Whether you observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on your own or via a community-wide celebration, with art or time of reflection, we have some ideas for how you can honor and recognize the holiday.


MLK Day Celebrations

MLK Children's Crafts and Fun
January 15 | 10:30am-12:30pm
Bring the kids to the San Marcos Public Library for fun crafts, stories and a morning spent celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be activities for children of all ages, including books, art, videos, crafts, and poster making for the march. Craft materials and snacks provided. 

Hays County CommonUnity MLK Jr. Festival
January 16 | 4pm-7pm
Head to the Hays County Courthouse lawn for the Hays County CommonUnity MLK Jr. Festival. The festival will feature vendors, local businesses and entertainment honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will also be a children's writing and art contest. 

MLK March & Celebration
January 17 | 9:30am
The MLK March & Celebration will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial at 9:30am. The march will take place immediately after the ceremony and will proceed through Downtown San Marcos to the Dunbar Recreation Center at 801 MLK Dr. where the celebration continues with music, displays, vendors and guest speakers. This is the Dunbar Heritage Association's 20th year of hosting the Martin Luther King Jr. March & Celebration!


Visit the Crossroads Memorial and Diversity Mural

The LBJ MLK Crossroads Memorial celebrates and honors the historic efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Baines Johnson in forging the most significant civil rights legislation since the Civil War. The monument is located at the crossroads of MLK Drive and LBJ Drive, the only American intersection bearing the names of both of these leaders.


While you're at the Crossroads Memorial, see the Diversity Mural on the Crossroads Building (110 E. MLK Drive). The mural was painted by local artist, Robert Jones and celebrates all of the cultures that make San Marcos an inclusive and welcoming community. 


Learn About African Americ and History at the Calaboose Museum

Letters, books, photographs and antique artifacts cover all aspects of African American life in early Texas, as visitors chart a rarely-told history of heroism in the Calaboose African American History Museum. The Calaboose Museum will be open till 3pm on Monday, January 17th in honor of MLK Day. 


Honor from Home

The San Marcos Public Library has created a “Take and Make Craft” for you to make at home. The craft is appropriate for all ages. Supplies can be picked up at the San Marcos Public Library from January 10-12 from 9am-6pm while supplies last. Learn more HERE.


Take some time to reflect

We recommend taking some time to relax and reflect on the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the significant impact he had on the country. This is a great time to hit the trails, go for a leisurely walk, dip a paddle in the San Marcos River or just find a quiet place to sit for a while.