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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

Sponsored by Heart of Texas Builders Association's Parade of Homes

12 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

This week’s Waco Weekend is sponsored by the Heart of Texas Builders Association. Check out their Parade of Homes June 10-11.Happy weekend Waco! The official start of summer is right around the corner, so you know what that means — longer days, shorter nights and endless sun. Grab your loved ones and head outside this weekend to enjoy these upcoming events.

Through the Weekend

Parade of Homes

The Heart of Texas Builders 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.

Western Belle Farm Spring Festival

Western Belle Farm - A family owned farm opening seasonally to offer a Sunflower & Pumpkin Festival in West, TX!

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.

Xterra Cameron Park 

XTERRA Cameron Park

Global lifestyle brand Xterra is bringing the ultimate outdoor adventure to Cameron Park. Located at 2601 N University Park Dr., this course features a full-distance triathlon, sprint triathlon, duathlon, half marathon trail run and other various trail runs for all to enjoy. For more information visit their website

Mayhem at the Mobile Home Park

It’s the annual neighborhood BBQ at the local mobile home park, and you’re invited! Everyone plays a role and generally misbehaves! *NOTE! This murder mystery is full of stereotypes. If you are easily offended, this won’t be the event for you. Dinner catered by Uncle Worm’s Smokehouse. Get your tickets now, seating for this event is extremely limited.

Da’Shack Farmer’s 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.

Scooby Doo Mansion Mayhem 

Scooby-Doo! Mansion Mayhem | Mayborn Museum | Baylor University

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!

Second Chair by Silent House Theatre 

Local Waco theater company Silent House Theatre is presenting the high-stakes courtroom drama, Second Chair. Come on down to the McLennan Community College Music and Theatre Arts Building, located at 1400 College Dr. Tickets for the show can be purchased here.     

Of Warm Impermanence Exhibit

Through paintings, sculptures and installation works, this two-person exhibit by visual artists Nathan Clark and Vy Ngo is sure to be a moving and memorable experience. This free exhibition will run from May 26th to July 22nd at Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St. Art Center Waco hours Thursday through Friday are 11 a.m.—5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.—2 p.m. 

Alexander Wild, Pivovar, 6:309:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Thursday, June 8

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.

Cameron Park Zoo’s 30th-anniversary party 

Tigers, lions, bears, oh my! Cameron Park Zoo, located at 1701 N 4th St., is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and is inviting all to this big bash. The event is from 6 p.m.—10 p.m. and will feature games, karaoke DJ, zoo animals, local food trucks, and much more. Click here to purchase tickets!

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 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.

Stars Over Texas Jamboree

Legends of Country Music will be at the Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 W Waco Dr. from 7—9:30 p.m. Special guests include Jim Guest, Danny Ragland, Larry Burgin and Richard Paul Thomas, as well as the Stars Over Texas Jamboree Band and Cast including The Brazos Valley Cloggers. Tickets are $16-$20

Geeks Who Drink

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.

Friday, June 9

German Biergarten Passport Dinner

Join the Baylor Club at 1001 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd for their Passport Dinner, featuring German dishes and beer. Call 254-710-8080 or use the Invited app to book your tickets.

Brazos Nights 

Brazos Nights concert series has made its way back to Waco. The concerts will be held from 7 p.m.—11 p.m., and will take place downtown at Indian Spring Park next to the historic Waco Suspension Bridge, 101 N. University Parks Dr. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit their website here

Markus Miller, Segovia Wine Bar, 79p.m. 

Gene Watson

Catch country music star, Gene Watson live at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre at 7 p.m. Celebrating over 60 years in music, you don’t want to miss this legendary artist.

Dylan Wheeler, The Backyard Bar State and Grill, 8:30–10:30 p.m.  

Saturday, June 10

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. For more information regarding upcoming events and weekly vendors visit their website

Ranger Talk

Join Ranger John Lingle at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum for the ranger talk at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Paddle for Pups

Join Pura Vida Paddle as they raise money for the Humane Society of Central Texas and the fight to protect puppies from the parvovirus. Enjoy the scenic views of the Brazos River on either a kayak or paddleboard and be sure to check out the pups for adoption.

Painted Pride

Painted Pride is back at Cultivate712. Located in downtown Waco at 712 Austin Ave, during this event the gallery will feature artwork submitted by local LGBTQ+ artists and businesses here in Waco. Stop by at any time from 11a.m.—5 p.m. to view or buy. Applications for submission are also open.

Little Miss Summer Fest Beauty Pageant

Calling all beauty queens! Come strut your stuff at the Lil Miss Summer Fest Beauty Pageant. This natural pageant will take place at Hilton Waco, 113 S University Parks Dr. The event will run from 11 a.m.—3:30 p.m., and is open to girls aged 0-60. Entry fee is $75. Click here to buy general admission tickets

Battle of the burgers 

Presented by the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce, this all-out burger brawl will take place in Warren Park, 450 S Old Temple Rd, Hewitt, TX. This family-friendly event is from 4 p.m.—7 p.m., and will feature live music, food vendors, a kids zone, cornhole tournaments, pepper eating contests and more. Parking is $5.00. For more information, visit the Greater Hewitt Chamber website

A Night Out

Freight Bar is celebrating Pride month with a vendor night filled with shopping, bingo, karaoke and live music from CeCean Ballou and the Dirty Crawfish Band. No cover.

Summer of Rum

Come on down to Balcones Distillery, located at 225 S 11th St., from 4 p.m.—10 p.m. for a celebration of Rum and Funk! The distillery will be releasing three new rum expressions. The event will also feature live music, retail vendors, an arcade, food trucks, and outdoor bars. Click here to purchase tickets

Ruthie Foster 

Ruthie Foster will be live at the Bridge Street Plaza from 5—9 p.m. as part of the Levitt Amp Waco Music Series.

Summer Nights

The Earle-Harrison House, 1705 N 5th St. is open from 7—9 p.m. for a night of family-friendly fun, including food, drinks, puppies for adoption, a silent auction and movie on the lawn. Tickets are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. 

Wrestle Libre

For the first time, Wrestle Libre is in Texas for an exciting night at the Waco Convention Center. Check out wrestling legends from 710 p.m. Tickets are $15—$60.

Paul Wall and Big Jade, Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 11

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.

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.

Live drawing w/Hope & Harper Art 

Live figure drawing class held by Hope and Harper Art, from 1—4 p.m. every second Sunday at the upstairs studio at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Ave. 

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 611 p.m.

T.J. Newman at Fabled

Author T.J. Newman discusses her new novel, “Drowning” at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe from 7—8 p.m. Part of the Summer Series Book Club, it’s a thrilling story that’s not to be missed. Be sure to reserve your spot to join in for a lively discussion and enjoy a themed drink for the evening.