Waco Downtown Cultural District


A Cultural District is a designated area within a community that spotlights art, culture and entertainment. It is an area where residents and tourists can experience the unique character of a city. Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), our state arts agency, has a program that recognizes communities that take this kind of strategic, active approach to growing and investing in their creative and artistic life. Creative Waco made an application to the TCA to have Waco included in this program. Texas Commission on the Arts met to vote on proposed new cultural districts. Waco was top of that list with the highest score and was approved unanimously.

Waco’s Cultural District contains museums, art galleries, public art, performance venues, and restaurants and bars serving locally produced food, wine, beer—even award-winning whisky. There are numerous stores selling locally designed and manufactured art, crafts, home furnishings, clothing, and jewelry. Cultural attractions include a thriving riverside Farmer’s Market, diverse festivals, live music, exhibitions, poetry readings, and events for the whole family.

The map and list below includes attractions, festivals, lodging properties, and restaurants included in this area of Waco. To view events in the Downtown Waco Cultural District visit our Events page and choose to filter by Cultural District.

1102 Bubble Tea & Coffee The Secret Garden Coffee Desserts Downtown Cultural District Restaurant

804 S. 7th St. | Waco, Texas, 76706

714 A Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

806 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

929 Franklin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

324 S. 6th St. | Waco, Texas, 76701

601 Franklin Ave., Floor 4 | Waco, TX, 76701

Elm Avenue | Waco, TX

719 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

715 S. 8th St. | Waco, Texas, 76706

511 S. 8th St. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Bar

215 S. University Parks Dr. Suite 103 | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

420 Franklin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Pub

215 S. University Parks Dr. | Waco, TX, 76701

Brazos Bar & Bistro (in Hotel Indigo) Bar Downtown Cultural District Restaurant

211 Clay Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Brazos Grille (in Waco Hilton) Bar Bar and Grill Downtown Cultural District Restaurant

113 S. University Parks Dr. | Waco, TX, 76701

Indian Spring Park | Waco, TX

113 S. University Parks Dr. | Waco, TX, 76701

BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works Coffee Downtown Cultural District

601 Franklin Ave | Waco, TX, 76701

100 N. 6th St. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

618 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

University Parks @ Franklin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

416 Franklin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76706

330 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Cultural District Hotel

101 Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

712 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

217 Mary | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

508 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Coffee and Spirits Establishment

300 S. 5th St. | Waco, TX, 76701

Celebrate this American classic at the Dr Pepper Museum, home to one of the finest collections of soft-drink memorabilia in the nation.

Food Trucks at Magnolia Silos Closed Sundays Downtown Cultural District Food Trucks

Magnolia Market Grounds | Waco, TX, 76706

300 S. 6th St. | Waco, Texas, 76701

215 S University Parks Dr | Waco, TX, 76701

300 S. 6th St. | Waco, Texas, 76701

Heart of Texas Wine & Food Festival (Winefest) Downtown Cultural District Festival

Indian Spring Park | Waco, TX, 76701

300 S 6th St, Suite B | Waco, TX, 76701

Heritage Square Downtown Waco Downtown Cultural District History Outdoors Shopping

3rd and Washington Ave. | Waco, TX

808 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

113 S University Parks Dr. | Waco, TX, 76701

Pets allowed. Check with the hotel for details.

211 Clay Ave. | Waco, TX, 76706

Pets allowed. Check with the hotel for details.

University Pks Dr.@ Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

303 6th St. Suite F | Waco, Texas, 76706

Uniquely painted and original designed metal work.

613 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76702

Locally Owned Restaurant

723 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant & Wine Bar

Living History Tours of Waco© by Snobby Tours®, Inc.™ Attraction Downtown Cultural District Heritage History Locally Owned Tours

4300 W. Waco Drive Bldg. B2-#265 | Waco, TX, 76710

600 Franklin Ave. Suite E | Waco, TX, 76701

525 S. 8th St. | Waco, Texas, 76706

407 Columbus Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

708 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

215 Mary Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

215 S. 2nd St. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

624 Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Located inside Spice Village

300 S 6th St | Waco, TX, 76701

Portofino Italian Restaurant Downtown Cultural District Italian Restaurant

725 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

501 University Parks Dr. | Waco, TX, 76706

Pets allowed. Check with the hotel for details.

Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival Downtown Cultural District Festival

Indian Spring Park | Waco, TX, 76701

324 S 6th Street | Waco, TX, 76701

105 S. 5th St. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

608 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

Webster @ 6th Street | Waco, TX, 76706

Stone Hearth Indian Cafe Downtown Cultural District Indian Other

506 Austin Avenue | Waco, TX, 76701

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream Desserts Downtown Cultural District

215 S. University Parks Dr. # 105 | Waco, Texas, 76701

707 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Texas Food Truck Showdown Downtown Cultural District Festival

Heritage Square | Waco, TX, 76701

608 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

727 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

The Warehouse at The Findery Closed Sundays Downtown Cultural District Shopping

501 S. 8th St. | Waco, Texas, 76706

1000 Elm St. | Waco, TX, 76704

Locally Owned Restaurant

215 Mary | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Bar

414 Franklin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Nightclub

Waco Cultural Arts Fest Culture Downtown Cultural District Festival

Indian Spring Park | Waco, TX, 76701

5th St @ Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 76706

Waco Hippodrome Theatre - Dining Bar Downtown Cultural District Locally Owned Restaurant

724 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Waco Pedal Tours Tours

711 Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

University Pks Dr./Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio Closed Mondays Downtown Cultural District Live Music Wine Winery

708 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

Heritage Square & Austin Avenue | Waco, TX, 76701

324 S 6th Street | Waco, TX, 76701

1001 Franklin Ave | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Bakery

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