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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

May 4-7

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

May this month bring you many adventures and time to explore Waco! This weekend, there are plenty of activities such as live music, vendors and food markets, fundraisers and so much more. 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 

Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act

The Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd., is bringing back this religious comedy for two back-to-back weekends! Showtimes for Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This show also includes a dinner from Uncle Worm’s Texas Cuisine 30 minutes prior to the show. To purchase tickets, click here

Scooby-Doo Mansion Mayhem

The Mystery Gang is in town and they need your help to solve a mystery! The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., is hosting this interactive exhibit through August 20th. Museum hours Thursday-Saturday are 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday 1—5 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

Waco Crafter’s Convention

The Crafter’s Convention is an opportunity for creatives to get together and collaborate! This weekend-long event begins on Friday and is located at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. Tickets and more information can be found on their website. 

Escape to Margaritaville

Friday through Sunday you can escape life to Margaritaville, a musical comedy presented by the Waco Civic Theatre! Showtimes on Friday and Saturday are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday showing is at 2:30 p.m. The theatre is located at 1517 Lake Air Dr., click here to purchase your tickets

Two-hour Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art, located at 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting their Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop. This workshop includes taking home two glazed pieces at the price of $80. Black Oak Art is offering this class on Friday from 6—8 p.m. and on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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. 

Thursday, May 4

Networking Forum

It’s the first Thursday which means it’s the Networking Forum for members of the Greater Waco Chamber! Each month members can mingle and pitch their latest business endeavors. This event is at Ninfa’s, 220 S 3rd St., from 11:30—12:30 p.m.

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

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

Rooted: Celebrating Community 

Grassroots Community Development is inviting you to an evening with guest speakers and dinner. This event is at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., from 6—8 p.m. Tickets are $125 and can be found here. 

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Dance along with live music from Ragland Country Band 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

Get your facts right because it’s Trivia Night at Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave. This evening consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period starting at 7 p.m. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening!

The Book Review: Newest and Best Books, Spring 2023

Join Fabled Bookshop and Cafe via Zoom for their Spring Book Review! Co-owner of Fabled Alison Frenzel, and Elizabeth Barnhill, book-buyer at Fabled, will discuss their favorite books this Spring. This event is from 7—9 p.m. and is free, but donations are welcome. 

Songwriter Thursday 

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, is hosting its weekly Songwriter Thursday Night from 7—10 p.m. located at 511 S 8th St. 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        

It’s Thursday which means it’s 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, May 5

Cinco de Mayo at Fish City Grill

Fish City Grill is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with specialty drinks and tacos! Visit 5401 Crosslake Pkwy., for prickly pear, perfect patron, frozen gold and watermelon margaritas. These specialty drinks will be served all day long!

Taste of the World

Antioch Community Church will be hosting a food festival representing cuisine from Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Colombia and Spain. There will be booths set up at 505 N 20th St., from 6—8 p.m. There is also a special guest Derek Ross, who will be speaking about the Waco Indian Tribe, our city’s namesake. This event is free and open to the public!

Pompeii: Ghost Portraits in Stone

Cultivate 7Twelve is displaying photographer Michael Larsen’s newest works until May 31. This Friday is the opening reception from 6—9 p.m. This event is located at 712 Austin Ave., and is open to the public!

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

Youth Chorus Spring Concert

The Youth Chorus of Central Texas is having its Spring concert at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 305 N 30th St. This concert is from 7—8:30 p.m. and tickets are $6. To purchase tickets or to learn more information about the choir, click here.

Saturday, May 6

Free Comic Book Day at Bankston’s

Bankston’s Comics-Sportscards, 1321 S Valley Mills Dr., is hosting a free comic book day! This is the 22nd year Bankston’s has participated in this tradition. There will be bounce houses and local artists! This event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Dr Pepper Museum’s Birthday Bash 

Our beloved Dr Pepper Museum is having a birthday! The museum is having a $2 admission, raffles and a chance to win a year’s supply of Dr Pepper. This celebration is from 10 a.m.—5:30 p.m. 

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.

Run for the Roses

The Providence Foundation is hosting a new fundraiser to support Ascension Providence’s Women and Children Services. The fundraiser is located at Old Bethany Wedding and Events Venue, 2730 Old Bethany Rd., in Bruceville from 3—6:45 p.m. The event will have raffles, music, food, a live auction, patient testimonials and the horse race! To purchase raffle tickets or donate, visit their website

Suede, Levitt AMP Waco Music Series, 5—8 p.m.

Boots on the Brazos

Waco Arc is hosting its annual fundraiser Boots on the Brazos at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., from 7—11 p.m. There will be a barbeque dinner catered by Coach’s Smoke, live music and dancing and an open bar. Individual tickets are $130, table sponsorships are $1,200 and Patron sponsorships are $1,500. For more information, click here

Kyle Park with Caleb Young, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m. 


Sunday, May 7

National Travel and Tourism Week 

Sunday kicks off National Travel and Tourism Week in Waco! They will start the celebration with a pop-up vendor market at the Waco Welcome Center, 106 Texas Ranger Trail, from 3—5 p.m. There will also be free coffee and gelato for the first 50 visitors!

Highland Centennial Celebration

Highland Baptist Church is celebrating 100 years at the Waco Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. This celebration will be a night of singing and fellowship with an expected attendance of 4,000 people. Tickets for adults are $2, click here to purchase. 

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