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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

August 3-6

12 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! With back-to-school right around the corner, now is the time to get out, grab your loved ones and enjoy these amazing events going on here in Waco. Make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend 

Texas, your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of the Texas Collection

Rare Texana will be featured at the special exhibit, “Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of The Texas Collection”, located at Carroll Library, 1429 S 5th St. From 8 a.m—5 p.m., come celebrate the collection at this centennial event. 

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

Thursday, August 3rd 

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.

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.

Steak Night

J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave, is hosting a steak night. From 6—9 p.m, come enjoy a beef filet, salad and two sides for $20, along with half-off bottles of wine. 

Latin Night

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

Trivia Night at Fuzzy’s 

Head to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 215 S University Parks Dr, and get your quiz on at their weekly Trivia night, hosted by Slap Stix. From 6:30—8:30 p.m, enjoy great food, lots of laughs and put your knowledge of the miscellany to the test. 

Darts Tournament 

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

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

Trivia Night

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 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.  

Touch of Grey, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, 4641 South Jack Kultgen Expressway, 7—10 p.m.

Ragland Country Band, Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue, 7—9:15 p.m. 

Hollywood Nights Talent Showcase

Actor and entertainer Timon Kyle Durrrett, is set to host the Hollywood Nights talent showcase at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. From 7:30—9:30 p.m, come watch talented acts from around Central Texas, and stick around for the afterparty. Entry to the event is free and doors open at 7 p.m. Click here for more information

Joel & Deon Q Live

R&B duo Joel & Deon Q are taking their talents to Stay Classy Waco, 723 Austin Ave, at 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy Stay Classy’s wide selection of cocktails, wine and local craft beer as Joel & Deon Q deliver a captivating performance. 

Friday, August 4th

Hermès in the Heart of Texas: The Art of Kermit Oliver

Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St, is presenting an exhibition of wearable art in celebration of Kermit Oliver’s 80th birthday. Come help celebrate this 30 year collaboration between Waco artist Kermit Oliver and French fashion house, Hermès. The opening reception is from 6—9 p.m. at Art Center Waco. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Vision Video, Urban Head, Mod Ministry Burlesque, Truelove Bar, 414 Franklin Ave, 6—10 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. 

David Matthew Doran and Buddy Vass, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 1620 North Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, 6:30—8:30 p.m. 

Katie Stewart, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30—9:30 p.m.

Rich & Friends 

THRST Coffee, 1500 Colcord Avenue, is hosting a jam session full of funky grooves and organic artistry. From 7—9 p.m., come connect with local music enthusiasts and listen to amazing talent, such as drummer Richard Thompson and others. Doors open at 6 p.m, and start at $25. Click here to purchase tickets

Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Hilton Waco, 13 South University Parks Drive, 7—9 p.m. 

Jonna Mae, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Sami Brown, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Drive, 8—11 p.m. 

The Bill & Phil Show, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Avenue, 8—11 p.m. 

Saturday, August 5th

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.

2023 HOT Strength & Fitness Expo 

The HOT Strength & Fitness Expo is coming to Waco! With numerous events to partake in, from strongman classics to brawl CrossFit, come test your strength against the best there is in Central Texas. The event will be hosted at BASE at Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd, from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Click here for more information

Open Mic Brunch

Cozy’s Coffee Lounge & Cafe, 4018 Sames Street, is hosting an open mic brunch, MC’d by Jason Foster from 12—4 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Click here for more information

Salado Whiskey Festival

Calling all whiskey lovers! Salado is having their first annual whiskey festival at the Shady Villa Hotel, 416 S. Main Street. From 4—7 p.m, enjoy a day jam-packed with tastings, food pairings and drink specials. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Ramble & Co’s Together Workshop Series 

Beloved Waco boutique 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

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

Dave Wild Trio, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th Street, 7—10 p.m. 

Kyle Sinkule and Friends, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Avenue, 7—9 p.m. 

YOUprov improv 

YOUprov improv, Waco’s favorite interactive improv comedy show is back at the Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd. Let loose, think on your feet, and be a part of the comedic brilliance in this comedy show. Every scene played will include at least one audience member. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30. Click here to purchase tickets.  

Sunday, August 6th

Sunday Funday @ Barnett’s 

 J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Avenue, is hosting their Sunday Funday from 10 a.m—7 p.m. Come enjoy award winning brunch and cocktails, live music, outdoor games and karaoke. 

Puppy Social Hour 

Brotherwell Brewing, 400 E Bridge St, is hosting their puppy social hour from 4—7 p.m. Bring your favorite furry friend and enjoy some fun in the sun at the Beer Garden.

The Buzzed Bee

This boozy spelling bee is being brought to Waco by Fabled Bookshop & Cafe and Southern Roots. Come and partake in this boozy, buzzed spelling bee challenge at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St, from 6—9 p.m. Participants get their first pint free. Click here to register

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