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Fall Events In SMTX

September 8, 2017

Just when the weather in San Marcos starts to “cool” down, the events calendar starts to heat up! Football games, of both the unicycle and non-unicycle variety, 5K runs, festivals, live music performances and much more – it’s a great season to plan your SMTXperience.



Live Music – Every Night Of The Week

It’s always a good night for live music in San Marcos! From large venues to homey coffee shops, rap to country, there’s plenty of options for you to choose from. Our Sounds of San Marcos Live Music Lineup is updated weekly.


Farmer’s Market – Every Saturday & Tuesday

The San Marcos Farmer’s Market provides a wonderful space for Central Texas farmers to market their crops and wares. Products found at the Farmer’s Market are fresh, homegrown and homemade goods.

Saturday: Downtown Square on San Antonio Street | 9 am – 1 pm

Tuesday: CM Allen Pkwy at Hopkins St. behind The Hitch: A Mobile Eatery | 3-6pm


Unicycle Football – Every Sunday Of The Month

Unicycle Football is exactly what you think it is – traditional football played while riding unicycles. This rowdy spectator sport is quite the SMTXperience and takes place at a yet to be determined location every Sunday.


Art Squared Art Market – Every 2nd Saturday Through Dec

Enjoy an outdoor market featuring art of all types. Painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and live music are featured by more than 30 artists from the San Marcos area. 

San Marcos Downtown Square | 9 am – 4 pm | 512.825.2819 |


3rd Thursday Downtown Walk About – Every 3rd Thursday Of The Month

The 3rd Thursday Downtown Walk About is a family-friendly event with food, drinks, art, shopping and music. Experience creative, and historic, downtown San Marcos while you visit different businesses, art galleries and eateries.

San Marcos Downtown Square | 6-9 pm


First Saturday Birding Hikes – Every First Saturday Of The Month

From water fowl to woodpeckers – you never know which feathered friends will be spotted in San Marcos natural areas. Join guide Stephen Ramirez, local photographer and unicycle enthusiast, as he leads groups the first Saturday of every month at sunrise.



SMTX Pride – Sept 9

Pride is our community’s way to unite in a positive stance against violence and discrimination towards LGBTQ people. Our goal is to bring awareness of unity, equality, while building a community of support.

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 North CM Allen Parkway | 512.393.8400


Mermaid Parade and Aqua Faire – Sept 16

Celebrate San Marcos’ art, heritage and river culture, with a major emphasis on environmental awareness, with Mermaid Fest. With mermaid themed activities taking place throughout the city, the primary events include the Downtown Mermaid Parade and the Mermaid Aqua Faire.

Downtown San Marcos and San Marcos City Park, 170 Charles Austin Drive


Diez y Sies Fiesta – Sept 16

Celebrate Mexican Independence day with fun for the whole family! With more than nine bands performing, a petting zoo and pony rides, it’s sure to be an amazing celebration.

VFW Hall, 1701 Hunter Road | 512.667.6216


TXST Football vs Appalachian State – Sept 16

Eat ‘em up Cats! Come out to Bobcat Stadium and cheer on the Texas State Bobcats as they face Appalachian State in their first Sun Belt Conference game of the season.

Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive | 512.245.2272


Junior Texas Water Safari – Sept 16

This 16-mile water adventure provides a great opportunity for canoeists and kayakers to test their skills, gain experience in the water and prepare for the big Texas Water Safari the following summer.

San Marcos City Park, 170 Charles Austin Drive | 512.738.6607


ACK Fall Demo Days – Sept 23

Get ready to get out on the water and demo more than 90 kayaks and stand up paddleboards! Along with trying out the equipment there will be informational and fun clinics to help you get the most of your ACK demo.

Texas Ski Ranch, 6700 North IH 35 | 830.627.2843


TXST Football vs UTSA – Sept 23

Eat ‘em up Cats! Come out to Bobcat Stadium and cheer on the Texas State Bobcats as they face the UTSA Roadrunners in their second I-35 showdown.

Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive | 512.245.2272


Spring Lake Triathlon – Sept 30

The Annual Spring Lake Triathlon is one of the few opportunities where athletes are open to swim in Spring Lake, the beautiful and pristine headwaters of the San Marcos River. There are limited slots available so sign up today!

The Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive | 512.245.7570



Rods at Riley’s – Oct 7

Roads at Riley’s is a class car and hot rod meet up that you have to see to believe! Classic cars, motorcycles, hot rods, live music and food – what more could you want?

Riley’s Tavern, 8894 FM 1102 | 512.392.3132

TXST Football vs University of Louisiana at Monroe - Oct 7

Eat ‘em up Cats! Come out to Bobcat Stadium and cheer on the Texas State Bobcats as they face the ULM Warhawks

Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive | 512.245.2272


Sacred Springs Powwow – Oct 14-15

The Sacred Springs Powwow is an annual celebration of the Native American culture that has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years. Native dance from across Texas gather at the Sacred Springs in San Marcos dressed in beautiful, hand-crafted regalia. Come watch the dancers, participate in the intertribal dances and enjoy the booths that offer authentic Native American arts and food.

Spring Lake, Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Dr. | 512.393.3310


Dam Chili Cook-Off – Oct 21

The 13th Annual Dam Chili Cook-Off is, of course, a wonderful place to taste some fantastic chili! However, there’s also a silent auction and artisan vendors that you simply can’t miss.

Dam Chili Cook-Off Grounds, 2812 SE River Road


Pet Fest – Oct 21

PetFest is a celebration of pets both large and small. Enjoy the PetFest parade, kid’s games, arts and crafts, pet demos, pet and owner look-a-like contest, pet costumes, exhibits, concert, vendors, food and more!

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway | 512.754.7257


BoMF Bigfoot Trail Race – Oct 28

This year's Bigfoot Trail Race is going to be a memorable one for sure! The course winds through the beautiful, undeveloped parkland of Spring Lake Preserve, taking runners through meadow and woodland.  Prepare for an exhilarating challenge and select from three distance options: 5K, 10K and 30K.

Spring Lake Preserve, West Laurel Street


San Marcos Cemetery Tales & Tour – Oct 28

Enjoy a “lively” guided tour of the historic San Marcos Cemetery with your period-accurate actor guide. A festive event where you can appreciate the history of San Marcos and the people who have called it home through the ages.

San Marcos City Cemetery, 1001 Old Ranch Road 12



TXST Football vs New Mexico State – Nov 4

Eat ‘em up Cats! Come out to Bobcat Stadium and cheer on the Texas State Bobcats as they take on New Mexico State for Homecoming.  

Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive | 512.245.2272


CAF Veterans Dinner & 40’s Swing Band Hangar Dance – Nov 11

Come honor and celebrate the brave men and women who gave us our freedom at the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing in San Marcos. Swing dance along to authentic ‘40s music amongst restored and function WWII aircraft. It’s a night you won’t soon remember.

Commemorative Air Force CenTex Hangar, San Marcos Airport | 512.396.1943


Veterans Day Parade – Nov 11

Honor and remember all those who have served our country at the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Marcos.

Hays County Courthouse | 512.393.8400


TXST Football vs Georgia State – Nov 11

Eat ‘em up Cats! Come out to Bobcat Stadium and cheer on the Texas State Bobcats as they face Georgia State in their final home game of the season.  

Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive | 512.245.2272


Sights & Sounds of Christmas – Nov 29-Dec 2

Enjoy four full evenings of holiday festivities in San Marcos. Highlights include carnival rides, arts & crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances, live nativity scene and a food court.

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway | 512.393.8400