GUIDE: 11 April and May events in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

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April 20


The 15th annual 1-mile walk along the San Marcos River for people and pets raises money for the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and includes costumes and contests. 9 a.m.-1p.m. $20 (one person and one dog). San Marcos Park Plaza, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway.

April 26-28


Two days of camping and music will also offer attendees food trucks and art. Noon (Fri.)-noon (Sun.). $20 (car camping), $30 (day pass). High Rock Ranch, 1100 High Road, San Marcos.

April 27-28


The Buda Lions Club’s popular event includes hundreds of dogs competing for fi rst place as well as a pet parade, a spelling bee and a craft fair accompanied by music and entertainment. $5 (ages 12 and up), free (under 12). Buck’s Backyard, 1750 S. FM 1626, Buda. 512-295-3158.

April 27


Benefitting the San Marcos Police Officers Benevolent Fund and scholarship program, the annual run includes events for both children and adults—strollers and dogs are welcome. 6:45 a.m. (packet pickup and registration), 8 a.m. (Donut Dash), 9 a.m. (Kids Dash). $10 (Kids Dash), $15 (students age 18 and under), $25 (adults),team of four receives $2 discount per person. San Marcos Premium Outlets East Lot, 3939 S. I-35, San Marcos.

April 27


More than 25 vendors will sell both modern and vintage video games for systems ranging from PlayStation to the original Gameboy and more. The event will also include tournaments, an arcade and door prizes. 10 a.m. Free (children under 15), $6 (age 15 and up). Hampton Inn, 151 Bunton Creek Road, Kyle.

April 28


Children ages 5-14 are invited to advance their skills through competition when one of the organization’s local tournaments comes to the Plum Creek Golf Club. The contest offers both nine-hole and 18-hole rounds for different age groups. Tee times are posted two days before the event. $49 (nine holes), $59 (18 holes). 750 Kohler’s Crossing, Kyle. nd-tournament/501414/plum-creek-golf-club

May 3-5


Organized by the Heritage Association of San Marcos, this annual event gives attendees a chance to see architectural masterpieces, vintage bungalows and restored historic manors. This year will include a silent auction, a treasure hunt and local artwork. Noon-5 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.). $20. 114 Norcrest Drive, San Marcos. 512-392-4295.

May 4-5


Texas musician Cory Morrow hosts, with Bret Michaels headlining, the annual Go Wheel’s Up Festival, a three-day celebration of music, cars and airplanes accompanied by food and an air show by visiting pilots. 5 p.m. (VIP party Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat., Sun.). Ticket prices vary by day and age of attendees, with children under 5 free. San Marcos Regional Airport, 1807 Airport Drive, San Marcos. 833-246-9433.

May 4-5


Texas State University’s Latin Music Department celebrates the 20th anniversary of its annual mariachi
competition with an original stage production, “Soy Mexicano,” a story of two Mexican-American high school students visiting Mexico for the first time. 7:30 p.m. $10 (Texas State students), $15 (children and seniors), $20 (general admission). The Patti Strickel Harrison Theater, 405 Moon St., San Marcos. 612-245-6500.

May 18


Local Buda institution Willie’s Joint will host a crawfish cookoff to benefit the Texas Firewalkers, a nonprofit organization that assists those displaced by residential fires, affected by the deaths of first responders and impacted by natural disasters. Twelve teams will compete at the event accompanied by live music, a raffle and prizes—children and pets are welcome. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Willie’s Joint, 824 Main St., Buda. 512-677-4839.

May 18-19


Plum Creek’s two-day neighborhood celebration begins Saturday with a half-marathon and ends Sunday
evening with Family Fishing Day at Lake Kyle. In between check out the carnival with vendors, inflatable games, a petting zoo, a pie-baking contest, pony rides, a washer tournament and more. See the website for schedule and event locations. Free admission. 512-262-1140.



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