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A New Exhibit Goes Inside the Making of ‘¡Viva Terlingua!’

November 8, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

When Craig Hillis visited ¡Viva Terlingua! The Big Bang of Texas Music in September, he was more amazed by what he heard than what he saw.

The Gourdgeous Glass Pumpkin Patch Festival Breaks the Mold for the Fall Season

September 14, 2022 | By Jill Coody Smits

Pumpkin spice cocktails, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin-scented candles, multi-hued decorative pumpkins—everywhere you look, there’s pumpkin something.

Annual Mermaid Festival Makes A Splash in San Marcos

September 9, 2022 | By Anthony Head

The refreshingly dark, cool interior of LaniKai Lounge & Tiki Room in San Marcos features paintings of beach scenes, a constellation of jewel-toned lights overhead, and a playlist featuring surf guitar music and retro standards, all conjuring dreams of tropical getaways.

The Magical Days of Aquarena Springs in San Marcos

July 29, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

Roughhouse Brewing Debuts the First Texas Cave-Aged Beer

April 9, 2021 | By Ruvani de Silva

The geologist discovered a small limestone cave, and it inspired Pasternak to create Premiere, Texas’ first cave-aged beer.

The San Marcos River Brings Life to Martindale

March 25, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

San Marcos’ Famed Sundance Records Pops Up This Week Before Reopening Permanent Store

March 8, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The appearance of a pop-up record shop outside Zelick’s Ice House in San Marcos this week is a sign of something new and completely different for the booming college town between Austin and San Antonio.

West Texas Writing Great Elmer Kelton is Featured in New Wittliff Collection Materials

January 22, 2021 | By Anthony Head

When it comes to the Western novel as art form, a few authors typically come to mind—Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, and Willa Cather among them.

3 Festive Cocktails to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

December 23, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Make your Christmas and New Year’s festivities extra merry with seasonal cocktails that will impress guests and get them into the celebrating spirit.

I Survived the Texas Water Safari

June 18, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

Today, three days after my finish, I feel feral. I also feel like Wonder Woman filled my lungs with magic air that makes me capable of doing almost anything I set my mind to.

Battling Snakes, Rapids, Mud, Spiders, and Heat While Training for the Texas Water Safari

May 20, 2019 | By Pam LeBlanc

I can distinctly remember telling a friend a decade ago that I’d never compete in the Texas Water Safari, a grueling 260-mile paddling race from San Marcos to the coastal Texas town of Seadrift.

“Sounds horrible,” I said. Snakes, rapids, mud, spiders, heat, and sitting on a hard plastic canoe seat for two or three days? No thanks.

Make A Splash With These 7 Quintessential Texas Rope Swings

August 1, 2018 | By Written by Pam LeBlanc

When Mother Nature doles up a summer afternoon so hot you need oven mitts to handle the steering wheel of your car, smart Texans head to the nearest swimming hole.

Murals add color to San Marcos

March 19, 2018 | By

Riverside town. Campus community. Historic springs. Mermaids and music.
If you thought San Marcos, you thought correctly.

San Marcos’ Mermaid SPLASH is a fine-finned fest

July 14, 2017 | By Anthony Head

It’s not every community that can fondly recall the good ol’ days when mermaids would swim and play in the local waters, but San Marcos can.

Float Fest

May 1, 2017 | By


When the weather reaches triple digits, spend a weekend floating the lazy San Marcos River and enjoying one of the most unique music festivals in the state.

10 Epic Summer Travel Adventures

April 19, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

Get even more summertime adventure ideas.

Hello summertime! We know it can get hot out there, but that’s no excuse to stay inside: Cool outdoor adventures in Texas abound.

Singing a Story

October 14, 2016 | By Bobbie Jean Sawyer

It’s Wednesday evening at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Open guitar cases are scattered throughout the neon-lit barroom, the sign-up sheet for the weekly Songwriters’ Circle has just been posted, and Guy Clark’s voice plays on the overhead speakers.

By the Light of the Moon

July 18, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

Beneath fading early evening light, I slip across glassy water over the reflections of large cypress and pecan trees along the bank.

Things to do: San Marcos

February 26, 2016 | By

San Marcos, home to Texas State Universitiy, offers tourists plenty of ways to while away a weekend, from exploring the city’s historic square to summertime tubing on the San Marcos River.

On a Roll at Gil’s Broiler

February 11, 2016 | By Anthony Head

When Gil Rainosek walks into the San Marcos restaurant bearing his name, he chats with the kid behind the counter, snatches an errant napkin from the floor, and pops into the kitchen to make sure enough iced tea is being brewed—duties any restaurant owner would perform.

Drawn to the Scene

April 12, 2015 | By Michael Corcoran

During Austin’s counterculture heyday, from the opening of the Vulcan Gas Company in 1967 to the closing of the Armadillo World Headquarters in 1980, a concert wasn’t a reality until it was advertised with a mind-blowing poster.

Autos for the Ages

June 17, 2014 | By Anthony Head

A 1956 sky-blue-and-white Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan cruises a couple of laps around a San Marcos parking lot, its chrome bumpers gleaming in the sunlight, before finding the perfect parking spot.

Daytripper: San Marcos

June 15, 2014 | By Chet Garner

Archeological evidence suggests that humans have inhabited the San Marcos area for 10,000 years or more.

Trail Mix in San Marcos

January 2, 2014 | By April Coldsmith

For its size, what small town boasts the most walking paths anywhere in the state, but doesn’t show up in guidebooks about Texas hiking or biking?

Wittliff Collections: Exploring the Galleries

January 17, 2010 | By Nola McKey

To fully appreciate the diverse offerings of The Wittliff Collections, visitors first need to know that the handsome, 4,080-square-foot archive has two major components—the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection.

The Wittliff Collections: Sharing a Spirit of Place

January 17, 2010 | By Jan Reid

On the seventh floor of the Alkek Library in the middle of Texas State University, I take in windowed views of the spring-fed San Marcos River and the hilly, wooded alma mater of Lyndon Johnson, and then I walk through a place that always feels like a piece of home.

Cool Mint Café

April 20, 2009 | By Anthony Head

“When I started culinary school, I knew I didn’t want to own a restaurant,” says Suzanne Perkins.

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