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Visit Waco for Spring at the Silos

Spring is in full bloom

5 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Ave., is hosting two weekends full of flowers in bloom, live music, good food, vendors and even a story time for the kiddos! March 8–9 and 15–16 is Spring at the Silos and the Gaines’ have a lot in store for visitors.

Ticketed Experiences

Whether you want to explore a castle, climb to the heights of the silos or learn more about the Market, there are ticket options for all these adventures. The Spring at the Silos tour takes guests around the market grounds to the garden, wiffle ball field, Magnolia Press and the historic church to teach guests about its history. You’ll learn about the origin of Magnolia and even peek inside the Silos; we all know you want to see what they’re hiding in there. This tour is offered every hour during the market and is 45 minutes long. Tickets are $40 per person and children six and under get in free, if you want to take the tour click here to reserve your spot.

Need to relax on a rooftop? If so, grab the Rooftop All-access Pass to experience Magnolia’s rooftop lounge. Tickets are $25 and include a drink and snack — kids six and under do not need a ticket if they are accompanied by an adult who is a ticket holder. Not only do you get to snack and sip on the rooftop, but you also have the best photo-op of the iconic Silos.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the market and take a detour into Waco, the Castle Tour is for you. Located in the Castle Heights Neighborhood, this odd structure that was once a home stood abandoned for years. When the Gaines’ purchased the castle in 2019, it underwent renovation and was featured on their show “Fixer Upper: The Castle”. This tour is an hour long and runs every 30 minutes during business hours. To reserve your spot on the tour, click here.

Fun, Free Activities 

While there is plenty to do in the guided tours, Magnolia has also planned a plethora of activities for guests including live music, story time, vendors and art activities. While walking the lawn of the market guests can experience line art, oil and watercolor painting, permanent jewelry, custom-written poetry, polaroid photos, snail mail station and temporary tattoos. These experiences will be available each weekend of Spring at the Silos along with free surprises.

Artists featured at this event are Doodlebooth, a hand-drawn portrait artist; Shealeen Louise, a botanical watercolor artist; Tabitha Paige, an oil and watercolor artist specializing in mini landscapes; and Rayah Hope Creative, an illustrator and photographer. Vendors that will be hanging out at the market are Black Oak Pottery, City of Waco and Our Spare Change, a metal handcrafted jewelry business.

As you explore the Silos, you’ll enjoy the sounds of live music coming from the Silos stage. From 10 a.m.–5 p.m. every day of each weekend, Magnolia has a lineup of solo artists and bands. For weekend one, bands and artists Rachel Hale, From A to Z and The Bergamot will perform throughout the day; to view the times of each set, click here. Weekend two will feature artists Hannah Rose, Drakeford and The Bergamot.

For our book lovers and families, a special story time from Fabled Bookshop and Cafe, will be at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the lawn each day of each weekend. Fabled, located at 215 S 4th St., is a Waco independent bookstore and cafe, this is a perfect stop to grab a pick-me-up and gift outside of the Silos.

Plant your Plan Now

Whether Spring at the Silos is only a day trip’s distance for some, others may be traveling across state lines, so it’s important to plan your time outside of the market hours. Magnolia has several eateries to plan your meals around such as Magnolia Table, located at 2132 S Valley Mills Dr. and the restaurants at Hotel 1928: Bertie’s on the Rooftop, The Brasserie and the Cafe at Hotel 1928, located at 701 Washington Ave.

For those eager to explore Waco, we have a compiled list of restaurants that Waco loves. To kick off your morning try out Our Breakfast Place for a classic breakfast selection or Harvest on 25th for a farm-to-table eating experience. Waco is not short on lunch options; Waco is home to George’s, Whizzbang’s Hamburgers and Health Camp for classic American food, and La Bottega for people wanting authentic Italian cuisine. For Happy Hour, Lounge ‘93 has craft cocktails and appetizers, located at 5401 Crosslake Pkwy Ste. 400. If you enjoy wine and Spanish tapas, head over to Segovia Wine Bar at 300 S 6th St., only a block from the Silos! For evening dinner plans try Fish City Grill, located at 5401 Crosslake Pkwy Ste. 700 (next to Lounge ‘93) or for our Tex Mex lovers, get a table at La Fiesta, located at 720 Franklin Ave.

If you are traveling to Waco for Spring at the Silos, continue to refer to the WACOAN for more local gems to explore and enjoy your time in our city!