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Top Things To Do in Waco This Weekend

April 25-28

4 weeks ago

By Skylla Mumana

Happy Weekend Waco! This weekend is full to the brim with amazing springtime events all over town. 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

“The Wolves”

Head over to McLennan Community College Music & Theater Arts Building, 1400 College Drive, and enjoy their newest production “The Wolves”. “The Wolves” will run from April 25–28. Click here to purchase tickets

“The Tempest” 

This Shakespeare production is hitting the Baylor stage. From April 23–27, head over to the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Baylor Ave., to catch this classic romance shrouded in enhancement and castaway. 

Camp Fimfo Waco Campout Concert Series

Back by popular demand is the Camp Fimfo Campout Concert Series. This two day series located at Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, is all about celebrating family, friends, the outdoors and great music. From April 26–27, enjoy food, drinks and music by bands like the Randy Rogers Band, Little Texas, Joe Nichols and much more. 

“Miss Electricity” 

Head over to Mission Waco’s Jubilee Theatre, 1319 North 15th St., for their production of “Miss Electricity“. From April 25–28, come watch 10-year-old Violet zap her way through circuits, tests and school bullies in this fun production. 

Central Texas Comic Con 2024

Central Texas Comic Con is back at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. Satruday from 10 a.m–5 p.m and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., come see over 200 vendors, artists, celebrities, and the best cosplayers from the Central Texas area. 

Thursday, April 25th

Wine tasting series: Spain vs Italy

Head over to Segovia Wine Bar, 300 South 6th St., for a wine face off. From 6–7:30 p.m., take part in their wine tasting versus series, with this week being Spain vs Italy. Click here to purchase tickets

Camp Fimfo Camp Out Kickoff Party

Kick off the Campout Concert Series early by heading over to Squirrely’s Tavern at Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane. From 6–9 p.m, enjoy live music from local artists, drink specials, local vendors and food. Entry is free and this event is open to the public. 

Geeks Who Drink

Get your facts right because it’s Trivia Night at Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave. This evening consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period starting at 7 p.m. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening!

Darts Tournament 

Clicks’ Billiards, 1200 Richland Drive, is hosting its weekly darts tournament starting at 7 p.m. 

Steve Dansby, Lounge ’93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 7–9 p.m

Bella Voce in Concert

Bella Voce and the Baylor Women’s Choir are hosting their free Spring concert at Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave., from 7:30–9 p.m. 

Songwriter Thursday

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, is hosting its weekly Songwriter Thursday Night from 710 p.m. located at 511 S 8th St. This is your opportunity to share your original songs or experience someone’s first time performing. Sign-ups begin at 6 p.m. 

Steak, Sips & Serenades

Uncork and unwind at J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House’s, 420 Franklin Ave. From 7—10 p.m., listen to the smooth sounds of live acoustic music while enjoying steak and drink deals.

Battle of the Singers/Songwriters

Freight Bar Icehouse and Yardbar, 1613 James Ave., is having their first ever Battle of the Singer/Songwriter from 7:30–10 p.m. This month-long showdown of musical talent will have you on the edge of your seat. Join in each Thursday for unforgettable performances. 

Friday, April 26th

Jazztrapp Fest

The Baylor Music Industry Club and Phi Beta Sigma are hosting a night of community at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. From 5–11 p.m., come enjoy a night of music and community to help fundraise for mental health and suicide awareness. All donations go to charity! Minimum entry fee is $1. 

Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art, 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting a wheel throwing workshop. From 6–8 p.m., join in as one of Black Oak’s expert instructors guides participants through the basics of throwing on a pottery wheel. Whether it be a cup, vase, plate, bowl or something in between, come create your own masterpiece!  

Woodford Reserve Specialty Dinner

Reserve a table at J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave., for their upcoming Woodford Reserve specialty dinner. From 6–9 p.m., enjoy a five-course chef-prepared meal accompanied by a whiskey pairing. To make a reservation, email info@barnettspublichouse.com

A Taste of Marie’s 

Head over to Marie’s Wine Bar, 723 Austin Ave., as they celebrate their newest endeavor, Marie’s Bistro. This celebratory event will run from 6:30–8:00 p.m., and will feature music, wine and much more. 

Monte Rose, Slow Rise on the Brazos, 1620 North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 6:30–8:30 p.m. 

Katie Stewart, Lounge ‘93, 5401 Crosslake Parkway, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Metal Night at Truelove Bar

Head over to Truelove Bar, 414 Franklin Ave, for a night full of hard rock/heavy metal. From 7–9 p.m., listen to bands like Never Rest, The God Awful Truth, Rewound and Rasura.  

Piano Man: The Billy Joel Experience

Head over to Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave., for a one of a kind concert experience. From 7–10 p.m., come listen to pianist and vocalist Tim Georgeff as he recreates Joel’s music and live-stage performances. 

Lucas Jon Turner, Blue Pup Wine & Martini Bar, 2004 North Valley Mills Drive, 8–11 p.m. 

Alexis McLaughlin, Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Ave, 8–11 p.m. 

Saturday, April 27th

Mission Waco Mission World Race One

Mission Waco, 1315 North 15th St.,  is back with its Mission World Race One. From 8–10 a.m., enjoy a fun race that brings the community together. Click here for more information

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m–1 p.m. and is located at 500 Washington Ave. This market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco. There is always live music and a featured local organization each week. For more information regarding upcoming events and weekly vendors visit their website.

Grand Opening Party

Hotel Herringbone, 319 South 4th St., is officially hosting their grand opening celebration party. From 9 a.m–9 p.m, first come enjoy Nightlight donuts and champagne for the opening festivities, and continue on into the evening with live music from Nate Leonard and The Ink Caps. 

Independent Bookstore Day

Join Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 South 4th St., as their celebrate Indie Bookstore Day from 9 a.m–9 p.m. The day will be filled with giveaways, new merch, drink specials, and much more. 

Care for Waco Carnival 

The Waco Youth Council and the City of Waco Office of Sustainability and Resiliency are hosting the Care for Waco Carnival at the Dorris Miller Community Center. From 10 a.m– 1 p.m., head over to this free, family-friendly event that will have free food, music, carnival games, vendors, crafts and much more. 

Spring Bipoc Market 2024 

Cha Community, 1001 Franklin Ave., is teaming up with numerous BIPOC vendors for their BIPOC Spring Market. From 11 a.m.–3 p.m., enjoy vendors, giveaways, boba tea drinks and so much more. 

Free Coffee Tasting & Cupping Event 

Head over to Lighthouse Coffee & Wine, 624 Washington Ave., to enjoy their free coffee cupping and tasting event. From 2–3:30 p.m., explore the unique flavors of various roasts of coffee, discuss brewing methods and have a cupping experience you won’t forget. 

Sunday, April 28th:

ABOFEST 2024

Join the City of Woodway for ARBOFEST, a free, family-friendly event at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, Woodway, TX. From 10 a.m.–4 p.m. enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors and much more.

Sunday Funday at J.S Barnett’s Whiskey House

J.S. Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Avenue, is hosting their Sunday Funday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Come enjoy award winning brunch and cocktails, live music, outdoor games and karaoke. 

Open Mic Night @ Lakeside Bar 

Open Mic Night with Clinton Bon Slaughter, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6—11 p.m.