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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 12-15

4 weeks ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Waco is starting to wake up from the holiday season and get back into its usual groove. That means there’s a lot going on this weekend from book signings to dance competitions and even a birthday to celebrate! But don’t worry, we won’t let you get overwhelmed by the decision fatigue. Here’s our weekly list of all the top happenings in Waco this weekend. 

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Thursday – January 12 

Every Thursday, head on over to Barnett’s Public House for a quality steak night dinner. 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. 

Geeks Who Drink is coming to Truelove Bar for their weekly Thursday Night Trivia. Bring a team of up to six people and compete in a game of facts and knowledge. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free to join, but be sure to support this local business. Participants must be 21+. 

Author James Walker will be hosted by Fabled for a book signing and discussion starting at 7 p.m. His book, “Bent: 12 Vital Steps to Win Back a Wayward Team,” begs the question plaguing the business world: “Why doesn’t my team care about their work?” His book goes into the good news and bad of answering that question, and what steps you can take to make your employees feel more fulfilled. Pick up a copy and get it signed! 

The Stars Over Texas Jamboree is returning this month, and this time the theme is “Golden Oldies.” As usual, it will take place at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum and will begin at 7 p.m., lasting until 9:30 p.m. This family style musical jamboree will feature artists such as John McAnally, Kenneth Elliot (as Elvis) and more! Buy tickets here for $16 – $20. 

Waco Brew Theology is meeting up again at Bare Arms Brewing at 7 p.m. for another group discussion. This time, the focus will be renewal. More specifically, they will be talking about New Years traditions and celebrations in different cultures and religions around the world. So if you’re a deep thinker yearning to learn more and discuss meaningful theological topics, join the table! The group also requests participants bring some markers and pencils to the meeting if possible. 

Friday – January 13 

It’s Dad’s Day at the Central Waco-McLennan County Library! For an hour starting at 10:30, dads are invited to bring their babies and/or young kids (6 and under) to the library for activities, socializing and just goofing around. Come make friends and spend some quality time with your kid at this fun weekly event! 

Sthefanie from The Black Daisy Boutique is throwing a party in the store from 4 – 8 p.m. to celebrate her birthday! There will be free drinks and treats, clearance sales and the first 14 purchases get a free little gift. You can even dress up as your favorite version of Sthef for a BOGO 40% off deal on your purchase! Need ideas for a Sthef outfit, or just more details on the event? Check out the boutique’s Instagram page. 

Saturday – January 14 

Are you ready to witness the best dancers in the area compete for the top? The TAPPS Dance Championships will take place at the Extraco Events Center. Dance students from grades 9 through 12 will be dancing the day away from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with individual rewards being given out. Buy tickets here for $15. Kids under 6 can attend for free. 

Feeling brave? Then sign up for the “Freezin’ For A Reason” Polar Plunge at Hawaiian Falls Water Park. This two-hour event starts at 9 a.m. and will test your courage and willpower to withstand the freezing winter water! It costs $40 to sign up and all proceeds will go to supporting Special Olympics Texas, the hosts of the event, to provide year-round sports training, competition and health needs of its athletes. Register or donate here. 

The South Waco Library invites you to refine your cooking skills, or pick them up if you’re new to the kitchen, and become cultured while you’re at it. A one-hour cooking class will begin at 11 a.m. as a part of a larger series of cooking classes titled “Cooking With Cultures.” Each month will showcase a different theme, and the theme for January is Indian. Fire up those ovens and learn about the many flavors of the world! 

Young family eating delicious homemade chicken curry dish with basmati rice.

Southern Roots Brewing invites you to geek out at their Waco Pop Hunters Event from noon until 5 p.m. There will be hundreds of Funko Pop figurines, collectibles, Pokémon, cosplay, Pokémon go players, beer and plenty of pizza to go around! This event is open to all ages. Don’t miss out! 

The Waco Hippodrome is hosting another Las Vegas tribute concert, and this time it’s Dave Halston’s “The Sinatra Experience.” At 7:30 p.m., Halston will be performing a zesty lineup of Sinatra’s most popular songs in a way which critics have described as “stunning,” “spot on,” and “WONDERFUL!” Ticket prices range from $47 – $67 and can be purchased here. 

Sunday – January 15 

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. 

There will also be a Sunday Funday event at Old Chicago from 8 – 11 p.m. Every Sunday they play live music for patrons to enjoy on the patio. And, of course, there will be great food to choose from and a selection of drinks and cocktails. 

Live Music 

  • Thursday, January 12 
  • Happy Hour with Dave Innis at Stay Classy Waco, 5 – 8 p.m. 
  • Songwriter Night at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m. 
  • Friday, January 13 
  • Amber Dreams at Slow Rise on the Brazos, 6 – 8 p.m. 
  • The Union Revival at Pivovar, 7 – 9 p.m. 
  • Dog Bite at Balcones Distilling at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. 
  • Dave Innis at Stay Classy Waco, 8 p.m. 
  • Darrell Ray at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 p.m. 
  • Hannah Rose at Freight, 8 – 11 p.m. 
  • Sami Brown at Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 – 11 p.m. 
  • Saturday, January 14 
  • Jarrod Dickinson at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m. 
  • J.R. Gomez y Los Conjunto Bandits at American Legion Post 121, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. 
  • Bri Bagwell at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, January 15 
  • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m. 
  • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.