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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

November 9-12

7 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy Weekend Waco! With November now in full swing, there are plenty of theater shows, concerts, art viewings and charity events to go to. 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

Waco Civic Theatre Presents “The Girl on the Train”

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Head over to Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr, to embark on this thrilling journey. Based on Paula Hawkins’ novel, this theatrical production of “The Girl on the Train” is a must-see for fans of the novel and all those wanting an intricate story of lies, deceit and murder. The play will show from November 3—November 12. Click here to purchase tickets

Baylor Theatre Presents “Three Sisters” 

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From November 7—12, join Baylor Theatre at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave. for their production of “Three Sisters”. This fresh, lyrical adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play is sure to be a showstopper. Click here for more information

McLennan Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol” 

McLennan Theatre is putting on their rendition of the timeless classic “A Christmas Carol”, at the Ball Performing Arts Center, 1400 College Drive. From November 9—11, come watch this innovative adaptation that will transport you back to Victorian London. Click here for more information

Baylor Volleyball: Baylor vs. TCU

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Baylor Volleyball is facing off against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at the Ferrell Center, 1900 South University Parks Dr., on November 10 & November 11 from 7—9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Thursday, November 9th

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. 

Taste & See

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Head over to Anthem Stories, 800 Austin Avenue, for a night that will indulge your taste buds. From 5—7 p.m., come and taste various dishes and dinner offerings and plan for any upcoming event or celebration you may have. Alongside dining, you’ll have the chance to tour Anthem Stories’ first-floor showroom, their mezzanine floor and their jazz-inspired lounge, The Brasserie. Click here to purchase tickets

StartUP Waco After-Hours Speaker Series 

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Head over to StartUp Waco, 605 Austin Ave., for their After Hours Waco speaker series. From 5:30—7 p.m., come listen to Elaine Botello, CEO of The Victory Employer Services, as she talks about her extensive administrative and leadership experience. Click here to RSVP

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 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—10 p.m., enjoy a beef filet, salad and two sides for $20, along with half-off bottles of wine. 

Eric & Thomas Unplugged, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

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. 

Stars over Texas Jamboree: Country, Country and More Edition

Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Dr., is hosting its monthly, family-style musical variety show. From 7—9 p.m., come watch special guests John McAnally, Megan Drew, Stacey Stark, Dodi Trevino, Andy Thomas, the Waco Ukulele Orchestra and many more as they take over the Lockwood for a night of celebration. Tickets can be purchased here.

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!

Remember Recess! FUNdraiser!

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Historic Waco is hosting its fifth annual Remember Recess! FUNdraiser! The fundraiser will take place at Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave., from 7—10 p.m. All proceeds will go towards Inspiracíon, a non-profit that partners with Waco ISD to help service families with children ages 0-4 by providing parenting education and early childhood classes. 

Briscoe, Common Grounds, 1123 South 8th St., 7—10 p.m

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

Friday, November 10th

Golf Camp Fridays

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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 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

Nonity in Concert, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30—9:30 p.m. 

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Towne Adams, Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m. 

John Bustamente in Concert, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th St., 7—10 p.m. 

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

Eric & Thomas, The Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Dr., 8—11 p.m. 

The Legacy of Prince, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 South 8th St., 8:30—11:30 p.m

Saturday, November 11th

2023 H-E-B Cameron Park Zoo Stampede 

Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St., is hosting the H-E-B Cameron Park Zoo Stampede. Starting at 8 a.m., participate in either 5K, 10K, 1K or the virtual cycling event. Click here for more information

Waco’s Downtown Farmer’s Market

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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.

Discover Waco Business & Craft Expo 

Discover Waco is partnering with the St. Jerome Women’s Society for its Discover Waco Business and Craft Expo. Located at 9820 Chapel Road, from 9 a.m.—4 p.m. Over 60 vendors will be on sight at the expo, as well as food trucks, holiday items, door prizes and much more. 

Meals on Wheels Waco Apple Tree Bazaar

Join Meals on Wheels Waco in supporting local senior artists. From 10 a.m.—5 p.m., head over to the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., to enjoy handcrafted items made by local crafters, artisans and artists over 50 years of age. Ticket proceeds will go to supporting Meals on Wheels Waco. Click here for more information

2023 Veteran’s Day Parade

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Waco Veterans Day Parade! Starting at 11 a.m., the parade will go down Austin Avenue from 12th to 3rd streets. The parade will also feature music, food and lots of fun activities. Join in on celebrating Waco veterans. Click here for more information. 

Abundance 2023

Head over to Abundance 2023 for an evening benefiting the World Hunger Relief Institute here in Waco. This farm-to-table dinner takes place at Milo All Day, 1020 Franklin Ave., and will guarantee an evening of great food, specialty cocktails, and a special silent auction. The dinner will be from 7—9 p.m. Click here for more information

Marty Floyd, 1424 Bistro, 1424 Washington Ave., 6—9 p.m

Moe Bandy-10th Annual Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic 

Get ready for a night of great live music as country music star Moe Bandy, hosts and judges the 10th annual Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic. The event will be from 6—9 p.m. at the Bosque Arts Center, 215 South College Hill Dr. 

Art as Worship: Gallery Exhibition & Benefit 

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 800 North New Road, is hosting the opening gala of its 13th annual art exhibition. From 6:30—9 p.m., this free event will feature live music, refreshments and fellowship. 

Sunday, November 12th 

Woodway Farmers Market

The city of Woodway is hosting its Woodway Farmers Market at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd. From 10 a.m.—2 p.m. come enjoy a variety of vendors, fresh produce, food trucks and live music. 

Sunday Funday at J.S Barnett’s Whiskey House

 J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave., 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. 

Open Mic Night @ Lakeside Bar 

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