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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 15 - 18

2 weeks ago

By Chris Klimkowski

It’s a game day weekend so get out and enjoy this beautiful weather with brain games, carnival games, cornhole tournaments and of course, the Baylor Football game. Or give back at one of many charity events, dine on delicious meals or take in a concert — there’s plenty of fun to choose from in Waco this weekend!

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Through the Weekend

Black Oak Art Pottery will be hosting a Wheel Throwing Workshop Thursday, Friday and Saturday. From 2 – 4 p.m., get your hands dirty learning the basics of throwing or “turning” clay on the potter’s wheel. Anything made can be sent directly to the kiln and eventually taken home, or it can be left to the instructors for finishing details. Tickets are $80 per person. More information can be found here.

A concert based on the beloved musical “West Side Story is coming to Waco this weekend. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the music from this production will be played at the Anthem STORIES building. Tickets cost $18 with a small discount for students. Showings are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. For tickets, see here.

Thursday – September 15

Every evening on the third Thursday of the month is Senior Game Night at the Hewitt Public Library. From 6 – 8 p.m., join in on a fun-filled night of friendly competition. Attendees are asked to be symptom free and to self-check temperatures. Register by contacting Linda O’Neil  at 254/666-2442 or email


Looking for a new furry friend? Consider adopting from the Humane Society of Central Texas at their Woofstock event! From 5 – 7 p.m., the Humane Society will be at Baylor’s campus with the Alphi Phi sorority. Stop by to learn more about their organization and mission.

It’s Steak Night at Barnett’s Public House. Drop by for a beef filet, cooked to your preferencet, with a salad and two sides all for just $20 per person. Wine bottles are also half-price. This steak dinner will be served anytime patrons come in from 6 – 9 p.m.

Stay Classy Waco is hosting its weekly Vinos & Tacos night from 6 – 9 p.m. Six street tacos from Nancy’s Cocina will be served with a bottle of wine for $35 dollars per person. The team behind the meal tries to pair their best wine with their best tacos each week. More information can be found on their website.

Join Freight Bar for their Loteria Night in celebration of hispanic heritage month. Kick it off with this exciting night of events and music. The event lasts from 7 – 10 p.m., but $3 college Thursday deals will last until closing at 2 a.m. For more, visit the event page here..

Friday – September 16

Take a trip back to the 90s at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill with “I Love the 90s” night! Artists such as Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, and Young MC will be featured from 6 – 9 p.m. Have a drink and vibe with these 90s icons. For tickets visit here.

The McGregor Founder’s Day Celebration is Saturday, but that won’t stop them from celebrating early. Drive into town from 6 – 10 p.m. for the carnival full of games, rides, and tasty treats. Wristbands will be sold for unlimited rides as well. More information about the carnival can be found on the event’s website.

The Kendra Scott store officially arrives in Waco with a weekend full of celebrations and fundraisers for community organizations. The Central Texas Marketplace store opens at 10 a.m. with free Nightlite donuts at 10:30, a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. and the fun continues all weekend. Support the Humane Society of Central Texas Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. when a portion of sales will be donated to the organization. A trailer with adoptable dogs to meet will be there as well! Find out when to shop to support the Waco Chamber of Commerce Community Development Foundation, Junior League of Waco, the Baylor Bear Foundation and more here.

Saturday – September 17

Search far and wide in the Cameron Park Zoo’s Rhino Day Scavenger Hunt. From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., participate in this wild game while learning facts about the zoo’s rhinos, Ethel and Jabba, and their habitats, relatives and caregiving routines. The scavenger hunt is free with admission. More information can be found here.

It’s McGregor Founder’s Day! Events will be lined up all day. to celebrate the origin and growth of this fine town. A parade will start at 9 a.m., followed by other exciting happening such as a carnival, petting zoo, a cornhole tournament and more. The day will conclude with live music from 5 p.m. until midnight. Details can be found on the event website.

Those with the brainpower can partake in the 2022 Waco Scholastic Chess Championship. This will be the fourth year the tournament is hosted at the Waco Convention Center for students in the United States Chess Federation to compete. Matches will be held from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration fees range between $15-$30. More information and details can be found here.

What do you do with a jigsaw puzzle after you’ve solved it? You could let it collect dust in its box, or you could bring it to Hewitt Public Library’s Puzzle Swap. Bring in your own jigsaw puzzle and swap for someone else’s anytime from 10a.m. – 12 p.m. Just make sure there are no missing pieces. For more information, email

Throw on your green and gold gear, because Baylor University plays against Texas State University starting at 11 a.m. Whether you decide to watch from home or purchase tickets from the Baylor Bears website, tune in to support Waco’s Baylor Bears on this family weekend.

Grab a partner, take aim and toss at the Cornhole Tournament at Neely Park in Moody starting at 4 p.m. First, second and third place will receive trophies for their skill. Registration begins at 3 p.m. on-site for teams of two, and it cost $50 to register a team. The event is a fundraiser for the Moody Cotton Harvest Festival scheduled for October. Find details here

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You don’t have to travel to Munich to get a taste of Oktoberfest this year, because the Arc of McLennan County is hosting its very own Arc-tober Fest celebration. From 7 – 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, enjoy a sausage and fried chicken dinner followed by music and dancing. There will also be an open bar, in true Oktoberfest spirit. To learn more, see the website here.

Sunday – September 18

Mission Waco is hosting a Walk for the Homeless starting at 7:45 a.m. at the Meyer Center Community Clinic. The walk is two miles long and takes participants to all community services and resources available to those in need. It will take approximately two and a half hours and end at Church Under the Bridge. Rides will be provided back to the Meyer Center Community Clinic Afterwards. Bring pairs shoes to donate if you have any to spare. More information can be found here.

After the Walk for the Homeless, stick around for the Church Under the Bridge’s 30th anniversary worship service and celebration. Meals will be provided for those in need, and all are welcome. Specifics about the anniversary event can be found on their website.

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque is hosting their grand reopening starting at 11 a.m. until closing at 8 p.m. The first 50 customers will receive 25% off their order, but even if you aren’t among the first, don’t miss out on the rest of the festivities! There will be live music by the Waco Ukulele Orchestra and Kainoa Kamaka, as well as a Masubi eating contest and hula dancing.

Eastside Market’s End of Summer Fest brings more live music, artwork, food trucks and vendors from 4 – 8 p.m. at Brotherwell Brewing. Enjoy this Waco-favorite event and celebrate the end of summer. For details, visit the event page.

Live Music

  • Thursday, September 15
      • The Johnny Joes at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 5 – 8 p.m.
      • Mack Abernathy, Bob Arnold, and Jay Bryant at Lakeside Bar, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      • Ragland Country Band at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 – 9:15 p.m.
      • Venus Eclectic at Old Chicago, 8 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 16
      • Local artists for Music on the Patio at Magnolia Press Coffee Co, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      • Steve Wariner at the Waco Hippodrome Theater, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
      • Cacean Callou and the Dirty Crawfish Band at Freight Bar, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17
      • Waco Early Jazz Quartet at Southern Roots Brewing Co, 7 – 9 p.m.
      • Stella Fitzgerald at Stay Classy Waco, 8 – 11 p.m.
      • Treaty Oak Revival at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
      • Far From Reach Band at Freight Bar, 8:30 p.m.
      • Home At Last at Freight Bar, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 18
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

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