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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 2-4

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

This Waco Weekend is filled with Spring activities. There are sports such as Baylor Basketball, Baseball and Softball, farmers markets to stock up on fresh produce and hands-on art events. Waco has much more going on than what I just listed so read further to find out. Be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Paint O-Rama Horse Show

Spend your weekend at a free horse show at Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard. This show is hosted by the Texas Paint Horse Club and the Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club and is stretched over the weekend until Sunday. Thursday’s start time will be at 3:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday starts at 8:00 a.m. All breed classes and ranch cutting will be shown at this event.

Cardboard Craze

Build whatever your heart desires, but only with cardboard. The Mayborn Museum’s Cardboard Exhibit is a fun way to create while also being sustainable. 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., and Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit and price list, visit Mayborn’s website.

Texas Tennis Classic

Baylor University is hosting the Texas Tennis Classic through Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center, 1618 S University Parks Drive. This tournament includes some of the world’s best men’s tennis players with 32 singles matches and 16 doubles teams. This tournament is part of the ATP Challenger Tour and will start at 11 a.m. and go until 8:30 p.m. from March 2-5. To purchase tickets or for more information click here.

Art A La Carte- A Collective Exhibition

See what local artists have created at the Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th Street. The Art A La Carte is a continuing exhibition and will be on display all week long, including the weekend. The Art Center opens Thursday and Friday morning at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday it will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is free to view and if you go this Thursday, you’ll hear an artist talk from Melanie Stokes.

Two-hour Wheel Throwing Workshop at Black Oak Art Pottery 

Create your own wares 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.

Baylor Softball: Ode to Joy Invitational

Join the Lady Bears this weekend at the Ode to Joy Invitational where they’ll play Texas A&M and Sam Houston. The games will begin Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against A&M and against Sam Houston at 5 p.m. Sunday the games will start at 12:30 p.m. against Sam Houston and at 3 p.m. against Texas A&M. Tickets can be purchased here and the invitational will be held at Getterman Stadium, 1612 S University Parks.

First in Texas Waco District Event: Robotics

The FIRST in Texas Foundation supports low-income and underrepresented students by allowing them to participate on their robotics team. This team will be able to showcase their technological talents at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard starting at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. This event is free to spectators.

Cameron Park Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Search the thick canopies of Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 North 4th Street, with your team to find clues and win the scavenger hunt. This event is a free interactive spring break scavenger hunt that will be open March 4-18. Participants will use the Goosechase app for the hunt and learn more about the zoo’s animals along the way. Hours for the zoo Monday through Saturday are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday the zoo opens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on hours and admission prices, click here.

Thursday- March 2

Networking Forum

For members of the Waco Chamber of Commerce, join this monthly luncheon to meet other members. Attendees can give a 60-second commercial about their business and upcoming events to inform guests. You must be a member to attend, for information about Waco Chamber of Commerce membership, click here. The event is from 11:30-12:30 p.m. located at 6700 American Plaza Studio B.

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Dave Innis has taken a break from country music and has become Stay Classy’s Artist in Residence. Original member of six-time Grammy-nominated Restless Heart, Dave Innis is playing every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. for their happy hour piano night. Enjoy his music while enjoying a drink. Stay Classy is located at 723 Austin Avenue, for more information visit their website.

Madstone, Pivovar, 6-9 p.m.

Darts Tournament

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

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night

Don’t be shy about being a geek, because there’s a place for you and your brains at TrueLove’s Bar, 414 Franklin Avenue, weekly trivia night at 7 p.m. You can bring a team with up to six people or show up solo 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, 511 S 8th Street, you can either enjoy live original music or you can be the one performing at their Songwriter Thursday night. Be sure to get your songbook ready because sign-ups begin at 6 p.m. and the show is from 7-10 p.m.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

If you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or someone who enjoys country music and dancing, the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club is the place to be. 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 7-9:15 p.m. and there is a $6 cover charge.

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing

Enjoy a night of trivia and craft beers at Brotherwell Brewing. Bring your friends and review some trivia to win prizes. To keep things interesting, Brotherwell brings a new guest host for the game each week. Trivia Night will be held at 400 E Bridge Street from 7-9:30 p.m.

Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Glennis McCrary Music Building, 7:30-9 p.m.

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

Eric Gales

The best blues guitarist in the world, Eric Gales, will be live at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 511 S 8th Street at 8:30 p.m. Gales needs no introduction because his statements from others tell it all. This left-handed guitarist has recorded 18 albums, opening for him is guitar player Ally Venable. Purchase tickets here, before he sells out.


