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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

June 27-30

3 weeks ago

By Hank Holland

As June draws to a close, there’s still plenty to enjoy around Waco this summer! 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

“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.

“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.

“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.


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 this site for more information.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“James and the Giant Peach” 

The Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr., production of “James and the Giant Peach” is running until July 7! There are several different showtimes to attend and tickets start at $15 which can be purchased here.

“Winnie the Pooh: Kids” 

Oh, Bother! The Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Dr. is presenting their latest production “Winnie the Pooh: Kids” on June 28 and 29. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Nick Adamo

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 27

Texas Arts Advocacy Summit

Meet advocates of the arts from all across the State of Texas at the Texas Arts Advocacy Summit at the Cambria Hotel, 110 S MLK Blvd. The summit begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m.,  with several ticket options. To buy tickets or to learn more, visit their website.

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.

Darts Tournament

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

Geeks Who Drink

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 Brewery

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. there is a $6 cover charge. 

Name That Tune Bingo

Join Freight Icehouse and Yardbar every Thursday music themed bingo. Check their Instagram for the week’s theme.

Karaoke at Lakeside Bar

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

Friday, June 28

WYPA Masquerade Prom

The Waco Youth Pride Alliance (WYPA) is hosting a masquerade prom at Cultivate 7Twelve! Prom is from 7–10 p.m. and is open to the public.


Follow the story of Nell as she chases hometown glory in this Baylor Theatre performance written by Douglas Williams. Tickets are $20 and the play begins at 7:30 p.m. at Baylor’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Baylor Ave. To get your tickets, visit this site.

Saturday June 29

Waco Downtown Farmers 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 their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Sensory-Friendly Showing of “Inside Out 2”

The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities will host three sensory-friendly showings of Disney and Pixar’s new “Inside Out 2″ at Cinemark Waco and XD, 2400 Creekview Drive. Bring your child to one of three inclusive screenings, all beginning at 9:35 a.m. Purchase a ticket here for either a high energy environment (Auditorium 13), low energy environment (Auditorium 10) or mixture of the two (Auditorium 11). For more information, visit this site.

Car Shows & Parades for a Cause 

Hobbytown Waco is holding an event for RC cars that includes both indoor and outdoor tracks! This event starts at 10 a.m. and more information can be found here.

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.

Puppy Palooza

The Humane Society of Central Texas is holding an adoption event that is open to the public! The event will include treats, a puppy fashion show and the first adoption gets a gift basket! The event will last from 4 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 30

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.

Super Mario Sunday!

Join Play Zone Waco for a fun day of free snow cones and a meet-and-greet with Super Mario! The event lasts from 12 – 4 p.m., and is open to the public.