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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

6 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we here at the Grackle couldn’t be more thankful for all of the amazing events going on this weekend. 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: 

Reel Stories 2023

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The Waco Independent Film Festival, formerly known as the Deep in the Heart Film Festival, is back with Reel Stories, a four-day film festival meant to inspire change and explore real-life events, themes and issues. The festival will be accompanied by free food, live performances, art and guided conversation. The festival will run from November 14—18th at various locations. Click here for more information

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness 

The Mayborn Museum 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

Thursday, November 16th

Waco Pride Network Third Thursday Hangout 

Head over to Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits, 508 Austin Ave, to relax and hang back with the Waco Pride Network. From 5:30—8 p.m., come learn more about the organization and connect with other members of the Waco Pride community. 

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 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. 

Sip N’ Speak 

THRST Coffee, 1500 Colcord Avenue, is back with its annual Sip ‘N’ Speak Poetry Night, hosted by April Neal. The event is from 6—9 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here

Thanksgiving Latte Art Throwdown

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For Keeps Coffee, 3619 Bosque Boulevard, is hosting a latte art throwdown. From 6—9:30 p.m., head over to For Keeps for an exciting night of food trucks, cocktails and live music. The event is free to attend, and $10 to compete. 

Mack Abernathy & Bob Arnold, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6605 Airport Rd, 6:30—9:30 p.m.  

D-Rail, 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 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

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m. 

Waco Symphony Orchestra: Larger Than Life featuring David Itkin

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The Waco Symphony Orchestra will be performing their program, Larger Than Life at Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave. Starting at 7:30 p.m., come listen to this performance, conducted by David Itkin, that is inspired by the life and lore of the legendary fictional Spanish libertine, Don Juan. Click here to purchase tickets

Suede and Breathing Space at Common Grounds 

Suede, opened by Breathing Space, will perform at Common Grounds, 1123 S 8th St. Doors open at 7:00. 

Lucas Jon Turner, Tandem Rooftop Bar, 724 Austin Ave., 7 —10 p.m. 

Darrell Ray, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 8—11 p.m. 

Friday, November 17th 

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.

Kolten Benton, Lounge 93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6—9 p.m

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The Haggards, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave, 7—9 p.m.

Three Guys and a Beer Improv

Bare Arms Brewing, 2515 La Salle Ave., is back with Three Guys and a Beer, a side-splitting comedy event. From 7—9 p.m., come watch Kevin Gritten, Paul Catalina and Ken Noble for a night of great laughs and great beer. 

Lauren January, Camp Fimfo Waco, 1000 Chickadee Lane, 7—9 p.m

Fox & The Crow Album Release Party

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Waco Indie-Folk Rock band, The Fox and the Crow, is hosting a release party for the sophomore album: Amerigo! The release party will take place at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Ave, from 7—10 p.m., and will feature special guests The Standards and Jessie Carver. Doors open at 7 p.m., and music will start at 7:30 p.m. 

Eric & Thomas, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th St, 7:30—9:30 p.m

Monte Rose, Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 2004 N. Valley Mills Dr., 8—11 p.m. 

Braxton Keith, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 South 8th St, 8:30—10:30 p.m

Saturday, November 18th 

Waco Downtown Farmers 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.

Waco Walk: 25th Street- Past, Present & Future

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The City of Waco and Grassroots Community Development is joining Waco Walks to lead a “25th Street- Past, Present & Future” walk. From 9—11 a.m., come learn about the history of the area, hear about future renovations or planning, and have your input be heard by city planning consultants. The walk will start at Provident Heights Elementary, 2415 Bosque Boulevard.

Uptown Fall Art Walk

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Join Envision Realty Group, 2201 Washington Avenue, for their Uptown Fall Art Walk. From 11—3 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to shop from local vendors, artists, and artisans from the Waco/Central Texas area. 

Baylor Volleyball: Baylor vs. West Virginia

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Baylor Volleyball is facing off against the West Virginia University Mountaineers at the Ferrell Center, 1900 South University Parks Drive, from 2—4 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Tavern Night & Market Faire

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One Day Bar, 618 Columbus Ave, is back with their tavern night and market faire. From 2 p.m.—1 a.m., attendees will have the opportunity to dress up, drink mead, win prizes and shop from local vendors. 

Movie in the Park 

The Waco Parks & Recreation department is hosting a free movie night from 6—9 p.m., featuring Pixar’s “Coco”. Grab some lawn chairs, a couple of picnic blankets and popcorn, and head down to the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex, 3113 Clay Ave. 

Drawn Together: A Waco Life Drawing Fundraiser & Gallery Show

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Waco Life Drawing is hosting their first-ever gallery show at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Avenue. From 6—9 p.m., head over to this free event and enjoy an evening of art, drinks and community. Help support Waco Life Drawing in helping to raise funds and keep the art community thriving in Waco.  

Chuck Jennings, Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th Street, 7—10 p.m. 

Sunday, November 19th 

Sunday Funday @ Barnett’s 

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

Seafood Sunday

Brazos Landing, 100 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, is hosting their Seafood Sunday. Go in and take $3 off of their featured seafood dishes, such as their eggplant au gratin tower, shrimp and grits, Chilean sea bass or pecan-crusted catfish meunier. 

Haunted Holidays Market

Skellington Curiosities, 7524 Bosque Boulevard, is hosting a spooky holiday market. From 12—5 p.m., come enjoy over 30 different kind of vendors, live music, sideshows, kids jump house, food trucks and much more. 

Sunday Funday @ Gallery 11 Crystals 

Head over to Gallery 11 Crystals, 1319 Austin Avenue, for their Sunday Funday. From 12—5 p.m., head over to Gallery 11 for discounts, deals and much more for all your crystal and jewelry needs.

Baylor Women’s Basketball: Baylor vs. Harvard

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Baylor Women’s Basketball is facing off against the Harvard University Crimson Women at the Ferrell Center, 1900 South University Parks Drive, from 1—3 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Sunday Funday @ Old Chicago

Head over to Old Chicago, 4641 South Jack Kultgen Expressway, from 8—11 p.m. for amazing food, drinks, cocktails and live music.

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