The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

May 25-28

1 year ago

By Avery Ballmann

This week’s Waco Weekend is sponsored by the Heart of Texas Builder’s Association. Check out their Parade of Homes June 2-4 & 10-11. Happy Memorial Day Weekend Wacoans! Spend your three-day vacation enjoying the sights and sounds of Waco. There is plenty to see such as new art exhibits, live music, plays and markets. Be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Memorial Day at Camp Fimfo

Camp Fimfo is hosting a whole slew of events during Memorial Day Weekend. Events include writing letters to soldiers, a flag-making event, ice cream social, kickball derby, live music, cornhole tournament and more, the weekend is packed with fun for the family.

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 20. Museum hours Thursday through Saturday are 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday 1—5 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

Spring Festival at Western Belle Farm

Drive a little past Waco to West and spend the day at the Western Belle Farm, located at 7929 Heritage Pkwy. At the farm, you can pick sunflowers and zinnias, sip on fresh-squeezed lemonade, photo-ops and so many fun activities for the kiddos. Tickets range from $5-28 and can be purchased here. The festival is open until June 11th and times for Friday are 3—8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.—8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.—6 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.

Leonardo and the Flying Machine

Young Festival Stage is bringing the history of Leonardo DaVinci to the Ball Performing Arts Center, 1400 College Dr., Friday and Saturday! This production will bring you back in time to the Renaissance as DaVinci was attempting to build the first flying machine. Friday’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s show is at 2 p.m., tickets can be found here.

Thursday, May 25

Open Paint

Create an amazing piece of art at Hammer and Stain’s Open Paint workshop from 2—6 p.m. Hammer and Stain is located at 214 S 11th St. and this workshop is open to all ages! Guests can use any items from their Open Paint section including mosaic tiles.

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.

Kolten Benton, Lounge ’93, 6 p.m.

Family Story Time

Join the West Waco Library, 5301 Bosque Blvd, for a family storytime from 6:30—7:30 p.m.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Dance along with live music from Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition for only $5 at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! Spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, the 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!

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

K&S Karaoke at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 7:30—10:30 p.m.

Welcome to the Jungle Rave

5IVE Bar, located at 500 Austin Ave., is hosting a rave that is gonna be wild! Have fun with your friends with a night full of dancing starting at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $15-350 and can be purchased here.


Friday, May 26

Dad’s Day

Dads are invited to bring their young children to the Central Library, 1717 Austen Ave., from 10:30—11:30 a.m. for a morning of socializing, activities and goofing around.

Of Warm Impermanence: The Public Reception

Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., is opening a new exhibit of paintings, sculptures and installation works that center around trauma, heartache, healing and triumph of the artists who created it. The public reception is from 6—8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. If you can’t make the reception, don’t worry, it will be on display until July 22.

Smells like Nirvana, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6—9 p.m.

Megan Brucker, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 6:30 p.m.

Sami Brown, Southern Roots Brewing Co., 7 p.m.

The Best of Motown and More, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Revenge Business and Richard Donavann, Cultivate 7Twelve, 8-10 p.m.

Daniel Lightfoot and Lauren January, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8 p.m.

70s Themed Celebration

Celebrate one year at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Ave. with a night of live music by Rewind Party Band and a grand prize for the best 70s outfit. The celebration goes from 8—11 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

CaCean Ballou & the Dirty Crawfish, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 27

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.

Candy Science

The Problem Solver’s Guild will meet at the Central Library, 1717 Austen Ave., for some seriously sweet science from 2:30—3:30 p.m. Guests from M&M Mars will stop by. Be sure to get your badge this weekend. Newcomers are welcome to join.

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

12 Mile with Jake Pyeatt, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m.

 Frank Exum, Segovia Wine Bar, 7—10 p.m.

Kolten Benton Band, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 8—11 p.m. $5 cover.

Dave Wild Trio, Stay Classy Waco, 8 p.m.

The Union Revival, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8 p.m.

Sunny Sauceda, The Backyard Bar and Grill, 8:30—10:30 p.m. 

Sunday, May 28

Badass Texas Half-Marathon

The Badass Texas race is back with a 5K, 10K and Half-marathon courses that go through downtown and Cameron Park. The race begins at Heritage Square, 311 Austin Ave., at 6:45 a.m. But, when you finish the race you’ll have free beer waiting for you! For more information or to register, click here.

‘83 US Festival Heavy Metal Day 

Hear cover bands of heavy metal classics at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St., from 2—4 p.m. Tickets are $20-30 each and can be purchased here. Doors open at noon!

Puppy Social Hour

Bring your pup to Brotherwell Brewing, 400 E Bridge St., for their puppy social hour! Meet cute dogs while sipping on craft beers from 4—7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Service Industry Night at Freight Bar

Unwind at Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave., with deals for those who work in the service industry from 7 p.m.—2 a.m.