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Waco, Texas
P.O. Box 2570
Waco, TX 76702
254-750-8696
www.wacoheartoftexas.com
Waco, Texas

Events in Waco

Don’t plan on being able to grab coffee with Waco anytime soon; its datebook is just too full. From rodeos, to concerts, to holiday festivals and fairs, there are fun events in Waco every month of the year. Read on to see a list of just a few of these events and festivals so you don’t miss out while you’re in town.


January

Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo
Start your year off with this rodeo competition featuring the top 12 Texas Circuit contestants inbareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing.
4601 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710


February

HOT Chili Fest
Most cook-offs don’t let festivalgoers taste the entries, but that’s not how they roll in the heart of Texas. Plus you can play poker, enjoy live entertainment, or enter the competition yourself while the kids romp in the children’s area.
4601 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710


March

South 40 Outdoor Expo
A celebration of all things outdoor, the expo includes a barbecue cook-off; fishing demonstrations and seminars; a rock climbing wall; RV, boat and motorcycle exhibitors; and more.
4601 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710


April

Art on Elm
Throughout one weekend in early April, Elm Avenue will be lined with Waco’s talented artists, musicians, chefs, and crafts makers filling the street with the sights, smells and sounds of their expert creations. It’s a free pop-up exhibition, so come admire their work and support Waco’s local culture.
Elm Avenue
Waco, TX 76704

Pints in the Park
A riverfront festival featuring live music, craft beverages, some of Texas’ best barbecue and backyard games.
Brazos Park East
Waco, TX 76704

Brazos River Ribfest
Rib masters from across the country have been invited to compete for Critics’ and People’s Choice awards for Best Ribs.
McLane Stadium
Waco, TX

Texas Food Truck Showdown
Annual food truck competition featuring food trucks from across the state of Texas.
Heritage Square
Waco, TX 76701

Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival
This one-day event features some of the very best wineries in the state of Texas.
Indian Spring Park
Waco, TX 76701


April-June

Brazos Nights
Waco’s free concert series has been bringing out locals for live tunes by world-famous bands, good food, and great times for 30 years. Although typically a summer series that kicks off with the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, the series sometimes starts as early as early-April to accommodate the schedules of the performing acts.
101 N. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76701


June

Juneteenth Family Fun Day
Head to Brazos Park East on this holiday celebrating the end of slavery for live music, food, kids’ activities, health services, parade, and more.
3516 North M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard
Waco, TX 76702


July

4th on the Brazos
Now held in Touchdown Alley next to Baylor’s McLane Stadium, Waco’s Independence Day bash gives you food trucks, live music and a fireworks extravaganza over the waters of the Brazos River. Admission is free.
Sheila and Walter Umphrey Bridge
Waco, TX 76704


August

Margarita and Salsa Festival
Nothing beats Texas heat like a good ‘rita on the rocks. Add some great country music and you’re in for a great time. Join 10,000 other fans of both for this yearly festival at the Extraco Events Center.  
4601 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710


September

Waco Cultural Arts Fest
Which arts are represented at the Waco Cultural Arts Fest, you ask? Answer: pretty much all of them. This yearly fall festival is actually six festivals in one: ArtFest, WordFest, DanceFest, FilmFest, ScienceFest, and MusicFest. Art lovers, start your engines.
101 North University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76701

Heart of Texas Airshow
Listen to the roar of high-powered aircraft soaring above Waco at the Heart of Texas Airshow. Historic aircraft such as the World War II-era P-51 fly with modern military jets in numerous demonstrations throughout this event, held for two days in mid-September at the TSTC Campus Airport.
Waco, TX 76705


October

Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo
This Waco fair is a full week in October of PRCA rodeos, livestock shows, cook-offs and crafts competitions, and carnival rides and food. Big-name music acts also take the stage for live concerts in the Music Zone.
4601 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710

Heart of Texas Wine and Food Festival
Take your pick of more than 200 wines and sample cuisine from over 30 local restaurants at this annual wine festival in Waco. Typically held at the end of October, this event also features a barbecue cook-off, live entertainment, and a large silent auction.
101 North University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76701


November

Homestead Fair
For more than 25 years, Homestead Heritage has been welcoming one and all to its 510 acres to see how their self-sufficient community lives. Try your hand at milking a cow, help raise a barn, and see master craftsmen at work making pottery, quilts, and baskets at this unique festival.
608 Dry Creek Road
Waco, TX76705


December

Waco Wonderland
Eight days of holiday food, fun and cheer, Waco Wonderland kicks off with a parade, followed by a tree lighting and fireworks show at Heritage Square in downtown. A skating rink, Ferris wheel, carousel, appearances by Santa, food trucks, and more are featured in this annual event.
1700 Breezy Drive
Waco, TX 76712

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Waco, Texas
P.O. Box 2570
Waco, TX 76702
254-750-8696
www.wacoheartoftexas.com
Waco, Texas

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