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Top Things to do In Waco this Weekend

September 14–17 Sponsored by the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children

7 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

This week’s Waco Weekend is sponsored by the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children. Be sure to attend their Designer Purse Bingo Event on Sunday, September 17 at 5 p.m. located at the Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 W Waco Dr. This is a sellout event so get your tickets now!

Happy Weekend Waco! The forecast for this weekend calls for much-needed rain but that’s not going to stop the fun. Check out some of these amazing events that are going on in Waco. Be sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured.

Through the Weekend

Fall Fest Weekends with Camp Fimfo 

Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, is hosting its annual Fall Fest Weekends to kick off autumn. From September 15—October 1, enjoy seasonal drinks, activities and crafts. From Friday night live music to kayaking and mixology classes, you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. 

Baylor Family Weekend 2023

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Baylor University, 1311 S 5th Street, is hosting its annual Family Weekend from September 15—16. This tradition strives to connect the families of BU students with campus history and culture to help them become better acquainted with the University and its rich traditions, such as Faculty Luncheon, Welcome Hour, After Dark, Taste of Waco, Family Tailgate, etc. Click here for more information. 

Just Between Friends: Children’s & Maternity Pop-Up Sale 

Come shop at Waco’s largest children and maternity pop-up sale at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard, from September 14—September 17.  Find everything you need for as low as 90% off initial retail prices. Presale Day begins Thursday and will run from 5:30—10 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

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. 

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. Curated by Andrea La Valleur-Purvis, come view the intricate designs of Kermit Oliver, a Waco post worker and humble artist, in his 30-year collaboration with the world-renowned French fashion house, Hermès. The exhibit will run from August 4th through October 14th. Gallery hours are Tuesday—Friday from 11 a.m.—5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m.—7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. 

Thursday, September 14th

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. 

Cameron Park Road Ride 

Join Bicycle World Waco, 112 Mary Ave #1, for their Thursday ride at 6 p.m. Start at Bicycle World for a conversational, no-drop 2-mile ride to Cameron Park, where pacing will transition to the personal preference of each rider. Tail lights and helmets are required. Click here for more information

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. 

Wild Imaginings Constellations Fundraiser

Wild Imaginings Theatre Company is hosting a gala fundraiser called Constellations. The fundraiser will be held at Art Center Waco, 701 South 8th Street, from 6:30—9:30 p.m. The event is being rescheduled from May 4. Tickets start at $75. 

Stars Over Texas Jamboree- 13th Anniversary Edition

Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Drive, is hosting its monthly, family-style musical variety show. From 7—9:00 p.m., come watch special guests Rick Titus, Steve Young, Stacey Stark, The Brazos Valley Cloggers and many more as they take over the Lockwood for a night of soulful celebration. Tickets can be purchased here.  

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. 

Darts Tournament 

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

Baylor Women’s Soccer: Baylor vs Texas 

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Baylor Women’s soccer team is facing off against the Texas Longhorns at the Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, 1700 South University Parks Drive, at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club 

Dance the night away to live music from Bobby Dean & Timeless Country at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club. From 7—9:15 p.m., spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, the two-step waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance. This event is located at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue. 

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!

Friday, September 15th

Golf Camp Fridays 

Bring your child to learn how to golf or freshen up their skills at Golf Camp Fridays, held by the Heart of Texas Golf Academy, 5608 Flat Rock Rd (located inside Lake Waco Golf Club). From 1:30—3:30 p.m.,  students will receive instruction from Class A PGA golf professional, Jon Antunes in areas such as the full swing, short game rules, etiquette and much more. This camp is for middle school students. Click here for more information.  

Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30—9:30 p.m

Clean Slate, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 215 South University Parks Drive, 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

Baylor Volleyball: Baylor vs. Ohio State

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Baylor Volleyball is facing off against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Ferrell Center, 1900 South University Parks Drive, at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

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

Frank Exum, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th Street, 7—9 p.m. 

Long Day’s Journey into Night

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Baylor Theatre is putting on its production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, a play by Eugene O’Neill that is widely regarded as a modern classic. Head over to the Mabee Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, located at 60 Baylor Ave. The play starts at 7:30 p.m and tickets are required. Click here to purchase tickets

Seviin, DJ Venus, Alpatrii, Leaf Vxllage, The Sweetest T, Zeboee and others, Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Avenue, 8—10 p.m. 

Chase Hasse and Cody Ellinger, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 1620 North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 8—10 p.m. 

Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras, Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 2004 N Valley Mills, 8—11 p.m. 

Saturday, September 16th

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.

Birds & Bees And 2023 Mama Marketplace

Head over to the Ridgewood Country Club, 7301 Fish Pond Rd, for the 6th annual Bloom Vendor Fair, newly named ‘Mama Marketplace’. The fair will be held from 9:30 a.m.—1 p.m. and will include an hour-and-a-half live course on “the talk” by Birds & Bees. Click here to purchase tickets

Baylor Football: Baylor vs. LIU

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Baylor Football is facing off against the fightin’ Gellers of Long Island University at McLane Stadium, 1001 S M.L.K Blvd, at 11 a.m. Click here to purchase tickets

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

Chris Low Band, Pivovar, 320 South 8th Street, 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

Pat McKee Trio, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th Street, 7—9 p.m. 

Michael Stacey, Conner Lilley and Jared Hill, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Avenue, 7—9 p.m. 

Trey Lindsley, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Ln, 7—9 p.m. 

Oktoberfest Kickoff at Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear Pub, 1117 Speight Ave, is hosting its own Oktoberfest celebration. From 5—10 p.m., come enjoy craft German beers, great food and music.

Flatland Cavalry with Keller Cox, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 South 8th Street, 8:30—10:30 p.m. 

Sunday, September 17

Woodway Farmers Market

The City of Woodway is hosting its monthly farmers market at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, Woodway. From 10 a.m.—1 p.m., come purchase fresh produce, live music, vendors and eat delicious food from any of the trucks in the area. 

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

The Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S University Parks Dr, is bringing a new kind of exhibit to Waco. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness teaches attendees about how to process their emotions through fun, interactive games. From 10 a.m.—5 p.m., build empathy, express love and release any negative emotions at this exhibit. 

Skellington Night Market

Skellington Curiosities, 7524 Bosque Blvd., is hosting an open-air market from 4—8 p.m. The market will have 40 vendors, live music and great food! This event is free and open to all ages.

Dungeons & Dragons Sunday

Head over to Bare Arms Brewing, 2515 La Salle Ave, from 2—5 p.m. for an exciting Dungeons and Dragons campaign on the first and third Sunday of each month. From seasoned players to newcomers and everything in between, all are welcome to embark on an adventure. 

Baylor Women’s Soccer: Baylor vs. UTSA

Baylor Women’s soccer team is facing off against the UTSA Roadrunners at the Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, 1700 South University Parks Drive, at 6 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Open Mic Night with Clinton Bon Slaughter, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 611 p.m.