Fall is the perfect time to plan your next SMTXperience! The San Marcos events calendar is stacked with everything from a mermaid celebration and Powwow to a film festival and art markets. And, of course, so much more! 

Mermaid parade participant riding a bike.


September 23

Every September merfolk take over San Marcos for the Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest. This annual event celebrates the unique San Marcos culture and features local art and heritage. The event is made up of a parade and faire. If you love the quirky and colorful, you surely won’t want to miss this!  

Woman sings at Martian Arts Fest in San Marcos, Texas

Martian Arts Festival

September 21-23

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!

Ceremonial Native American dancers at Powwow


October 7-8

The Sacred Springs Powwow is a two-day annual celebration of the culture, art, traditions, and languages of the native population known as the Coahuiltecans that have been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years. More than 100 native dancers from across Texas gather at the Meadows Center dressed in beautiful, hand-crafted regalia and compete all day to the beat of traditional drums and songs. 

A crowd enjoy a film at the Lost River Film Fest in San Marcos, Texas

Lost River Film Fest

October 12-15

Film lovers will want to make sure to check out the Lost River Film Fest! The four-day festival has a robust offering of new, independent cinema – culled from across the planet – with screenings, and adjacent events throughout Downtown San Marcos. In celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of its theatrical release, opening night will feature a special viewing of THE GETAWAY, the fugitive heist thriller filmed in San Marcos in 1972, followed by a Garden Party.

Eddie Durham Jazz Fest

October 21

Jazz lovers will get a kick out of the Eddie Durham Jazz Fest in Eddie Durham Park! The fest celebrates local legend, and jazz icon, Eddie Durham in his namesake park from 11am-5pm. Enjoy live jazz performances from Morris Nelms and the Calaboose Players, Indigo Soul featuring Sonia Love, Joe Morales, Quartet, Central Texas Women of Jazz, and the Texas State University Jazz Ensemble. 

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

Art Squared Art Market

2nd Saturdays Through 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, live music, a free kid's arts and crafts booth, live art demonstrations, and more. Note that the September market will take place at The Price Center instead of on the Hays County Courthouse lawn as the Courthouse undergoes landscaping work. 



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