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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 2 - 5

1 year ago

By Chris Klimkowski & Mallory McKeever

Waco Weekend – February 2 – 5

The ice is thawing and we’ve got a fun weekend ahead. Art enthusiasts are invited to a reception, plays and even a film festival!  Enjoy the weekend after the ice storm with the whole family and remember to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

The Waco Faith & Film Festival is here all weekend with powerful films and fun events. Check out the schedule of events and get tickets here. Don’t miss out on Anne Heche’s final film, “What Remains” on closing night.

Thursday and Friday, from 12 – 4 p.m., Hammer & Stain will hold 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.

It’s not too late to sign up for the 4-week Women on Weights class at the Greater Waco YMCA. There are two weekend classes available, Fridays and Saturdays both at 11:30 a.m. This is a weekly class that serves as a personal-training program for women looking to learn the techniques of free weights, pin-loaded equipment and plate-loaded equipment. The first Friday and Saturday class take place this weekend, so sign up here soon! There are also weekday classes to choose from if weekends don’t work for you.

The Baylor Opera Theatre presents “Patience,” which will run Thursday through Saturday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 3 – 5 p.m. “Patience” is the sixth of fourteen operatic collaborations between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W. S. Gilbert. This operetta is a playful satire on fads, fashion, superficiality, vanity, pretentiousness and romantic love. Tickets can be bought here.

School of Music – Opera – dress rehearsal, performances, stage productions Ð The Tender Land – Jones Theater – Hooper Schaeffer Fine Arts Building Ð 01/31/2022

The Waco Civic Theatre has extended their run of the Youth Theatre Double Feature of Newsies Jr. and Annie Jr. The show sold out last weekend so be sure to get your tickets so you don’t miss out on this fun show! Performances run Thursday, Friday & Sunday. Get tickets and showtimes here.

The Heart of Texas Builders Association presents their Home Products Show at the BASE at Extraco Events Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. See the latest offerings in material and products and services, as well as the Brazos Valley Muscle Cars on display.

Thursday – February 2

The Order of the Owl is meeting from 6:00 – 7:00 at Fabled Bookshop & Café to discuss the young adult novel, “Five Survive.” Join the discussion for chapters 17-31 with fellow readers! If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Order of the Owl, email

Happy Hour with Dave Innis at Stay Classy Waco, 5 – 7 p.m.

Johnny Joes and Tha Band at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6 – 10 p.m.

Joel Wood at Pivovar, 7 – 9 p.m.

Ragland Country Band at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 – 9:15 p.m.

Jonna Mae’s Songwriters at Texas Music Café, 7 – 10 p.m.

Friday – February 3

Waco Centex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a delightful morning of networking at the Waco Civic Theatre from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Come enjoy a hot cup of coffee, some sweet bread, and getting to mingle with old and new friends of the CTHCC!

Join the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery for the opening reception for Keith Kusler’s “Tight as The Corner” from 5 – 10 p.m. Keith has a long history as a professional artist and graphic designer. His surrealist works challenge the viewer to look past the obvious scenes of daily life and into the construct of underlying social realms. Sangria will be served.

Lighthouse Coffee & Wine will be offering a February Friday Night Dinner starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and will include pickled carrots and cucumbers, choice of pear and radish salad or lentil soup, choice of beef filet or halibut and cupcakes for dessert. Reserve your meal here.

There will be a fun-filled Night Market on the corner of Webster and 13th Street from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will be offering plenty of delicious food trucks to choose from, amazing performers, live music and plenty of local vendors to shop from. Come by after sunset for an experience you won’t want to miss!

Cultivate7Twelve will also be holding a Vendor Market and Art Showcase from 6 – 9 p.m. Besides a plethora of vendors to shop from, this market will also feature four new brand new artists. Come ready to enjoy a glass of rosé and shop to your heart’s content!

Cha Community will be hosting another dumpling workshop in case you missed the last one, or perhaps you just loved it so much that you want to go again! Either way, it’s the same deal as last time: learn how to fold and cook dumplings, eat your creation and then take home a copy of the recipe all for just $48. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends an hour and a half later. Reserve your spot here.

