It's undeniable, San Marcos has a cool vibe about it. From the vibrant art scene and thriving music community to the alfresco dining and crazy awesome outdoor adventures, you're in for a great weekend in San Marcos, Texas. Grab a craft beverage of your choice and kick back for an acoustic set. Venture to Downtown San Marcos for a rockin' night on the town. Explore alleyways and behind buildings for a colorful and impactful photo op. Dig into a juicy burger, a nourishing salad, or even a bowl of curry queso under the Texas stars. And of course, you're going to want to hit the river at least once... 

Live Music Every Night

The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down in San Marcos. In fact, we would say, you are only getting started! There’s always something going on in San Marcos and you can bet you’ll find live music every night of the week. Legendary career-launching stages. Small hole-in-the-wall bars. Big two-story concert theater. Quaint coffee shop with local vibes. Just want a cold beer and a game of horseshoes? Maybe a quiet courtyard with the perfect margarita? How about a cool outdoor deck where your pup is welcome? You got it! Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s a venue in San Marcos that will hit just the right note. Check back here before your next San Marcos adventure for the weekly live music lineup. 

Of course, our nightlife scene has more than great tunes and cold brews, San Marcos is home to an emerging nightlife scene! Catch a comedy show in a San Marcos venue or venture to Wake The Dead on Tuesday from 7-10pm for the Laughing Dead Open Mic Night

Vibrant Art Scene

 One of the most important San Marcos cultural staples is the blossoming art scene. With an ever-growing collection of muralssculpturesgalleries and more, San Marcos has created a thriving culture for art lovers and artists alike. Plan your trip for a second Saturday of the month to explore Art Squared, a juried and colorful art market. You should also visit Wimberley Glassworks to watch the artisans hard at work hand-blowing the gorgeous pieces.

You never know what you’ll find exploring San Marcos and 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 list of current exhibits around town here.

Upcoming Art Markets

Dine & Imbibe In The Sunshine

Patios, sidewalk seating, courtyards, and more – taking your meals (or beverages) outside allows you to change the atmosphere, soak up some fresh air and support local businesses simultaneously! One of the great things about San Marcos is that we have lots of options for you to choose from.

We are lucky to have three local craft breweries with outdoor spaces and patios for you to enjoy al fresco. Create your own brewery adventure by getting a brew at each or plop yourself down somewhere cozy where there’s live music, good food, or even a fire pit for a more laid-back experience.

River Adventures

Whether you’re dipping a paddle or your toes, the San Marcos River is a must-visit while in the area. The crystal-clear water bubbles up from hundreds of springs in the middle of town at Spring Lake and stays 72 degrees year-round – making it a great spot no matter what the weather has in store. 

While there's no wrong time to enjoy the San Marcos River, paddlers can enjoy the river all to themselves when tubing season isn't in session. Or, head out for a morning paddle in the summer when most folks don't start showing up to the parks until it starts to get a little hotter. (7-10 am is usually a good window)

If you're looking for a peaceful, easy paddle, head to the upper San Marcos River that flows through town and avoid the rapids at Rio Vista Park. If you're in for a more rugged paddle, the lower San Marcos River may be more your scene with its stronger currents and murkier waters that make for excellent fishing if you're interested. And, adrenaline junkies with an interest in white water kayaking will love the Rio Vista Falls in the off-season.