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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

May 29—June 2

2 weeks ago

By Avery Bathurst

As we move from May to June, Waco is celebrating summer with art exhibits, live music and farmers markets! 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.  

“Living in Light” 

Support the Family Abuse Center by attending their play “Living in Light” at the McLennan Community College Black Box Theatre, 1400 College Dr. This play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 31 and June 1 and 2:30 p.m. on June 2. To purchase tickets, visit their website. 

“The Hammer That Shapes Reality” 

“The Hammer That Shapes Reality” is the Martin Museum Of Art’s, 60 Baylor Ave., current exhibit that is on display until November 10. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For museum hours, visit their website. 

“The Waiting Room” 

507 Gallery’s, 1500 Colcord Ave. Ste. C., current exhibit is “The Waiting Room” and is on display until July 5. “The Waiting Room” is a solo exhibition by Naomi Canale that discusses conversations about failure. This exhibit is free and open to the public and opening night is this Friday at 7 p.m.


Thursday, May 30 

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 Ave., 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 @ Brotherwell Brewing 

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! 

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night 

With well over 100 different beers to choose from, Truelove serves up the largest craft beer selection in Waco. Grab a friend and come enjoy the fun. 

Karaoke Night at Lakeside Bar 

It’s Karaoke night at Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6605 Airport Road.! Karaoke starts at 8 p.m.  


Friday, May 31 

Dead Poets Society Pint Night

Celebrate the famous poet Walt Whitman with Fabled Bookshop & Cafe, 215 S 4th St., from 6—9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but be sure to RSVP here.

Stan Wilfong, Lounge ’93, 7:30—9:30 p.m.

Texas Country Music Nights 

Enjoy country music under the Texas stars at Barnett’s Whiskey House, 420 Franklin Ave. every Friday night! Texas Country Music 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. 

 Stony LaRue, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, June 1

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. 

Juneteenth for All Ages 

Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., invites you to an early celebration of Juneteenth! Enjoy art activities with Waco muralist Chesley Smith, meet members of Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce, listen to Juneteenth-themed story time; and learn about improv theater with Amber Bolden, Executive Director of Far-Cast theatre.This event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free but spaces are limited so please register here in advance. 

Crab Boil 

Enjoy a crab boil every Saturday at Barnett’s. Get there early before they sell out. 

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

Open Mic Night Poetry 

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

Improv Comedy Show 

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

Hair Metal Giants 

Rock out with the Hair Metal Giants as they perform live at the Backyard, 511 S 8th St. at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here.


Sunday, June 2 

Pinewood Flea Market

Pinewood Coffee Bar, 2223 Austin Ave., is hosting their first-ever flea market! The market is from 12—5 p.m. and there will be live music, beer and courtyard pop-up with Grocery vintage store.

Maya Piata 

See Hotel Herringbone’s, 319 S 4th St., artist in residence Maya Piata! She will be performing from 2—4 p.m. on the songbird stage. This event is free and open to the public. 

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.