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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

April 6-9

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

This weekend is full of Easter baskets, Peeps and confetti eggs, ballgames and even a spring carnival. Waco is prepared for a fun-filled weekend for the whole family! However you decide to celebrate this weekend be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured! 

Through the Weekend

Baylor Baseball

Baseball is in full swing this weekend! Baylor is battling it out with Oklahoma University at Getterman Stadium, 1612 S. University Parks Dr. You can cheer on the Bears at any of their games Thursday through Saturday. For game times and to purchase tickets, click here

Baylor Art Student Exhibition 

Visit the Martin Museum of Art, located at 60 Baylor Ave., to see Baylor art students’ latest work. The artwork and sculptures on display are the winners of their annual art exhibition. The exhibit is on display until April 16th and is free and open to the public. 

A Life in Watercolor: Nancy Fortunato Art Exhibit

Walk through the life of Illinois watercolor artist Nancy Fortunato at the Art Center Waco, located at 701 S. 8th St. Fortunato primarily painted landscapes, wildlife and lighthouses. Her work has been in art exhibits around the country and the world. Viewing hours for this exhibit are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.—5 p.m. and 10 a.m.—2 p.m. on Saturday. 

Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art Pottery, located at 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting its Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop from 2—4 p.m. All materials are provided for the class so all you have to do is show up either Thursday or Friday. This workshop includes taking home two glazed pieces at the price of $80

Spring Carnival

Kenny’s Funland is coming to the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd., from now until April 9th! Armbands are $25 and tickets are $1 each. Hours for the carnival on Thursday and Friday are 6—10 p.m. and hours for Saturday and Sunday are 3—11 p.m.

Waco Coin Club

If I had a nickel for every time I’d been to a coin show! The Waco Coin Club Annual Spring Show is back at the Bellmead Civic Center, 3900 Parrish St., from 12—6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.—4 p.m. on Saturday. Door prizes will be given to guests hourly and gold and silver coin ticket raffles to purchase. This event is a $3 admission with plenty of free parking. 


Thursday, April 6

Networking Forum with Chamber of Commerce

The Waco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly networking forum at Top Golf, located at 2301 Creekview Dr. Get into the swing of things by presenting your 60-second business pitch and meeting other commerce members. This event is for members only and is from 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Visit their website to register now

Egg-Stravaganza Drive-Thru

Grab your Easter basket and hop on down to the Egg-Stravaganza Drive-Thru! This event is located in Woodway Activity Park, 1625 Estates Dr., and is from 4:30—6:30 p.m. The City of Woodway will be handing out sweets and chances to win one of their giveaways. 

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Stay Classy has a Grammy winner on their hands! 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.

Joel Hernandez, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6—7 p.m.

GOOD WORK: Poetry, Music, People

GOOD WORK is hosting a night of live performances by musicians and poets. This event is at Anthem Stories, 800 Austin Ave., from 6:30—9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and if you are a high school or college student, you can receive $5 off using the code “STUDENT”. 

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Get your boots and belt buckles down to the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! Dance along with live music from Ragland Country Band. Spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, two-step, waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance. This event is at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7—9:15 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 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. Bring a team or be prepared to be paired with an existing one! Trivia night consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening. 

Songwriter Thursday 

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

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing        

Get ready for Trivia Night at Brotherwell Brewing, located at 400 E Bridge St. Trivia is from 7—9:30 p.m. and each week covers different trivia topics. Be sure to bring a team that has a wide variety of knowledge!


Friday, April 7

Cafe y Pan Dulce

Network with new and old members of The Central Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce! Spend your Friday morning chatting with sweet bread and coffee at Skate Waco, 401 Towne Oaks Dr., from 9:30—10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

Da’Shack Farmers Market

Da’Shack Farmers Market, located at 925 Houston St., provides fresh produce 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. The market is open from 2—6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Springtime Sober Social

Artist Grayson Chandler is debuting his exhibition “Prosperina” at Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery, 2120 Washington Ave. From 5—9 p.m. Guests can enjoy Chandler’s work while munching on appetizers and sipping on blueberry mint lemonades! For more information or to RSVP, click here

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

Girl Crush, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30—9:30 p.m. 

Saturday, April 8

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. and is located at 500 Washington Ave. This 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. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events and this week’s vendors.

Easter Egg Hunt

Hop to it parents and kiddos! Educators Credit Union is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Hewitt Park, 801 S. Hewitt Dr., at 10 a.m. sharp. Participants are encouraged to arrive early so everyone has a chance to fill their basket. This event is free and open to the public. 

Crafts and Storytime

All varmints are welcome at this week’s Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Museum, 100 Texas Ranger Trail, crafts and storytime event. This week’s craft theme is Crafty Varmints and is from 10 a.m.—2 p.m.! These activities are included with the museum admission fee. For ticket prices and more information, visit their website

Art Lab for Kids

Saturdays are for the young artists at Art Center Waco’s, 701 S. 8th St., Art Labs for Kids. This is a hands-on art class that will teach children artistic techniques and create a piece they can hand on the fridge. Class times for Saturday are 10—11:30 a.m. and 1—2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 and parents can book here

Reverend Nathon, Barnett’s Public House, 7—9 p.m.

Erick Willis with Zach Nytomt, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8—9 p.m.

SEVIIN, Undercroft Social Club, 8—11 p.m.


Sunday, April 9

Sketch Artist Social Club

Join Casket and Cauldron, located at 1601 Washington Ave., for their weekly Sketch Artist Social Club. This event allows artists and admirers to meet one another over coffee and specialty donuts. The social club is from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

Puppy Social Hour

You and your dog can mix and mingle at Brotherwell Brewing, 400 E Bridge St. Puppy Social Hour! From 4—7 p.m., your pet and yourself can hang out in the Beer Garden. Be sure to bring a leash for your pet.

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

Cedryl Ballou and The Zydeco Trendsetters, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30—10:30 p.m.