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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

1 year ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy Juneteenth Waco! We’ve got celebrations to fill your weekend as we commemorate the emancipation of African Americans, including a parade and a pageant for students. It’s also Father’s Day Weekend! To all the bug-killing, cheesy joke-telling father figures out there, we at WACOAN hope that your Father’s Day will be one to remember. If you’re tired of hosting the same old barbeque, or if you don’t feel like making that same old dinner reservation, head over to one of these amazing events going on around Waco. Make sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through The Weekend

Bob Lilly Celebrity Golf Classic

Join the Texas Sports Hall of Fame at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course for the annual Bob Lilly Celebrity Golf Classic on Friday and Saturday. Friday will include an auction party and BBQ and Saturday will be on the green with some of your favorite Texas athletes.

Puppet Show with A Real Mad Hatter Production

Join A Real Mad Hatter Production from 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. as they bring a magical puppet show to the South Waco Library, 2737 S 18th St. This free reading club performance is open to the public and is sure to spread kindness, laughter and cheer! More information 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 20. Museum hours Thursday through Saturday are 10 a.m.—5 p.m. and Sunday 1—5 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

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.

Hawaiian Falls Dads Free Day 

Hawaiian Falls Waterpark here in Waco is offering free admission to all dads in celebration of Father’s Day Weekend. There will be dad-themed games and prizes, and the park is offering special pricing regarding adult refreshments. The waterpark is located at 900 Lake Shore Drive and will be open on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. —6 p.m. Click here for more information

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.

Thursday, June 15

Saving Bodies, Hearts, & Minds

From 5—7 p.m., get to know the first responders in your area through this event by the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council. Located at Waco ISD Stadium, 1401 S New Rd, come meet the EMS, fire, law enforcement and hospital personnel and learn about ways to avoid illness and injury from the experts themselves. 

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.

Pride Night 

Truelove Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave, is hosting its annual Pride Night. For all those 21 and up, come eat, drink and dance the night away to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride and allyship. The event is set to start at 6:00 p.m., and no cover fee is required. 

Sip N’ Speak

THRST Coffee, 1500 Colcord Avenue, is back with its annual Sip ‘N’ Speak Poetry Night, hosted by April Neal. The event is from 69 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here

Painting for Alzheimer’s

Painting with a Twist, 1621 N Valley Mills Dr.,  is hosting a painting benefit event to support Alzheimer’s research. From 6—8 p.m., come paint and sip the night away. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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. 

Click’s Darts Tournament 

Clicks’ Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr., is hosting its weekly darts tournament starting at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 16

Crime Scene Investigation 

Waco’s very own Crime Scene Unit is putting on a presentation at West Waco Library & Genealogy Center, 5301 Bosque Blvd, to educate kids on crime scene investigation. The event is from 35 p.m., and is open to the public. More information can be found here

Kolten Benton, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 6 p.m.

Moe Bandy

Country legend Moe Bandy will perform at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets range from $35—$60, which can be purchased here. 

Juneteenth Pageant

FootPrintz Dance Company is hosting the 4th annual Mr. & Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant. From 7—9 p.m., this event will highlight and celebrate high school juniors and seniors in McLennan and surrounding counties. 

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

Cinema Safari

While the animals are asleep, catch a movie under the stars. Cameron Park Zoo is showing “Jaws” at The Meadows. Tickets are $5 and food is available for purchase. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the film starts at 8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs.

Collin James Duo

Come watch the Collin James Duo perform at Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 2004 N Valley Mills Dr, from 8—11 p.m. Their rockin’ tunes will be sure to light up your Friday night. 

Rock N Roll Over  

This rockin’ KISS tribute at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 South 8th St., will have you rocking and rolling all night! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here

Saturday, June 17

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. 

Juneteenth Parade

The Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Juneteenth parade, celebrating the federal holiday of Juneteenth. This year’s theme is From Chains to Change and everyone is invited to one of the biggest parades in Central Texas. The route begins at Heritage Square at 10 a.m., loops around Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and ends at Bridge Street plaza.

Eastside Market

Brotherwell Brewing is back with Eastside Market, 400 E Bridge St. Open each first and third Sunday of the month from 12 p.m. — 5 p.m., the market will feature food trucks, local vendors, graffiti contests, music and more. For more information, visit the Eastside Market website

Juneteenth Family Fun Day

Celebrating its 11th year, the Juneteenth Family Fun Day event is a Waco favorite! This event will take place in Brazos Park East Waco and will feature family-friendly activities, local vendors, games, food, live entertainment and much more. Gates open at 2:00 p.m., and parking starts at $5. 

2023 Levitt AMP Waco Music Series

This Waco concert series is back with its eighth installment and will feature live music by the Central Texas Jazz Society, the Sanger Heights Blues Allstars with Dr. Tyrha Lindsay-Warren and much more. This concert series highlights original music by local, regional and national performers from a wide variety of different genres. There will be local vendors, food trucks, a family-friendly fun zone and local artists. Market and activity hours will run from 59 p.m., while concert hours will be from 69 p.m. 

Dave Wild Trio, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 S. Sixth St, 7—10 p.m.

McLennan Community Orchestra

The McLennan Community Orchestra is performing at the Bosque Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The performance highlights Norwegian compositions and African American composers. Conductor Peter Olson will lead the orchestra with featured pianist Sharon Bjørndal Lavery. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved online or by calling 254-675-3724.

Leaf Vxllage

Undercroft Social Club, 712 Austin Ave (rear entrance of Cultivate712). 8 p.m. — 12 a.m. This music event is 21+ only, and the entrance fee is $12. View the flier here  

Sunday, June 18

Skellington Evening Market

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.

Acrylic Paint Pouring 

Painting with a Twist, 1621 N Valley Mills Dr, is offering acrylic paint pouring sessions for Father’s Day! Join in on this fun art trend and learn several different pouring techniques. The class will be held from 13 p.m., and tickets are $45

Spirits & Cigars 

Dichotomy and Honeycomb Cigars are hosting a rooftop specialty event. Come celebrate all the father figures in your life while enjoying a spirit and cigar pairing from the specialty menu. The event is split into two sectioned times, from 4—6 p.m. (click here for tickets) and from 6—8 p.m. (click here for tickets). 

Sunday Funday 

Sundays just got better thanks to Sunday Funday at Coach’s xXx Smoke, 330 Austin Ave. From 6—9 p.m., this BBQ restaurant is dishing out great food, great drinks and great music, courtesy of DJ Suavasito. Stop by and elevate your Sunday evening.


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