October Event Adventures
October weekends in San Marcos are filled with spicy chili, kayak races, Native dancers, furry friends and cemetery tales.
11th Annual Dam Chili Cook-Off
10AM-6PM • MARTINDALE, TX
The Chili Cook-Off serves up heaping spoonfuls of entertainment for all. It is a family friendly event including live music, a silent auction, lawn games, Chili and Salsa competitions, vendors and an awards ceremony. All proceeds from The Dam Chili Cook-Off go to support the San Marcos Youth Service Bureau.
Santa’s River Race
8AM-1PM • SAN MARCOS CITY PARK to MARTINDALE, TX
Come out and compete in the first Santa’s River Race! The race begins at the Lions Club Tube Rental in City Park and finishes approximately 7.36 miles downriver. Competitors will face challenges including whitewater rapids, portages, and navigating past other competitors. The race ends at Texas State Tubes with an award ceremony, BBQ, and live music. Best of all, the proceeds go to support San Marcos Sights and Sounds of Christmas and the survivors of the 2015 Memorial Day flood. Cost per paddler is $45 pre-registration or $60 day of race.
Sacred Springs Powwow
10AM-6PM • SPRING LAKE AT THE MEADOWS CENTER
Celebrate Native American culture with phenomenal Native dancers, drum groups, traditional singers, arts, crafts and indigenous food the Sacred Springs in San Marcos. Dressed in beautiful, hand-crafted regalia, dancers compete all day to the beat and songs of traditional drums. A brand new "Native Culture Tent" with flute players, storytellers, and White Shaman Panel presentations, will provide performances throughout the day. The public is invited to watch, participate, and enjoy booths that offer authentic Native American arts and food.
10AM-5PM • SAN MARCOS PLAZA PARK
Petfest is a celebration of all pets, large and small, and restrained animals with manners are invited. Costumes are encouraged! And you don’t want to miss the Chi-Weenie race-off (Chihuahua vs. Dachshund). Enjoy the parade, demonstrations, silent auction, pet and owner look-a-like contest, pet costumes, live music, vendors, food and more! Admission is free, but donations or dry pet food are appreciated.
9AM-4PM • SAN MARCOS DOWNTOWN SQUARE
Enjoy a juried outdoor art market featuring art of all types including painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and carvings. More than 40 artist showcase and sell their works on the shaded courthouse lawn. Come browse, shop and listen to the live music played at the market all afternoon. The art market is held the second Saturday of every month.
City Cemetery Tales
3PM-5PM • SAN MARCOS CITY CEMETERY
Tour historical grave sites and listen to captivating tales about noteworthy figures from the City of San Marcos. Guides will share the stories of the men and women leaders, innovators and sports celebrities who helped shape our community. There will also be headstone carving demonstration. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 5 are free.
5PM-8PM • DICK’S CLASSIC GARAGE CAR MUSEUM
On the third Saturday of every month, bring your classic, antique, muscle or unique car or bike to Dick’s Classic Garage for a fun evening of live music and grilled hamburgers from Henry’s Restaurant. Free museum admission after 5pm.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
6:30-8:30PM • SAN MARCOS REC HALL
Dia de los Muertos is a rich combination of indigenous and Spanish cultural traditions, transcending borders and generations, which celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Enjoy an evening filled with music, dance, food, face painting, and crafts as you learn about this holiday and how to create your own Dia de los Muertos altar. Share stories, but take home more than just memories! This is a free event.
Salsa on the Square
9PM-12AM • STONEWALL WAREHOUSE
The Latin Music Studies at Texas State University presents an exciting evening of Salsa music and dance on the downtown square. Performers include Texas State's salsa ensembles: Salsa del Rio and Orquesta del Rio. Admission limited to those who are 18 years and up; $5 cover charge for 18-20 year-olds; no cover charge for those 21 and up.