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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

5 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

February is Black History Month and Waco is hosting several events in observance starting this weekend. To see future Black History Month events, check into Waco Weekend each Wednesday or view a list of local events here. 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

African American History Self-Guided Tour

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History and Texas Collection curated a self-guided tour throughout Waco to educate about Black History in Waco. This event begins February 1 and will run until the 29th. To start the tour, visit their website.

“Moon Over Buffalo”

Silent House Theatre Company is hosting its first show of the year “Moon Over Buffalo” until the 4th. Shows will be hosted at the Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N 15th St. To see showtimes and to purchase tickets visit their website.

“Luisa Fernanda” by Baylor Opera Theater

Baylor Opera Theater presents “Luisa Fernanda,” a Spanish opera, until Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

“Journey to Space” 

Climb aboard and experience what it is like to live and work in space at the Mayborn Museum when “Journey to Space” opens on January 27, 2024. Visitors will explore the extraordinary environment of space, including the very real dangers that astronauts face during their missions above Earth.

Martin Museum of Art Exhibitions 

The Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave., has two exhibits, “The Darkest Light” and “Biennial Faculty Exhibition” that are free and open to the public! For hours and information about each exhibit, visit their website.

“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” at 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, February 1

Family Storytime

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.

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!

Baylor WBB v. Texas

Cheer on the Lady Bears at Foster Pavilion, 650 S University Parks Dr., as they battle against the Texas Longhorns. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here.


Friday, February 2

Kids College Fridays

McLennan Community College, located at 4601 N 19th St., is hosting Kids College Friday every Friday at 9:30 a.m. until May 17th. Your kids can take culinary, arts, gardening and computer classes for $115 per month. For registration information visit their website or call 254-299-8888.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Take a journey to Wonderland with YOUtopia Essentials, 1701 Austin Ave.! This tea party will serve finger food and sweet treats with the purchase of a $10 ticket. Dressing up is strongly encouraged and the event begins at 6 p.m.!

First Friday Artisan Market

Cultivate 7Twelve Gallery, 712 Austin Ave., is hosting a one-night pop-up market! There will be paintings, sculptures, crafts and handcrafted gifts from local artisans. This event is free and open to the public and is from 6—9 p.m.

Rich and Fam Show 

See Waco Street Drummer perform live at Thrst Coffee Shop, 1500 Colcord Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.

Baylor Symphonic Band Concert

Baylor’s Symphonic Band is hosting a free concert at Jones Concert Hall, 110 Baylor Ave. The concert is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m.

Austin Meade, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 3

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.

Family Abuse Center Faith Summit

The Family Abuse Center Faith Summit, located at 1001 N 18th St., is tackling the tough issues surrounding family abuse through this summit. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and tickets are $10.

You Can Sew! 

Ms. Judy from Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., is hosting a Valentine-themed sewing workshop! For only $15 your kiddo can create their own heart or a felt envelope for their Valentine. The workshop for 5—9 year old’s begins at 10 a.m. and the older class for 10—14 year old’s begins at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

Eastside Market

Shop local vendors at Waco’s Eastside Market located at 400 E Bridge St. from 12—5 p.m.

Gospel Fest

Heavenly Voices, Baylor’s Gospel Choir, is hosting Gospel Fest at Roxy Grove Hall, 624 Speight Ave. This event is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m.!

Improv Comedy Show

Get ready to laugh with Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd., at their monthly improv comedy show! This event is BYOB and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 and can be purchased here.

Tayler Holder, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m. 

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Sunday, February 4

Sunday Yoga Flow

Prepare for your upcoming week with Clara Luna’s yoga flow session beginning at 7 p.m. Located upstairs at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., you can attend this class for only $15 at the door.

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