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Top Things to do in Waco This Weekend

October 6 - 9

2 months ago

By Chris Klimkowski

October is here and Waco is welcoming the new month and cooler temps with open arms! Get out and enjoy the HOT Fair & Rodeo with big performances by your favorite artists, fall festivities, live plays or attend a party where everyone is invited and so much more. Whatever you’re looking to do this weekend, we’ve got you covered.

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Through the Weekend

Ahoy, mateys! Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure with the Heart of Texas Children’s Theatre. Saturday and Sunday at the Waco Hippodrome, they will be putting on a show for the whole family called “How I Became a Pirate,” about a group of hilarious ragtag pirates searching for a digger to join their crew. Tickets can be purchased here for $12 per person. The Saturday show will perform at 5 p.m., and the Sunday show will begin at 2 p.m.

For some art appreciation, head over to Cultivate 7Twelve Friday and Saturday evening for the opening of Cade Kegerreis’ “Spectrum”, an art exhibit where reality is warped and patrons will be taken to scenes untouched and unknown. Doors will open for the grand opening at 6 p.m. and the exhibit will then be displayed in the gallery for the rest of the month. More information about Kegerreis and his exhibit can be found here.

The Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo returns with 10 days of fun for the whole family!  From fried food to carnival games to thrilling rides to concerts, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. Opening night is Thursday from 6-11 p.m. and the fair opens daily through the 16th. For a full list of tickets, dates and concerts, click here.

Looking for dinner and a show? Friday and Saturday, The Palace Theatre in Marlin will serve dinner while performing a comedic, sci-fi-themed show at 6 p.m. featuring a clone of Arnold Schwarzenegger as president. But the craziness doesn’t stop there! A clone of Elvis is the mailman, conspiracy theories begin to pop up, and strange things start happening in this hilarious act. Tickets can be bought here for $45.

Thursday – October 6

Several Waco businesses have joined together to bring folks a fun “Fall on Franklin” celebration from 5-8 p.m. They will have numerous vendors lining the sidewalk of 600 – 700 Franklin Avenue along with music, food and lots of fun. The event is open to all!

Barnett’s never fails to disappoint with their Thursday Steak Nights. Head on over to enjoy a mouth-watering steak, a side salad and two sides for just $20. Wine will also be half-price. Dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m.

It’s time to put all those random factoids you know to use. Truelove Bar hosts a weekly “Geeks Who Drink” trivia night from 7-11 p.m. every Thursday night. Bring a group of friends and test your knowledge against other teams. With over 100 beers to choose from, who wouldn’t enjoy this night of merriment and competition?

Friday – October 7

It’s the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means? Downtown Waco is celebrating its monthly First Friday event! Visit downtown for lots of specials, drinks, shopping, music and more to welcome October. 

For the past month, Jack Bower’s “Perspectivism” art exhibit has dazzled the people of Waco. Now, the exhibit is teaming up for a debut recital of “The Waveform Collective,” an innovative new music ensemble dedicated to expanding the library of music for percussion and double bass. The recital is free – donations appreciated – and will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at Art Center Waco.

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill is honoring the life of the late artist Prince by hosting “1999 The Legacy of Prince,” a Las Vegas-style tribute, to perform a show from 8:30-11 p.m., taking their audience through the life of the famous musician. The performance will showcase a recreation of his clothing, custom guitars and music. Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday – October 8

Learn about all things crocodile and alligator at the Cameron Park Zoo during their Croc-tober Scavenger hunt! From 9 a.m. until close, hunt for clues around the zoo in this thrilling activity. Tickets will be sold until 2 p.m., but the scavenger hunt can be enjoyed all day afterwards. $20 per team to play, which includes one stuffed animal. Admission not included.

Women of Waco can head over to Blitz Mixed Martial Arts for a free Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu course. Whether it turns into a regular practice or you’re just looking to learn the basics, learn something new from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It’s Southern Roots Brewing Co.’s third anniversary, and they decided to celebrate with an Oktoberfest celebration! Stop by for traditional German food, live music and plenty of beer. There will even be a round of trivia, a stein holding competition and souvenir steins. Doors open at noon and the celebration continues into the evening. Don’t miss it!

The Heart of Texas Therapeutic Writing Center is hosting a BBQ dinner fundraiser to support disabled veterans. From 2-6 p.m., there will be an outdoor concert and clogging group as well as a raffle. Dinner will be $10 per plate.

Waco has its own classic “whodunnit?” to solve. Historic Waco will be hosting a murder mystery party at the McCulloch House from 6-9 p.m. Patrons who dress up in Victorian or historic clothing to match the theme of the party will be entered into an October raffle. Explore the McCulloch house, look for clues and talk to suspects to uncover the criminal behind Mr. Varner’s murder. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased here.

Experience Swan Lake, a love story performed at the Midway ISD Performing Arts Center, as a part of the World Ballet Series. Fifty professional ballet dancers will perform this iconic show written by Tchaikovsky. Sets will be hand painted and the show will feature over 150 brilliant costumes. Tickets can be purchased here for $45-$89. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Who is truly the dancing star of Waco? Come find out at Dancing With the Waco Stars event at the Baylor club. This dance competition will feature several local celebrities competing for the title of best dancer in Waco while patrons can enjoy the show with dinner. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served an hour later. Tickets can be purchased here. Proceeds go to the Family Abuse Center to help victims of domestic violence.

Think you know your cinema? The Brazos Theatre is hosting a Blockbuster Movie Trivia Night at 7:30 p.m. Six rounds of trivia will include questions pertaining to movies of all genres, such as thrillers like “Alien” or comedies like “Zoolander.” Ticket prices depend on team size, ranging from $25 for a team of two up to $75 for a team of six. Reservations can be made here.

Sunday – October 9

Kids of all ages are welcome at Miss Nellie’s Pretty Place this Sunday for the 14th annual Children’s Garden Fair. From 2-4 p.m., experience a day of gardening and outdoor activities including fun crafts and a scavenger hunt. Participants can even take home seeds and small plants for their own little garden.

The Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Arts Gallery will be hosting an Artist Movie Night starting at 5 p.m. where they will be screening the film “Loving Vincent,” the world’s first fully painted feature film! The event is potluck style and BYOB. All are invited.

Coach’s Smokehouse is back with their Sunday Funday! There will be plenty of drink specials and shot specials to choose from, served with delicious barbecue while you watch the game on their 35 big screens and enjoy music from DJ Suavesito, live from the Hot Tejano The Party Station. Drink specials will start at 6 p.m.

Ruth Chou Simons will be at First Methodist Church in collaboration with Fabled to sign her new book, “Emmanuel: An Invitation to Prepare Him Room at Christmas and Always.” The evening will begin with a conversation with Simons about the upcoming Advent season at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Live Music

  • Thursday, October 6
    • Bobby Dean & Timeless Country at Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7-9:15 p.m.
    • Tyson Motsenbocker at Common Grounds, 8-9:30 p.m.
    • The Young Dubliners at The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30-11 p.m.
  • Friday, October 7
    • Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras at the Hilton Hotel Waco, 7-10 p.m.
    • Joel & Deon Q at Stay Classy Waco, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
    • Clay Walker and Jason Boland at Extraco Events Center, 9-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8
    • Stella Fitzgerald at Stay Class Waco, 8 p.m.
    • Midland with Jonathan Tyler at Extraco Events Center, 9-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9
    • Open mic night at Lakeside Bar, 6 p.m.
    • Karaoke and Service Industry Night at Freight Bar, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Banda La Auténtica, at Extraco Events Center, 9-11 p.m.

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