GUIDE: 7 things to do in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle in November and December

The Buda Turkey Trot raises money for the Hays County Food Bank. (Courtesy Buda Turkey Trot)
The Buda Turkey Trot raises money for the Hays County Food Bank. (Courtesy Buda Turkey Trot)

The Buda Turkey Trot raises money for the Hays County Food Bank. (Courtesy Buda Turkey Trot)

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The Arts Squared Market takes place every second Saturday of the month from March through December. (Courtesy Arts Squared Arts Market)
Through Dec. 1

See a big collection of tiny art


The artist-owned 218 Coop Gallery hosts a celebration of small-format art in its latest exhibition, "Tiny Art of Texas." Through this juried art show, judged by guest artist Catherine Lee, the gallery will treat its winning artist to a monthlong solo show in 2020. Work is on display during the gallery’s normal business hours. 3-7 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.). Free. 218 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos. 512-214-8004. www.218coopgallery.com

Nov. 23

Run for your Thanksgiving dinner


Hosted by the Bluebonnet Lions Club, the top three finishers in each division of the Thankful Turkey 5K will receive a turkey, ham and pie, all while raising money for local charities and youth programs. 9 a.m. (5K), 9:45 a.m. (kids run). Free (kids run), $30 (5K). First Baptist Church, 325 W. McCarty Lane, San Marcos. www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/san_marcos_bluebonnet

Nov. 28

Try a turkey trot


The third annual Buda Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk that runs through the middle of the city on Thanksgiving morning and benefits the Hays County Food Bank. In addition to the 5K, presenter Hat Creek Burger Co. puts on a free kids sprint. 8 a.m. (5K check-in begins), 8:40 a.m. (kids sprint), 9 a.m. (opening ceremonies). $19.99 (ages over 64 and under 18), $34.99 (before Nov. 22), $40 (Nov. 28 on-site). Cabela's, 15570 S. I-35, Buda. 512-797-2523. www.athleteguild.com/running/buda-tx/2019-buda-turkey-trot-presented-by-hat-creek-burger-co

Dec. 3

See the symphony


Texas State Symphony Orchestra Evans Auditorium Part of the Texas State Ensemble Series, the Texas State University Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of award-winning professor and conductor Jacob Harrison. 7:30 p.m. $7 (Texas State students), $10 (children, seniors, military), $12 (adult). Evans Auditorium, 627 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-6500. www.txstatepresents.com

Dec. 3

Learn from the lake on World Soil Day


Part of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment’s Spring Lake Outdoor Academy, the World Soil Day event is meant to demonstrate the interconnections of the natural world and why we need soil tSo thrive. It will include a guided glass-bottom boat ride and interactive activities for students in grades K-12. 9:45 am. Free (children under 2), $8 (adults and children over age 2),. Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-9200. www.outdooracademy.meadowswater.org

Dec. 14

Taste the best of local chili and menudo


Papa Jack’s hosts the second of two Chili & Menudo Cook Offs benefitting the Texas Firewalkers, a nonprofit that assists families displaced by residential fires, first responder line-of-duty deaths and natural disasters. The one-day event is limited to 20 teams and will have both a judging panel and people’s choice awards n addition to a prize for best decorated booth. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (spectators), $15 (tasting wristband), $60 (entree fee for competition). Papa Jack’s, 108 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-7522. www.facebook.com/texasfirewalkers

Dec. 14

Attend the Arts Squared Arts Market


The San Marcos Art League hosts a day of culture and fun at the Arts Squared Arts Market, held every second Saturday of the month from March through December. Handmade, original artwork is on display by the artists along with live music, free yoga and tai chi, free arts and crafts for kids, and a farmers market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free to attend. Hays County Courthouse, 150 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-679-5059. www.artleaguesmtx.org
By Katharine Jose
Katharine Jose has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters and other subjects for The New York Observer, Capital New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was an editor for several publicat


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