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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

June 1-4

12 months 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. It’s a new month which means it’s full of new adventures and possibilities! Explore Waco by visiting museums and art exhibits and attending local theatre productions. No matter how or where you spend your weekend in Waco, be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!


Through the Weekend

Parade of Homes

The Heart of Texas Builder’s Association presents the 2023 Parade of Homes. Explore 15 new and remodeled homes by various local builders. Tickets are $10 and available at the HOTBA office or at each of the homes.

Scooby-Doo Mansion Mayhem

Jinkies! There’s a mystery at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., and the Mystery Gang needs your help. This interactive exhibit is only on display until August 20th. 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 Family Farm

Drive a little further up I-35 to the Western Belle Family Farm, 7929 Heritage Pkwy., to experience beautiful sunflower fields. Guests can pick flowers, listen to live music, drink fresh-squeezed lemonade and participate in tons of farm activities. The farm is open Friday from 3:00—8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00—8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00—6 p.m.! You can purchase tickets here.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare in the Park

Wild Imaginings is bringing Shakespeare to Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr. at 7:30 p.m. This event is Thursday through Sunday and is free and open to the public. Just bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the theatre on this summer evening.

Of Warm Impermanence

The Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., is housing a new exhibit until July 22nd. Of Warm Impermanence tells the story of two artists, Vy Ngo and Ty Nathan Clark, through paintings, installations and sculptures. Viewing hours are Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.—5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.—2 p.m.  

Texas Ranger Bicentennial BBQ Cookoff and Concerts

This is the first-ever Texas Ranger BBQ Cookoff, so you don’t want to miss it! This celebration is Thursday and Friday all day at Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. The Gabe Garcia Band will be performing on Thursday and The Ray Johnston Band with Fiddle & Steele will perform Friday. This event is free and open to the public.

Da’Shack Farmers Market

Get your greens and plants quick because Da’Shack Farmers Market’s season is ending soon. Located at 925 Houston St., you can pick your veggies straight from the ground knowing it’s fully organic. Market hours are 2—6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.—6 p.m. on Saturday. Though the growing season is ending, Da’Shack will continue to offer educational classes. Read our latest blog featuring Da’Shack!

The Texas Masters Grand Tournament 

The Texas Masters Grand Tournament season finale is coming to the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. There will be tournaments over Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.—5 p.m. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.


Thursday, June 1

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

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

Shakespeare at the Bar

Fabled Bookshop and Cafe is supporting Wild Imaginings Shakespeare in the Park by having part of their proceeds from Shakespeare at the Bar go to their production. For $10 you get a pint glass and a pint of beer while enjoying live theatre. This event is located at 215 S 4th St. and begins at 7 p.m.

Touch of Grey, Old Chicago Pizza, 7—10 p.m. 

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Spend your night line dancing and listening to live music from Ragland Country Band for only $5 at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! 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. 

Dart Tournament

Head over to Clicks Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr. Suite F, for their weekly dart tournament! Entry tickets are $10 each. If darts aren’t your forte, you can still go with friends and enjoy food and drinks as you watch the tournament unfold.

Songwriter Thursday 

Sing your own songs or watch others perform theirs at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill weekly Songwriter Thursday Night from 7—10 p.m. This event is located at 511 S 8th St., and 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, June 2

National Donut Day Pop-Up

Venture over to M’s Doughnuts, 407 S 8th St. Suite D., for their pop-up shop! This event begins at 7 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Music on the Patio

Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St., is having local artists play all day long on their patio. Grab a coffee and pastry and enjoy the live music! This event is free and open to the public and is from 10:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.

The Things That Are Lovely 

Stay-at-home mom and artist Dorrie Ann Cobb’s exhibit is coming to the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery, 2120 Washington Ave. This exhibit has been on display in several cities and received awards in Tyler, Texas. The opening reception is from 5—9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

John Dempsy, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 6 p.m. 

First Friday at Cultivate 7Twelve

Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., is celebrating the grand opening of their Curated Market at their First Friday event from 6—9 p.m. You can also enjoy the local art and small snacks and beverages.

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

Fleetwood X Tribute

Don’t Never Come Back Again, see Fleetwood X at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.

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


Saturday, June 3

Central Presbyterian Church Garage Sale

Central Presbyterian Church, located at 9191 Woodway Dr., is having a church-wide garage sale from 8 a.m.—3 p.m. Proceeds from this sale will go to Foster Village Waco, an organization that provides varying support to foster children and families. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Book Signing with Theo Boyd

Author Theo Boyd is having a book signing and discussion on her latest book “My Grief Is Not Like Yours”. This event is at Half Price Books, located at 4318 W Waco Dr., from 1—3 p.m.

Beginner Embroidery Class

The Paper Crown, 601 Franklin Ave., is hosting a beginner embroidery class from 1—4 p.m. This class includes all of the materials and is $70. For more information or to register, click here.

Smooth Nature, Levitt Amp Music Series at Bridge Street Plaza, 5—9 p.m.

Improv’s a Beach: Improv Comedy Show

It’s the first of the month, which means the Brazos Theatre is hosting their Improv Comedy Show, but this time it’s summer-themed! This show is located at 7524 Bosque Blvd. Suite Q., from 7:30—9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.50 and the doors open at 7 p.m.

Joel and Deon Q, Stay Classy, 8:30—10 p.m. 

Devotional: The Depeche Mode Experience, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30—10:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 4

Sunday Funday Karaoke and Brunch

Barnett’s pub, located at 420 Franklin Ave., is making your Sunday worthwhile with brunch, lawn games, live music and karaoke! Brunch begins at 10 a.m., followed by lawn games on the patio at 12 p.m. and karaoke beginning at 4 p.m. Forget about those Sunday Scaries and spend your day at the pub.

Eastside Evening Market

Eastside Market, located at 400 E Bridge St., has local vendors, live music, graffiti artists and food trucks, it doesn’t get better than this! The market is open from 4—8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit their website.

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar, 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.