San Marcos Like a Local

Mermaids, Motor Shows, Movies, Markets, Molten Glass & More

September 14, 2016

by Charlotte WattignyPhoto above by Mark McMullen

September 15-18 Events: Here are this weekend’s highlights! More events can be found on our event page.

Mermaid Lounge: Happy Hour and Movie

SEPTEMBER 15  •  5-7PM •  CRYSTAL RIVER INN

Enjoy light refreshments and Mermaid libations or just relax and take a break from the day in the beautiful courtyard gardens and historic Main House library. Watching The Documentary of a Texas Treasure: Aquarena Springs and Ralph the Swimming Pig. Have fun posting your Mermaid pictures with the Mermaid treasure box props, while sharing laughs and creating memories.


 

San Marcos Cinema Club Screening of Selena

SEPTEMBER 15 •  6-10PM  •  CUAUHTEMOC HALL

Free screening of SELENA hosted in San Marcos' historic Cuauthemoc Hall, where the epic Tejano star actually performed. Timed w/ Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day in Mexico), the SELENA screening will feature free pizza and live accordion music. This is a family-friendly free event.
 

 

3rd Thursday Gallery Night

SEPTEMBER 15 •  6-9PM  •  DOWNTOWN SAN MARCOS

Every 3rd Thursday of join us downtown for an evening of food, drinks, and art as we celebrate our creative city. Stroll through historic downtown and learn about the growing art community in San Marcos. Participating galleries include 218 Studioworks, Dahlia Woods Gallery and Rio Claro Studio.
 

 

Mermaid Week: Ball, Parade, Festival

SEPTEMBER 16-18  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Arts organizations and businesses alike are partnering on events throughout Mermaid Week. The event’s mascot, a mermaid, harks back to San Marcos’ Aquarena Springs Amusement Park where Aquamaids were the main attraction. For a full list of all events visit www.mermaidsocietysmtx.com.

MERMAID SOCIETY BALL • SEPTEMBER 16 • 7-11:30PM • TICKETED

This ticketed event at The Meadows Center includes starry night rooftop views, sunset glass bottom boat cruises, live music, dancing, dining, specialty cocktails, live art performances and the crowning of the Society’s first Queen. River chic and other creatively inspired evening attire is highly encouraged.

SMTX MERMAID PARADE • SEPTEMBER 17 • 10AM-12PM • FREE

The parade begins at Cheatham St. at CM Allen Pkwy. and continues through downtown. Leading the parade is Austin Samba, a Brazilian percussion dance troupe and Las Monas de San Antonio performance group who will bringing their brand of creativity, fantasy and imagination with a sizzling combination of rhythm, dance, movement, color, joy and giant mermaid puppets! The parade will feature floats, marchers, music and “all things San Marcos.” This is a free event.

MERMAID SPLASH • SEPTEMBER 17 • 1-8PM • FREE

After the parade, festivities move to San Marcos Plaza Park for a day of family-friendly games, live music, art market, food trucks and more. Listen to live music throughout the day while relaxing with the family. Take a seat at the festival’s Community Table and meet neighbors and new friends while you enjoy culinary foods from a variety of food trucks. Shop at the Artisan Alley, a juried art market representing artwork in different mediums, including ceramics, glasswork, metalwork, photography, wood, jewelry, sculpture, painting upscale/recycle, and mixed media. This is a free event and pet-friendly festival.
 

 

Solar Ray Opener

SEPTEMBER 17 •  5-8PM  •  WIMBERLEY GLASSWORKS

Join Wimberley Glassworks as they present a stunning array of glass. Watch the illumination of the Glassworks’ latest art glass installation transition into the night. Meet the artist and peruse the gallery of art glass collections and blown glass lighting. The event will feature live music by Outliers, fine wine tasting from Patio Dolcetto and appetizers by Palmers Restaurant.

 

Cruise In Night

SEPTEMBER 17 •  5-8PM  •  DICK’S CLASSIC GARAGE CAR MUSEUM

Enjoy a fun filled night of classic cars, live music and local eats. Bring your classic car and experience a great family fun event. After enjoying all the cars outside you can take a stroll through the museum and see some of the greatest cars ever made. Event is open to the public and admission is FREE after 5pm.
 

 

Zelicks Motor Show

SEPTEMBER 17 •  12-4PM  •  ZELICKS

Love Vintage Cars and Motorcycles? You will have a chance to get your fix, as Zelicks is hosting it's first Motor Show. There will be vintage/custom/collectible cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles coming to show off their rides from all over the Hill Country. There will also be live music, BBQ, Pin-Up girls, and some killer vendors.

 

Middleton Brewing Art Market Day

SEPTEMBER 17 •  12-5PM  •  MIDDLETON BREWING

Come out for the monthly Art Market Day, buy some locally made things, eat some good local food, listen to local live music, and of course drink some great local beer!
 

 

Condor Danza

SEPTEMBER 18 •  3PM  •  CUAUHTEMOC HALL

Indigenous Cultures Institute presents a matinee at 3:00 PM Condor Danza is an exciting preview of the Sacred Springs Powwow that features an Aztec dance company from Dallas – Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli. The Condor Danza event features a traditional dance style that has become extremely popular throughout Mexico and Texas. The event will feature dancers dressed in exotic regalia with huge headdresses of multi-colored feathers that sometimes incorporate animal spirits. The dance itself is fast paced with strong rhythmic steps that increase in speed to a controlled and spectacular frenzy.

 

Unicycle Football

SUNDAYS THRU MAY •  3:00PM & 5:00PM • GOLD CROWN BILLIARDS LOT

The Unicycle Football League currently has 8 teams that play every Sunday during the 56-game season. If you’re not already familiar, Unicycle Football is surprisingly exactly as it sounds, full-on American football played entirely on unicycles. They play a 5 on 5 “flackle” variant where players must be mounted on a unicycle to be in play. Similar to flag football, if your flag is pulled you are down, but adding unicycles to the mix you can also be tackled off your unicycle to be marked down, thus the “flackle” combination. There are other minor adjustments in the rules to accommodate being on a unicycle as well. There are a lot of quirks and peculiarities that can’t be appropriately described in words and must be experienced first hand. Come out and see for yourself! For complete schedule visit www.unicyclefootball.com.

 

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Santa’s River Race

SEPTEMBER 24 •  8AM-1PM  •  SAN MARCOS CITY PARK to MARTINDALE, TX

Break out your holiday attire and come out and compete in the 2nd Annual Santa’s River Race! The race begins at San Marcos City Park and finishes approximately 7.36 miles down river. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards may all participate. Don’t have a kayak but still want to race? Rentals are available with the kayak, paddle, and life-jacket ready upon your arrival race morning. Duration of the actual race is no longer than 3 hours. 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. Racers will be shuttled back after the race. Best of all, the proceeds go to support San Marcos Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Visit santasriverrace.com for more info.