The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

April 27-30

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

Happy Weekend Waco! The spring storms aren’t going to rain on our parade because we have plenty events to attend. However you decide to spend this weekend be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured! 

Through the Weekend

Superhero Week

It’s superhero week at Waco McLennan County Libraries! At each library location, there are superhero-themed events for toddlers and the big kids. Kids can make superhero gadgets and make their superhero take flight. This event is from 3—6 p.m. until Friday. This event is free and open to the public. 

Nancy Fortunato Exhibition

This is the last weekend to see 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. with Friday being the last viewing day.

Climate Crisis Art Exhibition

Art Center Waco, 701 S. 8th St., is also hosting Waco Friends of the Climate’s 6th Annual Climate Crisis Art Exhibition. The exhibit displays pieces specifically designed to represent the climate crisis happening in our world. This is the last weekend this exhibit is on display so don’t miss it!

Two-hour Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art, located at 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting its Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop from 2—4 p.m. This workshop includes taking home two glazed pieces at the price of $80. Black Oak Art is offering this class on Thursday and Friday. 

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 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Saturday. 

Central Texas Comic Con

Central Texas Comic Con is back for its second year at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. Visitors can shop at over 50 vendors, dress as their favorite character and meet celebrity guests! Single-day passes are $20 and kids under 8 get in free with the purchase of a day pass. To find out more information read our latest blog from The Grackle. 

Thursday, April 27

Browning Day

Professor Kevin A. Morrison is visiting the Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave., to present his lecture on Robert Browning’s poems. This event is free and begins at 3:30 p.m. There is also an available streaming option as well. 

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Hear Grammy award-winner Dave Innis play at Stay Classy! Every Thursday from 5—7 p.m. at 723 Austin Ave., Innis plays at their happy hour piano night. Enjoy his music while sipping on a drink, for more information visit their website.

Waco Mammoth National Monument Book Signing

Calvin B. Smith, author of “A History of the Waco Mammoth Site: In Pursuit of a National Monument”, will have a book signing and meet and greet from 6—7:30 p.m. The Waco Mammoth National Monument is located at 6220 Steinbeck Bend Dr. This event is free and open to the public.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Dance along with live music for only $5 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. 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. This evening consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period. Bring a team or be prepared to be paired with an existing one. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening!

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.

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 28

Spring Night on the Farm

The World Hunger Relief Inc. is turning 47, and to celebrate they are hosting a dinner catered by the Olive Branch and Valley Mills Vineyard. This celebration is located at 365 Spring Lake Rd., and is from 6:30—9 p.m. Tickets are $100 which include the meal, sunset tour of the farm, and a viewing of the garden which includes goats, mini cows and livestock dogs. 

Twelve12, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8—11 p.m.

Stoney LaRue with Mike Stanley, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30—11 p.m.


Saturday, April 29

Mission Waco | Mission World Race ONE

The 11th annual Race ONE Neighborhood 5K is back and is at 7 a.m. at Jubilee Park, 1308 N. 15th St. At 8 a.m. the 5K begins and the one-mile fun run starts at 9 a.m. Awards are at 9:30 a.m. and there are food and drinks available for participants! This event benefits Mission Waco Mission World and you can register by clicking here.

Walk to End Epilepsy

The Walk to End Epilepsy is coming to Brazos Park East, 3516 N. MLK Jr. Blvd. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. along with the purple market, 8:45 is the opening ceremony and at 9 the walk begins! Registration is free and you have the opportunity to buy a t-shirt or donate online. 

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.

Independent Bookstore Day

Celebrate independent bookstores at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Chief of Police Sheryl Victorian will be there for a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. Get your tickets now for the taco dinner from 6-9 p.m. for $25 and $5 will go to Imagination Library of Waco.

Arbo Fest

The Carleen Bright Arboretum, located at 9001 Bosque Blvd., is kicking off its reopening with a celebration! This event will have live music, food trucks and local vendors. The celebration is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.—4 p.m.

Focus Fundraiser

Skate World Waco is hosting its annual fundraiser to support Focus Behavioral Waco. The funds from this event will go to families in need of financial help for ABA therapy. This event is located at 401 Towne Oaks Dr., and is from 10 a.m.—12 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Spring BIPOC Market

Cha Community, 1001 Franklin Ave., is hosting its second BIPOC Market from 11 a.m.—4 p.m. The market will have local vendors, raffles and buy-one-get-one drink deals on their classic boba menu. This event is free and open to the public!

Waco Cornhole Tournament

Bare Arms Brewing is hosting a cornhole tournament with its proceeds going to Fuzzy Friends Rescue. The tournament begins at 12 p.m. and costs $20 for the individual entry fee. First, second and third place have an opportunity to win cash prizes, click here to register

The Atkins Tent Revival, Levitt Amp Music Series, 200 E Bridge St., 5—9 p.m.

Elvis—Aloha From Hawaii Featuring Al Joslin

Al Joslin is one of the top Elvis impersonators and he’s coming to the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets start at $35. Joslin is also having special guests Shake Rattle and Roll!

Hair Metal Giants, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 30

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. 

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

DJ Suavesito, Coach’s xXx Smoke, 6—9 p.m.