With the beginning of fall comes cool(er) weather, pumpkin flavored everything, and for Hays County, the San Marcos Mermaid SPLASH. Mermaid SPLASH is a 2-week long, multi-event festival celebrating the city’s unique ecology, art, and history. The SMTX Mermaid Society has two simple goals: to create strong community ties through working together towards a common goal, as well as teaching about the importance of river conservation.
San Marcos’ connection to mermaids goes back to the days of Aquarena Springs Theme Park, a roadside attraction that flaunted underwater mermaid shows. Though the days of dancing sirens are long gone, the symbolic meaning of the mermaid still grounds the fast growing community. Today, it’s a symbol of conservation, community togetherness, and creative events with things to do for everyone. Find a list of events below.
Mermaid Splash Kid-Friendly Events:
Community Coding: Underwater Tales- Ages 9 and up are invited to learn the basics of coding with Scratch, a free online program that makes coding easy and fun! Learn to tell multimedia stories with this user-friendly software. Children should bring a parent to learn coding together and support future exploration. Registration required – parents: please register yourself and your child. Saturday, Sept. 9, 10-12 a.m.
KnD’s Massages and Mer-Tinis- Get your MERMAID on at KnDs.. We will have my dear friend White Snake giving chair massages, and we will also be serving MERmosas. Bring the kiddos, we will have a booth set up with a REAL mermaid to take pictures with, and an awesome nail artist doing manicures for my little divas!!! The mermaid parade is the following Saturday so come get your gear…we have your mermaid jeans, tanks, jewerly and even mermaid bags!!!! Saturday, Sept.9, 2017 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fancy Nancy and The Mermaid Ballet- The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas will perform a short excerpt from its Fancy Nancy ballet, as well as a dramatic reading of the book, and a ballet class with Fancy Nancy and her friends. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Mermaids on Canvas- Bring your friends and come paint a mermaid on canvas. Join us in celebrating the 2nd Annual SMTX Mermaid Splash!! Sunday, Sept. 1o, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Mermaid Craft- Get your mermaid on with a mermaid parade prep craft. For all ages. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2017, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Mermaid Storytime- Children are invited to the library for great stories, songs, and fun. Storytimes are led by librarians and are tailored for early childhood literacy development. Make sure to check out books each week to practice skills learned, and to make reading a fun part of your child’s day. Storytime is recommended for caregivers with children ages 0 to 6. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Mermaid Pet Costume Contest- The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is proud to participate in this year’s Mermaid SPLASH with a Mermaid Pet Costume Contest! The contest will be featured during the Mermaid Aqua Faire, September 16, at San Marcos Plaza Park. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 10 a.m-7PM.
Downtown Mermaid Promenade– This all-inclusive city parade celebrates our history of the Aquamaids of Aquarena Springs and immortalizes the mermaid as guardians of the San Marcos River. The parade line-up starts at the corner of CM Allen and Cheatham Street and offers plenty of viewing options along the route. The fun continues at the Mermaid Aqua Faire immediately following the parade at the San Marcos Main Park Plaza. All within walking distance from downtown, the family can enjoythis FREE community festival of art, live music, food, and fun! Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Mermaid Aqua Faire- The fun kicks into full gear following the Mermaid Down Parade from 10:00 – noon! The San Marcos River serves as the beautiful backdrop to this fun filled FREE festival that has something for Merfolk of all ages. The Mermaid Aqua Faire starts right after the downtown parade and continues the celebration at San Marcos Plaza Park! Get ready for a great line up of live music curated by singer, song writer and Founder of OYOU (Own Your Own Universe), Terri Hendrix. Take a seat at the festival’s Community Table and meet neighbors and new friends while you enjoy culinary foods from a variety of food trucks at The Hitch: A Mobile Eatery and on-site food booths. Shop at the Artisan Alley hosted by the San Marcos Art League, a juried art market representing area artisans and a wide selection of artwork in different mediums. A variety of art activities can be found in the KidZone. Fun for all ages! Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Mermaid Round Up (River Bank & Park Clean Up)- The grand finale of SMTX Mermaid SPLASH 2017. This event is created to encourage “new” river guardians to get involved in helping to keep the banks of the river litter free. Family style picnic/potluck is planned. More details toe come. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Mermaid Splash Adult Only Events:
Poetry and Art Event Hosted by ARS Poetica – On September 7th, Arrondi Creative Productions will be hosting Ars Poetica & Wine II featuring the original photography of Art League of San Marcos member, Faylita Hicks. Several poets have been invited to read including Spoken Word artist Christopher Michael and TxState MFA alum John Fry and more. Wine and food provided by the host establishment, Patio Dolcetto Wine Lounge and Beir Gatden. The event is free. Thursday, Sept. 7, 7pm – Saturday, 9, 2017 9 p.m.
