San Marcos Like a Local

2019 Annual Events

January 11, 2019

Quirky parades, art markets, music and film festivals, and yes, even mermaid mania - it’s never a dull time in San Marcos! Peruse our events calendar to find an event that speaks to you for your next SMTXperience. 

Farmer's Market - Saturdays

Looking for fresh local produce and other homemade goodies? The San Marcos Farmer’s Market provides a wonderful space for Central Texas farmers to market their crops and wares.

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

Summer in the Park - Thursdays all Summer

Enjoy free live music in the park each Thursday evening. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments to enjoy while you are serenaded under the stars. The opening act and headliner list can be found on the website each year.

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy | 7:30-9:30 pm | 512.393.8400 

Art Squared Art Market - 2nd Saturdays March - December

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 |


Sunday San Market – Every Sunday

From produce to art – the Sunday San Market is a great place to find all things locally made in San Marcos!

Corner of University Drive and Hutchison | 10am-3pm

San Mercado Community Market – 4th Saturdays

From original art to handmade goods, vintage treasures to plants, San Mercado is home to a variety of fun finds!  

Price Center | 9am-4pm


Unicycle Football – Every Sunday August – March

American football played on unicycles, with a joust start and human field goals – Unicycle Football is a must-see event in San Marcos. 
San Marcos Activity Center | Game #1 1pm – Game #2 3pm


3rd Thursday Downtown Walk About  - 3rd Thursdays

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

1st Saturday Birding Hikes - 1st Saturdays 

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.


January 20
Celtic Fest

The San Marcos Celtic Festival is a free celebration of St. Brigid’s day – considered the first day of spring in Ireland. The festival will feature traditional Irish and Celtic music, art and crafts. A family-friendly event, the Celtic Festival is a cultural celebration appropriate for all ages. 

San Marcos Activity Center | 12 pm – 6 pm



February 5
Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders

The Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders will make their annual appearance in San Marcos as they travel to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Riders will enjoy lunch at restaurants around the square and Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler will be available for all attendees to enjoy free of charge. Watching the Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders ride through downtown San Marcos is always a fun, family-friendly event.

Hays County Courthouse | 11:30 am


February 9-10
Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration and Hill Country Jazz Festival

From big bands and combos to individual instrumentalists, the Hill Country Jazz Festival will feature some of the best performers west of the Mississippi River. A very special portion of the festival will be a celebration of Eddie Durham. Durham, a Texas jazz legend and San Marcos native, was a renowned guitarist who pioneered the use of electric guitar in jazz music.

Evans Auditorium – Texas State University


March 2
Middleton Brewing Company 5K Beer Run

Do you love craft beer and exercise? Then we have a great run for you! The Middleton Brewing Company Third Coast 5k Beer run starts and finishes at Middleton Brewing Co and runs the rural streets of Oakwood Loop near the brewery. Finish with a tasting, finisher glass and shirt.

Middleton Brewery 101 Oakwood Loop |8 am | 512.847.3435


March 2

Downtown Mardi Gras Parade

The Mistick Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade is a family friendly Mardi Gras parade where floats wind through the Historic District of San Marcos.

Downtown San Marcos



April 11-14
Downtown Swing

The Downtown Swing festival is a weekend full of live music and family fun. Downtown Swing takes place in various venues in historic downtown San Marcos. There will be a Hall of Fame Show, farmers’ and arts market and Cowboy Gospel show. 

Hays County Courthouse


April 20
Mutt Strutt

Bring your four-legged friend for a fun one-mile walk along the San Marcos River. After the brisk walk, there will be pet contests and a silent auction to partake in. There will also be live music, door prizes and complimentary donuts and coffee. All registered participants receive T-shirts, bottled water and goodie bags.

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy.  


April 27

Just for Fun Parade

The Just for Fun Parade is, well, just for fun! Get all decked out in your wildest outfit (no worries, there’s not a theme) and join in on the fun.

Children’s Park | 10am



May 3-5
Heritage Home Tour

Enjoy this two-day event featuring self-guided tours of some of San Marcos’ historic homes and culturally significant sites. This is the only weekend these homes are open for tours.

Various Residential Historic Districts

Date TBA
Dirt Dauber Festival

Partake in a wonderful celebration of all things clay with this free event. Watch clay art demonstrations, enjoy refreshments, a kids’ clay play table and live music.

Eye of the Dog Art Center, 405 Valley view West Road | 512.754.8171


June 8
Texas Water Safari

Considered the “World’s Toughest Canoe Race,” the Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile long canoe and kayak race from Spring Lake in San Marcos to the city of Seadrift on the Texas coastline. Come cheer the teams on at our riverside parks.

Meadows Center start, 201 San Marcos Springs Dr. | 512.738.6607


Date TBA
Juneteenth Celebrations

Commemorate the ending of slavery with the San Marcos Juneteenth Celebrations. The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, festivities include a parade and charity BBQ cook-off.

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy. | Event – 512.396.4903



July 4

Come out to San Marcos Plaza Park for the city’s annual 4th of July celebration. Enjoy live music, a children’s parade, a patriotic costume contest, food vendors and a grand finale fireworks display.

San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Pkwy | 512.393.5930


September 7

SMTX Pride
Pride is a great way to unite in a positive stance against violence and discrimination towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and ally people. The goal of SMTX Pride is to bring awareness of unity and equality while building a community of support.


September 21
Junior Texas Water Safari

Running from San Marcos City Park to Staples Hwy 1977 bridge, 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 Dr. 512.738.6607

September 7-21
SMTX Mermaid Splash

Mermaids take over San Marcos during the annual SMTX Mermaid Splash!  With mermaid themed activities taking place throughout the city, the primary events include The Mermaid Ball, The Downtown Mermaid Parade and the Mermaid Splash.

Downtown San Marcos and San Marcos City Park, 170 Charles Austin Dr. 


Date TBA

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 Pkwy. | 512.754.7257


November 1-3

Lost River Film Fest

The Lost River Film Fest is a multi-day of indie-cinema that combines cutting-edge films with memorable events like live music, burlesque, BMX exhibitions and uniquely San Marcos parties. 


November 9
Veterans Day Parade

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


November 9
CAF Veterans Dinner & 40’s Swing Band Hangar Dance

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 surely won’t forget.

Commemorative Air Force CenTex Hangar, San Marcos Airport | 512.396.1943

Date TBA 
Sacred Springs Powwow

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



December 4 - 7
December 11 - 13
Sights & Sounds of Christmas

Enjoy eight full evenings of holiday cheer in San Marcos. Highlights include carnival rides, arts & crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances, live nativity scene, a food court and tons of beautiful lights!

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


December 19
Wine & Wassail Walk

Kick off the holiday season in downtown San Marcos with the Wine & Wassail Walk. There will also be a Farm to Table dinner where downtown eateries transform local produce, wine and goods into a gourmet meal.

Downtown San Marcos | 512.393.8430