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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

June 29-July 2

12 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! With the Fourth of July right around the corner, feel free to dress to the nines in your finest red, white and blue for this year’s Yankee Doodle Bash! Bring your Americana spirit, a couple of friends and hit the town to enjoy any of these amazing events going on this weekend.  Make sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured! 

Through the weekend

Cry it Out

Baylor University Theatre program is putting on, “Cry It Out”, written by Molly Meztler and directed by one of Baylor’s own, MFA candidates Alez Stahl. Come explore the absurdities of parenthood, friendship, and middle-class America in this play at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave. Friday through Saturday showtime begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday it starts at 2:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

“Grease” by Waco Children’s Theatre

Waco Children’s Theatre is holding a production of “Grease” at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 West Waco Drive. Friday through Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. 

4th of July Weekend at Camp Fimfo

Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, is hosting Independence Day from Friday, June 30th through Tuesday, July 4th. The event will include relay races, tug-of-war, water balloons, inflatable bungee runs, field day, golf cart parades, mixologists, a pancake decorating bar, DIY and crafts, live music at Squirrely’s Tavern, and much more. For more information click here

The Addams Family Musical: School Edition 

Students from the Waco Civic Theatre’s teen intensive workshop are performing, The Addams Family Musical: School Edition, at 1517 Lake Air Drive. On Thursday, opening night, the show is set to start at 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $13. Click here for more information.

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.

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. 

Thursday, June 29th

Hammer & Stain Open Paint

Hammer & Stain, 214 South 11th Street, is hosting an open paint event from 2—6 p.m. All are welcome to walk in and grab a project from their ‘open paint’ selection to create a special masterpiece. 

Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Located at 723 Austin Avenue, 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. 

Thicc Thursday

Come on down and get ready to pump up your glutes at Thicc Thursday, hosted by TurnUP Waco, 2422 Columbus Avenue, from 6—7 p.m.

Latin Night

Join DJ Mito at Huaco Lounge, 112 Mary Avenue, for Latin night, from 6—10 p.m. 

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

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.

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!

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.  

Venus E, Old Chicago Pizza + Taproom, 4641 South Jack Kultgen Expressway, 7—10 p.m.

Andrea Goodman, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Ave, 7:30—10:30 p.m

Friday, June 30th 

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). 

YOUtopia Pride Party

YOUtopia Essentials Store, 1701 Austin Avenue, is hosting a Pride Party from 11 a.m.—6 p.m. Come enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks and wear anything rainbow to the store to win a free gift. 

18th Annual Golf Tournament 

Waco Center for Youth Volunteer Services Council and Title Sponsor, Alamo Title is hosting the 18th Annual Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, 5201 Bagby Avenue, with tee-off starting at 1 p.m. For more information click here

The Lovely Things 

Susan L Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery, 2120 Washington Avenue, will be showing Dorrie Ann Cobb’s exhibition, “The Lovely Things” from 5—9 p.m. Sangria will be offered at the gallery, and several pieces are still available for purchase. 

Touch of Grey, Pivovar, 320 S. Eighth Street, 6:30—9:30 p.m

Jared Pool, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m

Make Art For Art’s Sake 

Calling all entrepreneurs, and artists! The Den, 216 South 11th Street, is hosting an art event from 7—11 p.m. for all creatives to enjoy. Come display, share, and sell any and all types of art. 

True Colors Adult Prom Event

Join Waco Pride Network at Cultivate 712, 712 Austin Ave, for their Out On The Brazos 80s prom fundraising event from 8—11:59 p.m. Dance the night away at this 21+ event to all the best 80s hits and show your pride. Complimentary alcohol, mocktails, cotton candy and churros will be available. Tickets can be purchased here

Saturday, July 1st

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

Lorena Farmers Market 4th of July Celebration

Lorena Farmer’s Market will be part of the annual 4th of July celebration benefiting the Lorena Volunteer Fire Department, 104 E. Center St, Lorena, TX. The event is from 9 a.m.—3 p.m. and will feature a fresh produce market, silent auction, hamburger cook-off, cornhole and water activities. 

Johnny Joe Ramos, La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, 3815 Franklin Ave, 10:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.

Chris Barton Book Discussion & Signing 

Author Chris Barton will be at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th Street, to discuss his book “Glitter Everywhere”, from 2—3 p.m. Get ready for lively conversations, glitter crafts and tons of fun! Click here to RSVP

2023 Levitt Amp Waco Music Series

This Waco concert series is back with its tenth and final installment and will feature live music by Kam KT and Friends 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. The event will take place at S MLK Jr. Blvd & Elm Avenue. Market and activity hours will run from 59 p.m., with the concert starting at 6 p.m.

Barbie Sip n Shop 

To celebrate the new Barbie movie coming out, The Black Daisy Boutique, 10412 China Spring Road Suite G, is hosting a Barbie Sip n Shop from 5:30—8:30 p.m. Pick up an exclusive Barbie tee and enjoy food vendors including Milk Bottle Cookies and La Frescura Aguas Frescas. Click here for more information

Red, White & Improv

Come share some laughs this independence day weekend at the Red, White & Improv comedy show at the Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd Suite Q, from 7:30—9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16.20. Click here for more information

Darrell Ray, Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave, 8—11 p.m

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Backyard Bar and Stage Grill, 517 S Eighth Street, 8:30—11:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here 

Sunday, July 2nd

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, 6605 Airport Rd, 6—11 p.m.