9 things to do this November and December in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

Courtesy Texas Market Guide.
Courtesy Texas Market Guide.

Courtesy Texas Market Guide.

Worth the trip, now through Nov. 14 | WURSTFEST

Take part in this annual German-style festival in the heart of New Braunfels. Guests can enjoy German food, music, dancing, beer and more during the 60th Wurstfest celebration. This year the new Marktplatz will be open and will host area nonprofits and organizations, and attendees can purchase food and souvenirs. 4-11 p.m. (Nov. 5), 11 a.m.-midnight (Nov. 6 and 13), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 7 and 14), 5-10 p.m. (Nov. 8-11), and 5-11 p.m. (Nov. 12). Free (Nov. 8-11 and 3-10 p.m. on Nov. 14, children age 14 and under), $18 (advanced general admission online), $20 (general admission). 120 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-625-9167 • www.wurstfest.com

Nov. 11 | Discuss mental health

In honor of Veterans Day, the Texas State University Office of Disability Services will host a panel discussion titled “Military cumulative trauma: When the war is over but the battle continues.” The discussion is meant to spread awareness of combat-related mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression and anxiety, and to discuss and understand trauma in order for it to be effectively addressed. The event is for both veterans and non-veterans to discuss these and related issues. 5-7 p.m. Free admission. LBJ Student Center, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-8686. www.ods.txstate.edu/ods_outreach.html

Nov. 13 | Honoring local veterans


Honor local veterans at the Veterans Day Parade presented by the city of Kyle, VFW Post 12058 and AMVETS. The procession will begin at the VFW Post 12058 and end at Gregg-Clarke Park where there will be a warbird flyover, vendors and activities for families. The event will close out with fireworks. Noon-6 p.m. Free. 103 S. Front St., Kyle. 512-262-3939. www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/veterans-day-parade

Nov. 13 | Catch a killer

Get up a group of friends to catch the elusive San Marcos Ripper. Presented by Cluedupp, a geo-gaming events company, participants will have the chance to test their detective skills in an immersive, outdoor experience spanning over three hours. Investigate around town, find clues and solve the case of the Ripper. A prize will be awarded to the fastest team, the team with the best costumes and more. Up to six people can play on one ticket, and the details will be provided to ticket holders prior to the event. $56. www.cluedupp.com/products/the-ripper-san-marcos-tx

Nov. 19-Dec. 23 | Wander through the gallery

During the Inspired Minds Art Center’s Holiday Bazaar, visitors and residents can support local artists this holiday season. IMAC began this market to encourage residents to shop small and local. Artists will have booths set up throughout the gallery with their artwork available for purchase. There will be ornament painting every Saturday for $10, and some weekends will feature special events such as Artists Sunday (Nov. 28), a national day promoting shopping from local artists, and a gingerbread house competition (Dec. 18). The Bazaar will be closed on Sundays and Nov. 24-26. 1-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), noon-5 p.m. (Sat.) Admission is free with some special event costs. 121 N. Main St., Buda. 512-256-0181. www.inspiredminds.art/event-details/inspired-minds-holiday-bazaar-2

Nov. 25 | Have the best leg day

Work up a sweat and an appetite while doing good for the community at the Buda Turkey Trot presented by Sunfield. Before the big feast, participate in a 5K run or walk, and all the proceeds of the races go to the Hays County Food Bank. Race age groups start at 11 and go to 65 and up, beginning and ending at the Sunfield Lazy River Amenity Center. 8 a.m. Registration is free (age 10 and younger), $19.99 (ages 11-17, 65 and up), $34.99 (ages 18-64, Nov. 1-25), $40 (ages 18-64, day of). 6910 Sunfield Parkway, Buda. www.budaturkeytrot.com

Nov. 26-28 | Meet under the mistletoe

The Texas Market Guide will host the Angels and Mistletoe Holiday Market with vendors selling jewelry, clothing, holiday decor and more. Shop around and visit Santa Claus, who will be in attendance on Friday and Saturday. Shoppers can also save on admission costs by providing a nonperishable food donation to the Holland Street Church of Christ food pantry. 5-8 p.m. (Nov. 26), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 27), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 28). Admission is $6 (with food donation), $7 (Nov. 27 and 28), $15 (3-day pass), $20 (3-day pass and two wine tickets). Embassy Suites, 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos. 888-225-3427. Facebook: Texas Market Guide.

Dec. 2-4 & 9-11 | Visit Santa's gift shop

Get into the holiday spirit at the Sights and Sounds of Christmas six-day festival. While the schedule has not been set, festivities include a petting zoo, ice skating, carnival rides, reindeer games and more that cater to visitors of all ages. There will be various vendors serving up all types of food and snacks, including Santa’s gift shop full of holiday gifts and decorated cookies. 5:30-11 p.m. Free (age 12 and younger), $5 (per night), $15 (six-day pass). 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. www.sights-n-sounds.org

Dec. 4 | Marvel at a Mariachi band

Texas State University’s Latin Music Studies Department will host a Merry-Achi Christmas Concert. Mariachi Nueva Generación and Mariachi Lince de Oro will perform traditional mariachi music and Christmas songs. 7:30 p.m. $10 (Texas State students), $12 (age 13 and under, 65 and up, military), $15 (general). Performing Arts Center, 430 Moon St., San Marcos. 512-245-6500. https://txstatepresents.universitytickets.com/

Live music

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

November

13 Django Walker and Kate Watson

18 Ward Davis

19 Alex Miller

26 Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.

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

13 Giovannie & The Hired Guns

December

10 Joshua Ray Walker

18 Matt Castillo

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

November

11 Whethan

13 Slushii

19 Maxo Kream

20 Spag Heddy with Protohype and AFK

December

2 Wooli, Trivecta and Ubur

8 He$h, Bommer and Zia

THE RAILHOUSE BAR, 107 E. Center St., Kyle. www.railhousebar.com

November

12 DJ 2DQ

18 Shane Kelly & His Smoke Show Band

19 Broken Arrow Band

December

2 Ian Moore

10 Lisa Tingle
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.


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