The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

January 11—14

6 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

TGIW (Thank Goodness It’s the Weekend). Relax this weekend by visiting the ongoing art exhibits, live music, and maybe even a tea party! 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

“The Darkest Light”: A Photography Exhibition

The Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave., has created its current exhibit, “The Darkest Light”, in celebration of the total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024. This exhibition will explore these instances through a selection of 20th and 21st-century photographs, done by various artists; and produced by methods of traditional process photography and more recent developments in digital applications. 

“Alchemy of Light” Showcase

Join Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., to celebrate the opening of this magnificent showcase! Steve Scott is from Waco, Texas and is an enthusiastic world traveler on the hunt for beautiful landscapes in their most perfectly lit setting. Come experience a few of Steve’s vivid images, and transport yourself through time, place and light.

Tears of Relief: 507 Gallery 

507 Gallery, located in Thrst Coffee Shop, 1500 Colcord Ave., has a new exhibit! This exhibit features photos made on Polaroid film. “Tears of Relief” is free and open to the public and you might as well grab a coffee while you look!

A New Moon Rises

The Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., is hosting a new exhibit filled with highly detailed photographs of the moon. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore dramatic landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, lunar poles and much more.


Thursday, January 11

2K24 Car and Truck Extravaganza 

All things cars and trucks are coming to the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St., starting at 6 p.m. Visit with local car and truck clubs while enjoying food from The Backyard. This event is free and open to the public. 

Family Story Time

Once school and the workday are done, enjoy some time with your favorite people at your favorite place — the West Waco library, 5301 Bosque Blvd. from 6:30—7:30 p.m.! Listen to stories, sing songs together, and maybe even play with puppets, so pop in for some fun.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

If you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or someone who enjoys country music and dancing, the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club is the place to be. Styles of dance include two steps, polka, waltzes and a special appearance—the chicken dance. Guests will meet at the Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue, from 7—9:15 p.m. There is a $6 cover charge. 

Darts Tournament 

Clicks’ Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr., is hosting its weekly darts tournament starting at 7 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 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, January 12

MLK Wreath Laying Ceremony

The annual MLK wreath-laying ceremony will take place in MLK Park at 12 p.m. There will be speakers and a memorial service. This event is free and open to the public.

Sami Brown, Blue Pup Wine and Martini Bar, 8 p.m. 

Friday Night Music

Head over to Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, to enjoy some free live music from one of Waco’s own. For more information visit their website.

Saturday, January 13

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.

Princess Tea Party

Join Historic Waco Foundation at East Terrace House for tea, cookies, storytime, sing-along time, and photos with the Snow Sisters. There are two performances; one at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. Seats are very limited so purchase your tickets today!

Crafty Adults: Beeswax Candle Decorating

Make 2024 the year you bee-come more crafty! Come to the West Waco Library, 5301 Bosque Blvd., to learn how to turn a plain pillar candle into a work of art by adding colorful beeswax decorations. This event is from 2—4 p.m. and bee sure to register online as space is limited.

Josh Ward, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m. 

Sunday, January 14

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

Book Club Night

Calling Book Clubs! At 6 p.m. visit Fabled Bookshop and Cafe to see the best book recommendations from their publishing reps going into the new year. Tickets are sold out but you can join the wait list. If you manage to snag one, they are $10 which gets you in the door and a glass of wine or coffee!

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