Skate Waco is hosting their first Friday Sip & Skate from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Skaters must be 18 to roll and 21 to sip and it’s BYOB. Admission is $10 or $100 for a party room for a night of fun! Email to reserve your room.

Chris Low Band at Pivovar, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Clean Slate at Fuzzy’s, Hewitt, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Touch of Grey at Fuzzy’s, Waco, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras at Hilton Waco, 7 – 10 p.m.

Kyle Sinkule at Southern Roots Brewing, 7 – 10 p.m.

The Greeting Committee at Common Grounds, 8 – 11 p.m.

Morgan Lee Powers & Josh Bernard at Papa Joe’s, 8 – 11 p.m.

Joel & Deon @ at Stay Classy Waco, 8 – 11 p.m.

Ed Leonard at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 8 – 11 p.m.

Brit Kerr at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday – February 4

Are you crazy about cars? How about crazy about cakes? Both? Then you’re in for a treat! Carquest Auto Parts is hosting a “Cars, Cuts, and Cakes” event where cake from Nico’s Cakes and coffee will be served alongside car services. This event will also focus on Elite Barbershop. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last for two hours. All are invited!

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!

Discover the gifts from the ancestors with Cast Iron Skillet Culinaire at the South Waco Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about West African food cultures and cooking techniques that influenced southern food today.

Author Jeff Guinn will be coming to the Waco-McLennan County Library Central Library at 11 a.m. to be interviewed for his new book, “Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and a Legacy of Rage.” After the interview, the floor will be open to questions from the audience. Guinn is a two-time winner of the Texas Book Award, is the bestselling author of numerous books and the co-executive producer alongside Leonardo DiCaprio on the TV docuseries “Terror in the Jungle.” This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Get ready for the game at the Dancing Bear Pub for their Ciderdaze raffle and brunch, featuring Bishop Cider from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cheer on your favorite Bears at the Baylor vs. Texas Tech men’s basketball game at the Ferrell Center. Game starts at 12 p.m. Tickets are available here.

Ever wondered what the process of working with metal forging is like? Wonder no longer: Bladesmith Mark Smith will be teaching a cross-forging workshop where you can learn to use a coal forge and make your very own blacksmith cross. The class runs from 1 – 6 p.m. and costs $35 per person and all materials are provided. Register for a spot here.

Get ready to laugh with the Brazos Theatre improv comedy show from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. BYOB and have a fun time. Get tickets here for $16.62.

Funk & Cover at Truelove Bar, 7 – 9 p.m.

Twelve12 at Pivovar, 7 – 9 p.m.

Mason Hays at Camp Fimfo, 7 – 9 p.m.

Joel Wood Band at Elk Hall, 7 – 11 p.m.

JD Johnson at Hoot’s Tokio Store, 7:30 – 11 p.m.

Bohemian Pirates Band at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 8 – 11 p.m.

Dave Innis at Stay Classy Waco, 8 – 10 p.m.

Karaoke at Papa Joe’s, 8 – 11:55 p.m.

Cody Canada at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Karaoke at Chapter 11, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Sunday – February 5

Skellington Curiosities is hosting another market for those who wanted to avoid the ice storm. Check out the vendors from 12 – 4 p.m.

Every first and third Sunday of the month comes the time to enjoy Eastside Evening Market. Hosted at Brotherwell Brewing from noon to 5 p.m., come ready to enjoy shopping from local vendors, food trucks and enjoying live music at this Waco weekend favorite.

Lakeside Bar is hosting good food, drinks, fun and, best of all, an open mic. Grab your friends and get ready for spectacular local performances at open mic night at 6 p.m.!

Every Sunday Freight Waco hosts karaoke night! Come celebrate Service Industry Night with karaoke and good drinks from 7 p.m. to midnight.

From Parts Unknown at Truelove Bar, 7 – 9 p.m.