Waco Festivals & Shows

Waco Festivals & ShowsTexans always love a great party, even when there's really nothing special to celebrate. In Waco, the event calendar for the year indicates that several festivals and annual shows are slated to happen over the course of the year. Regardless of the event or cultural contribution that these events are centered upon, one thing is for sure-the party will be unforgettable with all your new-found friends in Waco.

Annual Margarita and Salsa Festival
If the flavor of a great margarita has always been one of your favorite things, then you need to make plans to attend the 16th Annual Margarita and Salsa Festival in late August. The event benefits the Arthritis Foundation, and the good cause is helped by the revenue brought in from this very spicy affair. And in addition to tasting some of the state's best margarita's, you'll also get to sample some of the spiciest salsa recipes that will wake up your taste buds! In addition to all the flavor, you'll also enjoy some great live country music and a whole lot more.

Address: 4601 Bosque Blvd., Waco, TX - MAP
Phone: (254) 772-9303
Web: www.margaritatexas.com

Westfest Polka Festival
Since 1976, locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the Westfest Polka Festival, held in West, Texas, a short 15 mile drive from Waco. Visitors pay homage to the German culture in Texas with a big variety of food booths, kids' activities, a parade, baking contests, arts and crafts, a tractor pull and even a polka mass! Of course, there is also plenty of polka music and dance contests to enter and enjoy. The event is traditionally held over the Labor Day weekend, so plan to make your way out West for an unforgettable time at the Westfest Polka Festival.

Address: Interstate 35, Exit 351, West, TX - MAP
Web: www.westfest.com

Waco Cultural Arts Fest
The Waco Cultural Arts Fest is an event designed to celebrate the diverse multicultural influences in the area through artistic expression like music, performance, food and various arts activities. The festival takes place at Indian Spring Park and features free admission, fine arts activities all day and a continuous open mic for aspiring performers. Held in the middle to latter part of September, the event draws visitors from all over the state, especially families with kids interested in art. These young festival-goers get a chance to create art in various forms during the three day event, and will come away from the festival with a deeper appreciation for the state's cultural and artistic influences.

Address: 801 Washington Ave., Waco, TX 76701 - MAP
Web: www.wacoartsfest.org

Heart O'Texas Fair and Rodeo
You can't visit Texas without experiencing a rodeo! And you'll see the state's absolute best at the Heart O'Texas Fair and Rodeo, held every October at the Extraco Events Center. See team roping events, hear live music from some of today's top country stars, and enjoy food, music, games, and lots more. Plus, the livestock show lets you get a closer look at some of the state's finest livestock and the youngsters who have worked hard all year raising these animals. It's a slice of life that can only be experienced during this highly popular gathering of Texas talent and culture.

Address: 4601 Bosque Blvd., Waco, TX 76710 - MAP
Phone: (254) 776-1660
Web: www.hotfair.com

Cameron Park Zoo's Zoo Boo
Grab your trick-or-treat bag and get into your costume for a great evening of family friendly frights at the Cameron Park Zoo's Zoo Boo! Held on Halloween night, the zoo's animals take on an eerie light as the exhibits are outwardly lit with orange lights and decorated to celebrate All Hallow's Eve with style. Kids are encouraged to show up in costume and trick-or-treat from exhibit to exhibit. It's a fun, safe Halloween festival for the kids, and mom and dad, too!

Address: 1701 North Street, Waco, TX 76707 - MAP
Phone: (254) 750-8400
Web: www.cameronparkzoo.com

Homestead Fair
One of Waco's most popular events is packed with tradition. The Homestead Fair held every November features fine arts and heirloom skills, and always boasts a full itinerary of fun activities like boot making, woodworking, pottery, metal casting and basket making, among many other demonstrations. Live music, great food, and a celebration of the various cultures in the area all make for a fun family festival event. Plus, the fact that it usually is scheduled the weekend after Thanksgiving means you can begin your Christmas shopping and find a plethora of unique gifts in the expansive arts and crafts sale area.

Address: 608 Dry Creek Road, Waco, TX 76705 - MAP
Phone: (254) 754-2600
Web: www.homesteadcraftfair.com