The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

May 2—5

3 weeks 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

“Parts & Pieces” 

Wild Imaginings presents “Parts & Pieces” on May 2, 4 and 5. The play will be hosted at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. and tickets start at $18. Visit their website to purchase tickets and view showtimes.

“Sugar and Violence”

Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., is proud to present the premiere solo exhibition of “Sugar and Violence” by artist Samantha Janes. The exhibition will open Friday on May 3, 2024, from 6—9 p.m., and will run through June 28.

“Eclipse: Shining Shadows”

Visit the Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., to see the last weekend of their 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!


Thursday, May 3

Spill the Tea

Come enjoy lunch at Ridgewood Country Club, 7301 Fish Pond Road, and learn more about the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children. The first annual Spill The Tea Luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. There will be a panel interview and lunch provided. To purchase tickets, sponsor a table or to donate, visit their website.


Frank Exum, Segovia Wine Bar, 6—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.

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!

Battle of the Singer/Songwriter Finale

See the grand finale of Freight’s first battle of the singer/songwriter located at 1613 James Ave. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with awards after. For more information visit their website.

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 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.

Día de Golf @ Top Golf

The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring back the Día de Golf fundraiser at Top Golf, 2301 Creekview Dr. from 1—4 p.m. Register now to secure your spot for an enjoyable day of golf, camaraderie and community engagement.

Rad Dragon and Friends, Truelove Bar, 6—11 p.m.

Brazos Nights

Brazos Nights is celebrating Cinco De Mayo with live music and food trucks at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr. starting at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and features Little Joe y La Familia and Shakey Graves!

American Merit Live!, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m.

Jeff Zentner Author Talk 

Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St., is hosting an author talk with Jeff Zentner! From 7—8 p.m., hear about Zentner’s new book ” Colton Gentry’s Third Act” and have your book signed. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP here.

Rich & 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.

Star Wars Trivia Night

Battle it out for Star Wars supremacy trivia at Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd.! Great prizes for the winning team and costume contest winners, every table gets free chips and salsa! Register your team here.

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.

Lone Star Music 40th Anniversary Jam with Ted Nugent, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 4

McLennan County Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale

The McLennan County Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale is at Westview Village, 551 N Valley Mills Dr. Doors open at 8 a.m. and they’ll have an array of annuals, perennials, herbs, roses, Texas natives, succulents, vines and vegetables.

Donut Dash 4K and Fun Run

Take part in the highly anticipated Donut Dash 4K and Fun Run at the scenic Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane beginning at 8 a.m.! To register, visit their website.

Big Brew

Hangout with the Mayor Dillon Meek at Bare Arms Brewing, 2515 La Salle Ave. The event begins at 9 a.m. and the Mayor will be at the brewery at 12 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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.


St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Road, is hosting their 2nd Annual Mayfest celebration & fundraiser! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy arts and crafts, live music, activities for kids, live and silent auction and barbecue.

Free Comic Book Day

Head over to Bankston’s Comics and Collectibles, 1321 S Valley Mills Dr., for their annual Free Comic Book Day! This event is free and open to the public.

16th Annual Sertoma Kite Festival 

Fly kites and support a great cause at Sertoma’s 16th Annual Kite Festival located at 3400 Over Flow Road. There will be live music, face painting, raffles, hula hoop contest and more. This event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You Can Sew!

Ms. Judy from Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., is hosting a Star Wars-themed sewing workshop! For only $15 your kiddo can create their own felt robot. The workshop for 5-9 year olds begins at 10 a.m. and the older class for 10-14 year olds begins at 1 p.m., to purchase tickets, click here.


Tale As Old As Time Tea Party 

Put your pinky’s up with Historic Waco at their Tale As Old As Time Tea Party! The Historic Waco Foundation is hosting two parties at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. located at the East Terrace Museum, 100 Mill St. Tickets are $33 and can be purchased here.

Run for the Roses

Support Ascension Providence’s Women & Children’s Services by attending their annual Run for the Roses event at Old Bethany’s Weddings and Events, 2730 Old Bethany Road. This event is from 3—7 p.m. and remember to dress your Kentucky Derby best.

Sippin’ Safari Soiree

Join Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St., for a girls night out from 6—9 p.m.! Sippin’ Safari Soiree tickets will include 2 drink tickets (valid for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), dance party, vendors, tortoise encounters, and more. This event is restricted to adults 18+ and tickets start at $15.

Black Glasses Film Festival 

Support Baylor’s Department of Film and Digital Media at their 23rd annual Black Glasses Film Festival at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave. Enjoy films created by students with tickets starting at $3! This event is from 7—10:30 p.m.

Star Wars-Themed Improv Comedy Show

It’s the spaciest improv comedy show ever with Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd.! Gather your favorite nerf herders and join for this very special show starting at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your ticket on their website.


Sunday, May 5

Woodway Farmers Market

Join the City of Woodway for the monthly Woodway Farmers Market at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd.! Enjoy a diverse array of vendors, food trucks, and live music from 10 a.m.—1 p.m. Parking is available at the Pavilion at the Arboretum, Woodway City Hall, and Woodway Family Center.

Cinco De Mayo on the Patio

Pivovar, 320 S 8th St., is taking a jab at Mexican food this Cinco De Mayo at their party on the patio event starting at 11 a.m. and going until 9 p.m. Enjoy beer, schnitzel tacos, outdoor games and music!

Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrate an early Mother’s Day celebration with Shanta Nicole at the Cambria Hotel, 110 S MLK Blvd. This event is from 12—3:30 p.m. and tickets are $80. There will be a classic American breakfast served with mimosas.

Josiah Queen, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 7 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.