The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

February 15—18

2 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

This weekend we have a film festival, Valentine’s celebrations, art exhibits, Black History month events and the annual Mardi Gras Ball! Wherever you choose to explore in Waco, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Featured Event

Mardi Gras Ball

Get your beads ready for the Advocacy Center’s Annual Mardi Gras Ball! The Ball is located at the BASE at Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Complimentary Valet Service is available, and attire is Black Tie optional.

Through the Weekend

Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival

Attend several film screenings and family events at the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival! The festival is hosted at several locations across Waco with tickets starting as low as $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Time to Wake Up: Racism in the World Church 

Attend George W Truett Theological Seminary, 1100 S 3rd St., lecture series on racism in the church. This series will have guest speakers, worship times and question and answer panels. This event is free and open to the public with an online Zoom option, but you must register here.

Mini Black History Museum 

You’re invited to Dewey Community Center, 925 N 9th St. from February 13—29 for a free, mini museum experience showcasing African Americans’ impact on America and the world. 

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 until the 29th. To start the tour, visit their website

“The Long Way Home” at 507 Gallery 

507 Gallery, located in Thrst Coffee Shop, 1500 Colcord Ave., has a new exhibit on display until March 15th! This exhibit features photos from photographer Brittany Wood. “The Long Way Home” is free and open to the public and you might as well grab a coffee while you look!

“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.

“In Pursuit of Light: Women in Photography”

Join us at the Martin Museum of Art for a thought-provoking exhibition that celebrates the strength, resilience and creativity of women through the art of photography. For hours and information, visit their website.  

“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 15

Love Games

Waco Pride Network is hosting Love Games, a night of queer love trivia and activities at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave.! This event is free and open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Beginner hip-hop Class

Dance the night away with Cultivate 7Twelve’s beginner hip-hop class beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event is 21 and up, for more information visit their website.

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!

Friday, February 16

Kids College Fridays

McLennan Community College, located at 4601 N 19th St., is hosting Kids College Friday every Friday 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.

Galentine’s High Tea and Fondue

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the girls at YOUtopia Essentials, 1701 Austin Ave.! Drink tea and enjoy delicious fondue from 6—9 p.m. Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased here.

Murder at the Art Gallery 

Valentine’s Day just got a lot scarier with Cultivate 7Twelve’s, 712 Austin Ave., Murder at the Art Gallery. This event includes dinner and an unforgettable night starting at 7 p.m. Single tickets are $50 and partner tickets are $85, to purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, February 17

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 at the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Thank You Lee Lockwood Fundraiser

Help the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Dr., by attending their fundraiser with live music, catered food, raffles and more from 5—10 p.m. Music by Sloppy Joe Band, food, silent & live auctions, 52 card games, Leis Heads/Tails game, and a whole lot more. Tables are $1,000 seats 10 people and individual tickets are $100. 

Lover’s Only 

Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., is hosting a night of storytelling, food, live music and vendors from 7—10 p.m.! This event is 21 and up and tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Legends of Texas Whiskey Festival 

Whiskey lovers this event is for you! Sample Texas whiskeys at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, 1108 S University Parks Dr., while learning how they are crafted. This event is from 7—9 p.m., to purchase tickets visit their website

Standup Comedy Show

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

Sunday, February 18

“An Adam Experiment”

The Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr., presents “An Adam Experiment.” A one-man play on the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Written and performed by Michael Chenevert. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. and tickets start at $24.50. 

Baylor WBB v. Texas Tech

Cheer on the Baylor women’s basketball team at Foster Pavilion, 650 S University Parks Dr., as they battle against the Red Raiders! The game tips off at 3 p.m., purchase your tickets on their website. 

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.