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.

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

Elm Avenue | Waco, TX

225 S 11th St, Waco, TX 76701 | Waco, TX, 76701

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

BlueSky Helicopter Tours Attraction Flying Points of Interest Tours

Heritage Square in downtown Waco, and TSTC Airport | Waco, TX, 76701

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

1101 Richland Dr. | Waco, TX, 76710

Locally Owned Restaurant

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

330 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

Locally Owned Restaurant

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Cultural District Hotel

101 Washington Ave. | Waco, TX, 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.

503 S. 4th St. | 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

520 Austin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76710

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

Indian Spring Park | Waco, TX, 76701

3rd and Washington Ave. | Waco, TX

Heritage Square Downtown Waco Shopping

3rd St. and Washington 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

601 Franklin Ave. | Waco, TX, 76701

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 Points of Interest Tours

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

406 Elm St. | Waco, TX, 76704

Locally Owned Restaurant

715 Columbus | Waco, TX, 76701

407 Columbus Ave. | 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

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

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

Texas Food Truck Showdown Downtown Cultural District Festival

Heritage Square | Waco, TX, 76701

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

Locally Owned Bar

727 Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas, 76701

1000 Elm St. | Waco, TX, 76704

Locally Owned Restaurant

Trojan Cork & Keg Bar Downtown Cultural District

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

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

Heritage Square & Austin Avenue | Waco, TX, 76701

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