What to do in Waco this weekend: 9/1 – 9/3

The newly opened Pinewood Coffee Bar will host Lomelda as their first concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight at 2223 Austin Ave. Photo credit: Pinewood Coffee Bar

By Kristina Valdez | A&L Editor

Friday, Sept. 1


Traditions Rally 2017

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.

First Friday Waco

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.

Lomelda Concert at Pinewood Coffee Bar

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!

Westfest: Friday Night Preview Party

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.


Westfest will end their weekend of festivities with kolache-eating and baking competitions. Sam Riggs will perform at 10 p.m. Click here for the full schedule of the day’s events.

Free Sunday at The Mayborn Museum

Location: 1300 S University Parks Dr. | Cost: Free | Time: 1- 5 p.m.


For the first Sunday of every month, The Mayborn Museum Complex offers free admission. Go see the “Living in the Age of Airplanes” showing narrated by Harrison Ford or “Speed: Science in Motion.”