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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 9-12

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

With the weather warming up and the wildflowers starting to bloom, this Waco Weekend is full of activities outside. View the W.A.C.O. disc golf tournament at Brazos Park East or shop local vendors at Spring at the Silos. If seasonal allergies are creeping up on you, there are plenty of events inside such as live music, blanket making, pottery and museum exhibits. Whether you choose to stop and smell the flowers or experience your weekend inside, be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured! 

Through the Weekend

Elite Barrel Race 

Get ready for a weekend packed with Barrel Races from March 9-12th at the Extraco Show Pavillion, 4601 Bosque Boulevard. This exhibition is free for spectators and they will see barrel races of all levels compete and a chance to win prizes and money. Click here to view the list of exhibition times for each day. 

Waco Annual Charity Open, Disc Golf Tournament

Prodigy is hosting its annual Waco Annual Charity Open, W.A.C.O. March 11-12th at 3516 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This event is a professional Disc Golf tournament that benefits Baylor’s Autism Resource clinic. This tournament has amateur and age-protected divisions and tickets for players and spectators can be found here. This tournament is the second stop on the Disc Golf Pro Tour, so don’t miss out on a great event supporting a good cause.

Cameron Park Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Find the missing clues near the giraffes, behind the elephants and above the aquarium for Cameron Park Zoo’s, 1701 North 4th Street, Spring Break scavenger hunt. This event is an interactive scavenger hunt that will be open through March 18. Participants will use the Goosechase app for the search and will be able to learn more about the zoo’s animals along the way. Hours for the zoo Monday through Saturday are 9-5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information on hours and admission prices, click here.

Spring at the Silos

Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Avenue, is in full bloom starting March 10-11th. This event is free to guests, but does offer special tours that require a ticket. Spring at the Silos will have vendors, food, live music and artists. Hours for the market are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

8th Street Market

Be sure to make it down to 8th street for shopping, food and local authors! This market is located at 407 S 8th Street. Vendors include food trucks, jewelry, clothing, wooden toys, ceramic artists and more. Friday market hours are 9:30-6 p.m. and 9:30-5 p.m. on each Saturday.

Cardboard Craze

Redefine the way you can create at the Mayborn Museum’s Cardboard Exhibit. Visitors use Waco’s recycled cardboard to make items like forts, mazes and art. This exhibit will be open until April 2nd, located at 1300 S. University Parks Drive. Thursday through Saturday hours for the Museum are 10 a.m.-5:00, 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, and see what Waco artists have created. The Art A La Carte is a continuing free exhibition and will be on display all week long, including the weekend. Art Center Waco opens Thursday and Friday morning at 11 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m., and Saturday it will open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. On Thursday from 3-5 p.m., Carol Fox Henrichs will share at the artist talk.

Two-hour Wheel Throwing Workshop at Black Oak Art Pottery 

Create your own pottery items by hand 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. 


Thursday- March 9

Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop Hammer & Stain

Bring your own lunch while you work on your handmade knit blanket at Hammer & Stain, 214 S 11th Street. This workshop requires no experience or knitting needles, and you can reserve your spot on their website. Yarn color options are blue, cream, white, red, lilac, sage green, black, gray, mustard and pumpkin. The cost for this workshop is $85 and is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Original member of six-time Grammy-nominated Restless Heart, Dave Innis is playing every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Stay Classy located at 723 Austin Avenue, for their happy hour piano night. Enjoy his music while enjoying a drink. For more information visit their website

Stars Over Texas Legends of Country

Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 West Waco Drive,  is hosting a Stars Over Texas Legends of Country Edition featuring Rick Titus, Steve Young, Megan Brucker, Johnnie Bradshaw, the Stars Over Texas Jamboree Band & Cast and The Brazos Valley Cloggers from 6-10 p.m.. Tickets start at $16 and are found here.

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

Darts Tournament

Clicks Billiards dart tournament is from 7–11 p.m. at 1200 Richland Drive #8001, with a $10 entry fee. This is your chance to show off your dart-throwing skills. 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.

Bobby Dean & Timeless Country, Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, two-step, waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club. Hear live music from Bobby Dean and Timeless Country Band. This event is at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7:00-9:15 p.m., admission is $6. 

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night

Buckle in for 60 questions over two hours 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. Brush off those random facts you know and have a chance to win free prizes.

Songwriter Thursday 

At The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th Street, be sure to get your song lyrics ready because sign-ups begin at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. You can either sit back and enjoy original live music or you can be the one performing at their Songwriter Thursday night.

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing        

Bring your friends for a night of trivia and craft beers at Brotherwell Brewing. 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. 

Friday- March 10

Da’Shack Farmers Market

Da’Shack Farmers Market, 925 Houston Street, is open from 2-6 p.m. Da’ Shack offers organic produce, herbs and plants, along with occasional gardening classes and the expertise to answer all your gardening questions. Watch as the owner cuts your selections straight from the vine or pulls them directly from the soil.

Painting Fences with Rad Dragon and Bedtime stories, Brotherwell Brewing, 6-10 p.m. 

Darrell Ray, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 7-10 p.m.

Friday Night Dinner at Lighthouse

It’s March, which means Lighthouse has their 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

The Jesus Hypothesis- Exclusive Preview House Show Tour

Christian singer/songwriter, Derek Webb, is previewing his highly anticipated album “The Jesus Hypothesis” at a secret address sent to ticket holders. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Guests will hear new music, have discussions with Webb and can BYOB. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here

Max Tooker, Lynette Allmon and Steven Scheifley, Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8-10 p.m.

William Clark Green, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday- March 11

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The market features locally grown and handmade 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.

Spring Break Round-Up

Bring yourself and your family to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, 100 Texas Ranger Trail, for their annual Spring Break Round-Up. Visitors can experience a live Texas Ranger reenactment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and meet a real Texas Ranger. These activities are included with regular museum admission.

TrueLove Fest

Head down to TrueLove Bar, 414 Franklin Avenue, to their 11th annual music festival, TrueLove Fest. See bands like Suede, Leaf Village, Rewound, Richard Donavann, Happy Camper, Dog Bite, Dead Horse Creek and Killbozby from 2-11 p.m. Cost for admission is $5 at the door. 

Cody Jinks, Extraco Events Center, 5-11 p.m.

Aaron LaCombe and Klent Klaras, Undercroft Social Club, 7-9 p.m.

Brazos Brothers, Camp Fimfo, 7-9 p.m.

Ghosts of Hill County, Barnett’s Public House, 7-10 p.m.

Kenny Hada and Others, Texas Music Cafe, 7-10 p.m.

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

Selena Forever Tribute

I bet you’ve been Dreaming Of You, I mean dreaming of Selena. Get your bidi bidi bum bums ready to dance at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Avenue, for their Selena tribute from 8-10 p.m. Tickets range from $20-50 and can be purchased online.  


Sunday- March 12

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.-1 p.m. 

Life Drawing with Hope & Harper Art

Learn how to do a live figure drawing with Hope & Harper Art. This figure drawing class is in the upstairs studio at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Avenue and is from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door via cash, card or electronic payment. For information about this class, click here

Dave Wild Trio, Valley Mills Vineyard, 4-6 p.m.

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

Dawson Hollow, Common Grounds Waco, 8-11 p.m.