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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

March 23-26

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

Spring is officially here which is cause for a celebration! Waco’s Weekend is packed with outdoor adventures, live music and art. Make it a memorable weekend with family and friends. Be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Cardboard Craze

Mayborn Museum’s, located at 1300 S. University Parks Drive, Cardboard Craze exhibit is a great hands-on activity for all ages. At this exhibit, visitors can make all sorts of creations with Waco’s recycled cardboard material. Thursday through Saturday hours for the Museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday hours are 1—5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit and price list, visit the Mayborn’s website.

Baylor Art Student Exhibition 

Each year, the Martin Museum of Art, located at 60 Baylor Ave., hosts a student exhibition. These students are currently enrolled in studio art classes and if their work is selected by the juror, it will be featured in the gallery. Thursday, March 23rd, from 5:30—7 p.m. is the exhibition’s opening night and awards ceremony. If you cannot make the opening reception, the exhibit is on display until April 16th.

Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop

At Black Oak Art Pottery, located at 1619 Franklin Ave., you can have a chance to make your pottery at their Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop. All materials are provided for the class so be ready to show up either Thursday and Friday from 2 – 4 p.m. This workshop includes taking home two glazed pieces at the price of $80.

Native Gardens

Waco Civic Theatre presents “Native Gardens.” This play is a comedy about feuding neighbors thankfully separated by a fence. Opening night of “Native Gardens” is Friday at 7:30 p.m. The following show dates are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $22-25.

HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Expo

If you have an exotic pet such as a tarantula, lizard, snake or any other creepy crawler, consider going to HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Expo at 100 Washington Ave. At this expo, visitors will have access to discounts on pet supplies and be able to see the exotic animals in person. This event is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for a one-day pass are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12. Tickets for a two-day pass are $15 for adults and $8 for kids, children four and under are free.

Celebrity Improv

Get your Sharpie’s ready because if you go to Brazos Theatre’s Celebrity Improv night, you’ll be starstruck. The theatre is featuring some of Waco’s famous celebrities including: Anchor Andrea Kosar,, KWBU Host David Smith, Doreen Ravenscroft, Maiya Cloud, Oli Pettigrew, Rachel Pate and Pianist Dave Innis (you can also see Innis at Stay Classy Thursday, read below for more info!) Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The venue is located at 7524 Bosque Blvd., click here to purchase tickets for either night.

Thursday- March 23

Open Paint

Hammer & Stain Waco, located at 214 S 11th St., is hosting an Open Paint workshop. Any customer can choose a project from their open paint selection and use the afternoon to create their masterpiece. This workshop is open from 12—4 p.m. and is open to all ages. At this event, there is a special offer on their Mosaic Station.

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Grammy winner Dave Innis plays every Thursday from 5—7 p.m. at 723 Austin Avenue, for their happy hour piano night. Enjoy his music while sipping on a drink, for more information visit their website. If you can’t get enough of Innis, stop by the Brazos Theatre Celebrity Improv Night, read “Through the Weekend” for more details.

El Búfalo y El Toro concert, The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, 6—9 p.m.

Venus E, Pivovar, 6—9 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night

Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave., is hosting their weekly trivia night at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your own team or come solo and be paired with an existing one. Trivia night consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period, so it’s okay if you don’t know everything. But in case you and your team do know everything, there is an opportunity to win free prizes.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

See and dance with Larry Burgin and the Texas Tradition live at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club. Spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, two-step, waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance. All this and live music from the Midnight Mustangs at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7—9:15 p.m., admission is $6.

Songwriter Thursday

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, located at 511 S 8th St., is hosting its weekly Songwriter Thursday night from 7—10 p.m. This is your opportunity to share your original songs or experience someone’s first time performing. Sign-ups begin at 6 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m. 

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing

Ever find yourself blurting out random trivia facts that no one knows or cares about? It’s okay if you answered yes because there is a place for you. Brotherwell Brewing, located at 400 E Bridge St., hosts a trivia night every Thursday from 7—9:30 p.m. Every week they bring in a special guest to host and they have been offering a BBQ dinner service from Broken G BBQ. Each week covers different topics, so be sure to bring a team that has a wide variety of knowledge.

Jacqueline Wilson Bassoon Recital, Roxy Grove Hall, 7:30—9:30 p.m.

Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show tribute

Transport yourself back to the good old days where flared pants were fashionable, and The Rolling Stones were untouchable with the Satisfaction and The International Rolling Stones Show. Listen to popular hits such as “Satisfaction”, “Start Me Up” and “Beast of Burden” at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave., at 7:30 p.m. While the balcony seats are sold out, there are still plenty remaining on the floor, click here to purchase your tickets before they’re gone!

Friday- March 24

Da’Shack Farmers Market

Da’Shack Farmers Market, located at 925 Houston St, is open from 2—6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This market provides fresh produce that you can see cut straight from the soil. Da’ Shack offers organic produce, herbs and plants, along with occasional gardening classes and the expertise to answer all your gardening questions.

Josh Ward, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6 p.m.

Deceived by the Fallen, A Night Out, Dog Bite and Bedtime Stories, Cultivate 7Twelve, 7—10 p.m.

Friday Night Dinner at Lighthouse

Why make your own dinner on Friday night when you go to Lighthouse Coffee & Wine and get a delicious meal prepared for you? Lighthouse located at 624 Washington Ave., is serving a magnificent four-course dinner with an optional wine and cocktail pairing. This experience is only $25 and begins at 7 p.m. To view the March menu and book your reservation, click here.

Late Night Drive Home, Common Grounds Waco, 8—11 p.m.

Colony House, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 8—11 p.m.

Pat Mckee, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8—11 p.m.

Holly Tucker, Freight Icehouse and Bar, 8 p.m.

Jared Pool, Twisted Sister Patio Bar, 8 p.m.


Saturday- March 25

Bearathon and Sic ‘Em 6K

The Bearathon is deemed the ‘Toughest Half in Texas’ for good reason. The racecourse starts at the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat, M P Daniel Esplanade, and travels through Baylor’s campus and the Waco community. The Bearathon and Sic ‘Em 6k will not only benefit your health but also the financial needs of Baylor students. The registration fees for runners go directly to the Baylor Student Foundation Scholarship Fund. It’s not too late to sign up either, participants have until Friday, March 24th to register. The Bearathon begins at 7 a.m. and the 6k begins at 8 a.m., for more information and to register, click here.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco. There is always live music and a featured local organization each week. The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. and 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.

Waco Walks: Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History with Baylor professor Dr. Lisa Shaver and Founder of Act Locally Waco Ashley Bean Thorton! The walk will begin at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., at 10 a.m. The event will discuss women’s roles in history and in the community as they walk through downtown.

Uptown Art Walk 

Explore Uptown Waco by visiting the Uptown Art Walk. This event is sponsored by Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery and will begin at 11 a.m until 3 p.m. The Art Walk will have local vendors selling goods including paintings, jewelry, clothing and more. Customers can also view the Susan Sistrunk Gallery, located at 2120 Washington Ave., and enjoy live music.

Elvis Tribute Concert

Come enjoy a rockin’ evening of all things Elvis at the 98-year-old Palace Theatre, 133 Heritage Row, in Marlin! Featuring 4 award-winning Elvis Tribute Artists, John Cobb, Hunter Cole, Travis Hudson and Will Humbarger. BYOB and concessions are available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $30.

Touch of Grey, Pivovar, 6:30—9:30 p.m.

Justin Hewitt Band, Elks Lodge #1597, 7—11 p.m.

Belles and Brass Presentation and Gala

The Waco Symphony Orchestra is hosting its annual concert at Midway Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. and a presentation of its Belles and Brass at the Ridgewood Country Club following. The presentation is to highlight the young men and women volunteers of the symphony. Being a Belle or Brass is a two-year time commitment that includes music appreciation and etiquette classes while also volunteering for the symphony periodically. This black-tie gala is also a fundraiser, to register visit their website.

Abby Holliday, Common Grounds Waco, 8—9:30 p.m.

Sunday- March 26

Sketch Artist Social Club

Spend your Sunday morning at Casket and Cauldron, 1601 Washington Ave., from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. This social club is a chance for local artists and Wacoan’s to meet and chat over coffee and donuts. Artists are featured weekly, and visitors are able to purchase prints and paintings.

Springdom Come Festival

Renovation Church, located at 4809 W Waco Dr., is hosting a Spring festival with local vendors and surrounding churches. This festival is family-oriented fun striving to engage and learn more about the community with one another. The Springdom Come Festival begins at 12 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6—11 p.m.

Destined for Greatness- Live Pro Wrestling

With nine action-packed matches, your Sunday scaries won’t be about work the next day. HOT Pro Wrestling is fundraising for the Ball is Life Youth Athletics Program at this event. The ring is located at 1525 Marshall Ave., with the first round kicking off at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.