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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Top Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 4 - 7

1 week ago

Pictured: Photo by Greg Davis,
Currently on display at Art Center Waco

By Emily Ober

It’s the final month of summer and the heat keeps on coming. Escape the sun by visiting Waco art galleries, enjoy refreshing beverages at one of the many First Friday events, or brave the green at Cottonwood Creek’s unusual golf tournament. Remember to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend as you show off your fun-filled weekend.


Through the Weekend

Experience Oaxacan culture through National Geographic photographer, Greg Davis’ photography and collection of Oaxacan folk art. “Oaxacan Gold” is a free exhibit at Art Center Waco that runs through August 13. The exhibit is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Become the artist and create a unique piece of art for your home with Hammer and Stain’s Open Paint from 12-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Choose a project from the Open Paint Wall and in 45-90 minutes, you’ll have your own piece of art. Custom stencils can be requested 24 hours in advance, and specific projects 3 days in advance. Get details here.

Thursday – August 4

Enjoy drinks and burgers at Tiki Night at One Day Bar. Featuring burgers from Burger Burger, the party continues as One Day Bar celebrates two years in business. Drinks are served at 6 p.m. and burgers at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit their Facebook page here.

Friday – August 5

What’s sweeter than coffee and pan dulce? Networking with fellow members of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy sweet breads and conversation at the monthly networking event at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home from 8:30-9:30 a.m. For details, visit the organization’s Facebook page here.

Celebrate Great American Outdoors Day with two American classics: beer and mammoths. Brotherwell Brewery is donating a portion of its proceeds from 4-9 p.m. to the Waco Mammoth Foundation to protect the Waco Mammoth National Monument. For more, click here or here.

Enjoy sangria and art at First Friday at the Susan L. Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery from 5-9 p.m. Visit the current exhibition by artist Wendy Davis, “Flowers: A Celebration of Nature’s Most Elegant Beauties” and purchase a fine piece of art for your home. The exhibit runs through August 12. For details, visit the event page here.

Say goodbye to summer and get ready for school with the Back to School Bash at Cultivate 7twelve. This month’s First Friday Market is all about back to school. Shop the market from 5-9 p.m. Also, bring a brand-new pair of shoes to donate to Foster Village Waco’s annual New Shoe Drive! This helps to provide children and teens in the welfare system with a fresh set of kicks for the school year. To learn more, visit their websites here and here.



Saturday – August 6

Have you ever wanted to swing a club from a toilet? Or used a croquet mallet in place of a club? Show off your unusual skills at the Great Bohemian Open at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., benefiting No Limitations. Teams of four compete for prizes with incredible feats that will test their skills on the green. Tickets are $100-$8,000 and include breakfast and lunch for both players and sponsors.For details, visit the website here.

Waco Cardiology Associates will be offering Free Heart Screenings and a community health fair for children ages 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Students in athletics, cheerleading, marching band, drill team, swimming or other activities are encouraged to get their heart screened for possible genetic heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This screening is not included in standard pre-participation sports physical examinations (valued at over $300), but is free to all participants. Students must have a signed parental waiver to receive the heart screening. For more information, email,  call 254/ 399-5431 or visit the website.

Shop local wares and produce at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Support farmers and artisans from the surrounding area and enjoy fresh baked goods, breakfast, or lunch. To learn more, visit the website.


Da’Shack Farmers Market is hosting a market in the morning and a political town hall in the evening. Shop for plants from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn a few gardening tips. Located at 925 Houston Street in Waco, it will reopen from 6-7 p.m. for the Beto Town Hall where the Texas gubernatorial hopeful plans to stop and speak on his 49-day, more than 5,600 mile “Drive for Texas” campaign tour. Cold drinks will be available, and seating is limited so be sure to pack a lawn chair and enjoy the event. For more information, visit the Facebook page here  or Beto’s events website here.

Cheers to Three Years, Waco Ale Company. Celebrate the anniversary of one of Waco’s local breweries with a party as big as Texas from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Enjoy a special anniversary beer, cornhole tournament, door prizes, HOT wing challenge, axe throwing, and snow cones. Admission is free but wristbands will be available at the door for $25. Includes a combo platter, entry for the door prize, and your first beer. For details, visit the event page here.

What happens when the show is unscripted and unrehearsed? A night of laughter and fun! Brazos Theatre presents the Improv Comedy Show at 7:30 p.m. BYOB and enjoy the snack bar. For more, visit the website.

Sunday – August 7

Something big is coming to the Eastside Market. Celebrating 3 years of community creatives, the anniversary festivity begins with the Sunday market from 4-8 p.m. at Brotherwell Brewery. Shop from local vendors and thrifters for unique finds. Get the details here.

Live Music

  • Thursday
    • Songwriter Thursday at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill
  • Friday
    • Music on the Patio at Magnolia Press Coffee, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • First Friday at BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works, 6-9 p.m.
    • Greg Bashara and Evan Claras at the Hilton Waco, 7-10 p.m.
    • Joel & Deon Q at Stay Classy Waco, 8:30-11 p.m.
    • The Red Clay Strays at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.
    • Gringo Soul at Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Sul Ross at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6-9 p.m.
    • Strix at Stay Classy Waco, 8-11 p.m.
    • Cameron Sacky Band at Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.
    • Tony Lee Karaoke at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday
    • Open Mic Night @ Lakeside Bar 6-11 p.m.
    • Karaoke @ Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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