The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

May 16—19

6 days ago

By Avery Ballmann and McKenna Joyce

Summertime is almost near, and Waco is celebrating early with live music, art exhibits and the revealing of the new statues at the Mayborn Museum! 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

“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 run through June 28.

Nick Adamo, Hotel Herringbone, Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. 

“The Sound of Music”

The Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr., presents “The Sound of Music.” Tickets are only $25 and there are plenty of showtimes to catch with the last show being May 26.

Thursday, May 16


Join Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., for an art master class that is simultaneously an Open studio, so you can decide how you want to spend your time. Check-in is 4:30-4:45, instruction begins at 4:45. This class is free and open to the public.

Spanish Spring Wine Dinner 

Join Segovia Wine Bar, 300 S 6th St., for a spring wine dinner to remember! Celebrate the season with a chef-prepared, four-course dinner for $60! Add their sommelier-selected specialty wine-pairing for an additional $35. Reservations are required so reserve your table today by calling 254-294-8600 or click here.

Marty Floyd, Old Chicago, 6—9 p.m.

Dave Dalton Thomas Book Signing

Author Dave Dalton Thomas is hosting a book signing for his new book “Picnic: Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Tradition” at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 1505 I-35 N Frontage Road at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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.

Mack Abernathy and Bob Arnold, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6:30—9:30 p.m.

Vinyl Listening Night

Marie’s Wine Bar, 723 Austin Ave., is having a collaboration with Vintage Mio Records on a Vinyl Listening Night! Every 3rd Thursday of the month, bring your vinyl and enjoy a great listening party from 7—9 p.m.

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!

Waco Brew Theology 

Southern Roots Brewing Co., 219 N 8th St., is hosting a Waco Brew Theology Night from 7—9:30 p.m. Enjoy craft beers and discussions on theology.

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, May 17

Mayborn’s Mammoth Masquerade

Join the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., for an evening of elegance, discovery and boundless inspiration at the Mayborn’s Mammoth Masquerade. Secure your spot now and be part of this unforgettable journey through time.

Teacher Night

Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St., is celebrating our teachers with free ice cream, giveaways, door prices and a 20% discount! This event is from 6—9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here so Fabled knows how many to expect!

Class Act Comedy Tour

Hit up Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., for the Class Act Comedy Tour with David Bates, Zach Amon and Garrett Barbee, presented by SlapStix. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Zach Rushing, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 7:30 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.

Uncle Lucius, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, May 18

Waco Police Memorial Run

Participate in the Waco Police Department’s annual Police Memorial Run at Redwood Shelter, 2300 Cameron Park Dr. The race begins at 8 a.m. and there is a 5K and 10K route. To register for this event visit their website.

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.

China Spring Farmers and Crafters Market

Make the short drive to China Spring for their Farmers and Crafters Market located at 301 Illinois Ave. This market is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is open to the public.

Nacho Daddy Car and Truck Show

The Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual car and truck show along with live music at Warren Park, 450 S Old Temple Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for this event are $5, part of the proceeds will go to Hunger Free MISD. For more information visit their website.

Artisan Market

Support Mission Waco’s first-ever Urban Expressions Artisan Market located at 1313 N 15th St. Meet local artists and have a relaxing, fun afternoon with the family! This event is free and open to the public and is from 12—5 p.m.

Eastside Market

Eastside Market, 400 E Bridge St., is bringing you vintage clothing, local art, graffiti, live music and good vibes from 12—5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public!

Goodfellas 7th Annual Crawfather Boil

Support the Waco Goodfellas at their seventh annual Crawfather Boil from 12—5 p.m. at Lakeside Bar, 6605 Airport Road. Enjoy raffles, auctions and live music from Sloppy Joe Band and Brit Kerr.

Floating Mercado 

The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Floating Mercado with local vendors, food, drinks and live music! The market is located at 500 Clay Ave., and is from 1—5 p.m.

Edible Book Festival 

Join in on the baking and literary fun at the second annual book festival at East Waco Library, 901 Elm Ave.! Bakers of all ages are welcome and must drop off your submission on May 17 before 6 p.m. For more information visit their website.

Mayborn Museum Statue Reveal 

Head over to the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S University Parks drive at 1 p.m. for the unveiling of the new mammoth statues!

Nate Leonard, Hotel Herringbone, 3—6 p.m.

Open Mic

Lighthouse Coffee & Wine, 624 Washington Ave., is hosting an open mic night! Signups begin at 6 p.m. and the show is from 7—9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Comedy at the Brazos: A Stand-Up Showcase

Get ready to laugh with Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd., at their monthly standup comedy show! This event is BYOB and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 and can be purchased here.


Sunday, May 19

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.

Maya Piata, Hotel Herringbone, 2—4 p.m. 

Sunday Sessions

Head out to Waco Surf, 5347 Old Mexia Road, for their weekly Sunday Sessions to listen to local live music. This event is free and open to the public!