Arts & Culture

There's an art to visiting San Marcos

No matter where you go, there it is - art, culture and history are entwined in the spirit of San Marcos. Whether sipping a cup of joe at a coffee shop or catching a bite to eat downtown, you'll not only be surrounded by local art, but can take it home too. Rather spend time outdoors? You can soak up some art along with the sun along the banks of the San Marcos River. Run your fingers along the tile of the "Unity Mural" at City Park before taking a dip. Then enjoy the outdoor Sculpture Garden and indoor Walkers' Gallery at the San Marcos Activity Center.

The campus of Texas State University is home to many fine cultural exhibits. See the work of prominent artists at Galleries I & II within the School of Art & Design. Find a world-class collection of literary works, a Southwestern & Mexican Photography collection and the only complete collection of materials from the making of the "Lonesome Dove" series at The Wittliff Collections. Get to the roots of Texas music at the Center for Texas Music History.

Diverse history abounds at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos and Calaboose African American Museum. A stroll through San Marcos Residential Historic Districts and the heritage sites at Veramendi Plaza will transport you back to a simpler time. At the Commemorative Air Force Exhibit, you can get up close to the actual planes used in the film Tora, Tora, Tora while the LBJ Museum of San Marcos provides a personal glimpse into the life of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson's formative years as a student at what is now Texas State University.

San Marcos has created a thriving culture for art lovers and artists alike, and nothing shows that off more than the incredibly talented artists who fill our local galleries. Explore Texas State University’s student galleries where you’ll find fresh and unique pieces from the art scenes’ next heavy hitters. 

San Marcos has created a thriving culture for art lovers and artists alike, and nothing shows that off more than the incredibly talented artists who fill our local galleries…