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Top Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

April 11—14

1 month ago

By Avery Ballmann

It’s finally the weekend and there is plenty to do! There are plays, concerts, art exhibits, fundraisers and so much more. 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


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.

“Color the Dark”

Falcon & Owl, 210 S 5th St., is hosting artist Peter Keil’s exhibit “Color the Dark” until April 14.

“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 and is on display until May 4. 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!

“In Pursuit of Light”

The Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave., current exhibit is “In Pursuit of Light” and is 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 11

Yappy Hour

Join the Animal Birth Control Clinic for their first Yappy Hour of the year in partnership with Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St. Half of the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go towards life-saving services for pets in our community! This event is free and open to the public from 5—8 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.

Lover: A Taylor Swift Tribute

Get a taste of the Eras Tour with this Taylor Swift Tribute Concert at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave.! The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $20.

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 12

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.

Music on the Patio

Take a sip of fresh coffee while you enjoy live music from local Waco artists at Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St. Take a seat on the patio anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to experience this true Waco sound.

Browning Day

The Armstrong Browning Library & Museum, 710 Speight Ave., welcomes you to its annual Browning Day celebration featuring a presentation by novelist Laura McNeal. Following McNeal’s presentation there will be a reception and book signing, this event is free and open to the public.

Curtain Up: A Century of Storytelling

Waco Civic Theatre invites you to ANTHEM Stories, 800 Austin Ave., fundraiser event Curtain Up: A Century of Storytelling as they celebrate 100 years of local theater. This event will feature performances from the theater and tickets are $150. The fundraiser is from 7:30—9:30 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.

Holly Tucker, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Heart of Texas Autism Network 15th Annual Run/Walk

Join the Heart of Texas Autism Network for their 15th annual Run/Walk at Brazos Park East, 3516 MLK Jr. Blvd. This event is from 8 a.m.—2 p.m. Visit their website to sign up for the race and learn more information!

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.

0.5K for Pre-K

Welcome to The Running Event for the Rest of Us sponsored by the Junior League of Waco. This race starts at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., and 100 percent of the proceeds of the .5k for Pre-K go to the Junior League of Waco’s Power of Pre-K! The race begins at 9:57 a.m. and tickets can be purchased here.

CenTex Teen Book Fest

LitWaco is hosting their annual CenTex Teen Book Fest at G.W. Carver Middle School, 1601 JJ Flewellen Road starting at 9:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, but you must register before you go!

Painting the Spring

Ms. Bonnie at Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., is hosting two painting workshops! Your kiddos can create a picturesque Spring scene for only $15. The workshop for 5-9 year olds begins at 10 a.m. and the older class 10-14 begins at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

Trash Dash & Bash

Keep Waco Beautiful wants you to talk trash with your teammates at their river cleanup competition. Prizes are on the table for the team who pulls the most weighted trash out of the river. Teams can be up to ten people and you can also heckle from the sideline! To register, click here.

Levitt Amp Music Series

Levitt Amp Music Series is back this spring! For ten weeks listen to live music every other Saturday at Bridge Street Plaza, 200 E Bridge St. The spring music series ends June 8. This week’s musical guests are Soulfiya and DJ Sweetest T and the concert begins at 5 p.m.!

Jesse Lee & Band Live!, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m.

Parker McCollum, McLane Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Carver Commodore, Common Grounds Waco, 8 p.m.

Griffith Switch, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8 p.m.

CeeLo Green, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 14

Life Drawing with Hope & Harper Art

Join the monthly live figure drawing class at the upstairs studio at Cultivate 7twelve, 712 Austin Ave. from 1—4 p.m. For more information, visit their website.

Mystery Book Club

Do you like good mysteries and reading? If so, Join the Mystery Book Club which meets on the second Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at South Waco Library. To see what book they are reading this month, click here.

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.