Area Attractions and Events
Just a few blocks from campus, San Marcos’ picturesque and historic courthouse square is surrounded by specialty shops and boutiques, cafés, restaurant-bars and entertainment venues. It is also home of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos. The Calaboose African-American Museum and Hays County Veterans Memorial are also within walking distance.
Located at Exit 200 on Interstate 35
San Marcos Premium Outlets | 512.396.7183
Tanger Outlet Center | 512.396.7446
San Marcos is home to the largest outlet-shopping complex in Texas. With more than 240 stores, San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlet Center offer savings of up to 65 percent on everything from fashions to shoes to housewares, plus electronics and furniture.
San Marcos River Parks
Parks and Recreation Department
Tube, snorkel, canoe, kayak, swim and scuba dive in one of the world’s clearest rivers, which has a year-round average temperature of 72 degrees. The following parks offer picnic areas, grills, playscapes, jogging trails, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, a whitewater course and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Children's Park - C.M. Allen Parkway
City Park - Charles Austin Drive
Crook Park - Riverside Drive and Interstate 35
Rio Vista Park - Cheatham Street
San Marcos Plaza - C.M. Allen Parkway
Veramendi Plaza - Hopkins at C.M. Allen Parkway
San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau
617 IH-35 North
512.393.5900 | 888.200.5620
Market Days, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Spring Music in the Park Concert Series, Thursday evenings
¡Viva! Cinco de Mayo State Menudo Cook-off, first weekend
Heritage Home Tours, first weekend
Texas Natural and Western Swing Festival, third Saturday
Movies in the Park, Tuesday nights
Summer Music in the Park Concert Series, Thursday nights
Texas Water Safari, second Saturday
Fall Music in the Park Concert Series, Thursday evenings
Junior Texas Water Safari, third Saturday
Veterans Day Celebration
Sights and Sounds of Christmas, first weekend