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Top Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

April 4—8

2 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

The time is finally upon us, it’s Total Solar Eclipse weekend! There are plenty of eclipse-themed events at local restaurants, businesses, art galleries and more. If you’re not sure where to go on Eclipse Day, April 8, read our latest article with all things you need to know about the eclipse in Waco. Wherever you choose to explore in Waco, be sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend

Music Over Waco 

Enjoy live music at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., from Band of Horses and Lukas Nelson! This event is free and open to the public and is a part of the Eclipse Weekend Festival

30th Annual Beall Poetry Festival 

Celebrate the 30th annual Beall Poetry Festival from April 3—5 on Baylor University’s campus! The festival will feature poetry readings, panel discussions and an award ceremony. There are several locations on campus the festival will occupy so click here to see the festival schedule.

“Color the Dark”

Falcon & Owl, 210 S 5th St., is hosting a solar eclipse art exhibit “Color the Dark” until April 14. Artist Peter Robert Keil will be at the opening party April 4 from 6—8:30 p.m.


Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd., presents “Rumors” by comedian Neil Simon starting April 5 until April 14. Tickets start at $28 and include a dinner service, to look at showtimes and tickets visit their website

“Eclipse: Shining Shadows”

Visit the Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., to see their new juried art exhibit “Eclipse: Shining Shadows.” This exhibit features works depicting the solar eclipse. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Check out their website to see exhibit hours.

“I’m Just a Girl” at 507 Gallery 

507 Gallery, located in Thrst Coffee Shop, 1500 Colcord Ave., has a new exhibit on display until May 10! This exhibit features art from Joselinne Amador. “I’m Just a Girl” is free and open to the public and you might as well grab a coffee while you look!

Martin Museum of Art Exhibitions 

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

“Journey to Space” 

Climb aboard and experience what it is like to live and work in space at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., “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 until April 27.

Thursday, April 4

Hispanic Leader’s Network: Conectar 

Hispanic Leader’s Network is delighted to invite you to the April edition of HLN’s Conectar-Connect. Veronica Riojas, Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo Latin America, is the guest speaker and lunch is provided. This event is free and open to the public and is from 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. at the BASE, 4601 Bosque Blvd. 

Baylor University’s World Voice Day

All are welcome to attend World Voice Day at Baylor University in the Barfield Drawing Room, 1311 S 5th St. This free event will begin with a keynote speech about the human voice by Dr. Randall Holdgraf, MD, an otolaryngologist at Baylor Scott and White – Temple. This event is from 5—7 p.m.

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, April 5

Kids College Fridays

McLennan Community College, located at 4601 N 19th St., is hosting Kids College Friday every Friday until May 17. 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.

First Friday at BRÛ

Enjoy live music and coffee at BRÛ, 601 Franklin Ave. This event begins at 6 p.m. 

Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.

Rich and Fam

The Waco Street Drummer, Rich Thompson, is hosting his monthly show at Thrst Coffee Shop, 1500 Colcord Ave. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12.

Cacean Ballou, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8 p.m.

Texas Country Dance Nights

Get ready to two-step under the Texas stars at Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave. every Friday night! Texas Country Nights are here to bring you boot-scootin’ tunes, ice-cold brews, and delicious eats in a lively downtown setting from 8—11 p.m. No tickets required.

Matt Mason Live!

Matt Mason is performing live at the Texas Music Cafe, 110 S 6th St. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $40.

Dexter and the Moonrocks, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 6

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.

Family Day

Take the family to Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., for their eclipse-themed family day! Family day is from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. and is free and open to the public but you must RSVP here.


Celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse with Region 12 at STEAMclipse, 100 Washington Ave. This event is free and open to the public and is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hear from NASA scientists and local organizations. 

Locked Zoo, Finders Keepers

The Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St., is hosting a puzzle-solving escape room to support conservation! The hunt begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35, they can be purchased here.

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

Starfall Eclipse Ball

Celebrate the Eve-Eve of the Total Solar Eclipse with Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. From 8—11 p.m. enjoy music, light bites, and remember to dress for the stars! Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here

Sun June and Wild Pink, Common Grounds Waco, 8 p.m.

Sweet N’ Juicy, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8 p.m. 

Sunday, April 7

“American Eclipse”

Join Baylor Theatre as they present “American Eclipse” a musical about three American pioneers furthering the field of science. The play has two showtimes at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. located in Jones Theatre, Baylor Ave. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here.

Waco Symphony Orchestra: Sci-Fi Spectacular

Just in time for the Total Solar Eclipse is Waco Symphony Orchestra’s Sci-Fi Spectacular concert at 3 p.m.! Located at Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave., the audience will hear movements from films such as “Star Wars”, “Star Trek”, “Interstellar” and more. You can purchase your tickets on their website and be sure to dress as your favorite Sci-Fi character!

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.

Monday, April 8 

Bridge Street Solar Eclipse Celebration

Head over to Bridge Street Plaza, 200 E Bridge St., to celebrate the Eclipse with the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce and the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce! This event begins at 9 a.m. and will include local vendors for people to shop. For more information visit their Facebook page

Eclipse over Texas Live from Waco

Hangout at McLane Stadium, 1001 S MLK Jr. Blvd., to catch the total solar eclipse! The festival begins at 10 a.m. with gates opening at 8 a.m. and the free shuttle running at 9 a.m., with pickup from Third Street and Franklin Avenue (in front of Spice Village). General admission tickets are $10 for children and $20 for adults, to purchase tickets click here

Eclipse 2024: A Suspended Moment

Join the Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave., for this amazing astronomical event happening right here in Waco! Visit the grounds outside the Martin from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make fine art keepsakes, get your viewing glasses to safely see the total eclipse, and find a comfy spot to watch this historic event. This event is free and open to the public. 

Local Breweries Watch Party

Several local breweries and distilleries including: Southern Roots Brewing Co., Brotherwell Brewing and Balcones are hosting their own Eclipse watch parties for the locals! Visit each businesses’ Instagram or Facebook for more information about each of their events. 

Eclipse Park Clean Up

BLACCENT is hosting a park clean up on the day of the solar eclipse from 12—3 p.m.! Catch the eclipse while also cleaning up our park. This event is free and open to the public.

Eclipse Party

Harris Creek Baptist Church, 401 Stageline Dr., is hosting an Eclipse watch party from 12—2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public with viewing glasses provided. 

Eclipse After Party

End the day with Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits, 508 Austin Ave., for their after party! From 6—9 p.m. enjoy specialty cocktails and a DJ on the rooftop. This event is free and open to the public. 



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