A mix of new events and the return of fan favorites should make Railyard Park in Waxahachie a popular spot this year.
Coming soon is Headphone Disco, which will take place from 7-9:30 p.m. on May 20. It’s the first event of its kind at the park, and Kelly Skistimas, cultural arts and programming manager for the city, hopes the unique attraction draws a large crowd.
At Headphone Disco, a DJ will be on stage playing popular dance music, but people can only hear the music if they wear the headphones provided at the door.
“Audience with headphones can hear the music, but to any other observer it looks like the band is dancing to nothing,” Skistimas said. “It’s very popular in colleges and in cities that have strict noise ordinances.”
Skistimas said she got the idea to hold the event in Waxahachie after hearing about it at a college conference.
Skistimas said there will be 500 headphones available for the event and guests must provide ID to check one out. There is no cost to participate.
She said the music played will be mostly pop/dance music and the lyrics should be clean.
Another new event coming to Railyard Park is Railyard Nights, a live music series taking place at 7 p.m. every Saturday in June.
The first concert is scheduled for June 4 and will feature local artist Bailey & The Bad Habits opening for Mark Powell.
On June 11, local band Blind Dog Cooley will perform before headliner Def Legend.
Texas music star Holly Beth, along with Hanna Kirby, who was in Season 8 of “The Voice,” will co-headline on June 18.
The series ends on June 25 with Burning Slow and Sons of Mystro, a duo that entertains the crowd with their violins.
The free event will also include food trucks and drinks.
“Stage concerts have always been major goals for the park,” Skistimas said. “But with COVID, we haven’t had events for two years. We missed the summer events. It is therefore the first time that we have organized a summer series.
The city will also bring several events back to Railyard Park. On August 6, the city will partner with Waxahachie ISD for its annual back-to-school event.
“We have a wonderful partnership with WISD,” Skistimas said. “At this event, there will be cheerleaders, the mobile book, a DJ and a performance by the band. It will be a great way to kick off the school year.”
Family Day will take place on September 17. The event is expected to include games like lawn tornado and giant checkers and bingo, where kids and families can win prizes. Skistimas said last year’s prizes included gift cards for The Arcade, Urban Air, Showbiz, and more. There will also be inflatable ax throws and bouncy houses.
“This year we hope to work with the local artist community and add vendor booths,” she said.
Railyard Park will host several events as part of the Stampede of Speed Fan Fest, hosted by the NHRA and the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. The festivities begin on October 7 with the cattle drive, followed by Big Al’s Down the Hatch five-year anniversary party on October 8. The NHRA Fall Nationals Fan Fest will take place on October 13.
On October 29, the park will host the Grown Local Stage as part of the Texas Country Reporter Festival. Skistimas said the stage will feature local artists from Ellis County.
“That way we can introduce our local artists to 40,000 people,” Skistimas said.
Submissions will be open June 1-30, and residents will vote on which bands will be chosen July 1-30. The results will be announced in mid-August. Visit the Railyard Park Waxahachie and Visit Waxahachie Facebook pages for more information.
Railyard Park will also host the Brewed – Waxahachie Coffee and Tea Festival on November 12. The event first took place last November with four vendors. Skistimas said the plan is to have more vendors this year and possibly have performances by local musicians.
Railyard Park will also take part in the Christmas Parade on November 29 and the Christmas Movie Night on December 3.
Railyard Park is located at 455 S. College St.