By Emma Weidmann | Arts and Life Editor
As midterms draw near and a touch of autumn crisp wafts in the air, there’s no shortage of things to do in Waco to embrace the change of season and escape the stress of exams. If you’re looking for that perfect Instagrammable football game or pumpkin photoshoot, we have you covered.
Oklahoma! at Waco Civic Theatre | Sept. 21 – Oct. 1 | Showtimes vary by date | Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Drive | Ticket prices vary | Don’t miss Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical as it pioneers the trail to Waco.
Waco Downtown Farmers Market | Sept. 23 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 500 Washington Ave. | This weekly event hosts local vendors, artisans and craftsmen in the heart of downtown Waco, accompanied by live music.
Western Belle Pumpkin Festival | Sept. 23 – Nov. 5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Western Belle Farm | $16 admission; free admission on Farm Fridays | Welcome spooky season with pumpkin carving, apple cannons, cattle drive train rides and more.
Baylor vs. No. 3 Texas football game | Sept. 23 | 6:30 p.m. | McLane Stadium, 1001 S MLK Jr. Blvd. | Ticket prices vary | Cheer on the Bears at home against the third-ranked Longhorns.
Dr Pepper Paranormal Experience | Sept. 23 | 7 p.m. | Dr Pepper Museum, 300 S Fifth St. | Tickets are $35 | Experience a guided tour of the Dr Pepper Museum. Some have seen glowing orbs and mysterious figures haunt this Waco landmark.
Monday Night Lights Mountain Bike Ride | Sept. 25 | 7:15 p.m. | Bicycle World Waco, 112 Mary Ave. | Experience Waco’s trails at night on a group ride from Bicycle World to Cameron Park. Helmets and lights are required for safety.
Hermès in the Heart of Texas: The Art of Kermit Oliver | Aug. 4 – Oct. 14 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Art Center Waco, 701 S Eighth St. | Art Center Waco presents a collection of art from Texas artist Kermit Oliver in collaboration with the iconic Hermès fashion house.
Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of The Texas Collection at Baylor | Starting Aug. 8 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Carroll Library, 1429 S Fifth St. | Carroll Library is showcasing rare pieces of Texas history and holding special events to celebrate the collection’s centennial year at Baylor.