Act Locally Waco - Events August 16-22

Aug 16, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco Ashley Thornton and Brodie Bashaw share information on  a variety of music events, the East Side Market and more.

Fri Aug 16th - Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at the Hippodrome!

Lots of fun music and arts events this week. Pink Floyd lovers are in for a treat tonight. The Hippodrome is presenting a Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. You’ll be surrounded by walls of concert quality sound as you enjoy music from the 50-year career of one of the most iconic rock bands of all time.  Cutting edge laser effects will add to the mind-expanding journey.  The show starts at 7 PM. Tickets are  $26-$34 per person.

Fri – Aug 16th - An Evening With The Artist- Charles Smith (Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery) Edit

If you prefer something a little quieter tonight, join the folks at the  Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery for an evening with August’s Artist Charles W. Smith. Charles is from Temple and enjoying his calming, serene Texas landscape paintings is the perfect way to say farewell to another Texas Summer. The reception is tonight from 6 to 8.  The Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery is located on Washington Avenue.

Sat Aug 17th – Meyer Observatory Open House

If you are looking for one last kid-friendly thing to do before school starts – why not do some star gazing? Tomorrow evening from 9 to 11 is open house at the Meyer Observatory in Turnersville. Explore the moon, planets, galaxies, and stars through their large telescope. And if you bring your own telescope or binoculars, the staff can give you some tips on how to get the best views with your own equipment.  The open house is free and all ages are welcome. Waco ISD school starts back on Tuesday, August 20. 

Sat Aug 17th – Stars Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door

On Saturday you can support the Waco Civic Theatre as you enjoy a stroll through Rock n’ roll heaven.  You'll see and hear some of your most beloved dearly departed artists like Prince, Glen Campbell, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Marvin Gaye among others.  The show starts at 6 at the Waco Civic Theatre on Lake Air.  Tickets are $75 per person.

Sun Aug 18th – Eastside Market

Sunday afternoon is the first ever Eastside Market.  The market will include local Artists and Artisans, vintage clothing vendors, food trucks, live music, craft beer, a graffiti battle, and more. The goal of the Eastside Market is to help people with creative passions grow in their art forms and in their businesses, and to develop a communal gathering place for everyone in Waco.  So, come be a part of the gathering! The Market will take place Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 PM at Brotherwell Brewery on Bridge Street in East Waco.

Mon Aug 19th – Summer Indie Movies: The Short List

Monday night at 7 at the Hippodrome you are invited to enjoy the final free Indie movie of the summer.  Monday’s presentation will be “The Short List,” a mini film festival of independent shorts. Big thanks to Deep in the Heart Film Festival and the Waco Hippodrome for hosting these free movies all summer.

Tue Aug 20th – Waco Ukulele Orchestra Weekly Meeting

Tuesday evening is your chance to get together with a group of folks who just like to have fun and make music together – it’s Waco Ukulele orchestra night!  Whether you are a beginner or already love to play, join the group at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crestview Community Center on Delhi in Woodway. With advance notice, they will also have loaner ukes available.  It’s free to attend and enjoy!


If you love country music, then you probably love Patsy Cline.  We can’t actually provide Patsy, but the Newcomers and Neighbors of Waco club is hosting the next best thing -- a lunch with local Patsy Cline impersonator Bridgett Grisham Huffhines. Bring a friend and prepare to enjoy some country classics. The luncheon takes place Wednesday at 11 at Ridgewood Country Club.  Tickets are $25.

Wed Aug 21st – Lunch with the Masters: Vineyards with Fran Pontasch

If you are interested in the local food and wine scene, there are a couple of learning events this week you might enjoy.  Pack your lunch on Wednesday and head to the Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. It’s Lunch with the Masters hosted by the McLennan County Master Gardener.  This week you’ll hear from Viticulture Regional Specialist Fran Pontasche. The topic will be Vineyards, grapes, and wine in Central Texas!  The meeting is from  12 to 2 and it’s free to attend. 

Thu Aug 22 - Hour Economy: The Rise of Waco’s Farm-to-table phenomenon (Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce)

On Thursday The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch session titled “From the Earth to Artisan Kitchens The Rise of Waco's Farm-to-Table Phenomenon.”  The presentation, which is a part of the “Hour Economy” series, will discuss the growing demand for locally-sourced foods and the rise of artisan cooking as a lifestyle,. Presenters will include: Gidon Rosing, Director of Operations for the Waco Food Hub, Chris McGowan, President of the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, and Jonathan Garza, Realtor representing Turner-Behringer’s Union Hall.  The lunch takes place at noon at the Chamber offices on 3rd street. Tickets are $15. Call the Greater Waco Chamber to Register.