The Mer-Tini Shakedown Competition – You are cordially invited to participate in the the 2nd Annual Mermaid Society’s Mer-tini Shakedown on Saturday, September 9th, 2017! The Mer-tini Shakedown is a city-wide event, during Mermaid Society’s SPLASH Festival, in which local mixologists will compete to create the BEST San Marcos Mer-tini cocktail using Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin! 16 cocktail masters will represent some of San Marcos’ most popular restaurants and bars and compet…e for bragging rights, a handcrafted trophy created by a local artist, AND a $250.00 cash prize. Local judges & Wristband holders will play a part in helping to decide who will be the Mer-tini Champion while enjoying drink and food specials, and cheering for their favorite mixologist. Saturday, Sept.9, 2017, 6-11:30 p.m.
Heroes and Legends- The LOSS Team (Local Outreach for Suicide Survivors) will be holding a benefit concert Sunday September 10, 2017 at Stonewall Warehouse on the historic square in San Marcos Texas. Doors will be at 5pm and the Show is from 6-9pm. The LOSS Team is a new collaboration with the San Marcos Police Department, Kyle Police, Buda Police, Texas State Police, Hays County Sheriff Dept and the Hill Country MHDD Centers. 71st Member of The Grand Ole Opry, Hal Ketchum will be the headline act as well as performances by Jeremy Furstenfeld, Kenny Grimes, Bill Whitbeck, Nick Worley, Austin Gilliam, Grant Ewing, Gary Herman, Ashleigh Stone, and Many More Surprise Guests! Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 6-9 p.m.
Mix-N-Mingle Artist Social- The Arts Advocates of San Marcos host the Mermaid Mix-N-Mingle Artist Social to celebrate local arts and artists during the SMTX Mermaid SPLASH 2017, hosted by the Mermaid Society SMTX. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Community Symposiums- The Community Symposiums are developed to be signature events of SMTX Mermaid SPLASH festival. This community platform is created to bring together like-minded individuals to cross-pollinate ideas, collaborate on existing projects and strengthen connectivity through engagement. River Guardianship: Tuesday, Sept. 12th, San Marcos Activity Center – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Arts and Cultures: Wednesday, Sept. 13th, San Marcos Activity Center – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00pm.
Screening of “Yakona”- Yakona, meaning “water rising” in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This multi-award winning film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake, which is home to seven threatened or endangered species. The story takes you from prehistoric times, through the modern era, on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river.While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. We follow the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory by documenting the relationship between the natural world and humanity. Yakona speaks directly with its beauty while appealing to a higher nature. You begin to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Mermaid Society Art Ball- The Mermaid Society “Art” Ball is scheduled for Friday, September 15th from 7:00 – 11:30p taking place on the grounds of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, located in San Marcos, Texas. The Meadows Center sits on the site of an environmentally, culturally, and archaeologically significant resource and headwaters to the San Marcos River, Spring Lake. The former Spring Lake Resort at Aquarena Springs, the ‘original home of the San Marcos Mermaids’, will come to life with a magical evening paying tribute to our beloved San Marcos River and the arts. This highly anticipated “City Gala” is expected to sell-out again this year with 500 guests in attendance. An event to see and be seen, creatively inspired evening wear is highly encouraged. The artier, the better! Guests will be treated to a variety of libations provided by Altmeyer & Lewis Brewery Co., Dripping Springs Vodka, Patio Dolcetto Wine Lounge and Bier Garden and local wineries. Ball guests will dine on delectable fare provided by Root Cellar Café & Brewery, and enjoy locally made sweets from Lauren’s Wildflour Bakery. This private evening includes starry night rooftop views, champagne sunset glass bottom boat cruises, live music, dancing, dining, specialty cocktails, live art performances and more. Expect the unexpected at this enchanting Ball! Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 7-11:30 p.m.
The Mermaid AFTER Party- End your night out at Stonewall Warehouse! Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 9:oo p.m. – 2 a.m.
Brunch and Parade Watch- Come enjoy the best view of the start of the Mermaid Parade. Enjoy a $3 Mer-Mosa or Bubbly on our Two-Level Garden Patio as the Parade passes by! The Parade is scheduled to start at 10am and will pass by shortly thereafter. We also have several real Fruit Martini’s as well as Chocolate Martini….BRUNCH will begin here at Patio Dolcetto right after the Parade passes by! Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Paddle with a Purpose- Come out and Compete in the 3rd Annual, Paddle for A Purpose! The race begins at San Marcos City Park outside the Lions Club facility, and finishes at Texas State Tubes (in Martindale), and is approximately 7.36 miles down-river. The competitors will face challenges including whitewater rapids, portages, and navigating past other competitors. The race will end at Texas State Tubes where there will be an award ceremony, BBQ, and Music. Best of all, the proceeds go to support Sights & Sounds Foundation, a San Marcos Charity who’s primary mission is to support the Sights & Sounds of Christmas Festival. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.