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Area Attractions and Events

The Square

The Square

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.


Prime Outlets

Outlet Malls

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.


Kayaking on the river

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

Community Events

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

Springs Fest


MR Fest

Mutt Strutt



¡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



Juneteenth Celebrations

Texas Water Safari, second Saturday

July 4



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