The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 23-26

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

This weekend is offering a plethora of live music, small business fairs and Black History Month activities. It’s the last weekend of February and almost time to say hello to Spring, so be sure to load up your weekend with fun activities. Remember to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Cardboard Craze

Have fun while being sustainable at the Mayborn Museum’s exhibit, Cardboard Craze. Visitors can build structures with pre-used cardboard materials. This exhibit will be open until April 2nd located at 1300 S. University Parks Drive. Thursday through Saturday hours for the Museum is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit and price list, visit the Mayborn’s website.

Art A La Carte- A Collective Exhibition

Visit the Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th Street, to see a collection of local artists’ work. The Art Center opens Thursday and Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m., and Saturday it will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 2:00 p.m. The gallery is free to view.

Two-hour Wheel Throwing Workshop at Black Oak Art Pottery 

Spend an afternoon working with cool and soothing clay at Black Oak Art Pottery’s Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop Thursday and Friday from 2-4 p.m. This workshop includes taking home two glazed pieces at the price of $80, all materials are included. Black Oak Art’s Studio is located at 1619 Franklin Avenue.

Mini Black History Museum

The Dewey Community Center, located on 925 N. 9th Street, is hosting a Mini Black History Museum to showcase African Americans’ impact on our country and the world. This mini museum is free and open to the public Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00-3:00 p.m. This museum will be open until February 28th, for more information, click here.

“Once” by Baylor Theatre

The Baylor Theatre Department presents the Tony-award winning musical “Once”. This play is about two people finding something to believe in within each other and the music they create together. Shows for this production will be February 22-26 with times at 7:30 and 2:00 p.m. For more information to purchase tickets, click here.

Heathers: The Musical

Silent House Theatre is taking the audience to the colorful, cliquey world of “Heathers”. Based on the cult classic movie, this play incorporates musical numbers into the dramatic storyline of high school bullies and a gruesome murder. This show will be performed at the Waco Civic Theatre February 23-26th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets using this link.


Thursday- February 23

Diversity in the Workplace: A Panel Discussion (LIVE!)

25N Coworking is hosting a morning of networking, growth, guidance and vision-casting from prominent Black thought-leaders in the Central Texas area. Located on 510 Austin Avenue from 10-12:30 p.m., a panel of judges from the community will tackle discussions of the importance of diversity in the workplace. This event is free to the public, but you must RSVP to save yourself a spot.

“Ten Lessons Learned in 12 Month of War in Ukraine: An Economic Historian’s Perspective” – Lecture

It has almost been a year since Russia invaded Ukraine. The speaker, Dr. Volodymyr Kulikov, is currently a visiting Associate Professor at UT-Austin. He retains an affiliation with the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) and has had previous appointments at the Central European University (Budapest and Vienna) and the Karazin Kharkiv National University (Kharkiv). Kulikov’s lecture will be from an Economic Historian’s perspective and will be at Kayser Auditorium, 401 Speight Avenue, from 3:30-5 p.m.

Color Sense Class

Learn how red, blue and yellow can create a variety of shades and colors. This class is for all levels of artists and will be held at Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th Street, at 4:00 p.m. Color Sense includes acrylic paint, but students should bring several brushes, a palette knife and two small canvases to paint on. For more information and tickets, click here.

Darts Tournament

Hit the bullseye with your Thursday night plans at the Clicks Billiards dart tournament. Their dart tournament is from 7–11 1200 Richland Drive #8001, with a $10 entry fee. If you’re not feeling confident about this go-around, but still want to be a part of the action, there are food, drinks and other games available to customers.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night

Sharpen those wits and get ready for TrueLove’s Bar, 414 Franklin Avenue, with their weekly trivia night at 7:00 p.m. You can bring a team with up to six people or show up and join a pre-existing team. There are 60 questions over a 2-hour period with a chance to win free drinks and prizes.

Songwriter Thursday

At The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill’s, 511 S 8th Street, you have the opportunity to share your original songs at their Songwriter Thursday night. The one requirement is that your song must be written by you. Sign-ups begin at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7-10 p.m.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Get your cowboy hats and Wrangler jeans on to go to the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club. Styles of dance include two steps, polka, waltzes and a special appearance—the chicken dance. Guests will meet at the Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue, from 7:00-9:15 p.m. there is a $6 cover charge.

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing

Each week, Brotherwell Brewing invites locals or visitors to join in on their Trivia Night. To keep things exciting, they bring a new guest host for the game each week, teams can win prizes and points. Trivia Night will be held at 400 E Bridge Street from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

McLennan Theatre Presents ‘The Addams Family–A New Musical” 

Get spooky with an ominous ghoulish evening with MCC Theatre company as they perform a new musical, ‘The Addams Family’. The show will be at the Ball Performing Arts Center, 1400 College Drive, curtains opening at 7:30 p.m. Contact the Box Office for tickets, they range between $8-10 with discounts available.

Baylor Women’s Choir Festival, Glennis McCrary Music Building, 4-5 p.m.

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis, Stay Classy Waco, 5-7 p.m.

Brian Wright & David Doran, The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 6-9 p.m.

Pat Mckee Jazz Trio, Lounge 93, 6-8 p.m.

Gospel Explosion, Waco Multi-purpose Center, 7-9 p.m.

Michael Saldana, Barnett’s Public House, 7-10 p.m.

Songwriter Night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7-10 p.m.

Baylor Concert Jazz Ensemble, Glennis McCrary Music Building, 7:30-9 p.m.

