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Waco events calendar: October 2021

Waco events calendar: October 2021

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MCC Golf Classic

The MCC Foundation Golf Classic returns for its 35th year at Bear Ridge Golf Course with proceeds funding scholarships and emergency aid for students. Call 299-8604 or email


First Friday

First Friday in downtown Waco has special activities, and downtown stores will be open late, offering events and food and drink specials. Details are on the First Friday Waco Facebook page.



KWBU membership

KWBU (103.3 FM), Waco’s public radio station, is holding its Big Membership Event over eight days to receive tax-deductible gifts to fund its National Public Radio programming. To donate or to ask questions, call 254-710-1033.



Alzheimer’s walk

The Waco Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at Brazos Park East with check-in at 8 a.m., opening ceremony at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Call 254-232-4446 or email


Goodwill benefit

Night Amongst the Stars fundraiser benefiting Heart of Texas Goodwill, 6 p.m. at Ridgewood Country Club. Buffet dinner and dancing with music by the Sloppy Joe Band. Tickets cost $80 per person.



Grassroots golf

The 17th annual charity golf scramble benefiting Grassroots Community Development will be at Cottonwood Creek Golf Club. Check-in and lunch at 11:30 a.m. with tournament starting at 1 p.m. Call 254-235-7358, ext. 206.


Boot Scootin’ Dance

Old Friends Band will perform at the Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 to 9:15 p.m. at corner of 15th Street and Waco Drive. Admission $5. No tobacco or alcohol.



HOT Fair & Rodeo

The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo will have its 11-day run with rodeo action, midway rides, concerts and agricultural attractions in and around the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. Call 254-776-1660.



Lifelong Learning

Baylor’s Lifelong Learning Program at the Mayborn Museum will present “Understanding Cybersecurity in Today’s World” with Keith Kooyman, cybersecurity instructor at Texas State Technical College. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 in the Mayborn Theater. No advanced registration is required for this free event, which is open to adults 50 and over.



Baylor football

The Bears host the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 game, time to be announced, at McLane Stadium.


Styrofoam collection

Waco Friends of the Climate will collect Styrofoam for recycling, 8 a.m. to noon at the Cobbs Recycling Center, 2021 N. 44th St. Participants are asked to wear masks and remain in their vehicles while the items are removed. Styrofoam peanuts are not accepted. The plastic should be clean. The service is free. For questions, email

Down on the Bayou

Cajun cuisine and music by The Steve Smith Group will be offered at the Down on the Bayou fundraiser to benefit Youth Connection Inc., 7 to 11 p.m. at The Exchange Event Center in McGregor. Tickets cost $75 (table of eight cost $525). Call 254-202-8480 or 254-300-3646.



This Octoberfest-themed event benefits The Arc of McLennan County, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West, 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive. Sausage and fried chicken dinner served and music by Czech and Then Some. Casual or Western attired. Tickets cost $110. Call 254-756-7491.



Boot Scootin’ Dance

Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition Band will perform at the Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 to 9:15 p.m. at corner of 15th Street and Waco Drive. Admission $5. No tobacco or alcohol.



Brew at the Zoo

Visit the Cameron Park Zoo and sample local beers, ciders and ales, 6 to 10 p.m. each night. Limited to 500 people each night. Tickets cost $45 per person ($35 for zoo members).



Arts festival

Cultural Arts Festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday with music at Indian Spring Park and open mic WordFest session from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday activities include music, poetry and workshops. Sunday ends with unveiling of “The Bridge of Souls” temporary art installation.



Walking Tales

Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild will bring historic stories to life with interpreters stationed throughout Oakwood Cemetery, 2125 S. Fifth St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will talk about some of the famous and infamous people laid to rest there. Free. Call 254-717-1763.


Baylor football

The Bears host BYU in a nonconference game, time to be announced, at McLane Stadium.



Children’s Garden Fair

McLennan County Master Gardeners will hold their Children's Garden Fair, 2 to 4 p.m., at Miss Nellie's Pretty Place, 2600 Sturgis Road in Cameron Park (weather permitting). The event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Rise Up! Waco

Super Bowl winner Michael Oher, whose story was told in “The Blind Side,” will speak at the Rise Up! Waco event benefiting Talitha Koum Institute, 6 p.m. at the Baylor Club. Tickets cost $125.



Lunch with the Masters

Master Gardener Rianna Alvarado-Palmer will present “Whimsy in the Garden,” about how to create fun in your garden with easily found supplies and beautiful plants, noon to 2 p.m. at MCC Emergency Services Education Center, 7601 Steinbeck Bend Drive (new location). Bring your lunch; the McLennan County Master Gardeners event is free and open to the public.



Art exhibition

Artwork by Kermit Oliver will be displayed at the first exhibition in the new Art Center Waco building, 701 S. Eighth St. The exhibition continues into December. An opening night reception will be held Oct. 20.


Waco Symphony

Twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton perform French compositions and Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew will collaborate with them, 7:30 pm. at Waco Hall. Call 254-754-0851.


Smithsonian talk

Brazos Forum will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution with a free Zoom program by historian Hannah Bryne. Register for the Zoom link on the Brazos Forum website.


Boot Scootin’ Dance

Ragland Country Band will perform at the Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 to 9:15 p.m. at corner of 15th Street and Waco Drive. Admission $5. No tobacco or alcohol.



Pumpkin Fest

Cultural Arts of Waco sponsors pumpkin painting, hot dogs, sweet potato pie and drinks during Pumpkin Fest, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilbert Austin Park.


Jubilee health fair

Jubilee Food Market, 1505 N. 15th St., with celebrate its fifth anniversary and World Food Day with a neighborhood health fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health providers, Zumba and more will be offered in the parking lot and inside the store.


Cattle Baron’s Ball

The Cattle Baron’s Ball of Central Texas, benefiting the American Cancer Society, 6 p.m. at the MCC Highlander Ranch.



Ironman races

Two Ironman triathlons will be held in Waco this weekend. A full-distance triathlon will be on Saturday and a half-triathlon (70.3-mile race) will be held Sunday.



Mission Waco breakfast

Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew is the guest speaker at the Champions of Christian Service Breakfast benefiting Mission Waco, 6:45 a.m. in the Brazos Room at the Waco Convention Center. Tickets cost $50. Call 254-753-4900.



Boot Scootin’ Dance

Midnight Mustangs Band will perform at the Sul Ross Boot Scootin’ Dance Club, 7 to 9:15 p.m. at corner of 15th Street and Waco Drive. Admission $5. No tobacco or alcohol.




This year’s Silobration will include evening concerts with Ben Rector and Johnnyswim as well as daytime music and a vendor fair at Magnolia Market at the Silos, 601 Webster Ave.



Traveling Ofrenda

Traveling Ofrenda to mark Day of the Dead begins with display outdoors for drive-by and in-person viewing at the corner of Dallas and Tyler streets in East Waco. The ofrenda will be open until Nov. 3.



Baylor football

The Bears host Texas in a Big 12 game, time to be announced, at McLane Stadium.


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Items ideally should be emailed to by the first day of the month prior to the month the event is held. Deadline for events for the November issue is Oct. 6.

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