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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to do in Waco This Weekend

September 21—24

8 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! Whether your idea of fun is filled with bratwurst and beer, or filling a bag to the brim with books, Waco has something for everyone to enjoy. Regardless of what fun means to you, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend 

Oktoberfest at Barnett’s Public House 

J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave., is hosting its own Oktoberfest celebration. From September 16—October 3, come celebrate with delicious food, courtesy of Helberg Barbecue, and plenty of beer. Oktoberfest-themed games will be available on the outside patio, and football watch parties will be shown throughout the day both indoors and outdoors. Entry is free. 

2023 Pumpkin Fest 10th Anniversary 

Robinson Family Farm, 2651 Bob White Road, Temple, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkin Fest is a seven-week celebration that offers Fall activities and games for all to enjoy. Pumpkin Fest will be held every weekend from September 23—November 5th from 10 a.m.—8 p.m. Click here for more information

Western Belle Pumpkin Festival 2023

Western Belle Farm, 7929 Heritage Pkwy, West, is hosting its annual Pumpkin Festival. From 10 a.m.—6 p.m., come celebrate autumn and enjoy free face painting, wagon rides, mini ziplining, apple cannons, pumpkin cannons and much more. Tickets start at $16, and children aged 2 and under are free. 

“Oklahoma!” at Waco Civic Theatre

Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr., is putting on its rendition of the Broadway classic, “Oklahoma!” From September 21—October 1, watch the high-spirited rivalry between cowboys and farmers in this thrilling production. Tickets start at $22. Click here for more information

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness 

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., has brought a new type of exhibit to Central Texas. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness is a fun, interactive exhibit that teaches children and adults how to understand, appreciate and express emotions. The exhibit will run from September 17—January 7. Tickets start at $14. Click here for more information

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. 

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 21

Open Paint

Hammer & Stain, 214 South 11th St., 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 its Thursday ride at 6 p.m. Start at Bicycle World for a conversational two-mile ride to Cameron Park, where pacing will transition to the personal preference of each rider. Tail light 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 Ave., 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. 

College Night Pajama Party 

Pivovar, 320 South 8th St., is hosting their College Night with a pajama party. From 6—9 p.m. dress up in your best pajamas for $3 wells and $5.99 beers. Bring a college I.D. for 20% off and get the chance to win three free entrees. 

Sip N’ Speak

Thrst Coffee, 1500 Colcord Ave., 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

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. BYU 

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

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club 

Dance the night away to live music from the Midnight Mustangs 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 Ave. 

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!

Tastemaker Thursdays 

Riverfront entertainment is hosting Tastemaker Thursdays at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave. From 7—10 p.m., dance the night away to live performances and a DJ set while having discounted drinks. No cover is required and a VIP after-party is available after the event. 

Coffee with the Masons

The leaders of Waco Masonic Lodge are hosting a coffee event at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits, 508 Austin Ave., from 7:30—10:30 p.m. Come learn the truth about Freemasonry and ask any questions about the organization. 

Friday, September 22

Golf Camp Fridays 

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Bring your child and learn how to golf or freshen up their skills at Golf Camp Fridays, held by the Heart of Texas Golf Academy, 5608 Flat Rock Road (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.  

September Fish Fry

Karem Shrine, 400 Karem Circle, is hosting a September fish fry. From 5:30—7:30 p.m., enjoy delicious fish fry plates with sides and a dessert. For all chicken lovers, they’re now also offering chicken finger plates. 

Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art, 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting a wheel-throwing workshop. From 6—8 p.m., join in as one of Black Oak’s expert instructors guides participants through the basics of throwing on a pottery wheel. Whether it be a cup, vase, plate, bowl or something in between, come create your own masterpiece!  

Bruce Carbonara, Lounge ’93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30—9 p.m. 

Venus E, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 215 South University Parks Dr., 6:30—10 p.m. 

Brit Kerr, Pivovar, 320 South 8th St., 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

Holly Tucker, Baylor University, 1001 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 7—9 p.m. 

Rod Stewart Tribute Show

This lavish tribute to British rock ‘n’ roll legend Rod Stewart is sure to have you up on your feet. From the streets of Las Vegas to Waco, this ultimate tribute, starring John Anthony, is dynamic and full of style. Located at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave., from 7—11 p.m.,  come listen to fan-favorites from Stewart’s career. Click here for more information

Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox, Lounge ’93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 8—11 p.m. 

Jon Wolfe, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St., 8:30—11:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 23

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.

Fill the Bag

Head over to Half Price Books, 4318 West Waco Dr., and restock your shelves with books, movies and music. From 11 a.m.—6 p.m., fill up a free Half Price Books tote bag with anything in store and get the whole bundle for $25. No coupon needed! 

Mabon Simmer Pot Workshop

Head over to YOUtopia Essentials, 1701 Austin Ave., from 6—8 p.m. to enjoy a Mabon Simmer Pot Workshop. Use a simmer pot to infuse some positive energy and herbal magic into your life and home. Space is limited and reservations are required. Click here to visit their website

Baylor Football: Baylor vs. Texas

Baylor Football is facing off against That School Down 35, the University of Texas in Austin at McLane Stadium, 1001 S M.L.K. Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Blue Denim, Pivovar, 320 South 8th St., 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

Ryan Paul Davis, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

Monk & Neagle, Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave., 7:30—9:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Wayne Garner, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St., 8:30—11:30 p.m.  

Sunday, September 24

Baylor Women’s Soccer: Baylor vs. Texas Tech 

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

Ida O’Keeffe Lecture

Brazos Forum is presenting a lecture on “Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow” at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 West Waco Dr., from 2:30—4:30 p.m. Click here for more information

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