Dave Wild Jazz Trio, Stay Classy Waco, 8-10 p.m.

Friday- February 24

Coffee at the Museum at the Mayborn Museum

Hear from the City of Waco’s Chief of Police, Sheryl Victorian, at the Mayborn Museum’s Coffee Social. This event is open to the public and a great way to learn more about the Lifelong Learning Program before joining as a member. Hear Victorian talk about policing Waco and her 28 years of experience at Houston Police Department. This talk is located at 1300 S University Parks Drive at 10 a.m.

Irina Ratushinskaya: Triumph of the Spirit

Presented by Xenia Dennen, Chair of the Keston Institute (UK), is a talk about poet Irina Ratushinskaya and her semblance to the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. This lecture is located in Moody Memorial Library, 1312 S 3rd Street, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, there is also a Zoom Link available for those who cannot make it in person.

Local Author Book Faire

Join Fabled Bookshop and Cafe, 215 S 4th Street, will be hosting a Local Author Book Faire. Customers can browse through local favorites from 6-9 p.m. and meet some of the local authors. There will also be half-off beer and wine on tap.

Friday Night Dinner @ Lighthouse Coffee & Wine

Enjoy a 4-course meal of pickled carrots and cucumbers, a choice of pear and radish salad with gorgonzola cream and lemon vinaigrette or lentil soup and for the main course is a choice of beef filet with chimichurri or halibut with garlic and white wine sauce, served with sherry glazed beets and mashed parsnips. Also, for dessert there will be cupcakes. Dinner is $25 per person with an optional wine or cocktail pairing at additional cost. Choose dine-in starting at 7:00 p.m.  at Lighthouse, 624 Washington Avenue or pickup straight from Barnett’s (starting at 4), or local delivery. Click here to reserve your spot.

Meliora, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 6-8 p.m.

Resistors, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (Hewitt location), 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Venus in Concert, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (Downtown location), 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Lindsley Brothers, Stay Classy, 8-11 p.m.

Zak Webb, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8-11 p.m.

Carson Jeffrey, The Backyard Bar and Stage Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday- February 25

Black-Owned Business Expo

Richland Mall, 6001 W Waco Drive, is excited to host their  first Black-Owned Business Expo on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for locals to shop and support black-owned small businesses from Richland Mall and surrounding areas.

A Wondrous Adventure Escape Room

Escape to the virtual Wonderland to help save Alice. Waco will be transformed into a virtual reality escape room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy your tickets and costumes now, before it’s too late. Once registered, the secret starting location will be emailed to you.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

Grab your favorite goods from the Downtown Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue. Get this week’s vendor lineup here to see your local favorites. Buy your weeks’ worth of produce, smell fresh lavender, try local coffee and food trucks or you can even buy a new houseplant.

Waco Youth Pop-Up Shop

Support Waco’s local youth at the Waco Youth Pop-Up Shop at the Dewey Community Center, 925 N 9th Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students ages 18 and under are invited to come share their homemade goods, handmade products, baked goods, crafts and art at the market.

Baylor Basketball

This Saturday Baylor Basketball is having a double-header game. The Men are playing rivals University of Texas and the Women are the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The men’s game is sold out, but fans can still stream online. Fans can still cheer on the Lady Bears in person from 5-7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center, 1900 S University Parks.

Baylor All-University SING At-Home ExperienceThis is a longstanding Baylor Tradition where different groups perform a 7-minute song/dance that follows a unique theme. Since the in-person tickets sold-out so quickly, Baylor has offered a livestream available to purchase. Watch acts from a multitude of student organizations from the comfort of your own couch.

Freedom Ball 

Honor Active military men and women and veterans at the Freedom Ball located at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue from 6-11 p.m. The night will consist of a dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, dancing and entertainment by The Grooveline Dallas. The proceeds will go to The Greater Waco Aerospace Alliance Scholarship Fund. For more information and ticket purchasing visit their website.

Improv Comedy

Kevin Gritten, Paul Catalina and Ken Noble present their act: “3 Guys and a Beer” at Bare Arms Brewing, 2515 La Salle Avenue at 7:00 p.m. Have some laughs while enjoying an ice cold beer, tickets are $12 and can be found online.

Bohemian Pirates, Pivovar, 6-9 p.m.

Isaac Sloane & The Sound Brigade with Tribe & King, Texas Music Cafe, 7-10 p.m.

Ryan Paul Davis, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8-10 p.m.

Jon Wolfe, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-9:30 p.m.


Sunday- February 26

Sketch Artist Social Club

Sketch Artist Social Club hosted by Casket and Cauldron, 1601 Washington Avenue, is for the artists and the viewers. Local artists: Come meet and make new friends and show off your art. People who love art: munch some donuts and coffee, and check out all the awesome artists of Waco every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Corks and Canvases

Join Susan Sistrunk, local artist, for an acrylic painting class from 2:00-4:30 p.m. located at 2120 Washington Avenue. This class will teach you painting techniques and also provide complimentary sangria and painting materials. Cost is $40 a person, tickets can be found here.

We Love R&B

If you’re a fan of R&B go to 5Ive Night Club, 500 Austin Avenue, doors opening at 7:30 p.m., music starting at 8:30 p.m. They’ll play all classic and current hits and rotate between three different DJ’s. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here.

Baylor Concert Band, Glennis McCrary Music Building, 3-5 p.m.

Walt Hartmann Duo, Pivovar, 6-9 p.m.

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6-9 p.m.