Beyond St. Patrick's Day: Five things to do this weekend, March 16-18, in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 16-19
SM Fest
Now in its second year, SM Fest is a citywide festival made up of free shows, art exhibitions, films and comedy. Events take place at local venues, including Buzzmill, Valentino’s, Kiva and Wake the Dead. Free. www.smfest.rocks

Friday, March 17
Brooklyn's Grand Opening And Crawfish Boil
Brooklyn’s, the new concept from the owner of Cleveland’s, will celebrate their grand opening by closing off nearby Peach Street, hosting live music and serving over 1000 pounds of crawfish. $5 per pound. 4-9 p.m., Brooklyn's Down South, 100 N. Main St., Buda. 512-312-4387. www.brooklynsdownsouth.com

Saturday, March 18
Corn Dog Day
Celebrate National Corn Dog Day in San Marcos with a corndog-eating contest, as well as activities for children, a costume contest, and free corn dogs while supplies last. Free. 12-3 p.m. Hays County Courthouse, 111 E San Antonio St., San Marcos.  512-393-8430.

Saturday, March 18
Middleton Brewing Crawfish Boil
The event takes place until the crawfish are gone and includes live music from Tracy Weinberg and Chuck Shaw as well Smokey’s Mobile Cigar Trailer. Noon-10 p.m. (full event), 1-4 p.m. (Tracy Weinberg), 4-7 p.m. (Chuck Shaw). Free (admission), $7.50 (1 pound of crawfish), $30 (5 pounds of crawfish). Middleton Brewing, 101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos. 512-847-3435. www.middletonbrewingtx.com

Saturday, March 18
Tomato & Veggie Gardening 101
Rescheduled from two weeks ago, Shawn Fagan, farmer and owner of Kyle’s Fagan Family Farms, will teach students about growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and other seasonal produce. Prizes will be handed out. The class will take place outdoors, and participants are asked to bring a chair to sit on. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Cross Plants and Produce, 705 N. Old Hwy. 81, Kyle. 512-262-7513. Facebook page


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