As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen throughout the state and region, more and more activities are are becoming available for in-person attendance, and Hays County is no exception. From a film festival to an air show to farmers markets, the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle area is brimming with events in May and June.

May 7-13 - Spring Awakening

The Texas State Theatre and Dance Department's performance of the rock musical Spring Awakening will be available to stream from for a limited time. Tickets to this virtual event can be purchased online and are $10 for the general public and $5 for Texas State University students. Set in Germany in the late 1800s, the musical explores the story of teenagers discovering themselves amid the challenges of adolescent sexuality. 512-245-6500.
May 14-15 - Film festivals at Doc's Drive In Theatre

The Austin Comedy Film Festival will be shown on one screen, and the Austin After Dark Film Festival will be held on separate screens at Doc's Drive in Theatre in Buda. Tickets are $65 for both festivals, which feature films handpicked by Austin-area judges. Run times are 4-6 minutes, and the doors open at 6 p.m. with screenings starting at 8:20 p.m. Tickets include a sandwich of choice and unlimited popcorn and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase as well. 1540 Satterwhite Rd., Buda. 512-960-4460.

May 15-16 - Kyle Front Porch Days

This two day celebration is held in Plum Creek and hosts a wide variety of activities, rain or shine. On Saturday, participants can attend a garden tour or sign up for races ranging from a 1K to a half marathon, with entry fees of $10-$60. Race day registration begins at 5:45 a.m. On Sunday, there will be live music, a vendor fair, field games and other events. 450 Haupt, Kyle. 512-557-2728.

May 29-30 - Go Wheels Up!

Singer-songwriter Cory Morrow's family friendly festival celebrates aviation, music, cars and the lone star state. Now in its second year, the event will be held at the San Marcos Regional Airport and will feature an air show, auto show and food trucks, along with live music. Tickets range from $16 for a youth pass to $76 for a two-day VIP pass. Children under 11 get free admission. The event begins at noon on Saturday and ends at 6 p.m. on Sunday. 1807 Airport Dr., San Marcos. [email protected]

June 5-13 - Texas State International Piano Festival

The eleventh year of the Texas State International Piano Festival will be held virtually over the course of a week, with a limited number of events held live at the Texas State University Performing Arts Center. Information about pricing and attendance of live events will be posted to the festivals website once available. 430 Moon St., San Marcos. 512-245-3390.

June 5 - Buda Market in the Park

Held along Buda's historic downtown greenbelt, Market in the Park offers a variety of local vendors, chamber members, farmers, artisans, musicians and more. Public entry is free, and vendor applications may be found on the Buda Chamber of Commerce website. 303 Main St., Buda. 512-295 -9999.

June 12 - Kyle Market Days

This free family-friendly event features local vendors, arts and crafts, farm to market products, live music and other attractions. The event is held on the second Saturday of each month at Gregg Clark Park. The market opens at 9 a.m and wraps up at noon. 1231 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-3939.

June 11-16 - Texas Water Safari

Billed as the world's toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari includes a 260 mile race to Seadrift from the headwaters of the San Marcos River, as well as two shorter races. First held in 1963, the race requires participants to bring all of their own equipment with them, but food, ice, drinks and medical materials may be delivered by team captains at their discretion. The entry fee is $250 and check-in is 5 p.m., Jan. 11, at the Meadows Center at 201 San Marcos Spring Drive, San Marcos. The event begins June 12. [email protected]

Live Music

Buck's Backyard

1750 FM 1626, Buda



14 Bri Bagwell

21 Daniel Donato

Willie's Joint Bar & Grill

824 Main St., Buda



15 Wesley Pearson & Dry County Live

16 Justin Tipton

22 Jukebox Preachers

23 Brandi Behlen with Keith Hickle

29 Manzy Lowry Band

30 Jose "Boobie" Estrada

Cheatham St. Warehouse

119 Cheatham St., San Marcos



12 Kent Finaly's Songwriter's Circle

13 Shaker Hymns

14 William Beckham

21 Vincent Neil Emerson

22 Broken Arrow

28 Cody Hibbard

29 Scott H. Biram