Weekend Events

Free “Music Over Waco” concert at Indian Spring Park, next to the historic Waco Suspension Bridge in downtown Waco.

BAND OF HORSES and LUKAS NELSON are the performers! Join us along the downtown riverfront as we kick off the Live from Waco eclipse festival with a dose of good times and great music.

Location: Indian Spring Park, Waco TX
Admission: Free
With a potent blend of country, rock, folk and blues — both bands define Americana music and are known for dynamic live performances, as they have toured internationally and headlined countless festivals. Band of Horses

For more than 20 years, the GRAMMY-nominated collective has captivated audiences worldwide, specializing in folk and indie rock anthems. With soaring vocals and sing-along choruses, Band of Horses create soul-stirring melodies while playing to sold-out crowds at iconic venues, such as the Ryman Theater and Red Rocks. The year 2022 saw a return to the band’s roots with the release of their sixth studio album, Things Are Great, featuring powerful melodies such as “Crutch” and “Warning Signs.”

Since he made his touring debut 15 years ago with BB King, Texas native and Hawaii-based Lukas has played countless sold-out shows and festivals and released eight studio albums to date. Son of the legendary Willie Nelson, Lukas has forged his own path with his dynamic stage presence and undeniable talent, bringing an electrifying mix of Americana, rock and blues to the stage. A GRAMMY Award-winning artist who has played and toured alongside Neil Young, he has had hit songs with the likes of Lady Gaga and Lainey Wilson. Lukas’ latest album, Sticks and Stones, is a collection of twang-filled boot-stompers and top-notch storytelling.

STEAMClipse – A family-friendly celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Brought to you by ESC Region 12 and the City of Waco.  Questions, please contact Andi Parr.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6: A Journey through Hip-Hop with:

Location: Indian Spring Park, Waco TX
Info: brazosnightswaco.com
Admission: Free

Friday and Sunday concert announcements coming soon, so make plans to spend the weekend in Waco.

Big Boi
Recognized as one of the greatest MCs and lyricist of all time, BIG BOI has been at the top of the hip-hop game for more than 30 years. As one-half of OutKast, Big Boi was a part of the legendary duo who sold 25 million albums and garnered seven GRAMMY Awards, becoming the first and only hip-hop artist in history to win the GRAMMY for “Album of the Year” . Big Boi is known for creating classic southern hip-hop anthems and songs such as Rosa Parks, Ms. Jackson, I Like the Way You Move and So Fresh, So Clean. He has also established himself as a top-tier solo artist, performing at the 2019 Super Bowl and collaborating with the likes of Beyonce, Adam Levine, Jay-Z and more.

DJ Z-Trip
With roots based in hip-hop, DJ Z-Trip is considered the godfather of mash-ups . . . as he mixes genres and beats to create mind-boggling live performances. He has been recognized as one of America’s Best DJs throughout the past 20 years. Most recently, ZTRIP has supported LL Cool J, The Roots and more on the FORCE Tour and also performed with LL Cool J at the 2024 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at Times Square.

Arrested Development
Hip-hop trailblazers since 1991, Arrested Development has been cultural champions of consciousness and empowerment across the planet. With numerous album releases, and world tours, Arrested Development has been ground-breaking in hip-hop culture and has been awarded two Grammys and multiple awards for hits like Tennessee, Mr. Wendal and People Everyday.

Glow Over Waco 5K and Fun Run, brought to you by the Greater Waco Sports Commission and City of Waco. Questions, please contact Rachel Sarmiento at: rachel@wacosports.org

Family Day at the Art Center Waco
This Family day will focus on our new open call exhibit called “Eclipse: Shining Shadows”. Family Day is Art Center Waco’s invitation to YOU to come and learn more about art, get involved in making some creations, and have a lot of fun while doing so. Times are 10am to 2pm. All-age tours, art activities, face painting, food trucks! This event is FREE but spaces are limited so please register in advance.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Anna Lauren at annalauren@artcenterwaco.org

  • “American Eclipse,” a musical set in 1878, is a story about three American pioneers of science and their ambitions, failures, and resilience that laid the foundation for America’s rise to scientific greatness. Performances at 1pm and 6:30pm at Jones Theater on the Baylor campus. Click for tickets.

  • Waco Symphony Orchestra Concert

3:00 p.m., Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706

Sci-Fi Spectacular: Sun, Moon, and Superstars

Music selections range from Star Wars to Interstellar, Holst’s The Planets, and much more. Come dressed as your favorite sci-fi character! Hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist and film critic Gary Cogill; Guest conducted by Alex Amsel. Click for Tickets

  • “Lights Over Waco Festival” at Indian Spring Park in downtown Waco.
    Sunday’s “Lights Over Waco” festival will bring a great lineup of music, food, a walking lantern parade across the Waco Suspension Bridge, and a drone show featuring 300 choreographed drones in cosmic-themed formations. Make your own lantern by attending one of several DIY workshops offered by the Waco-McLennan County Library. Workshop dates will be announced soon. 

In Pursuit of Light: Women in Photography from the Permanent Collection, January 9 – April 8, 2024, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University Campus

The camera has played a significant and sometimes controversial role in the advent of image-making. The photographic print is a step between seeing and publication, a democratization of art and image. Women photographers who respond to feminist movements use the lens to mobilize a call for a unifying salvation; and to consider illusion and subjective faith in something greater, to collectively persuade everyone to act for the sake of self-preservation, deliverance from ignorance, harm, loss, or ruin.

Join us at the Martin Museum of Art as we proudly present a thought-provoking exhibition that celebrates the strength, resilience, and creativity of women through the art of photography.

For more info, click here.

Eclipse: Shining Shadows – juried art exhibit at the Waco Art Center, March 28 – May 4, 2024.

The alignment and shadowing of celestial bodies has long been a source of wonder and disruption to our natural order. The eclipse has been both feared and celebrated for centuries. The phenomena have inspired folklore and mythology in many cultures. It has symbolized omens of both misfortune and blessings throughout human history. The oldest recorded eclipse possibly dates back to 3340 B.C.E. exemplified with the discovery of a series of spiral-shaped and circular petroglyphs found in Ireland. For as long as humans have looked to the heavens in awe the eclipse has been a part of our stories, traditions and sacraments. This art exhibit will creatively explore the juxtaposition of exquisiteness and disorder that the eclipse ensues through visual art.  For more info, click here.