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Top Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

September 28— October 1

10 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

As September comes to end there’s still time to make the most of this month! With pumpkin patches, art exhibits and plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations you’ll be sure to end this month on a high note. Wherever you chose to explore in Waco, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend

Southern Roots Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Southern Roots Brewing, 219 N 8th St., all weekend long! There will be lots of beer, German food and activities. For more information about this event read our blog

Waco Restaurant Weekend

Friday through Sunday let’s celebrate our vibrant food scene with 65 locally-owned restaurants, food trucks, and new concepts launching into our market. During this round of Waco Restaurant Weekend, participating locations had special menus donating 10% to Caritas of Waco, a nonprofit fighting to end hunger in our community.

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., has a new exhibit all about understanding emotions. This interactive exhibit is perfect for families and is open until January 7, 2024. Ticket prices are available on the museum’s website


Follow the musical love story of a cowboy and a farm girl set in the 20th century in the western territory of Oklahoma with the Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr.! For showtimes and tickets, visit their website

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Experience the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors with Baylor Theatre. This show runs from now until October 8th at the Jones Theatre, 60 Baylor Ave. To purchase tickets and view showtimes visit their website

Western Belle Farm Pumpkin Festival

Western Belle Farm is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 5th for their annual pumpkin festival! Over 20+ activities at the farm plus all things pumpkin. Come celebrate the best season of the year at the farm! Tickets are $5-28, and can be purchased here

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.

Barnett’s Oktoberfest

For Barnett’s, 420 Franklin Ave., Oktoberfest is September 16— October 3. Barnett’s is teaming up with Helberg BBQ to serve up BBQ toppings for Bloody Mary’s, bratwursts and decadent pretzel burgers, served on a pretzel bun with sauerkraut and caramelized onions. For more information on hours and drink specials visit their Facebook page. 


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. 

“Celebrating Primary Colors and Emotions” by Charles Wallis

Classically trained master painter Charles Wallis’ is bringing his exhibit, “Celebrating Primary Colors and Emotions” to Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. This is your last weekend to see Wallis’ exhibit! Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

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. 

Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity Exhibit

Attend this blockbuster art exhibit featuring 19 different artists and pieces from Kelvin and Jessica Beachum’s personal art collection. This exhibit is free and open to the public! Current museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, read our blog!

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

With more than 130 merchants to shop with, you’re sure to find lots of new, unique, and One-of-A-Kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for all your festive events! General Admission hours are Friday 2—6 p.m.,  Saturday 10 a.m.—6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.—5 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door and children 12 and under are free!

Thursday, September 28

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Spend your night line dancing and listening to live music from Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition for only $5 at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! This event is at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7—9:15 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 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!

Darts Tournament 

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

Friday, September 29

Camp Fimfo Campout Concert Series

Come enjoy country music in a festival setting with friends, good times and a great atmosphere at Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane. Tickets for weekend passes are $59 and day passes are $44.

When Forever Ends & Rewound, Truelove Bar, 6 p.m.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

The McLennan Community College Theatre department is bringing you a night of laughs and mystery. The performance is held at the Ball Performing Arts Center located at 1400 College Dr. Tickets are $8-10 and can be reserved by emailing

Cameron Sacky Band, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 30

Super Saturdays

Let your kids spend their Saturday with Baylor’s Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at Super Saturdays! Located at 1311 S 5th St. from 9 a.m.—4 p.m., kids will have a full day of learning all different subjects. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. The market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco, plus live music and a featured local organization each week. The market is located in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Boutique Fall Crawl 

Support local boutiques this Saturday at the first Boutique Fall Crawl. Participating businesses are Sironia, The Collective, Firefly Boutique, Courntney’s, Urban Bliss, Apricot Lane, Twisted Sisters Shoetique, Mainstream Boutique, Pretty in Pink Flamingo Boutique and Dylan Nicole. Have a chance to win a $500 giveaway and discounts. For more information follow any of these boutiques on socials. 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mayborn

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr.! This is a free community event from 1—2 p.m., however attendees must register through Eventbrite.

Sunday, October 1

Embroider U.S.A. Map Class

Join Paper Crown, 601 Franklin Ave., for their embroidery workshop! The workshop is from 10 a.m.—5:30 p.m. with a lunch break. Tickets are $175, you can sign up by phone 254 224-7436 or the Paper Crown website

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live music, 6—11 p.m.

Karaoke & Service Industry Night

Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 1613 James Ave., is hosting a karaoke night from 7 p.m.—12 a.m.! Play games, sing songs and drink local brews all in one spot. If you are a service industry worker, enjoy a discount on certain drinks.