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Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

June 6 — 9

1 week ago

By Hank Holland

Happy June! Now that summer is in full swing, there’s plenty to check out around town! 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. 

“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 Saturday  at 7 p.m. 

“Art Tapas” 

The Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., latest exhibit, “Art Tapas” is a collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs from local artists. This exhibit is free and open to the public until July 20. 

“The Winter’s Tale” 

Join Wild Imaginings at Hotel Herringbone, 319 S 4th St., for their performance of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” These performances are from June 7 9 and are free to the public.  

“Aladdin Jr.” 

See Waco Civic Theatre’s rendition of “Aladdin,” the Junior version on June 7 or 8. The theater is located at 1517 Lake Air Dr. and tickets start at $13 and can be purchased here.   


These pulp-fiction covers from the mid-20th century were the precursor to modern clickbait, as these exciting visuals were often what caused readers to purchase these books in the first place. Visit the Martin Museum of Art to see this collection, or visit their website for more information. 

“Sacred Places”  

“Sacred Places” is one of the Mayborn Museum’s,1300 S University Parks Dr., current exhibits discovering faith and culture around the world. This exhibit is on display until January 5, for museum hours visit their website. 

Nick Adamo at Hotel Herringbone 

See Hotel Herringbone’s, 319 S 4th St., artist in residence Nick Adamo! He will be performing from 4 6 p.m. on the songbird stage. This event is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, June 6  

Texas Music Cafe Ribbon Cutting  

Head over to Texas Music Cafe, 110 S 6th St., for their Ribbon Cutting at their new location! This event is from 4 — 6 p.m. and is open to the public.  

Likely Stories Book Club 

La Madeleine, 2816 Marketplace Dr. Suite 101., is hosting the Likely Stories book club from 6 8 p.m. They will be discussing TJ Klune’s book “Under the Whispering Door.” To stay up to date with this book club, join their mailing list! 

Family Story Time  

Once  the workday is 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. 

Tiki Thursday  

Thursday night is Tiki night at the Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave. Kick off the weekend early with drink specials starting at 7 p.m. and don’t forget your Hawaiian shirt! 

Darts Tournament 

Grab some friends and get involved! Clicks’ Dart Tournament takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night 

Grab your friends and head over to Truelove Bar, 414 Franklin Ave., for trivia night! Trivia starts at 7 p.m.

Trivia Night at 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! 


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 7:00-9:15 p.m. there is a $6 cover charge.   

Waco Pride Network Rainbow Roll 

Grab your roller skates and head to Skate Waco, 401 Towne Oaks Dr., for a night with the Waco Pride Network! This event begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $5 which can be purchased at the venue. 

Karaoke Night at Lakeside Bar 

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


Friday, June 7

Café Pan y Dulce  

Enjoy an abundance of coffee and sweets with the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Hillcrest Chiropractic, 4209 Bellmead Dr., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. . Admission is free, and visit here for more information. 

Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off Party  

Kick-off your summer of reading with the South Waco Library, 2737 S 18th St. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will have plenty of activities for the entire family. 

Brazos Nights  

Head over to Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., for Brazos Nights! This is a free community concert from 6 — 10 p.m. 

Rainbow Roar 

Celebrate Pride Month with the Waco Pride Network at Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St. From 6 — 9 p.m. enjoy food trucks, activities and more for free! 

 Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras 

Every First Friday of the month you can listen to the sounds of mellow jazz with Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras at the Hilton Waco, 113 S University Parks Dr. Admission is free. 

 Rich and 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. 

Blackbird Sing in Concert 

See a live album recording of Blackbird Sing at the Texas Music Cafe, 110 S 6th St. From 8 — 10 p.m., enjoy live music and drinks for only $30! To purchase tickets, visit their website. 

The Windbreakers 

The Windbreakers are performing live at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St. at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here. 

Fooligan in Concert 

Fooligan is performing live at Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 1613 James Ave.! Their show begins at 9 p.m. and tickets start at $5. Learn more about the band by reading our blog! 


Saturday, June 8 

World Ocean Day 

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St., at their saltwater aquarium, you may even see a mermaid or two! This celebration is included in your general admission to the zoo. For more information, visit their website. 

Waco Downtown Famer’s Market 

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 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 in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit to view a calendar of upcoming events.  

Home on the Range 

Bring your family down to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, 100 Texas Ranger Trail for their annual Home on the Range event! See a Texas Ranger camp and learn how to live out on the frontier in the late 1800s from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Summer Kick-off Luau 

Southern Roots Brewing Co., 219 N 8th St., is kicking off summer with a luau-themed party! Enjoy drink specials, games, trivia and live music from 12 — 11 p.m. Hawaiian shirts encouraged! 

Nate Leonard 

See Hotel Herringbone’s, 319 S 4th St., artist in residence Nate Leonard! He will be performing from 3 — 6 p.m. on the songbird stage. This event is free and open to the public.  

Levitt Amp Music Series  

Levitt Amp Music Series last show of the Spring season is Saturday June 8 ! Enjoy this live music at Bridge Street Plaza, 200 E Bridge St.  

Rachael and the Resistors Live 

See a live album recording of Rachel and the Resistors at the Texas Music Cafe, 110 S 6th St. From 7 — 10 p.m., enjoy live music and drinks for only $10! To purchase tickets, visit their website.

Sunday, June 9 

Woodway Farmers Market  

Join the City of Woodway for the monthly Woodway Farmers Market! Enjoy a diverse array of vendors, food trucks, and live music at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is available at the Pavilion at the Arboretum, Woodway City Hall, and Woodway Family Center. 

Life Drawing with Hope and 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.  

Ties and Tiaras: Daddy Daughter Dance 

Mark your calendars for an afternoon of sweet memories and enchanting moments at the Greater Waco YMCA, 6800 Harvey Dr., for the “Ties and Tiaras” Daddy Daughter Dance. From 2 — 4 p.m. enjoy a dessert bar, digital photography, face painting, music, dancing, and much more! Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Mystery Book Club 

Do you like good mysteries and reading? If so, Join the Mystery Book Club which meets on the 2nd 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.