GUIDE: 12 July and August events in and around San Marcos, Buda and Kyle


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JULY 16, 23, 30

Hot Summer Nights

Kissing Tree’s annual Tuesday summer night music series takes place in the biergarten at Independence Hall, the development’s community center, with acts such as Fat Boy Band, Jennifer B & the Groove and Soul Sessions. Food from the Kissing Tree food truck will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. Free. 201 Kissing Tree Lane, San Marcos. 512-456-3387.


French class at the Kyle library

Part-social experience, part-language lesson, the Kyle Public Library’s French class meets once a week for a full-immersion experience with other French speakers of all skill levels. 11 a.m. Free. 550 Scott St., Kyle. 512-268-7411.

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July 18, Aug. 1

South Main Music Nights

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets or enjoy local food trucks at this annual live music tradition for its last two nights this summer, July 18 and Aug. 1. Kids and pets welcome. 7:30 p.m. Free. Buda Mill & Grain, 308 S. Main St., Buda. 512-523-1075


Hill Country Kids & Family Tri

Register by July 19 for the annual Plum Creek triathlon for adults, families and children ages 5-15. There are varying distances of running, biking and swimming for different age categories with each racer receiving a finisher’s medal in addition to awards for the top three competitors. 7 a.m. $60 (youth), $120 (family team of one child and one parent), participants must buy annual or one-day USA Triathlon membership. McNaughton Pool, 5832 McNaughton, Kyle.

JULY 21-AUG. 18

Buda farmers market

Find the best summer goods at the weekly Downtown Buda Farmers Market, which has vendors selling fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, kombucha, baked goods, honey, plants, crafts, olive oil, fudge, pet products and other handmade items. Live music and ready-to-eat foods round out the experience, which takes place at the historic Mill & Grain shopping center. Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free to attend. 308 S. Main St., Buda. 512-305-5775.

JULY 23-AUG. 2

Parent-child swim lessons

San Marcos Parks and Recreation offers a course—four days a week over two weeks—for parents and children ages 6 months-5 years, but the curriculum is geared toward ages 18 months-3 years. Participants will practice blowing bubbles, learn beginning swimming and explore both their buoyancy and submerging their heads completely. Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m. $25 (resident), $30 (nonresident). Rio Vista Pool at Rio Vista Park, 555 Cheatham St., San Marcos. 512-393-8400.


Stay Smart brain training

Aging is Cool, which provides fitness classes and other events geared toward seniors, brings its Stay Smart series to the San Marcos Activity Center. Stay Smart brings together brain training, physical movements and memory techniques to help older adults maintain and improve mental functioning. 2-3 p.m. Free. 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. 512-790-2665.


Dive-in movie at the Kyle Pool

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be shown at this year’s event, which allows the first 230 people in line to hang out at the Kyle City Pool after hours while enjoying the entertainment. 7 p.m. (staff begins distributing tickets), 8 p.m. (opens). Free. 1100 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-3939.


Harry Potter’s birthday

Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday at the Buda Public Library, where guests will make wands, get sorted into houses, be in Harry Potter-themed photographs and more. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will also be shown on the big screen in the multipurpose room. 1:30 p.m. (celebration begins), 2:15 p.m. (movie). Free. 405 Loop St., Buda. 512-295-5899.

AUG. 01-03

Hispanic Business Convention

The 44th annual gathering of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce takes place at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa. The event includes workshops, business-to-business matchmaking, a trade show, a Latina empowerment luncheon, casino night and various speakers. Prices vary depending on days and events. 101 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos. 512-444-5727.

AUG. 10

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.

AUG. 11-13

Farm and Food Leadership Conference

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance holds its annual conference in San Marcos this year in partnership with Texas State University’s Small Producers Initiative, a program housed in the Department of Agriculture that aims to provide research and outreach to small- and medium-sized farms and ranches in Texas. Geared toward farmers, consumers, chefs, business owners and nonprofit advocates, the event focuses on issues and policies that affect farms and food as well as the newest ideas in sustainable agriculture. Prices vary depending on number of days and events attended. Main events will take place at the LBJ Student Center, 109 Student Center Drive, San Marcos. 254-697-2661.

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