Waco is HOT for the arts!

This [designation] is the result of years of work by lots of people. It will pay off big time for the economy of Waco.
— Creative Waco Board President Charlie Olsen

It's a great time to be in Waco. Thousands of visitors flock to town every weekend to take in the restaurants, culture and shops in the area.  And now, the State of Texas has designated downtown Waco as a Cultural Arts District!

And, of course, Waco is the home of the hit HGTV show Fixer UpperChip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market is located just steps away from the Hippodrome.


Dinner and a movie

Starting in 2019, all of our films will be screened in the historic Waco Hippodrome. This theater is a film lover's dream! Equipped with a full service kitchen, bar and waitstaff, movie-goers can eat, drink and watch a show, all while sitting in the theater's recently renovated seats.  This century old gem may have started as a vaudeville theater, but it's evolved into a Waco cultural hot spot with 3 new state-of-the-art theaters, the historic orchestra and stage, plus the brand new dine in restaurant, the Raleigh.

724 Austin Ave, Waco TX 76701


In addition to films, the festival aims to educate and entertain with parties and panels in Downtown Waco. For more on those locations, click here


Getting here

Waco is easily within driving distance of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. It’s easy to see why this area is called the Heart of Texas.

If you're flying in you'll arrive at Waco Regional Airport.  The airport is serviced by American Eagle with daily flights from DFW.

You may prefer to fly into Austin Bergstrom, DFW, or Dallas - Love Field and drive into town. Both airports are about 90 miles away - making it an easy drive if you'd like to rent a car.  Waco Streak is also an option that offers daily shuttle service to both Dallas airports. 


There are several great hotels in the downtown Waco and surrounding areas.  If you are traveling from out of town, please email us and we can provide you a discounted rate at our festival hotel. 


You better come hungry!  Don't just take our word for it. Check out Eater.com's top Waco food spots.  Culture Trip dishes out their top 10 restaurants.

And get fluent in brisket, queso and breakfast tacos.  Here's Texas' top FOOD contributions to the world. (Number one was created right here in Waco.) #YoureWelcome


Notable Things to see and do

Come on down, y’all. The stars at night are big and bright, Deep in the Heart of Texas!