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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

January 18th-21st

5 months ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy weekend Waco! Even as temperatures dip below freezing, don’t let it stop you from having fun! Throw on some layers, a big jacket, and hit the town. 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

The Darkest Light”: A Photography Exhibition

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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

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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.

2024 Biennial Faculty Exhibition

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University is hosting their 2024 Department of Art and Art History Faculty Biennial Exhibition. The exhibition will feature various works representing different kinds of media and methodologies. The artists and historians will also give visitors a glimpse into their work, processes and research. The exhibit will run from January 16— March 10. Click here for more information

“A Simpler Time”

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Join Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Drive, as they put on “A Simpler Time”, a humorous tale about friendship, history and human nature. The play will run from 7—9 p.m., and tickets range from $22-$25. Click here to purchase tickets now

Un Hombre: A Golem Story 

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Wild Imaginings Theatre Company will be putting on their production of Un Hombre: A Golem Story, a modern tale about a widowed single mother and a clay man. This show is being fully produced for the first time ever in Waco at Cultivate 7Twelve, located at 712 Austin Ave, and will run from January 18—January 21st. Click here for more information

ATG Expo 2024

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Head over to the ATG Expo at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, for an array of fun activities, such as gaming, cosplay, comics, anime, toys, movies, music and much more. The Expo will be held from January 20—21st. Click here for more information

A New Moon Rises

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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 18th

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. 

Steak Night

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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 Poetry Night 

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THRST Coffee, 1500 Colcord Avenue, is back with their annual Sip ‘N’ Speak Poetry Night, hosted by April Neal. The event is from 69 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here

3rd Thursday Jeep Night 

Grab your wheels and head over to The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, located at 511 S 8th St, for their 3rd Thursday Jeep Night. From 6—9 p.m., shop, eat, drink and hang out with other jeep enthusiasts in the Waco area. 

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.

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

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.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club 

Dance the night away to live music from Bobby Dean & Timeless Country at the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club. From 7—9:15 p.m., spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, the two-step waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance. This event is located at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue. 

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: Extraordinary Feats 

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Re-igniting a long-standing tradition of Waco Symphony Orchestra presenting Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winners, 2022 Silver Medalist Anna Geniushene will be bringing her unique, powerful sounds to the Waco stage. The performance will be conducted by Waco Symphony Orchestra’s interim artistic advisor Miguel Harth Bedoya. From Rachmaninov to Beethoven and Johansen, this will be a night to remember. Click here to visit WSO’s website

Friday, January 19th

Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox, 1424 Bistro, 1424 Washington Avenue, 6—9 p.m

Dolly Day

Freight Bar, 1613 James Avenue, is celebrating the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton! From 7—11 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food trucks, vendors, prizes for the best Dolly hairstyles, imagination library raffle and much more. 

Tartan Tenors in Concert

Head over to Ball Performing Arts Center, 1400 College Drive, to see the Tartan Tenors. MCC alumni Mateo Husted, Dr. Justin Kroll, and Edgar Sierra will present a “three tenor” style recital to begin the 2024 concert season. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased through the MCC box office. Call 254-299-8200 or email boxoffice@mclennan.edu to reserve your tickets now.

Collin James, Blue Pup Wine & Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Dr., 8—11 p.m. 

The 5IVE Starr Diva Show 

The 5IVE Starr Divas Drag Show is coming to 5IVE Nightclub, 500 Austin Avenue. From 9 p.m.—2 a.m, come enjoy nightlife drag entertainment. Click here to purchase tickets

Saturday, January 20th 

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.

Theo Boyd Author Talk & Book Signing

Author Theo Boyd will be at Barnes & Noble, 4909 West Waco Drive, from 1—3 p.m., to discuss his book, “My Grief is Not Like Yours”. 

Baylor Women’s Basketball: Baylor vs. UCF

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Baylor Women’s Basketball is facing off against the University of Central Florida Knights at Foster Pavillion, 650 S University Parks Dr, from 2—4 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets

Autumn Krause Book Discussion & Signing 

Author Autumn Krause will be at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th Street, to discuss her newest book “The Devil Knows You’re Here”, from 6—7 p.m. Click here to RSVP

Wine & Fondue

Head over to Z’s at The Curry, 611 Washington Avenue, for their fondue wine dinner. Enjoy their fondue, paired with wine from the Louis Jadot winery. Reservation is required. Call 254-235-1757 to make a reservation. 

David Johnson, Waco Ale Co, 806 Austin Avenue, 7—10 p.m

Sunday, January 21st

Sunday Funday @ Freight Bar

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It’s Sunday Funday at Freight Bar! Enjoy $3 wells and domestics, $15 Happy Dad and Twisted Tea Buckets, Happy Hour from 4—7 p.m., and much more. 

Open Mic Night @ Lakeside Bar 

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