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Top Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

June 22-25

12 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

The weekend is here Waco, and you know what that means — it’s time to grab your sunscreen, a friend or three, and hit the town. If you’re having some trouble trying to figure out where to go, here are some amazing events to go to. Make sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

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!

The Haunted Tavern 

If spooky surprises and even spookier cocktails are your thing, then this is the event for you. This chilling, 4-part interactive cocktail experience allows for guests to explore one of Waco’s most haunted venues while sipping on themed drinks. This 21+ event will run from June 22—25 at The Palladium, 729 Austin Avenue. Opening hours vary, and tickets start at $55. Click here for more information

Of Warm Impermanence 

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. 

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.

Karaoke at Chapter 11

Chapter 11 club, 819 Esther Street, is hosting karaoke every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m.—2 a.m.  

Thursday, June 22

Hatchet Throwing

Stumpy’s Hatchet House, located at 924 Austin Avenue, is celebrating its grand re-opening and ribbon cutting with an open house and birthday cake. Join the fun from 4—6 p.m.

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.

An Evening w/Opal Lee

The grandmother of Juneteenth herself, Opal Lee, is coming to Waco. Hosted by the Community Race Relations Coalition and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at St. Albans Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 305 N. 30th St, Opal Lee will be speaking about her activism as well as selling and signing her book at the event. The event is set to start at 5:30 p.m., and a reservation is required to attend. To reserve a spot text or call 254-717-7903, or email

After Hours Meet Up

Join Startup Waco at Stay Classy Waco for the ultimate networking experience. Connect with local entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals from 5:30—7 p.m.

Kenneth Hafertepe Book Discussion & Signing 

Kenneth Hafertepe, architectural historian and author, will be discussing and signing copies of his book “Historic Buildings of Waco” at the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 South University Parks Dr., from 6—7 p.m. Click here for more information

Darrel Ray, 6—9 p.m. Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway 

The Union Revival, The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, 6—9 p.m.

The Order of the Owl: A Ruinous Fate

Young Adult book club, Order of the Owl, will be meeting to discuss “A Ruinous Fate” by Kaylie Smith, at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th St, from 6:30—7:30 p.m. 

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

Darts Tournament 

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

Kate Khavari Book Discussion & Signing

Fiction author Kate Khavari will be at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th Street, to discuss her latest book “A Botanist’s Guide to Flowers and Fatality”, from 7—8 p.m. Click here to RSVP

Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition

Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition at Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7—9:15 p.m., Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Ave. Tickets are $6. 

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!

Jelly Jam at 5ive

Join Lucid Productions at 5ive NightClub, 500 Austin Avenue, for a Spongebob-themed night of electronics and dancing. Gather your friends, get your tickets, and dress to the nines in your best Bikini Bottom costume. The event starts at 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Friday, June 23

Free Book Friday

Starting on June 16, from 9 a.m.—8 p.m., Goodwill will allow students Pre-K through 12th grade to pick up a free book at Waco’s Goodwill locations (2439 La Salle Avenue or 1700 S New Road). 

Ramble & Co’s Together Workshop Series 

Ramble & Co will offer a series of workshops designed for women, by women. Come cultivate courage, trust and presence at The Den, 216 S 11th Street, 5—8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Steve Dansby Band, Karem Shrine, 400 Karem Circle,  5:30—7:30 p.m

Brit Kerr, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 1620 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 6—8p.m

Sami Brown, Pivovar, 320 South 8th Street, 6:30—9:30 p.m

Kolten Benton and the Forsaken, Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave, 7—10 p.m 

Stephany Chavira, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Songs and Stories

Michael Witt & Aaron Konzelman will share an evening of story and song with the Waco community at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Ave, from 7:30—9:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. 

J.D Johnson, Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave, 8 p.m

Max Tooker, Lynnette Hundley-Allmon, Shawna Roscom and Steven Scheifley, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Drive, 8—11 p.m

Music Showcase

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill is hosting a music showcase featuring musicians from the Barnard School of Music. Tickets are $5 for 21+ and $15 for under 21.

Saturday, June 24

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

Texas Ranger Talks 

Join Ranger Staff Capt. Troy Wilson at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum for the ranger talk at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

2023 Levitt AMP Waco Music Series

This Waco concert series is back with its ninth installment and will feature live music by Fabian Brown and 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. The event will take place at S MLK Jr. Blvd & Elm Avenue. Market and activity hours will run from 59 p.m., while concert hours will be from 69 p.m. 

Bare Arms Anniversary Party

Bare Arms Brewing, Waco’s oldest continuously operated craft brewery, is having its 8th-anniversary party. There will be axe-throwing, live music, great food and craft beer. Join them at their brewery at 2515 La Salle Avenue from 5—11:59 p.m. for the celebration. 

Garret Butler, Southern Roots Brewing Co., 219 N 8th Street, 7—9 p.m. 

Brazos Brothers, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Krazy Pimpz, Tejas Classics Band and DJ Chris The Mix, Mutualista Hall, 2214 South 15th Street, 7—10 p.m. 

Gathering at the Movies

Join Gathering Waco at Peplow Park in Robinson for a movie night starting at 8 p.m. The movie featured is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and admission is free and snacks are available for purchase.

Jarrod Birmingham, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S. Eighth St, 8:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Pride Night

Join One Day Waco for an exclusive menu celebrating Pride month and a guest DJ to keep the music going from 10 p.m. — 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 25 

Floating Mercado

This month’s Floating Mercado hosted by the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be at Skate Country in Bellmead from 1—5 p.m. Shop the market and discover local finds. 

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 with Clinton Bon Slaughter, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6—11 p.m.

Maura Jortner Book Discussion & Signing

Author Maura Jortner will be at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th Street, to discuss her middle-grade book “102 Days of Lying About Lauren”, from 7—8 p.m. Click here to RSVP

Old Hollywood Burlesque Show 

Truelove Bar, 414 Franklin Ave, is hosting an Old Hollywood Burlesque Show for all those 21+ from 7—9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.