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Swing on the Square, San Marcos

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San Marcos town square


The 24th annual Western Swing Festival in downtown San Marcos is a rain-or-shine happening with its epicenter in the town square. Festivities kick off on Friday, April 1, 2016 with two special events. For the Brew Hop, attendees 21 and up can savor a craft beer tasting tour that will lead them around the San Marcos square. At all 12 stops, experts pair local craft beer with food and, of course, entertainment. Tasters pay $25 and take home a collectible brew glass. At 7 p.m., the place to be is Kent Black’s Barbeque to take in the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Show. Tickets to the show are $25 and include a meal with your reserved seat. To save your place for either of these Friday night events, visit

swing band playing


Saturday, enjoy three locations of back-to-back entertainment from some of the big names in Western Swing music including Texan Playboys, Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue, Junior Pruneda, Louise Rowe, and many more. While your toes are tapping to the music, be sure to swing by the Farmers’ and Arts Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will be located all around the courthouse square, so you won’t miss a beat. Consider an early supper Saturday so you can delight in every minute of the Street Dance with Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band from 7 to 10 p.m. Those wanting to enter the Street Dance contest need to sign up by 6:15 p.m. and be ready to show off their waltzing, two stepping, and swing prowess. There is no cost to enter.

Swing Band in Texas flag shirts


The tunes continue at Kent Black’s Barbeque Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with Mikki Daniel and Texas Wildfire. A true Texas brunch follows with Cowboy Gospel music and barbeque. Your last opportunity to see Carolyn Martin Swing Band will be Sunday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. Visitors to San Marcos the weekend of April 1, 2016 will find a swinging good time all weekend long. No fooling!