Get ready for a magical day trip unlike any other! On Saturday, September 16, you can head south to San Marcos, TX for the SMTX Mermaid Parade & SPASH Festival. Organized to celebrate San Marcos’ unique river and arts culture, this event will kick off with a parade in downtown San Marcos at 10 a.m. and followed by the festival at 1 p.m. in San Marcos Plaza Park.


Photo credit: Nicholas Brooks; from the Mermaid Society SMTX Facebook page

Fresh water mermaids are the primary theme for this family fun event. 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: The Downtown Mermaid Promenade starts at 10 a.m. and will be lead by Austin Samba and Las Monas de San Antonio bringing their entertaining combination of rhythm, dance, movement, color, joy and giant mermaid puppets! The parade will feature floats, marchers, music. Click here for a map of the parade route. Click here for more info & parking suggestions.

Photo from the Mermaid Society SMTX Website

The Festival: The Mermaid Aqua Faire starts right after the downtown parade and continues the celebration at San Marcos Plaza Park from 1-7 p.m. Get ready for a great lineup of live music as well as a variety of food trucks, a juried art market, and a variety of fun things for children in the Kidzone. And be sure to stop by the Eco Village, hosted by the Meadows Center, for hands-on activities about water conservation.

Music Line-up:

  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Salsa Del Rio
  • 2:00 – 3 p.m. – Rochelle & The Sidewinders
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Railhouse Band
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. –  The Revs

You can learn much more about this event as well as details about the Mermaid Society SMTX on their website and Facebook page.

Have fun!