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Summer at the Silos

Summer at the Silos – By Dedra Davis

Waco is now known as a summer destination. Summer at the Silos is becoming a family destination for shopping, simple family fun and experiencing the Jo and Chip factor that seems to be taking over the country due to the popular HGTV show.
Texas, in the summer, is known for high temperatures and high humidity. Remember we do everything big here in Texas! Summer at the Silos is no exception.  
And, Magnolia Market at the Silos, no matter the season, doesn’t disappoint.
With over 20,000 visitors a week to the silos and the downtown area, during the summer you need to expect people, high temperatures and long-lines full of people in the heat. Although, the people, long-lines and the heat don’t seem to be deterring silo-fans away.
This summer at the silos, the lines will get extremely long, to visit both the bakery and the market. People don’t seem to mind waiting in the
long, winding lines. Make sure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated while waiting.
Visiting the market early in the week will not guarantee there will be no lines or a smaller crowd, but your odds are better. The lines, at the bakery, are known to go fast. You’ll have plenty of  Instagram moments while waiting in both the market line and the bakery line.
Magnolia Bakery
Once you get in the market, you will enjoy the air conditioning. And, you will be so preoccupied with every last detail of the market, you won’t remember you were just out in the amazing heat.
Pick up a burlap bag and start your shopping. The bags are available for purchase and a great souvenir.
In the market, you will find JoJo’s faux summer flowers at the flower market, every sort of container and vase to place them in, and signs that say flower market. You will also find candles and kitchenware, t-shirts and doodads galore. All the items she decorates her fixer-uppers with, you will find in the market.
Magnolia Market
The market also showcases her line of wallpaper, paint, rugs and other lines that have been handpicked by JoJo.
Take your time, browse around and decide what you can’t live without because once you leave the market, you leave the air conditioning.
Magnolia Market provides a shipping station for the convenience of their customers that travel by air or if you purchase too much to load in your car.
There are plenty of employees to help you out should you have a question or need help, inside and out on the grounds.
The employees are also handy to take pictures of you and your friends to show your Insta-friends you visited Waco and enjoyed the summer at the silos.
Having lunch, or dessert, or both, is recommended at the silos.  It is all part of the experience.
Magnolia Bakery
Most days, you will find over ten food trucks offering the best of Waco.  You will find delicious crepes, both savory and dessert varieties, homemade, locally sourced chicken sandwiches served on homemade biscuits, gourmet grilled-cheese, wood-fired pizza, gourmet hotdogs, Asian-inspired bowls that are unique to Waco, Waco-famous coffee, fresh-pressed juices served in hollowed out watermelons, gourmet popsicles, snow cones, and so much more. Don’t worry—there are healthy options, also!
The food trucks have individual social media accounts and you should always visit beforehand to learn about closings, especially on rainy days, as well as food specials.
On the grounds, near the food trucks, you will find shade during the summer at silos, along with plenty of refreshments on-hand to purchase and misters to keep you cool-er. Cool-er, not cool.
The shade is located under the barn and under the shaded picnic tables provided for resting, gazing and eating. These areas will fill up, however, rather quickly. Magnolia offers free umbrellas, to borrow, for your comfort.
During the summer, you will also find lots of children. The silos are always a family friendly facility, but summer at the silos are perhaps even more child-friendly. Families are traveling to Waco, as well as mothers traveling with friends, and bringing their children. Although children are more than welcome, the serious fan-girl-shopper may want to leave the kids at home or travel with someone who will stay outside and allow the kids to run and play.
The lawn has become a popular piece of the Magnolia experience. It is made from a synthetic turf from a company out of Dallas called ForeverLawn Texas, and is always full of kids and adults alike, playing ball and other yard games, such as cornhole, potato-sack races and whatever other games the children are pretending.  The turf has a natural “summer lawn” look and feel.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy the lawn, except dogs.  You will also find swings and benches for resting.
Magnolia Silos
The Silos, along with others including the Waco Hippodrome, First Friday and CampusTown Waco, host a special family event several times during the summer called A Summer Movie Series.  The event is free and held on Thursday nights throughout the summer.  The lawn is turned into a huge movie theatre, showing family favorites like “Toy Story”, “The Parent Trap” and “Elf”.
“The Wizard of Oz” will be shown on Thursday, August 31, for the final summer movie night.
Screening begins at dusk.  Extended shopping hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Bring blankets because lawn chairs are not allowed, as well as no alcohol or smoking.
 Located at 601 Webster Avenue, in Waco, approximately two minutes from I-35, the summer at the silo hours are the same as year round.  The market is open Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The now-famous bakery is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Silos are closed on Sunday.  Even in the summer.
Magnolia Market offers free parking and is handicap accessible.  The parking lot entrance is on 8th Street.  The parking lot fills up fast, especially in the summer, as well as the free parking lot along 6th Street.  You will be able to pay-to-park in private parking lots around the downtown area or you can take advantage of the free Silo District Trolley.  The trolley not only stops at the silos, the route also provides stops to other popular Waco shopping, dining and art venues in the downtown area, including the Austin Avenue shops, Mary Avenue Market, The Findery, and the Shops at Spice Village.
Summer at the Silos is a great place to enjoy the day, with your family or with your friends.  Because there is plenty to keep you entertained in Waco, plan to stay a day or two.  And, plan on the heat.  Summer at the Silos is no exception.
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