From a glass "pumpkin patch" to the Buda Rodeo, here are some of the events happening in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

These are just an example of some of the glass pumpkins that will be on display in the pumpkin patch. (Photo courtesy Wimberley Glassworks)
These are just an example of some of the glass pumpkins that will be on display in the pumpkin patch. (Photo courtesy Wimberley Glassworks)

These are just an example of some of the glass pumpkins that will be on display in the pumpkin patch. (Photo courtesy Wimberley Glassworks)


15-19 Stroll downtown for free arts and crafts

Born during the pandemic, the Inspired Minds Art Center will host its second Buda Plein Air Festival. Hosted throughout downtown Buda, there will be art for sale, live music, and free arts and crafts activities for kids. It opens to the public Sept. 15 and runs through Sept. 19. Downtown Buda. Live music, artist market and kid’s crafts start at noon.

17 Have coffee with local business leaders

The chamber of commerce invites all citizens who work or live in Kyle to attend the coffee hour in order to get familiar with local businesses and with each other. Attendees only need to bring themselves, or a friend, as a local business will sponsor the event.

9-10 a.m. Free. Comfort Suites, 5213 Physicians Way, Kyle.

18 Wander through a gourdgeous glass pumpkin patch

With over 700 glass pumpkins to look at and buy, Wimberley Glassworks will host its annual “pumpkin patch” event. Complimentary fall-themed drinks will be provided along with snacks, live music and a live glass-blowing demonstration. Admission is free, and everyone who purchases a pumpkin will be entered into a raffle. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 6469 RR 12, San Marcos. 512-393-3316.

18 Listen to some Blues and eat barbecue

Head to Buck’s Backyard to watch a showdown of barbecue connoisseurs and competitors who aim to be the best in the business. In addition to barbecue, there will be an array of blues performances beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday and running into the early hours of Sunday. $10 (noncompetitors), $20-$165 (competitors). 1750 FM 1626, Buda. 512-667-8063.

20 Learn Watercolor Basics

Guests will try out a new hobby at the San Marcos Public Library. Learn all about the basics of watercolor for beginners, from supplies and tools to composition and techniques. This event is free, and supplies will be provided. Attendees must register online to secure their spot. 5:15 p.m. 615 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-393-8200.

25 Promenade downtown with some MermaidsHosted by Mermaid Society SMTX, guests will take part in the fifth annual Mermaid Capital of Texas Fest, the promenade and downtown street fair. The parade begins at CM Allen Parkway and Cheatham Street and continues to the downtown street fair for free art, live music and more. Floats, marchers and dancers pass by to celebrate the history and heritage of the city. Community members are encouraged to walk or bike to the parade sites for easier travel, and the event will take place rain or shine.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 512-825-2819.


01 Drop off the kids

for a night out

Hill Country Tippi Toes Dance Studio is inviting parents to drop their kids off for a night of pizza, games, dancing and a movie. Attendees should bring a sleeping bag, pillow and wear pajamas. The event is open to all kids age 4 and older. Registration is required. 6-10 p.m. $30. 305 Rocking M Drive, Kyle.

04 through 12 Hays County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

The Hays County Master Gardeners, a local nonprofit, are hosting their annual Fall Plant Sale both online and in person. Seeds, Texas native plants, grasses and succulents will be available for purchase online starting Oct. 4-12. All online purchases will need to be picked up at the in-person shopping sites, which are the Kyle Public Library on Oct. 9 or the Dripping Springs Farmers Market on Oct. 13.

16 Head on down to the rodeo

The chamber of commerce has postponed the Buda Bull Riding and Mutton Busting Rodeo to Oct. 16, instead of Oct. 2 in order to accommodate out-of-town travelers due to the Austin City Limits festival. The day portion of the rodeo will feature food stands, local vendors, live music and more, which will be free to the public. The evening portion of the event will be the rodeo. $10 (children), $14 (adults). Gates open at 3 p.m. for all activities and the rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. As of now, the chamber is still setting the location. For updates, visit

Live Music

BUCK’S BACKYARD, 1750 FM 1626, Buda. 512-312-9456.


17 Bobby Pounds

25 The Bellamy Brothers


07 The Long Run

CHEATHAM ST. WAREHOUSE, 119 Cheatham St., San Marcos. 512-353-3777.


16 Mike Ryan

17 Shaker Hymns

18 Matt Castillo & Gabe Garcia

23 Slade Coulter

24 JJ and the .45s

25 Broken Arrow

30 Randy Rogers


01 Carson Jeffery

08 John Wolfe

THE MARC, 120 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. 512-757-5443.


17 Read Southall Band

25 Valentino Khan

RILEY’S TAVERN, 8894 FM 1102, New Braunfels. 512-392-3123.


17 The Homebodies

23 MC Young

WILLIE’S JOINT, 824 Main St., Buda. 512-295-0483.


18 Buckwild

25 Wyatt Weaver Band


09 Chase the Night


Shoppers can customize bouquets with additions like this Batman emblem. (Photos by Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local florist Kyle Flower Shop awarded best small business by the city

Kyle Flower Shop sell custom floral arrangements, succulents and small ficus trees.

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UFCU pledged up to $100,000 in scholarships to Texas State University students for the 2021-22 school year. (Joe Warner/ Community Impact Newspaper)
UFCU pledges $100,000 in scholarships to Texas State students

In a statement, UFCU CEO Tony Budet expressed the passion the company has to strengthen the local communities and students, both on and off the field.

The cheeseburger and fries combo ($11) is served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and condiments on the side. (Photos By Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
Willie's Joint restaurant offers burgers, live music and more

Since 2013, Willie's Joint has served as a main street family style bar and restaurant in the heart of Buda.

Hays County sees high job postings as workers adjust to labor market

Unemployment has come down to 4.4% in July from a high of 12.3% in April 2020, and the amount of people in the labor force has grown beyond even pre-pandemic levels.

The first vaccine clinic will be Sept. 17 at San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine clinics to be held at San Marcos High School football games

Free COVID-19 vaccines will be available at football games this season.

Some 71.61% of Hays County residents 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, and 60.48% of that population is fully vaccinated.
(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hays County reports no new COVID-19 fatalities Sept. 14

No new COVID-19-related deaths reported as vaccinated population slowly increases

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization said the 10 projects will complement existing priority projects in Central Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Central Texas transportation organization advances $7 million in funding for 10 priority projects

The group also provided updates on efforts to restructure the loan it extended for the MoPac express lanes.

Chicken chow mein from Meera's Kitchen in San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper).
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