GUIDE: 12 May and June events in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle


May 23

Adult Spelling Bee

Hang out at Aquabrew and cheer for your favorite team as they compete for the title of 2019 Spelling Champion Swarm of San Marcos. All funds raised will go to benefit the San Marcos Public Library’s book and digital collections as well as educational programs for children, teens and adults. 7 p.m. Free to attend. Aquabrew, 150 S. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. 512-393-8200.

May 29

From Monet to Van Gogh: History of Impressionism

Becky Duval Reese and LifeLong Learning San Marcos bring a continued exploration of the artistic movement known as Impressionism, looking into the life and works of such artists as Bethe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaughin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 10:30 a.m. Free. San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-393-8200.

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May 25

Kyle Pool opens

Start the summer off with a splash when the city of Kyle municipal pool opens and expect plenty of events over the summer including the SPLASH Bash, Family Night, Back to School Night and the Dive-In Movie. Pool hours vary, check website for event schedule. Entry fees depend on age and resident status; packages and season passes available. Gregg-Clarke Park, 1300 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-3939.

June 1

Buda Market in the Park

Spend the first Saturday of the month this summer at this event put on by Buda Chamber of Commerce where farmers, artisans, antique dealers and musicians convene in downtown Buda for a day of shopping and entertainment. Free admission. 9 a.m. 512-295-9999.

June 1

Third Annual BBQ Cookoff

Buck’s Backyard hosts the friendly competition, sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association, to see who can make the best brisket, ribs, chicken and more. Prizes will be given out, and the event includes live music. Noon. Free (to attend), $175 (competition entry fee). Buck’s Backyard, 1750 S. FM 1626, Buda. 512-667-8063.

June 1

Car Meet Classic Car Exhibition

See classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and trucks at an old-fashioned tavern while listening to live music from The Georges and DJ Scott and feasting on plates of barbecue. 2 p.m. Free (admission). Riley’s Tavern, 8894 FM 1102, New Braunfels. 512-392-3132.

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June 7

Miss Beautiful SMTX & You(th) Can Do It Pageants

Adult women with special needs are invited to participate in the Miss Beautiful SMTX Pageant while children with special needs, ages 4-17, can take part in the You(th) Can Do It Pageant. Register by March 24. 7 p.m. $25 (registration), free to attend. San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512) 393-8280.

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June 8

Texas Water Safari

Register by May 24 for the event billed as “the world’s toughest canoe race.” Since 1963 the Texas Water Safari has offered competitors the chance to earn bragging rights by traveling 260 miles in four days and four hours, starting at Spring Lake in San Marcos and ending in the Gulf Coast town of Seadrift. 9 a.m. $250. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive.

June 8

NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Live

The grand finale of the Texas State International Piano Festival is a live taping of the NPR show “From the Top,” which celebrates young classical musicians. Featuring Simone Dinnerstein and nine players from the festival, the concert is meant to celebrate young people and the power of classical music. 7 p.m. $42. The Patti Strickel Harrison Theater, 405 Moon St., San Marcos. 512-245-3390.

June 8

Kyle Market Days

Local vendors, arts and crafts, farm-to-market items and live music converge in the historic square of downtown Kyle on the second Saturday of the month through October. 9 a.m. Free. City Square Park, 101 S. Burleson St., Kyle. 512-262-3939.

June 8

Inaugural Willie’s Joint Good BBQ Cookoff

Register to compete by May 27 in Willie’s Joint’s first-ever competition to make the best barbecue. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free (to attend), $175 (entry fee). Willie’s Joint, 824 Main St., Buda. 512-295-0483.

June 15

Annual Father’s Day Weekend Golf Classic

Celebrate dad with a golf tournament hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 8156 and benefiting local charities. Awards, an auction and door prizes will follow. 7 a.m. (registration opens), 8:30 a.m. (start). $100 (individual), $400 (team). Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner Road, Kyle. 512-892-2420.

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