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Top Things To Do In Waco This Weekend

April 13-16

11 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

This weekend is full of community events for you to be a part of! Whether it’s through music, fundraising, wine or open markets, spend your weekend with Waco. Be sure to tag us @wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured!

Through the Weekend

Baylor Art Student Exhibition 

This is the last weekend to see the Baylor Student Art Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art, located at 60 Baylor Ave. On display are the artwork and sculptures from the winners of their annual art exhibition. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Da’Shack Farmers Market

Da’Shack Farmers Market, located at 925 Houston St., provides fresh produce you can see cut straight from the soil. Da’ Shack offers organic produce, herbs and plants, along with occasional gardening classes and the expertise to answer all your gardening questions. The market is open from 2—6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Saturday. 

Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop

Black Oak Art Pottery, located at 1619 Franklin Ave., is hosting its Two-Hour Wheel Throwing Workshop from 2—4 p.m. All materials are provided for the class so all you have to do is show up either Thursday and Friday. This workshop includes taking home two glazed pieces at the price of $80

Thursday, April 13

Piano Happy Hour with Dave Innis

Stay Classy has a Grammy winner on their hands! Dave Innis plays every Thursday from 5—7 p.m. at 723 Austin Avenue, for their happy hour piano night. Enjoy his music while sipping on a drink, for more information visit their website.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

Get your boots and blue jeans down to the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club! Dance along with live music from a local band for only $5. Spend your night line dancing, doing the polka, two-step, waltzes and if you’re lucky, the chicken dance. This event is at Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Avenue from 7—9:15 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m. 

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night

Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave., is hosting their weekly trivia night at 7 p.m. Bring a team or be prepared to be paired with an existing one! Trivia night consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening. 

Stars Over Texas Jamboree

The Stars Over Texas Jamboree is hosting bands that are oldies but goodies! Elvis impersonator Kenneth Elliot will be performing along with Royce Montgomery, Porfirio Sanchez Jr. on trumpet, Bill Kliewer on saxophone and Dodie Trevino. This event is at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Dr., and is from 6—9 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here

Songwriter Thursday 

Located at 511 S 8th St., The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill is hosting its weekly Songwriter Thursday Night from 7—10 p.m. This is your opportunity to share your original songs or experience someone’s first time performing. Sign-ups begin at 6 p.m.

Trivia Night @ Brotherwell Brewing        

Get ready for 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!

Baylor Jazz Ensemble Concert, Jones Concert Hall, 7:30—9 p.m.

Battle of the Bands

Migzavier is the next band to compete in Freight’s Battle of the Bands competition. This competition is serious business with a cash prize of $3,500! See Migzavier live at 1613 James Ave., at 8 p.m. 


Friday, April 14

David Wild Trio, Aloft, 710 p.m.

Jervis Campbell, Common Grounds Waco, 8 p.m.

Chris Colston, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15

Rootstock: Texas Wine Festival 

Since 2016, Rootstock has been bringing together people and Texas wineries for an unforgettable experience. This event is located at Indian Spring Park, 101 N University Parks Dr., and includes 15 wine tastings, food stations and live music! This year they are offering a brand new sparkling wine tasting! To purchase tickets, visit their website

Toughest ‘N Texas Trail Run 

Spend your Saturday morning running through the trails of Cameron Park. This trail race has several distance options such as 5K, 10K, 50K and 10 and 20 miles. The earliest start time begins at 7 a.m. at Redwood Shelter, 2300 Cameron Park Dr. Post-race includes breakfast tacos, fajitas, water and beer! Click here to register. 

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. and is located at 500 Washington Ave. This market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco. There is always live music and a featured local organization each week. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events and this week’s vendors.

Eastside Market

Can’t make it to the Downtown Farmer’s Market or want to hit both? Cross the river to 400 E Bridge St., and visit Eastside Market! This market will have food trucks, vintage clothing, live music, local vendors and beer. Eastside Market is from 12—5 p.m., visit their Facebook page to stay updated. 

Battle of the Bands

Southern Roots Brewing is hosting the battle to end all battles: the Battle of the Bands. Eight bands compete to be the best with food trucks serving up delicious eats. The event supports CASA of McLennan County, Karem Shriners and the Humane Society of Central Texas.

Together by the Brazos

Lake Brazos Rotary Club is hosting a fundraising dinner at Diamond Back’s, 217 Mary Ave., from 6—10 p.m. This evening consists of a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live music from Pat McKee Duo! Tickets are $150 and proceeds will go to the Rotary Club to fund their service projects. 

Shake Rattle & Roll, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 7 p.m.

Standup Comedy Showcase 

The Brazos Theatre, 7524 Bosque Blvd., is hosting their monthly comedy show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

Sunday, April 16

Sketch Artist Social Club

Visit Casket and Cauldron, 1601 Washington Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their Sketch Artist Social Club. This mixer is for local artists and admirers to have a chance to meet one another over coffee and donuts. This event is every Sunday and is free and open to the public. 

Sacred Arts Series: Laura Smith

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 305 N 30th St., is hosting organist Laura Smith. Smith will perform famous works from Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, and Charles-Marie Widor. The concert is from 4—5 p.m. and is free to the public. 

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6—11 p.m.

La Energia Norteña, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m.