April 29: Celebrate los ninos
Community Action Inc. of Central Texas and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos will host the inaugural Dia del Niño event—or Children’s Day—the celebration of children and childhood. The event will feature Latino culture displayed through art, mariachi, ballet folkloriko, pinatas and more.
- 10 a.m
- 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos
- 512-781-8488. www.visitsanmarcos.com
The Kiwanis of San Marcos will host the second annual Sporting Clays Shoot to support children throughout the community. Proceeds of the clay shoot will go toward local community groups, such as Hays County Youth Livestock Expo and the Hays County Food Bank, as well as scholarships for San Marcos High School seniors.
- 8 a.m
- 12601 FM 20, Kingsbury
- 512-665-2998. Facebook: San Marcos Kiwanis Club
The Buda Lions Club will host its 26th annual Wiener Dog Races at Buda Amphitheater & City Park. The main event will feature purebred and mixed wiener dog competitions. There will also be a pet parade, a barbecue cook-off, local vendors, and arts and crafts. Shuttle buses will be available to and from the event in the parking lot behind Cabela’s and Garrison Park.
- 9 a.m
- $5 (general admission)
- 204 San Antonio St., Buda
- 512-914-2858. www.budalions.com
Through April 30: Go to Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta San Antonio, the local annual springtime celebration, offers more than 100 events citywide featuring food, entertainment, parades, festivals and formal galas. Proceeds from each event benefit participating Fiesta Commission member organizations and local community nonprofits and causes. Fiesta San Antonio—an event that began as a parade to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Battle of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto in 1891—has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s culture and traditions. The parade through downtown San Antonio will be held April 28 along with dozens of events throughout downtown April 20-30. The parade will begin near San Antonio College and will end at the intersection of Santa Rosa and East Martin Street. Event times, admission prices and locations vary.
May 4: Cherish those who served
Kyle and Central Texas AMVETS Post 115 invite the community to see “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Kids are welcome, but no pets are allowed. The exhibit will hold its opening ceremony May 4 at 9 a.m. The Wall That Heals will be open 24 hours a day until it closes May 7 at 2 p.m.
- 700 Lehman Road, Kyle
The Hill Country Cook-Off Association will host a Cinco de Mayo Menudo Throwdown at the Hays County Historic Courthouse. A $1,000 prize goes to the winning menudo. There will also be two pageants with prizes. Proceeds will go to the association’s Kids With Cancer project.
- 11 a.m.
- Free (admission)
- 111 San Antonio St., San Marcos
Head to the Buda Welcome Center for its first show called “Budaful Quilt & More.” The event will feature vendors from local quilters, raffles and artwork by local muralist Marcela Kourkova. There will also be an additional museum expo at B&B Quilting.
- 10 a.m.
- Welcome Center, 303 Main St., Buda; B&B Quilting, 410 E. Loop St., Buda.
The city of Buda is hosting its annual spring Sip N Stroll downtown. There will be stops set up along Main Street to taste different drinks as you go. The event will feature participating downtown shops and local restaurants. This event is only for age 21 and older.
- 5:30 p.m.
- Main Street, Buda
The city of Kyle will host its first-ever Kyle Fair Tex-Travaganza, a three-day festival at Lake Kyle. There will be a barbecue rib cook-off and a margarita making contest, each of which will be judged based on taste, strength and more. Performances from the Lehman Lobos Mariachi Band, Kyle Baton Twirlers and more will be sprawled throughout the weekend with a firework show May 20. There will also be a “Gathering of the Kyles” for all individuals named Kyle. Contest award winners will be announced May 21.
- Times vary
- Free (admission)
- 700 Lehman Road, Kyle
- 512-262-1010. www.kylefair.com
The Heritage Association of San Marcos will host its 46th annual Heritage Association Spring Tour of the art and architecture of Texas State University. The tour, called “Town & Gown,” will be self-paced to allow patrons to take in the buildings throughout the campus, sculptures and other artwork. A welcome to and welcome home party for GJ Kinne and David Bailiff at the Dan and Cindee Diepenhorst Champions Club will follow the event.
- 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- $25 (through May 19), $30 (day of)
- 401 University Drive, San Marcos