The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

February 22—25

2 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

The final full weekend of February is here, can you believe it? Time flies when you’re having fun, especially when you’re in Waco. 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

“Men on Boats”

Baylor Theatre presents “Men on Boats”! This play is an all-female cast and tells a tale of adventure as the cast travels through rapid rivers and treacherous mountains. There are several showtimes throughout the week; to see times and to purchase tickets click here

Keepin’ it Reel

Grab your rods and reels and head out to Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, for their fish-themed weekend starting on Friday. 

The Royce Montgomery Variety Show 

The Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr., is hosting the Royce Montgomery Variety Show on Saturday and Sunday! For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Rattlesnake Roundup

The 54th Oglesby Lions Club, 118 Main St., Rattlesnake Roundup is back! This is a weekend full of slithery friends, treats, vendors and more. Not into snakes? That’s okay – we have plenty of other activities for you to enjoy such as live music. Admission is only $5 at the door. 

Qohelet: Searching for a Life Worth Living

Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., has a brand new exhibit featuring artist Debra Band. This exhibit is free and open to the public and is open until March 16th. 

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’s “Journey to Space” exhibit. 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 22

2024 Keston Panel 

The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society proudly presents the 2024 Keston Spring Panel, “Seeking Peace in Times of War: Hope or Hopeless?,” at 3:30 p.m. in Moody Memorial Library, room 104, 1312 S 3rd St., and also available via Zoom Webinar. For more information visit their website

Xenia Dennen spoke about persecution of Christians is the USSR during the Defenders of the Faith: Then and Now lecture Thursday afternoon in the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society.

Fabled’s Local Author Faire

Join Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St., for a book fair showcasing books by authors local to the Greater Waco area. Support local writers and discover something brilliant from right here in our hometown! This event begins at 6 p.m. and you can RSVP here

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!

Karaoke Night at Lakeside Bar

It’s Karaoke night at Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6605 Airport Road! Karaoke starts at 8 p.m. 

College Night

Thursday night is college night at the Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave. Kick off the weekend early with drink specials and DJ Euby starting at 10 p.m.!


Friday, February 23

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.

Baylor Baseball v. Indiana 

Cheer on the Bears as they battle against Indiana at the Baylor Ballpark, 1612 S University Parks Dr. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are only $10! 

Jordan Rainer, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m. 


Saturday, February 24

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.

Black History Walk

Join tour guides from the Institute for Oral History in the third annual Black History Walk in downtown Waco at 10 a.m. This free event showcases African American History in Waco, covering topics such as education, religion, the arts, and more. The walk will begin and end at the McLennan County Courthouse, 500 Washington Ave., and will last for approximately two hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

Yoga at YOUtopia

Relax with yoga at YOUtopia Essentials, 1701 Austin Ave., for their monthly yoga class with Nico Sparks. The class begins at 10 a.m. and tickets are $10. Please bring your own mat to this event.

Guns and Hoses Charity Basketball Game

The Waco Police Department hosts the Waco Fire Department in a friendly Unified match-up basketball game in support of the local Special Olympics Athletes at University High School, 3201 S New Road. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. with a special halftime performance. This event is open to the public and free to attend.

Freedom Ball

Celebrate Waco’s active-duty, veterans and Gold Star Spouses at the Waco Chamber of Commerce’s annual Freedom Ball. The ball is located at the BASE, 4601 Bosque Blvd., and will begin at 6 p.m. Purchase your tickets here!

Soo Jin Lee & Linda Yoon Discuss Where I Belong

Join Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St., for a book discussion co-written by Soo Jin Lee and Linda Yoon. “Where I Belong” discusses the trauma and identity of being an Asian American. The discussion and book signing is from 6:30—7:30 p.m., you can RSVP here

Baylor All-University Sing

See Baylor’s best acts by viewing the 76th annual All-University SING. Tickets for all in-person shows are sold out, but the online streaming is still available and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Purchase your $28 ticket here.

How Swede it is!., Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Erick Willis with Zach Nytomt, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, February 25

Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra 

Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra is hosting its Spring concert at Midway High School, 8200 Mars Dr. This concert is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. 

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.