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Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 22 - 25

1 week ago

By Chris Klimkowski

Spooky season is on our doorstep. Whether that means sending off September with Oktoberfest celebrations, getting crafty to welcome Halloween festivities or exploring the night sky, we’re here to provide you with the perfect way to get into the spirit this weekend!

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Through the Weekend

Home for the Holidays is the festive market for all your holiday gift needs. The event brings 5,000 – 12,000 shoppers to the event each year! Get an early start on holiday shopping from Friday through Sunday at the Waco Convention Center. Proceeds support non-profit organizations in the Houston area. Tickets range between $6 and $10 for admission. Hours vary depending on the day, and more information on specific hours and tickets can be found here.

The Waco Civic Theater presents The Light in the Piazza, a musical production about a Southern mother, Margaret Johnson, touring the Italian countryside with her daughter, Clara. When Clara falls in love with a Florentine man, the mother and daughter have to face some hard truths and reconsider their futures. The show runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here.

Thursday – September 22

If you love good company, eat multiple breakfasts, and like to cozy up in a little hole in the ground, then you may be a hobbit. Lucky for you, Fabled is hosting a Hobbit Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. where they will celebrate everyone’s favorite fantasy characters! They will sell limited time Hobbit drinks and treats and will hold a Tolkien themed storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Cameron Park is hosting an Adult Members Appreciation Day to celebrate its loyal patrons. Activities such as lawn games, terrarium building and a cash bar will all take place from 6-9 p.m. There will also be live music from TJ & Another Band of Gypsys, as well as food from Dubl-R and activities from Waco Axe Co. to enjoy.

Take a step back into the 1930s at the Anthem STORIES building to learn about Snoozer Quinn, an early jazz guitarist from Louisiana whose music was almost lost to time. Steve Howell and Dan Sumner will be bringing his music back to life from 6-9 p.m. as they tell his story while a dinner, inspired by Snoozer Quinn’s home on the Gulf Coast, will be served. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased here.

Aching hearts, thrilling secrets and subverted tropes are all elements to be found in Katherine Center’s newest novel, “The Bodyguard.” Known as “the reigning queen of comfort reads,” this contemporary fiction author will be visiting Fabled Bookshop & Cafe from 7-8 p.m. for a discussion on her book and a signing. Tickets can be purchased here for $35 and will include a hardcover copy of the novel as well as a Fabled drink of your choice. 

Test your knowledge in Brotherwell Brewing’s Trivia Night. From 7-9:30 p.m., enjoy drinks with friends and friendly competition at this weekly event.

Those who brag about their hand-eye coordination can put it to the test by entering the Darts Tournament at CLICKS Billiards. Compete from 7-11 p.m. to become CLICKS’ new champion. Winners may even earn prizes!

Friday – September 23

Grab your claw crackers and head over to Barnett’s Public House for their weekly Crab Boil. Crab plates go for $19.95 and will be sold starting from 2 p.m. until they run out. Don’t miss their mouth-watering crab specialty.

Have you ever wanted your own unique, custom sneakers? Hammer & Stain is offering a Custom Sneakers Workshop from 6-8:15 p.m. Bring a pair of white canvas sneakers and learn from staff how to apply different patterns and colors to make a pair of shoes which reflect you. Tickets can be purchased here for $35 per person, and fabric/pattern requests can be made online as well.

As October approaches, kickoff Autumn festivities with Moon Mountain Macramé’s Pumpkin Pot Plant Hanger workshop hosted by YOUtopia Essentials. Macramé is a form of textile making which involves knotting rather than weaving or knitting. In this workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m., knot a hanger for a little pumpkin pot which will hold a plant of your choice. Tickets can be purchased here for $35 per person.

Saturday – September 24

Calling all cyclists, the Waco Wild West Bike Tour, an event which has been held since 1985, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This bike tour will range from family-friendly routes of only 10 miles up to more intense routes stretching 67-miles long. Because this event is sponsored by Skittles, participants can win a helmet full of candy. Participants will meet at the Waco Convention Center. Register at their website.

