Bustling streets filled with vendors and visitors, a Ferris wheel that takes you to new heights, and time together under a fall Texas sky. These are just a few telltale signs that Silobration, Magnolia’s annual homecoming, is back for another year in Waco.
When Chip and Joanna Gaines bought the historic, abandoned Silos property in downtown Waco in 2014, they knew they were tackling their biggest fixer upper yet. Their vision was to offer a place where travelers and locals alike could gather, spend time together, and leave feeling renewed.
That dream came true in 2015 when Chip and Jo revealed the renovated property, which then only included Magnolia Market, Silos Baking Co., Seed + Supply and the garden, a main lawn, and a stage in front of the silos. Hundreds of people lined outside (in the rain) for the grand opening, sang along to live music, and celebrated this newly restored block of downtown Waco. This marked the first annual Silobration—Magnolia’s own kind of holiday.
As Magnolia continued to host this celebration every year, Chip and Jo’s original dream for the Silos property started to grow. Slowly, the expanded footprint started to take shape as their corner coffee shop, Magnolia Press, opened in 2019, and the rest of the block opened to the public in 2020.
When you walk through the new entrance on 8th street, the first thing you’ll see is The Old Church—one of Waco’s oldest structures—restored to serve as a historical anchor to the Silos grounds. Then you’ll find the Shops at the Silos, six boutique-style shops curated by Jo with a specific style and theme in mind, offering a wide variety of products and a more intimate shopping experience.
In addition to the silos, the grounds were also once home to Katy Park, a historic baseball field that played host to legends like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. In an effort to pay homage to this history, Chip and Jo wanted to include a smaller version of the field—a WIFFLE ball field. Now you can play ball with your family and friends or sit in the stands and cheer for the home team.
With the expansion plan complete and Silobration back again for 2021, guests can now fully experience the grounds and celebrate Magnolia’s annual tradition in a new way. This year’s event includes a few returning favorites, including a vendor fair full of artisans and small business owners, food trucks, live music on the lawn, a Ferris wheel, and more activities for families and friends to enjoy.
To help you make the most of your Silobration experience, here’s a bucket list to tackle during your weekend in Waco:
- Explore the vendor fair (all 40+ of them!)
- Ride the Ferris wheel
- Enjoy live music on the lawn
- Taste the Silobration menu at the food trucks
- Get a group picture at the Silobration photo wall
- Grab a full cupcake from Silos Baking Co.
- Run the bases at Katy Ballpark
- Stroll through the Shops at the Silos
- Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate on the Magnolia Press patio
Come to Waco for a weekend to remember! Silobration is a free event, with the outdoor vendor fair and Magnolia’s own shops open for shopping. Learn more about the event at magnolia.com/events.