San Marcos Like a Local

Outdoor Music Venues

September 28, 2017

Brews, tunes and good times all around – there’s no better way to enjoy a crisp fall night in San Marcos than by catching a live music performance outdoors. From family-friendly venues to neighborhood hot spots, San Marcos has an outdoor venue for every mood.



You’re always in for a good time at AquaBrew. Located in downtown San Marcos, AquaBrew serves as a brewery and restaurant. You can take in some downtown views from the rooftop deck, or be serenaded in the large beer garden below.


Buzz Mill

Buzz Mill isn’t your typical neighbor”wood” restaurant and bar. The rustic vibe, unique menu and cozy “backyard” stage is perfect for “setting up camp” and listening to some excellent music.


Chances R

Looking for a SMTXperience the locals love? Chances R, located next to AquaBrew, is full of character and is home to some of the best cocktails in San Marcos! Play some pool or shuffleboard, grab a drink and head out back for a fun and intimate live music performance.


Happy Cow Bar and Grill

Looking for a spacious outdoor music venue that’s fun for the whole family? Happy Cow Bar and Grill has you covered! Grab a picnic table, kick back and enjoy a delicious burger, cold beer and great music. There’s plenty of space for little ones to explore while you relax.


Hays Co. BBQ

Good BBQ and good music, is there any other way to spend a Friday night? Get your brisket, sausage, or whatever sounds good, there’s no way to go wrong at Hays Co. BBQ, and pick a spot outside by the unique stage (a converted Lone Star truck) for a front-row performance.


Louie’s Oyster House & Beer Garden

Louie’s Oyster House & Beer Garden is the only live music venue to have a playscape for the kids. So, kick back and relax, maybe have a beer and some oysters and enjoy the show knowing your kids are doing just fine entertaining themselves.  


Patio Dolcetto

If you’re looking for an elegant night out with friends, we can’t recommend Patio Dolcetto enough. What’s better than delicious brick-oven pizzas, exotic cheeses, scrumptious desserts, high-end craft beers and wines plus live music under the stars? Nothing, that’s what.


Tantra Coffeehouse

Tantra Coffeehouse is a charming and eclectic venue located in downtown San Marcos. From bluegrass to hip-hop, you’ll hear it all in the beer garden at Tantra Coffeehouse. Tantra Coffeehouse also has a decent craft beer selection, fantastic coffee (of course) and home cooked food.


The Hitch

Coffee, pitas, noodles, burgers, BBQ, smoothies and Hawaiian – The Hitch has food options for everyone! We recommend grabbing a table, creating a smorgasbord with delicacies from each trailer and feasting while being serenaded under the big Texas sky!


Do you have a favorite outdoor music venue in San Marcos? Let us know in the comments! 

Photo by: Victor Bustos