The welcome mat to downtown Waco goes out on multiple corners Friday night as a new Welcome to Waco pop-up festival overlaps with downtown’s First Friday emphasis and a three-day Silobration at the Magnolia Market.
The Welcome to Waco minifest, held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets, will feature free food samples from six Waco restaurants and food trucks; live music from Austin ensemble Kupira Marimba and Houston singer-songwriter and Baylor University student Thomas Csorba; and assorted street entertainment, such as a fire juggler, a bagpiper and Baylor University student singers.
Participating in the food part of the welcome are Tony DeMaria’s Barbecue, Rufi’s Cocina, Torchy’s Tacos, Crazy Horse Grill, Shorty’s Pizza and Pokey-O’s. The event, a collaboration between Campustown, Creative Waco and the city, aims to attract Baylor students and Waco visitors to downtown, plugging them into the ongoing First Friday series of 20 shops’ and restaurants’ extended hours, performances and customer specials.
“This adds whipped cream on top of the cake,” said Jonathan Cook, community promotions specialist for the city.
Among the highlighted First Friday activities is a trunk show from silver jeweler Lynda Henglein of Silver Linens Jewelry at Papillon Antiques, 1025 Austin Ave.
Waco Transit’s DASH shuttle, which connects downtown Waco and the Baylor campus, will run during Welcome to Waco, as will the Silo District Downtown Trolley that circulates between the Magnolia Market area and downtown stops on Franklin Avenue.
Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Ave., will be continuing its Silobration, a three-day celebration of the site’s first anniversary, with extended store hours and street vendors bordering the market. Sixth Street between Webster and Jackson avenues and Jackson Avenue between Sixth and Eighth streets will be closed for the Silobration. The duo Johnnyswim also will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday for ticketholders.
The Backyard and The Findery, both in the 500 block of South Eighth Street, also will mark their first year with a [Ware] House Party Thursday through Saturday. The event will feature painting demonstrations and other specials at The Findery, with The Backyard providing live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day near The Findery.