Walking around San Marcos is truly a sensory experience. The smells, colors, textures and tastes of San Marcos tell a story of the city, its citizens and the unique culture that grew here. One of the most important San Marcos cultural staples is the flourishing art scene. With an ever-growing collection of muralssculpturesgalleries and more, San Marcos has created a thriving culture for art lovers and artists alike.


10 foot tall painted mermaid statue with fish taco in hand

Public Art

From murals that take up the whole side of a building to teeny tiny pieces hiding in plain sight - you never know what you’ll find exploring San Marcos. New art seems to pop up in the most unexpected places. Next time you stroll around the square we suggest taking a shortcut to look in alleyways and behind buildings to find your new favorite piece. And speaking of favorites, don’t forget to share a photo of your favorites on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #SMTXperience! We’d love to see your shots.

Find a map of our public murals HERE and Mermaid March statues HERE


Woman at outdoor market with painting and flowers

Art Markets

Ah, art markets – one of our favorite things to do in the spring. Nothing beats strolling from booth to booth to peruse unique art and home goods on a sunshine-filled weekend. And lucky for us, San Marcos has several options no matter the weekend! Also, every Saturday from 9am-1pm you can shop the Downtown San Marcos Farmer’s Market. 

Saturday Market Soiree

Every Saturday

The Davenport


1st Saturday Mermaid Bazaar

Every 1st Saturday

Wonder World Park


Art Squared Arts Market

Every 2nd Saturday

Hays County Courthouse Lawn



Back Alley Bazaar

Every 3rd Saturday

Unknown Concept



Every 1st and 3rd Sunday

Studio San Martian



Martian Culture

Every 2nd Sunday



Max’s Haus Vintage Market

Every 3rd Weekend

Downtown Martindale

Thursday 4:30-8pm ($10 cover)

Friday 11am-7pm

Saturday 10am-4pm


Two women looking at glass platters

Galleries and Shopping

We are always mesmerized by the glass blowing demonstrations at Wimberley Glassworks. See the artists at work in their shop and then purchase some of their beautiful creations from the gallery so you’ll always have a little piece of colorful San Marcos.

After all the time we’ve spent at home this past year, it may be time to add a little *pizzaz* to your space. Well, you’re in for a real treat at the San Marcos Art Center! They’ve got wonderful pieces of work from local artists begging to go home with you.

In our opinion, no San Marcos experience is complete without at least a little bit of shopping. Enter Unknown Concept, Vagabond, Monkies Vintage and Thrift and Solid Gold. New items made from local creators and vintage treasures curated from fashionable locals – you really never know what cool item you’ll discover shopping small in San Marcos.


Band playing on stage
Live Music and Libations

Of course, San Marcos isn’t just a masterpiece for the eyes. Oh no, it’s also a sensation to be experienced via taste and sound as well. That’s why we always recommend you have at least one craft beverage of whatever strikes your fancy and a little local live music.

San Marcos has four wonderful craft breweries, two of which are located downtown, with outdoor or patio areas for you to sip and savor under the big and bright Texas stars. (AquaBrew, Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub, Middleton Brewing and Roughhouse Brewing) Or, head to Patio Dolcetto for wines, bites and a romantic courtyard. And if you thought Downtown San Marcos was the place to be during the day, you’ll love it when the sun goes down…

Kick back, relax and let the groove take you at one of our live music venues. Whether you’re feeling like a small coffee shop show or a large concert venue, we’ve got you covered.