Welcome to Celebrate Waco!

The Waco Symphony Council principal fundraiser for the 2013-2014 concert season is based around a first-time, community outreach fundraiser. A celebration of Waco's downtown resurgence and newly renovated Hippodrome Theater highlighting the value that a lively downtown community brings to a city. We support the notion that a downtown area that offers quality living, dining, family activities, arts, entertainment, and "walkability," including a thriving symphony orchestra, will result in a healthier more sustainable city.

Celebrate Waco Events ( Saturday, April 12, 2014 )

Symphony Council will partner with the City of Waco, downtown developers/ builders and businesses to create a ticketed event that celebrates Waco's downtown resurgence with a day filled with fun and activities for the whole family. The city has approved the blocks between 6th - 8th street on Austin avenue to be blocked off during the events allowing an opportunity for downtown businesses and organizations to highlight their products and services, as well as showcasing various musical organizations/individuals throughout the event. The day's events include:

Downtown Diva Dash

The day will kick off with the "Downtown Diva Dash," a 1-mile walk/run beginning at 9 am. Bring out your inner Diva in a one mile walk/run through historic downtown Waco. Then celebrate with your besties sporting your well earned bling - the most amazing medal in central Texas!- while drinking yummy Mimosas. A comlimentary champagne glass will be yours to take home as well as an event t-shirt to commemorate the day. Read More

Sharp Flats Loft Tour

Guided tours of Five downtown loft apartments will begin at 10 am – 4 pm. Ticket holders will be taken on a tour of 5 newly renovated downtown loft homes. Each of the loft homes will host a sponsored event, such as cooking demonstrations, table top floral decorations, art, musical entertainment, home building/remodeling, etc. Ticket prices: $15 for adults / $10 for students (age 10-18). Tickets will go on sale by February 1, 2014. Read More

Downtown in a Flash

Photography Contest with several categories from pros to children! Visual representations of Waco's cityscape as seen in the eye's of the photographer. More details coming for participating in this unique event. Read More

Children's Corner

"Childrens Creative Center" - This family-friendly event will host a hands-on children's corner where they can test their artistic abilities and just have fun! $5 armbands available for purchase individually or free if purchasing a child's Downtown Diva Dash ticket! Read More

Gatsby - Preview Party

Friday, April 11, 2014

The evening before the actual event, a "Gatsby Themed" Preview Patio Party will be held and will include private tours of selected lofts, photo booths, cityscape photograph sale, signature drink, musical entertainment and an outdoor screening of the Great Gatsby movie. Read More

Vendors and Food Trucks

Vendors & Food Trucks - Downtown merchant booths & food truck faire! Sample some tasty goodies from some of Waco's local mobile restaurants while shopping for that unique gift!
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Musical Entertainment

Music - A variety of musical surprises and entertainment throughout the day's events, as well as the Preview Party the evening of the 11th. Organizational and individual talent will be one of the highlights of the day! Read More

"Weekend in Waco" Shuttle

In need of transportation? The Waco Chamber will have a "Weekend in Waco" shuttle available which will run between the four great events happening on April 12th! Plan to spend the day downtown!

For fixed bus routes or schedules, please visit the Waco Transit System website.

Celebrate Waco Itinerary

Saturday, April 12, 2014
6:00amBarricades are set up
7:00amVendors begin setting up
8:30amDiva Dash participants sign in at Hippodrome lobby
8:45amThe MC announces and kicks off the Diva Dash.
9:00amDiva Dash Begins
10:00amVendors are open for business
10:00amLoft Tours begin - ticket holders check in at the Hippodrome ticket booth. Tickets will be sold throughout the day until sold out.
3:00pmLoft Tours close
4:00pmCelebrate Waco closes
4:00pm-6pmCrews begin breaking down events.
Happening throughout the day: Musical acts on the stage between Paladium and Hippodrome.

Benefiting the Waco Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate Waco Mission Statement

To raise money and awareness for the Waco Symphony Council by building relations with community organizations through our shared appreciation of the value that a vital downtown brings to a city.

This will be accomplished by creating an exciting new event that will highlight the synergy of a vibrant downtown and an active arts and symphony program.