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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

May 18-21

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

The forecast for this weekend calls for blue skies and setting aside time to explore Waco! You can go see one of many plays, shop local vendor markets, witness sports fame and so much more. However you decide to spend your weekend, be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Leonardo and the Flying Machine

Young Festival Stage is bringing the history of Leonardo DaVinci to the Ball Performing Arts Center, 1400 College Dr., all weekend long! This production will bring you back in time to the Renaissance as DaVinci was attempting to build the first flying machine. There are several matinee and evening shows to choose from, tickets and times can be found 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!

Escape to Margaritaville

This is the last weekend you can escape life to Margaritaville, a musical comedy presented by the Waco Civic Theatre! Showtimes on Thursday, Friday, 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.

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.

Main Street Market Waco

Main Street Market is coming to the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd., Saturday and Sunday. Vendors are selling clothing, gourmet food, candles, handmade gifts and so much more! Admission is $6 or if you bring a non-perishable food item your admission is $5 and kids under 12 get in for free. The Saturday show is from 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday is from 11 a.m.—4 p.m. For more information about the market, click here.

Thursday, May 18

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Hear Grammy award-winner Dave Innis plays 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.

Mack Abernathy and Bob Arnold, Lakeside Bar, 6:30 p.m.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Dance along with live music from the Midnight Mustangs 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!

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 19

Music on the Patio

Head over to Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St., to hear local musicians on their patio all day long! From 10:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m., sip on a cup of coffee while enjoying live music. This event is free and open to the public.

Lone Star Luncheon

Reserve your tickets because two-time World Series Champ, Roger Clemens is the guest speaker at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Lone Star Luncheon! The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. at 1108 S University Dr. There are options for individual and table tickets so be sure to reserve your spot!

Houston Astros Trophy Tour

If you couldn’t make the Lone Star Luncheon, don’t worry because the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is hosting a Houston Astros Trophy Tour from 4—6 p.m. Astros Fans bring your cameras and wear your gear because you can view the 2022 World Series Trophy free of charge! This viewing is located at 1108 S University Parks Dr.

William Lee Golden & The Goldens, Waco Hippodrome, 7:30 p.m. 

Coffey Anderson, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 20

Waco Police Memorial Fun Walk/Run 

Support the Waco Citizens Police Memorial Academy Alumni by being a bystander or a runner this Saturday! The 5K and 10K begin at 8 a.m. at Redwood Shelter, 2300 Cameron Park Dr. It’s not too late to register, the top three winners in each category have a chance to win prizes.

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.

The Community Opportunity Event

Dewey Community Center, 925 N 9th St., is hosting a community resource fair from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. This event is to promote the overall well-being of citizens by partnering with the Waco Police Department, City of Waco Parks and Recreation, Waco Family Medicine and Waco AHEC. Free parking will be available in the South Waco Recreation Center multipurpose lot and the First Methodist Church lot; buses will also run every 20 minutes to and from Dewey Center throughout the event.

Petworking in the Park 

The Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce wants to host you and your pup and kitty at Bridge Street Plaza, 200 E Bridge St., for some networking fun! The Animal Birth Control clinic will also provide free pet health screenings, pet vaccinations and microchipping. This event is from 10 a.m.—1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

6th Annual Waco Goodfellas Crawfish Boil 

Support the Waco Goodfellas by attending their annual crawfish boil at Lakeside Bar, 6605 Airport Rd., from 12—5 p.m. You can also enjoy live music from the Gordon Collier Band, Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters and Larissa Boyd!

Zamora County Line, Levitt AMP Waco Music Series, 5—8 p.m.

Back in Black AC/DC Tribute Band, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6—8:30 p.m. 

The Gonzo Compadres, Texas Music Cafe, 7—10 p.m. 



Sunday, May 21

Skellington Market Spooktacular 

Skellington Curiosities, 7524 Bosque Blvd., is hosting an open-air market from 12—4 p.m. The market will have 40 vendors, live music and great food! This event is free and open to all ages.

An Evening at Esterhazy Castle

Enjoy the sounds from the Central Texas Choral Society and Bluebonnet Philharmonic Orchestra this Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The 40-piece orchestra and 70 singers will fill the First Methodist Church, 4901 Cobbs Dr., as they perform three pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn. Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the door.

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