miss it!

The South Waco Library invites all children ages 6 – 12 to a Pokémon Palooza Party held in the South Waco Meeting Room from 2 – 3 p.m. There will be a variety of fun activities to choose from, including pokéball creation, trivia with prizes, mats to play the trading card game and a Nintendo Switch set up with the newest Pokémon Snap game!

The Charity Masquerade Ball, hosted by the J. H. Gurley Lodge, will be held at the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum from 7 – 10 p.m. All are invited to partake in a wonderful night of dancing, hors-d’oeuvres, drinks and live music from the Brothers of Fenix Theory. Tickets cost $50 per individual or $80 per couple. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund to benefit local high school seniors preparing for college. Colors for the evening will be black, white and silver in formal wear. Bring your own masks. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Brazos Theatre’s Improv Comedy Show never fails to bring the house down! As implied by its name, this show is completely unscripted, unrehearsed and sure to make you laugh. There will be a snack bar but it’s a BYOB event. Doors open at 7 p.m. for seating, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Buy your tickets here.

Sunday – January 8

If you’re a fan of mystery novels and are looking for a group of other mystery enthusiasts, then look no further than the Mystery Book Club at the Waco-McLennan County Library Central Library. They will be meeting from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. to discuss Richard Osman’s “The Man Who Died Twice” in detail. If you don’t have access to the book, the library may have a copy for you to check out!

If you work in the service industry, you should definitely hit up Freight Bar for their Service Industry Night. Every Sunday from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m., Freight wants to show their appreciation to service industry workers with a few discounts as their way of saying “thanks.” Plus, Sunday nights at Freight are Karaoke night!

Live Music

  • Thursday, January 5
    • Ragland Country Band at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 p.m.
    • Songwriter night at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, January 6
    • Frank Exum at the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery, 5 p.m.
    • Venus E at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras at Hilton Waco, 7 – 10 p.m.
    • Bruce Carbonara at Aloft Waco, 7 – 10 p.m.
    • The Lindsley Brothers at Undercroft Social Club, 7 – 10:30 p.m.
    • Greg the Sax Playa at The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
    • Cari Hutson and Good Company at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 7
    • Blue Houdini at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 8
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.