To-do list: events in August and September in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle


Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival

The third annual festival put on by the city of Kyle features more than 25 hot air balloons this year and also includes performances by the Austin End of the Line Kite Team, fireworks, kite-making workshops and the “gathering of the Kyles” as well as pie-centric events, such as pie-baking and pie-eating competitions. Activity dates and times vary; check the website for specific events. Held at Lake Kyle. Free (under age 10), $20 (adult weekend pass), $30 (at the gate). 512-262-1010.

Aug. 31

Learn to grow vegetables

The Hays County Master Gardner’s fall vegetable gardening class will help participants with planning, site selection, seed and plant choice and soil health as well as feeding and watering in order to grow produce before the winter closes in. 10:30 a.m. Free. Buda Public Library, 405 E. Loop St., Buda. 512-295-5899.

Sept. 1: Experience Deep Eddy Vodka

The Austin Tour Co. and Deep Eddy Vodka partner on Sundays for The Deep Eddy Vodka Experience. Participants board a bus at Parlor & Yard downtown for a BYOB trip to the Deep Eddy Vodka tasting room, where complimentary cocktails await. 1 p.m. $25. Parlor & Yard, 601 W. Sixth St., Austin, and Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room, 2250 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs. 512-994-3534.

Sept. 7

SMTX Pride

The sixth annual SMTX Pride event, the theme of which is red this year, includes a march, live music, a drag show and an after party at Zelick’s. Noon-5 p.m. Free. San Marcos Park Plaza, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos. 512-644-5637.

Sept. 8-Oct. 6

Healthy Kids Running Series

A national nonprofit organizes this five-week running series for ages 2-14, designed for kids to get active. 4 p.m. $35 (before Aug. 18), $40 (after Aug. 18). Buda Sportsplex, 310 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda. 512-568-1549.

Sept. 13

Hit the greens at Plum Creek

The Kyle Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Kyle Classic Golf Tournament, where morning golf is followed by an awards luncheon for sponsors and players once the last golfers have finished. 7:30 a.m. (check-in), 9 a.m. (shotgun start). $175 (individual), $400 (team of four). Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner Road, Kyle. 512-268-4220.

Sept. 14

Start the Schoolhouse Rocks Fall Series

Sponsored by For the Love of Go, a Kyle-based nonprofit dedicated to providing wellness opportunities for local families, the Schoolhouse Rocks Fall Series challenges participants to complete a set of three races. The first event is the 2019 Hornet Races on Sept. 14, which is followed by the Race for the Stars on Sept. 28 and the Bulldog Dash on Nov. 2. Participants must complete all three to win the Schoolhouse Rocks medal. The Hornet Races start at 7:30 a.m. at Tom Green Elementary School, 1301 Old Goforth Road, Buda. $60 (all three races).

Sept. 18

Be inspired by an author

Texas State University hosts Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who took notice of and studied a new water source in Flint, Michigan, that was leaching lead into the water and then led efforts to change. Hanna-Attisha will speak about her book, “What the Eyes Don’t See,” which is a firsthand account of the challenges she faced and successes she saw. 6 p.m. Free (students), other ticket prices TBA. Evans Auditorium, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-8484.

Sept. 21: Go outside the city limits

Vista Brewing hosts the Outside City Limits Festival with live music and family-friendly activities, as well as local beer, wine, cider and food from a variety of vendors. Noon-9 p.m. $15 and up. 13551 FM 150, Driftwood. 512-766-1842.

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