Friday-March 3

Da’Shack Farmers Market

Da’Shack Farmers Market, 925 Houston Street, is making its spring return from 2-6 p.m. They have a new plant nursery that has fresh produce for affordable prices. You can buy organic produce, herbs and plants and even sign up for a gardening class. You’ll be able to see your produce selections cut straight from the soil and into your bag.

4th Anniversary Party for Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery

This local gallery was founded in 2019 right before the pandemic. It has survived that and has had triumphs such as publishing over 500 works of art by local and surrounding Waco artists. Join them for an evening of celebration with music, food and art at 2120 Washington Avenue at 5 p.m.

Tanner Ursey with Canaan Bryce, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6-7 p.m. 

The Ballou’s Cats, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (Hewitt Location), 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman brings his new music from “Still” alongside his well-known favorites to the Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m.

Blue Houdini, 1325 E League Street, 7-11 p.m.

First Friday Jazz at Hilton Waco 

It’s the first Friday of the month which means there’s live music at the Hilton, 113 S University Parks Drive! See saxophonist Greg Bashara and guitarist Evan Klaras as they play a variety of classical and contemporary jazz. There is no cover charge and the event is from 7-10 p.m.

Friday Night Dinner at Lighthouse

It’s a new month, which means Lighthouse is offering a new menu! To start is a dish of roasted artichokes, fresh thyme and olive oil. There is also a choice of strawberry and rhubarb salad, with mint and toasted hazelnuts, or ginger and carrot soup, with cilantro and caramelized onions. For the main course, a choice of beef filet, topped with bearnaise sauce, or salmon topped with leek veloute sauce, with buttery garlic mashed potatoes and roasted broccolini. And for those of you with a sweet tooth, they have blondies. The dinner is $25 a person with the option for a wine or cocktail pairing, click here to reserve your table. Dinner is at 7 p.m.

Daniel Lightfoot, The Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8–11 p.m.

Joel & Deon Q, Stay Classy, 8:30 p.m.

Alpatrii with Alexander Longoria, Leaf Vxllage, Naomi, Sevin and Rizz Scoreli, Undercroft Social Club, 9-11 p.m.

Sip and Skate

Try and hold your balance at Skate Waco with their monthly Sip and Skate event from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. BYOB and enjoy the roller rink all night long. Adults only (18+) to skate and 21+ to sip, there is a $10 entry fee. Skate Waco also has VIP offers available here.


Saturday- March 4

Huaco Bowmen- 3D Archery Shoot and Membership Renewal

Don’t miss your shot to renew your membership at Huaco Bowmen Archery Club, 126 Lovers Leap Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Membership rates for individuals are $50 a year and for families, it is $70 a year. All memberships require one day of volunteer work during their membership period.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco, plus live music and a featured local organization each week. The market is located in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Avenue. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events and vendors.

Baylor Basketball

Make your Saturday filled with Baylor Men and Women’s Basketball. The Men play at 11 a.m. against Iowa State. The Women play at 5 p.m. against West Virginia. Between the two games, rest up, grab some food and continue to cheer on the men’s and women’s teams. Both games are located at the Ferrell Center, 1900 S University Parks. To purchase tickets, click here.

CaCean Ballou & The Dirty Crawfish, Sunday’s Caribbean Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, 6-8 p.m.

Lucas Jon’s Fright Night, Casket and Cauldron, 7-10 p.m.

The Union Revival, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 7-10 p.m.

Payton Riley, Texas Music Cafe, 7-8:30 p.m.

Improv Comedy Show

At the Brazos Theatre Improv Comedy Show, 7524 Bosque Boulevard, you get to call the shots by making suggestions to the improvers. You can laugh along while they make up jokes about a topic of your choosing. Guests can BYOB and purchase items at the snack bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.50 plus a service fee.

Allman Brothers Tribute Concert, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-11:30 p.m.


Sunday- March 5

Sketch Artist Social Club

Sketch Artist Social Club hosted by Casket and Cauldron, 1601 Washington Avenue, is a great opportunity for artists and those who love art to meet one another and collaborate. Local artists can show off their work and people who love art can munch some donuts and coffee, and check out all the awesome artists of Waco every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Baylor Baseball Double-Header

Baylor Baseball is battling out Sunday from 1-7 p.m. against Youngstown State. Get your wallets ready to fill your appetite of peanuts, hotdogs and any other stadium food you might need during these games. The tickets range from $7-15 and the game is located at Baylor Ballpark, 1612 S University Parks Drive.

Planters Workshop at Hammer and Stain

Spring is here and it’s time for you to display your beautiful flowering plants. Luckily for you, Hammer and Stain is hosting a planter workshop so you can do just that. Pre-registration is required for the staff to have your specialized design and materials ready once you arrive. Participants will pick from a list of differing styles and stencil work to ensure your planter is customized to you. This event is located at 214 S 11th Street at 1 p.m.

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