The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

June 13–16

1 month ago

By McKenna Joyce

For Father’s Day weekend, there are plenty of fun activities. Whether it be live music, brunch or camping, this weekend is going to be packed full of some Waco adventures! 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

Nick Adamo, Hotel Herringbone, Thursday and Friday 4–6 p.m.

Father’s Day Weekend at Camp Fimfo

Celebrate Dad at Camp Fimfo, 1000 Chickadee Lane, all weekend long!

“The Healing Window”

507 Gallery is hosting their first group exhibition at Providencia, 1312 N 22nd St. “The Healing Window” is a free exhibit that is open to the public and is on display until July 14.

“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.

“Recent Tragic Events”

This Baylor Theatre production is sure to get you thinking. “Recent Tragic Events” is a dark comedy following a young advertising executive on a blind date just one day after a historic tragedy: 9/11. Tickets are $20 per person and there are showings Friday through Sunday at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave. For tickets or more information, visit here.

“The Waiting Room”

507 Gallery, 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.

“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 Hammer That Shapes Reality”

“The Hammer That Shapes Reality” is the Martin Museum Of Art, 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.


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 until September 1, or visit their website for more information.

“Sacred Places”

A current exhibit at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., “Sacred Places”, is about discovering faith and culture around the world. This exhibit is on display until January 5. For more information and museum hours visit their website.

Thursday, June 13


Join Keep Waco Beautiful at Balcones Distilling, 225 S 11th St., for their GreenDrinks event. This event discusses sustainability in Waco and is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m.

2K24 Car & Truck Extravaganza

Hit up The Backyard for great drink specials and the 2K24 Car & Truck Extravaganza, featuring all makes and models, from 6–9 p.m. every second Thursday of the month.

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

Join Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave., for Tiki Thursday from 7 p.m.–2 a.m. Traditional tiki drinks, music bingo, yard games, board games and more. Hawaiian shirts encouraged!

Darts Tournament

Grab some friends and get involved at CLICKS Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr #F. 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

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 7–9:15 p.m. and there is a $6 cover charge. 

Karaoke Night

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


Friday, June 14

Music on the Patio

Take a sip of fresh coffee while you enjoy live music from local Waco artists at Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St. Take a seat on the patio anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to experience this true Waco sound. 

Nonity in Concert, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Lounge 93

Rodney Peatt Band

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


Saturday June 15

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 in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Juneteenth 2024 Community Parade Celebration

Honor Juneteenth by attending or participating in Waco’s African American Chamber of Commerce annual parade! The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Heritage Square, 311 Austin Ave. and will end at the Historic Paul Quinn College Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Waco Cornhole Tournament

Bare Arms Brewing, 2515 La Salle Ave., is hosting a cornhole tournament with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Central Texas. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. and entry fees begin at $20.

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

Saving Bodies, Minds and Hearts

The Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council (HOTRAC) along with its Board of Directors, members, as well as local and regional community partners will be holding a public awareness night from 5–7 p.m. at the Waco ISD Football Stadium Parking Lot, 1401 S New Road. Saving Bodies, Minds, & Hearts is a FREE event for our Heart of Texas communities to have the opportunity to “get to know” their first responders and emergency healthcare personnel. 

Eastside Market

Eastside Market, 400 E Bridge St., is bringing you vintage clothing, local art, graffiti, live music and good vibes from 5–9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Ties and Tiaras Daddy Daughter Dance

Dads and daughters, get ready to dance the night away at this special event at 810 North W S Young Drive, 5–8 p.m. Put on your fanciest attire and get ready for a magical evening of music, laughter and memories that will last a lifetime. To buy tickets, visit this website

Waco Water Lantern Festival

The Water Lantern Festival is coming to McLane Stadium, 1001 S MLK Jr. Blvd.! From 6–10 p.m. hangout at McLane and watch your paper lanterns light up the sky. Tickets can be purchased here.

Comedy at the Brazos

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

Cody Canada and The Departed, Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30–11:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 16

TriWaco Triathlon

Run, bike, swim or cheer on your friends at Waco’s annual triathlon. The race will begin at 6:30 a.m. in Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., and will last until all participants cross the finish line! For pricing and registration, visit their website.

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

Father’s Day Brunch

Bring your dads and head to Barnett’s Public House, 420 Franklin Ave., for a Father’s Day buffet style brunch. Meals will be $30 per person and will be from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.