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2020 Annual Events in San Marcos

December 31, 2019

With art markets, quirky parades, music and film festivals, and even Unicycle Football - it’s never a dull time in San Marcos! Make sure to check our events calendar periodically to find an upcoming event that speaks to you for your next SMTXperience. 

Farmer's Market - Saturdays

Farm-fresh produce and other homegrown or homemade products are available at the Farmer’s Market. Pick up something fresh to nibble on while you peruse what San Marcos has to offer, or grab some groceries to cook at home.

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

http://summerintheparksm.org/ 


Art Squared Art Market - 2nd Saturdays March - December

Art Squared Arts Market is a juried arts and fine crafts market that brings the best local artists together in one place. You’ll find great art of all kinds, live music, free kids’ arts and crafts booth, live art demonstrations and more.

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

  

San Mercado Community Market – 2nd Saturdays

From original art and handmade goods to funky finds and custom creations, San Mercado is a must-stop event on your second Saturday SMTXperience. There are also art shows, musical entertainment and kid-friendly activities.

Price Center | 9am-4pm

 

Unicycle Football – Every Sunday August – March

Unicycle Football is exactly as it sounds - American football played entirely on unicycles. It’s a 5 on 5 “flackle” (flag/tackle) variant and with a few minor adjustments in the rules to accommodate a unicycle - but it’s still good ol’ American football!


San Marcos Activity Center | Game #1 1pm – Game #2 3pm  

http://www.unicyclefootball.com/

 

2nd Saturday Downtown Walk About – 2nd Saturdays

The Downtown Walkabout is a free, family-friendly event that features street artisans and pop-up shops, pedicab rides, live outdoor music, businesses with expanded hours or specials and more. Eat, stroll and vibe Downtown San Marcos!

San Marcos Downtown Square | 6-9 pm
 

1st Saturday Birding Hikes - 1st Saturdays 

From waterfowl to woodpeckers, hawks to songbirds – you never know what will be spotted. Hikes are guided by Stephen Ramirez, a local photographer. For location, contact Stephen@birdsiview.org or the Facebook group, “San Marcos Bird Walk.”

Stephen@birdsview.org



JANUARY

January 11

Purgatory Trail Run – 10 Mile & 5K

The Purgatory Trail Run 10 Mile and 5K race is a USA Track & Field sanctioned trail race through the beautiful Purgatory Creek Natural Area and Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.

Purgatory Creek Greenspace | 9 am Start Time

https://www.athleteguild.com/running/san-marcos-tx/2020-8th-annual-purgatory-trail-run

 

January 20
MLK Celebration and March

The MLK Celebration and March will start with a public wreath-laying at 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Memorial, on the corner of South LBJ and MLK Drives. After, there will be a silent march to the Dunbar Recreation Center for a memorial celebration where a speech will be made by SMHS principal Denisha Presley.

LBJ MLK Crossroads Memorial | 9:30 am

 

FEBRUARY

February 3
Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders

Giddy-up and get yourself downtown to welcome the Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders as they make their annual stop on the way to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Horses, wagons and plenty of cowboy hats are a sight to see and perfect for a family activity.

Hays County Courthouse | 11:30 am

 

February 9
Celtic Fest

Featuring a full afternoon of Celtic bands, Irish dancers, fine art, vendor booths, demonstrations, piping, Morris side, harp, soft-tipped archery, children’s crafts, food and more! A family-friendly event, the Celtic Festival is a cultural celebration appropriate for all ages. Admission is free.

San Marcos Activity Center | 12 pm – 6 pm


February 9
San Marcos Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

Do you think you have what it takes to finish one of San Marcos’ most challenging Half Marathons? Test your limits at the San Marcos Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.  Courses are designed to test your endurance with a variety of challenging hills and flat stretches. And of course, finishers earn bragging rights for completing the oldest half marathon course in Texas.

 

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

 

February 22

Mardi Gras Parade

Laissez les bon temps rouler! The Mistick Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade is an annual celebration of Mardi Gras with floats, music and lots of fun. The parade winds through the Historic Homes District of San Marcos and Downtown. Downtown San Marcos

Belvin Street | 12 pm


MARCH

March 7
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 | 8 am | 512.847.3435

www.runintexas.com/middleton

 

APRIL

April 3-5

Martian Arts Festival

Celebrate San Marcos’ diversity and vibrant culture with Martian Arts Festival! The festival showcases local talent by blending arts and music to provide a distinguishably unforgettable experience. This weekend is loaded with musical acts ranging from reggae rock to fusion jazz, plus silent disco, local artisans, yoga and meditation sessions, workshops and much more!

1100 High Road

 

April 20
Mutt Strutt

It’s time to celebrate your “good boy or girl” with a morning filled with activities! Kick off the festivities with a one-mile walk along the San Marcos River.

After the brisk walk, there will be pet contests (seriously, how cute is that?) 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 bag.

San Marcos Plaza Park
http://www.muttstrutt.org/  

 

April 25

Just for Fun Parade

The Just for Fun Parade is exactly what it sounds like, a parade for no other purpose than to have fun. Bust out your wildest outfit and get ready to join the parade!

Meet everyone by Children's Park at 9am to walk, ride, pedal or roll your way towards Downtown on CM Allen Parkway. Rather just watch? The parade starts at 10am. Line the streets on the Square and bring all your friends to watch a little Saturday morning craziness.

Children’s Park | 10am

 

MAY

May 2-3
Heritage Home Tour

Step inside some of San Marcos’ most gorgeous homes at the Heritage Home Tour. The multi-day event features self-guided tours of some of San Marcos’ historic homes and culturally significant sites. Docents are stationed around the homes ready to let you in on the history, secrets and architectural delights found in each home. This is the only weekend these homes are open for tours, so take advantage of this unique opportunity!
Various Locations

http://www.heritagesanmarcos.org/


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 | 512.754.8171

www.eyeofthedog.com



JUNE

June 13
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 | 512.738.6607

www.texaswatersafari.com

 

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 | Event – 512.396.4903


  

JULY

July 4
SummerFest

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 | 512.393.5930

www.summerfestSMTX.com


SEPTEMBER

Date TBA
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. 
www.smtxpride.org

 

September 19
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 | 512.738.6607
www.texaswatersafari.org


Date TBA
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.
https://www.mermaidsocietysmtx.com/ 



OCTOBER

Date TBA
PetFest

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 | 512.754.7257

www.preventalitter.com/pet-fest

 

October 3-4 
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.

Meadows Center| 512.393.3310

https://www.sspowwow.com/



NOVEMBER

Date TBA
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.

https://www.lostriverfilmfest.org/ 

 

November 7
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 7
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

www.CAFcentex.com


 

DECEMBER

December 2-5 & 9-12
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 | 512.393.8400

www.sights-n-sounds.org