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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 26-29

1 year ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Waco Weekend – January 26 – 29

Another weekend is coming up and plenty of new events are coming with it. We’ve got a whimsical double-feature production and a grand race through the wilderness, and that’s just the beginning of the fun! Here’s a list of some of the most exciting and intriguing things happening in Waco over the next few days.

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Through the Weekend

If you’re a fellow theatre-goer, then you’re in for a treat. The Waco Civic Theatre presents its first Youth Theatre Double Feature! That’s right, it’s two shows in one. The first act will be Newsies Jr., a tale about newsboys striking for what’s right. The second act will close with Annie Jr., a tale about a charming orphan in the 1930s finding a new home. Shows run from Friday through Sunday, with 7 p.m. showings all days and a 2 p.m. showing on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased here.


Thursday – January 26

Barnett’s is teaming up with Still Austin Distillery to hold a whiskey tasting event. Stop by to try some of the distillery’s best whiskeys while they teach you about their brand. The event is free to Texas Whiskey Society Members and $25 to non-members. But they will be offering a great deal: if you’re a non-member who signs up for a membership at the event, your tasting will be free!

Think you have the smarts to be a trivia champion? Then sign up for Brotherwell Brewing’s weekly trivia night! Bring a team, win prizes and enjoy your favorite taproom beers in this exciting battle of the brains. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. and lasts about two hours.

Dave Innis from Restless Hearts at Stay Classy, 5 – 8 p.m.

How’s your dart game? If you think you have a knack for it, then head over to Clicks Billiards & Sports Bar at 7 p.m. and sign yourself up for the darts tournament. There’s a $10 entry fee, but first place can win the mystery pot prize!

Bobby Dean & Timeless Country at Junction on Route 36, 7 p.m.

Songwriter Night at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m.

Friday – January 27

The First Woodway Baptist Church will be offering a Christian Writers Workshop as a part of their 2023 Kickoff Conference. If you’re an aspiring writer looking to work with religious elements, then register here. The workshop will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch is included with registration.

Music on the Patio at Magnolia Press, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The 11th annual “Love to the Rescue” charity event will be held at the Waco Convention Center. If you’re looking to donate to a good cause, then consider this event which goes to Shriner’s Children Texas helping pediatric medical care costs. The night will include a three-course dinner, auctions, raffles, a wine pull and a live musical act by Shenandoah. Visit their website here for more information and to buy tickets.

Jayme Wade at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.

Jared Pool at Pivovar, 7 p.m.

Greater Vision at Parkview Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

A reminder to all members of Valley Mills Vineyards that the last Friday of each month includes a wine club dinner, where the vineyards will invite a guest chef into their kitchen to prepare a scratch wine-paired meal for dinner guests. Tickets can be purchased on their website for $85. This is a members-only event. If you’re a non-member and this event intrigues you, visit the website for membership details!

Twelve12 at The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8 p.m.

Dave Innis at Stay Classy, 8 p.m.

The Cameron Sacky Band at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday – January 28

Get ready for one of the biggest races of the year. The Big Chill Adventure Race will be held in Cameron Park from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., so head on over to the official website for registration. There will be two races to participate in: the Spring Race and the 10-hour adventure race. Both races involve running, biking, and paddling through a wilderness course. Teams who bring five cans of food are permitted to “skip” a race checkpoint. All donations and proceeds go to Caritas of Waco.

For a delicious meal you won’t forget, head over to Barnett’s to grab a mouth-watering crab boil dinner. The meal is served starting at 2 p.m. and will be on sale until sold-out. It costs $19.95 per crab plate, with some cheaper options for sausage plates and shrimp plates.

Looking for some new crafting supplies? Why not swap your old supplies to get some? Cultivate7Twelve will be hosting a Community Craft Swap from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where you can swap, trade and share gently used supplies. This is a free event and a great way to get yourself set up to try a new type of craft! Crafting supplies only, no finished products. Get more information at their Facebook.

Do you have a kid, ages 6 – 11, who loves riddles, puzzles and challenges? Then bring them to the Central Waco McLennan County Library from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. for the first ever in-person gathering of the Problem Solvers Guild! Kids will participate in a variety of riddle and mystery-based events. What do dry ice, cave paintings and asteroids have in common? Come to the meeting and find out!

After the kids have their fun, the adults can join in on the Killer Texas club at the East Waco Library Conference Room from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. This month, they’ll be learning about The Candy Man, Dean Corrl.

There will be a vendor’s market at Freight from 4 – 8 p.m. This event will be hosted by Waco’s Local Skate Rats and sponsored by Start-Up Waco. Partake in an afternoon of shopping from local vendors, eating delicious food and enjoying drinks!

Red Waterson at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.

Blue Houdini at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m.

Aaron LaCombe and Towne Adams at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m.

Out of the Blue featuring Andy Thomas at Tonkawa Falls Event Center, 8 p.m.

Rasheed at Private Hip-Hop HQ, 8 p.m.

Strix at Stay Classy, 8 – 10 p.m.

Neon Texas at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 – 10 p.m.

Dexter and The Moonrocks at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

Darrell Ray at Parsons Marina at Lake Whitney, 9 – 11 p.m.


Sunday – January 29

Are you ready for a comic con-themed market? Because that’s the theme for this week’s Skellington Market! Join Skellington Curiosities for another market full of vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Come dressed in your favorite cosplay for a chance to win some prizes. The market begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. It’s a free event for all ages.

4DB and Tea Aguilar at Rocky’s Roadhouse, 12 – 5 p.m.

The Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery invites you to sign up for a “Corks and Canvases” class! This acrylic painting lesson will start at 2 p.m. and last about two and a half hours. You will learn painting techniques for beginners and experiences artists alike while enjoying sangrias. Registration costs $40 per person and can be made here.

Don’t be selfish, let your canine companion have some fun this weekend too! Brotherwell Brewing hosts a Puppy Social Hour every Sunday in their Beer Garden. From 4 – 7 p.m., bring your pup to meet other furry friends while you mingle with other dog owners.

For a fascinating show featuring pieces both sacred and secular, stop by St. Alban’s Episcopol Church from 4 – 5 p.m. to see the Baylor Brass perform as a part of the church’s Sacred Arts Series. This group concertizes regularly on Baylor’s campus and around Waco’s schools. Admission is free, so don’t miss it!

There will be a Baylor Faculty recital, “Sounds from Home,” performing from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Waco Hall in celebration of reminiscing the homeland. The performance will feature Ran Kampel (clarinet), Shijun Wang (piano), Michael Clark (piano) and performers from the Baylor Theatre Department. This event is free and open to the public.

Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.

Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.