If you love running and jamming out to 80s music, then join the Robinson Education Foundation for their Color Run from 9-10:30 a.m. for a mile race. Throw on your craziest colors for the run because the best dressed participant will win a prize! Tickets range between $12 and $20, and there is a family pack option at $55 for families of five. Register here.

Freight Icehouse and Yardbar is getting into the spirit of Oktoberfest for their very own FREIGHTober Fest. Enjoy beer and games from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. with a variety of food trucks and vendors to choose from.

Brotherwell Brewing wants in on the Oktoberfest fun as well. From 11 a.m. until midnight, make sure to stop by for gourmet bratwurst, sauerkraut, games, raffles and more. Don’t miss it!

Get hip with some upcycled clothes at Cultivate 7Twelve’s Groovy Market event. From 5-8 p.m., supporting local vendors while updating your wardrobe. There will be live music from local musicians and poetry from Growing Pens Poetry.

Ready, set, and go! Join the Cameron Park Zoo as they encourage patrons to join their Hidden Creatures Mystery Event, featuring a part-scavenger hunt, part-escape room where teams will race to find mystery creatures from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for kids and $30 for adults and can be purchased here.

The Once Upon a Time Goodwill Gala is coming back to Waco this year for their second annual fundraiser. This event will be hosted at the Baylor Club from 6-11 p.m. and will feature the Sloppy Joe band while patrons enjoy a three course buffet dinner, open bar and silent auction. More information on the event, as well as ticket and sponsorship details, can be found here.

Certain spots of Waco with little light pollution showcase a beautiful night sky filled with brilliant stars. That’s why Park Ranger Larry Smith will be hosting a Star Party at the Waco Mammoth National Monument from 8-10 p.m. to explore the starry sky and the celestial bodies living in it. Ranger Smith is an expert of the night sky and will teach attendees the importance of preserving the darkness of the night. Call 254-299-2669 or email to reserve a spot.

Support the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention in their Out of Darkness Walk to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Join together with the community to uplift those who have experienced suicide loss, as well as survivors. Participants will meet at Brazos East Park at 7 p.m. and walk for two hours. All donations and proceeds will go to the AFSP. Register here.

Sunday – September 25

The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts their monthly Floating Mercado showcasing local businesses, food, drinks, goods and more. Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at this exciting market from 12-3 p.m. Admission is free.

For another event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, join St. Francis on the Brazos for the Festival De La Raza. Enjoy Mexican and Salvadorian foods and music while participating in fun raffles and games! The event will last from 1-5 p.m. Admission free to the public, as is parking.

Celebrate the nonprofit, Friends for Life, 33rd Anniversary event at Kendra Scott’s new location in the Central Texas Marketplace from 2-5 p.m. Friends for Life is an organization dedicated to helping the elderly and people with disabilities. Join Kendra Scott by learning more about the organization while shopping for quality jewelry. For more, visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page.

Feel like treating your pup? Then bring your dog to Brotherwell Brewing’s weekly Puppy Social Hour from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy a drink and meet other dog lovers while your own pet makes some friends of their own.


Live Music

  • Thursday, September 22
      • Midnight Mustangs at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7-9:15 p.m.
      • Bailey Zimmerman at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Friday, September 23
      • Caroline Spence at Poage Park, 6-8 p.m.
      • D-Rail at Sunday’s Caribbean Oasis, 7-10 p.m.
      • Holly Tucker at Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 7-10 p.m.
      • Sanger Heights Blues All-Stars at Stay Classy Waco, 8-10 p.m/
      • Gary Hobbs at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 24
      • Cody Johnson & Friends at Extraco Events Center, 6 -8 p.m.
      • Stephanie Chavira at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
      • Ken Elliot’s Elvis in Concert at Sunday’s Caribbean Oasis, 7-9 p.m.
      • Steve Howell & The Mighty Men at Rogue Media Studios, 7-10 p.m.
      • Kolby Cooper at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 25
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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