Act Locally Waco - Events September 20 - 26

Sep 20, 2019

With the first day of Fall right around the corner, host Ashley Bean Thornton of Act Locally Waco and KWBU's Brodie Bashaw share some events to enjoy in the (hopefully) cooler weather outdoors like Oktoberfest and The Morticians Live at the Hippodrome. 

Friday,  Sept. 20 - The Morticians Live at the Hippodrome (Waco Hippodrome)

If you love music from the 1950s and 1960s you should head over to the Hippodrome tonight for an evening of music and dancing. Local favorites the Morticians will be doing their thing - bringing all your favorites from the 50s and 60s to life at a concert benefiting Caritas. The show starts at 7 pm.  Tickets are $20 for the floor or $10 for the balcony. 

Saturday Sept. 21 - Oktoberfest (Muscular Dystrophy Association) 

Tomorrow from 10 am - 10 pm is Oktoberfest!  Head to Indian Spring Park, right next to the Suspension Bridge, for a whole day of live music and fun benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. General admission is $10 and it’s $30 if you want to participate in the .5 K Beer Run. 

Saturday, Sept. 21 - Waco Pro Tennis Classic 

Tomorrow evening you are going to have to choose between several terrific events  – if you are a tennis fan, the world's greatest doubles team  - the Bryans – twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan - along with 2019 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Sam Querrey and US Davis Cup Captain Mardy Fish will be headlining the Waco Pro Tennis Classic at the Hurd Tennis Center.  The event starts at 6 pm and will benefit Habitat for Humanity.  Tickets are $35 for general admission and $75 for reserved seating. Tickets are available online, just search Waco Pro Tennis Classic. The Hurd Tennis Center is on Baylor campus, next to the Baylor Ball Park on University Parks. 

Saturday, Sept.  21 - Out Of The Darkness Waco Community Walk (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) 

The “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk is also tomorrow evening.  This walk is a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  The walk will take place at beautiful Brazos Park East on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Registration is free and open to the public and donations will be accepted. Check-in and registration is 5 pm, the walk begins at 7 pm. 

Saturday, Sept. 21 - 20th Annual Wine and Food Festival (Humane Society of Central Texas) 

Starting at 6 pm tomorrow is the 20th Annual Wine and Food Festival. Guests can choose from more than 200 wines to sample as well as a huge selection of premium beer - and, of course, delicious foods from more than 40 restaurants. Event activities include live music, college football games on the large screen televisions, a silent auction, the famous "Cork Pull" and the Red Carpet Dog Walk. The Wine and Food Festival is a major fundraiser for the Humane Society of Central Texas.  General admission tickets are $60. 

Sunday, Sept. 22 - Kayak for a Cause (benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Waco) (McLane Stadium)

Sunday is another busy day, from 9 am - noon is 'Kayak for a Cause' for 2019 benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco. The races will begin at the McLane Stadium Lagoon boat slips and proceed towards Brazos Park East or LaSalle Bridge (depending on the course). The event is open to all ages and all levels of paddlers. It’s $25 to race and free to watch. 

Sunday, Sept. 22 - Waco Hispanic Museum Parade (Hector Sabido for Waco City Council, District 2) 

At 1 pm make sure to find a place to sit along Austin Avenue for the Waco Hispanic Museum Parade.  The parade, which celebrates Hispanic culture in Waco, will take place between 10th street and Heritage square.  

Sunday,  Sept. 22  - Mayborn Community Day (Mayborn Museum Complex) 

Sunday is also Community Day at the Mayborn Museum. From 1 pm - 5 pm, visitors can explore the Discovery Center, the natural history exhibits and the Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Historic Village for free. 

Monday, Sept. 23 - Roads and Mountains: A Conversation with David Brooks (Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion) 

If you are a fan of New York Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks, you have two opportunities to hear him speak this week. 

On Monday at 7 pm at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium, Alan Jacobs of Baylor’s Honors College and Institute for the Studies of Religion will talk with Mr. Brooks about character formation, life challenges, unexpected journeys and other matters that might be even more important than politics. Copies of Mr. Brooks’s books will be available for sale, and he will be happy to sign them. Registration is free, but you do need to register, you can do so at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion website. 

Tuesday, Sept. 24 - David Brooks & Anne Snyder: “Communities of Character in an Age of Outrage” (Mission Waco/Mission World) 

Then on Tuesday at 10 am Mr. Brooks will join Anne Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of Comment Magazine, and director of The Philanthropy Round-table's Character Initiative, for a forum benefitting Mission Waco. The conversation will take place at the Waco Convention Center from 10 am to 1 pm. Mr. Brooks will speak at 10 am,  Ms. Snyder at 11 am.  There will be a lunch dialogue at 11:45 am and book signings at 12:45 pm. Tickets are $40.