A B-24 bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II are among the five aircraft visiting the Texas State Technical College airport Monday through March 15 for the Wings of Freedom Tour. The show is held noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9:30 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Waco Jet Center, 7511 Karl May Drive. The Wings of Freedom Tour also will feature B-17 and B-25 bombers plus a Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter with private flights offered before and after the show. Admission is $15, $5 for children 11 and younger, with flights at $100 to $450 per person. Call 800-568-8924 for information.

Weather was the determining W for last year’s Waco Wonderland with suddenly cold temperatures and rain forcing cancellation of the Waco Christmas parade and delaying Saturday’s opening by a few hours.

The unfolding calamity of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Gulf Coast area this past week may shade the typical celebration for Labor Day weekend, the holiday that traditionally bookends the summer, but for those needing a break, however small, from the concern and human drama, there are plenty of opportunities.

Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos community celebration marks its third year on Tuesday at Touchdown Alley near Baylor University’s McLane Stadium and organizers are hoping the third time’s a charm in some areas thanks to changes in fireworks, parking and river conditions.

Tradition runs through many of this weekend’s entertainment offerings. There’s tradition as a theme in Baylor Theatre’s sold-out production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” There’s the early October tradition of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, which opens its 64th year this weekend. And there’s the tradition of country music that dominates the live music staged by local and regional musicians at the fair.

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 Waco Cultural Arts Festival opens its 13th annual celebration of the arts and creativity this weekend in Indian Spring Park and neighboring Waco Convention Center, continuing its long-running tradition of diversity with hands-on art activities for kids and grown-ups, live music and dance performances, poetry, workshops, artist market, film, science demonstrations, food and drink.

NOLAdelic music doesn’t come to mind if someone asks about American music on the Fourth of July, but New Orleans trombonist Sam Williams, the Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, is quick to answer that the bubbling mash-up of funk, jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues that simmered in one of America’s music capitals, New Orleans, Louisiana — the NOLA of NOLAdelic — certainly qualifies.

A parade in downtown Waco and a five-hour festival featuring live music with such entertainers as T.K. Soul and J. Holiday, a basketball tournament, food booths and children’s games highlight Waco Juneteenth celebrations this Saturday. Juneteenth marks the day — June 19, 1865 — when Texas slaves first heard of their emancipation after the Civil War.

It’s no joke and no fantasy, even though those subjects are often between comic book covers: Tens of thousands of free comic books will be given away Saturday at Waco comics, memorabilia and book stores as part of a national Free Comic Book Day promotion.

Comic conventions are places where people can be crazy together, said Kathleen Laundy, a McLennan Community College costume design professor.

The ice is synthetic and Waco’s infrequent winter precipitation more likely to produce drizzle than snow, but those are trivial considerations for the tens of thousands of people expected to find the Christmas spirit this year’s Waco Wonderland celebration at downtown’s Heritage Square.

The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo returns for its 2015 run with a MusicZone that’s now free, childrens bronco bustin’ on ponies and miniature horses, deep fried cookie dough on a stick, an in-fair zip line — and sharks.

The atmosphere at Indian Spring Park Saturday afternoon was like a giant carnival where nobody’s pocketbook shrank, although vendors’ booths on the south side of University Parks Drive offered plenty of food and merchandise for browsers.

This month’s {254} Dance-Fest, part of the annual Waco Cultural Arts Festival, returns with more for the eye than talented dancers as choreographers and performers will show off pieces that include video projections, LED lights and 12,000 ping-pong balls.

Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos shifts its location for the first time in its history, moving from downtown Waco’s Indian Spring Park to the McLane Stadium environs Saturday, though the celebration’s main event — the 20-minute H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza — will still take place above the Brazos River.

The skies above Waco are scheduled to bring something other than clouds and rain this weekend: the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, one of the nation’s premier precision flying teams; the crack parachute demonstration team the U.S. Army Golden Knights; and vintage World War II planes, including a B-17 bomber.