Spring is in the air, and San Marcos is buzzing with creativity! Immersive art experiences and lively Downtown music series, and more – there are quite a few uniquely San Marcos events happening in the upcoming months. Here's a roundup of the must-see arts and music events happening in San Marcos.


Woman shows man and kids a piece of art at Art Squared in Downtown San Marcos, TX.

Reccuring Events

Art Squared

Second Saturdays
Hays County Historic Courthouse Lawn

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 kid's arts and crafts booth, live art demonstrations, and more.


Martian Culture

Second Sundays

Martian Culture is a celebration of all things San Marcos. This event will feature live painters and artists, live DJ, special performances, original artwork, prints and hand crafted goods. 21+ 8:00pm.


Two women plan out their next stop on the San Marcos Studio Tour

April Events

San Marcos Studio Tour

April 5-7
Various Locations

Art lovers and artists alike will love exploring colorful and creative San Marcos during the San Marcos Studio Tour. This free, self-guided tour will feature more than 50 artists across San Marcos, Martindale, and surrounding areas. Artists will be showcasing their studio spaces and artwork during this inspiring and interactive weekend-long occasion. You will get an insider’s look into the artistic creative process - the messy workspaces, the paint-splattered floors, the at-home and garage studios, the cluttered art supplies, the inspirational walls of reference photos, and the clay-ridden wheels. These environments, though sometimes unpolished, are where the magic happens and creativity flourishes.



April 6-7
Hays County Historic Courthouse

An immersive, illuminated artwork will light up the Downtown Square leading up to the April 8 solar eclipse. Commissioned by the San Marcos Arts Commission, the project, Alignmentality, is a collaboration of three local artists. VR artist Topher Sipes, multi-media painter Alicia Philley, and projection artist Jasna Boudard have created a watery, abstract animation using the vivid colors from five of Philley’s paintings. The 24-minute artwork will run for five cycles each evening, offering a communal and fleeting experience that honors the solar eclipse and the San Marcos River. There is also a complimentary projection installation at Mothership Studios, April 5-7 during the San Marcos Studio Tour.


Just For Fun Parade

April 27
Parade begins at 10am
Begins at Children's Park

Celebrating their 46th year, 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.


A couple enjoy the live music performance at Music on the Square in Downtown San Marcos

May Events

Music on the Square

Fridays in May 2024 (excluding the 5/3)

Hays County Historic Courthouse Lawn

Get your groove on with this free, family-friendly concert series in Downtown San Marcos. The event takes place on Fridays in May at the Hays County HistoricCourthouse. Guests are encouraged to order to-go from a local business and bring a chair, blanket, and drinks (no glass)! 


Dirt Dauber Fest

May 18-19
Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 12-5pm
Eye of The Dog Art Center

It's that time of year again, Dirt Dauber! Join Eye of The Dog Art Center for their annual festival! Free and fun for the whole family, the event includes two days of music, refreshments, art demos, and contests of great skill. Shop amazing pieces from more than 40 artists. And, if you buy a mug, you get a free drink!