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Top Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

October 5-8

9 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

With a cool front finally in the air, you can enjoy all of Waco’s activities without breaking a sweat! Wherever you choose to explore in Waco, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend

Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo

The HOT Fair & Rodeo is back for ten days of family fun. Catch the cowboys and cowgirls at the rodeo, enjoy live music and indulge in carnival treats from October 5-15. Get your tickets here.

Texas Elvis Weekend 

From Thursday through Saturday at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., watch 12 of the absolute best Elvis Tribute Artists. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

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

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. 

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

Western Belle Farm Pumpkin Festival

Western Belle Farm is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 5th for the 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

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!

Thursday, October 5

Baylor Libraries Author Series featuring Dr. Greg Garrett and Dr. Robert P. Jones

The Baylor Libraries Author Series is hosting a conversation on race in America informed by their recently published “The Gospel According to James Baldwin” and “The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future”. This conversation will be held in person in the Schumacher Flex Commons on the first floor of Moody Memorial Library and will also be hosted online via a Zoom Webinar from 2—3:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

inWaco Job Fair

Connect with local employers for networking or future employment opportunities at the inWaco Job Fair located at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. This event is free and open to the public from 3—6 p.m. 

Heather Ré, Lounge ’93, 6:30-9 p.m.

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!

Waco Symphony Orchestra: Breaking Boundaries

Attend the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of the season! Located at Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave., from 7:30—8:30 p.m., enjoy the pinnacle of twentieth-century music. To purchase tickets, visit their website

Friday, October 6

Music on the Patio

Take a sip of fresh coffee while you enjoy live music from local Waco artists at Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St. Take a seat on the patio anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to experience this true Waco sound. To learn more, visit their website.


Immerse yourself in Grayson Chandler’s “Ephemera” at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. from 6-9 p.m.

Night Market on Webster

Dive into an evening of live music, art, food trucks and vendors from 6-9 p.m. at 13th and Webster Ave. Lucas Jon Turner will be performing for the evening.

Joe Parker, Lounge ’93, 6:30-9 p.m.

Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Hilton Waco, 7—10 p.m.

Eli Young Band w/ Bri Bagwell, Extraco Events Center, 8 p.m.

Motley Krue: Motley Crue Tribute w/ Kidd Sixx, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7

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.

Out on the Brazos Pride Festival

Make sure not to miss Out On the Brazos at Brazos Park East, from 11 a.m.—6 p.m. There will be live musicians, drag performers, dance contest, costume contest, local vendors and food trucks. This event is hosted by the Waco Pride Network and is free to the public. 

Container Gardening Talk and Plant Exchange

Join Master Gardener Isolda at the West Waco Library, 5301 Bosque Blvd., to swap plants and learn more about container gardening. This event is from 2—3 p.m., please be sure to bring a small plant to exchange with others.


Support The Arc of McLennan County by attending their Oktberfest from 7—11 p.m. at 2547 Jerry Mashek Dr. in West. Tickets are $110 and include a catered dinner and live performance from Branded Heart. 

Improv Comedy Show

BYOB and get ready to laugh at the Brazos Theatre Improv Comedy show located at 7524 Bosque Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.50 and are available at

Trace Adkins w/ T Graham Brown, Extraco Events Center, 8 p.m.

Los Chicos del 512 — The Selena Experience, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 8

Scoopapalooza Open House

The ice cream-themed vacation home Casa Kumwesu will host a Scoopalapooza open house 12—7 p.m. located at 109 Springfield Lane. The event is free to attend and will feature ice cream-themed photo ops, lawn games, a bounce house, and lots of local Wacoan vendors.

The Great Waco Duck Race

The Great Waco Duck Race is a charitable raffle event benefiting the Imagination Library of Waco. At 1 p.m. 5,000 rubber ducks will be launched into the raceway on the Brazos River, and the first ducks to cross the finish line will win! This event is free and open to the public.

Life Drawing with Hope & Harper Art

Join the monthly live figure drawing class at the upstairs studio at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Ave from 1—4 p.m. For more information, visit their website

Milo & Waco Moms: Pumpkin on the Patio 

Pumpkin on the Patio is a family-friendly event! Be sure to bring the kids for the DIY pumpkin decorating, plus grab some fabulous drink specials and appetizer boards from Milo, 1020 Franklin Ave.  A ticket for $10 will get you snacks, one complimentary drink, the pumpkins and all the supplies you’ll need to decorate the pumpkins to your liking. To reserve your spot, click here

Yoga at Cultivate 7Twelve

Yoga is finally back at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., from 6-7 p.m.

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. 

Grupo El Duelo w/ Los Reos Del Norte, Extraco Events Center, 7:30 p.m.