By Kristina Valdez | A&L Editor
Friday, Sept. 1
Location: Fountain Mall | Cost: Free | Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Each year, Baylor throws a community-wide celebration to honor the first home football game. Fountain Mall will be overrun with the Golden Wave Marching Band, spirit squads and a few 2017 Baylor Bear football players. A Judah & the Lion concert will start at 8 p.m. with fireworks to follow. There will also be collection pods for Hurricane Harvey Relief on 5th street near the Traditions Rally.
Location: Downtown Waco | Cost: Varies | Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
For the first Friday of every month, businesses in downtown Waco come together to offer extended store hours and special deals for locals and visitors. Sweet stops like Steel City Pops and boutiques like Wildland Supply Co. will be some of the 24 participants. Download the map from First Friday’s Facebook page to navigate Downtown Waco for all the participating businesses.
Location: 2223 Austin Ave. | Cost: $10 for tickets | Time: 7:30 p.m.
The newly opened Pinewood Coffee Bar will host Lomelda as their first concert. Waco favorite Lomelda will be playing with a full band on Pinewood’s intimate stage. Check out our raving review of Pinewood Coffee Bar before you order!
Location: 1110 S. Main Street West, TX | Cost: $20 for tickets | Time: 5:30 p.m.
The Friday Night Preview Party will kick-off the annual Labor Day weekend West, Texas Czech and Polka festival. Roger Cregar will perform at 8 p.m. and Kevin Fowler will perform at 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Waco Downtown Farmers Market
Location: 5th St. and Washington Ave. | Cost: Free | Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
You can visit the Waco Downtown Farmers Market as they bring some of Waco’s favorite vendors and artisans for the reoccurring weekend event. Click here to learn more about the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.
Open mic with a Baylor professor
Location: Waco Hippodrome | Cost: Free | Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Robert Darden, journalism department professor and director of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, will present “Deep River: Enduring Words of the Slave Poets” at the HOT Poet Society meeting and open mic.
Westfest: Day 2
Location: 1110 S. Main Street West, TX | Cost: $10 | Time: 9 a.m.
Westfest will continue with the Miss Westfest competition and a downtown parade. There will be several bands and singers performing throughout the day. Click here for the list of performers.
Sunday, Sept. 3
Westfest: Day 3
Location: 1110 S. Main Street West, TX | Cost: $10 | Time: 8 a.m.
Free Sunday at The Mayborn Museum
Location: 1300 S University Parks Dr. | Cost: Free | Time: 1- 5 p.m.