Andrea Hurell

Upcoming Concerts in San Marcos

Austin might be the “live music capital of the world,” but San Marcos has a mix of musical flavor all its own. Local bars and storefronts will be hosting a wide range of performances over the next few weeks that are sure to fit any music lover's taste.

The Marc

Night City Lights – Jan. 24, 9 p.m.

It’s being hailed as the biggest EDM glow party in San Marcos with Foreign Twinz, TELYkast and Madhatter on deck to perform. The party is 18+, so younger Bobcats will have the opportunity to experience the Square. Tickets are available at Presale tickets have already sold out.

Restaurants close to campus offer great eats

Alvin Ord’s

This close-to-campus spot features fresh, flavorful sandwiches and a mural-like wall decorated by current and long-graduated Bobcats. The shop offers options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, with the pulled pork sandwich ranking among its most popular items.

“The food is cheap and pretty massive,” said Olivia Trevino, Alvin Ord’s manager. “We are open during most campus hours.”

 204 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666 Tel: (512) 353-8042

Zookas Ultimate Burritos

Food bank campaign feeds families

The Hays County Food Bank is gearing up for its 8th annual Turkeys Tackling Hunger food drive. Last year, the community outreach effort fed more than 3,000 families with Thanksgiving meals. This year nearly 3,400 families have signed up to receive services.

Manske Rolls, History make Gil's local legend

Just a block away from Texas State sits Gil’s Broiler, a favorite among Bobcats and residents, with enough history and traffic to be considered both a San Marcos hot spot and legend. Not only is Gil’s home to the famous Manske Roll, but it has a longstanding history of supporting the Texas State and the San Marcos community. Ruben Becerra, owner and operator of Gil’s Broiler, has been with the restaurant for over a decade and considers himself an expert on its rich history and future.

Late night eats in San Marcos

There is no better interlude between the bar and bed than a midnight meal at the end of a long night partying on The Square. Luckily for Texas State students, these five local San Marcos hot spots have exactly what the late-night foodies are looking for.


San Marcos’ original pizza place has all the makings of being a new favorite for late-night dining. It’s no surprise Valentino’s continues to be a San Marcos staple with its old school-pizzeria looks and prices made for even the skinniest of wallets— especially after paying for a bar tab. “I like the way it looks, and it’s a good option for when you want good service and you don’t want a super-long wait,” San Marcos local Sarah D. said.


Normal weekends in San Marcos are filled with endless events and drink specials as it is, but Halloween festivities in and around town only add to the laundry list of potential parties. The University Star sifted through the possibilities and complied a list of this weekend’s best events.

The Hungry Gamer Halloween Bash

Oct. 30, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Fashion students detail fall clothing trends, staples

Fall. A time of year when pumpkin spice lattes reign supreme, boyfriends find their favorite hoodies missing and students across the country begin compiling the perfect wardrobe additions to help them transition from sweltering Texas heat to the slightly-less-hot autumn. Members of the Texas State Fashion Merchandising Association (FMA) shared their favorite fall trends and how to style them while the women of San Marcos sister boutiques Two P’s and Calli’s— Maggie Ximenes, Kellea Goebel, Katelyn Knapp, and Mary Katherine Underbhuk—broke down their top picks for when the temperatures begin to drop.

Aluminum grey and sangria

Get out of Town | Lockhart

Lockhart, TX, a cozy town that sits less than an hour away, is a wonderful spot for a short weekend adventure or for when students just want to get away from campus life for an afternoon. Even though it’s best known for its unbeatable barbeque, there is more to this town than just ribs and brisket. It’s easy to see why it’s such a favorite among fellow Bobcats from its picturesque courthouse to the classic look of the downtown neighborhood,.

What to Eat

Henry’s Restaurant

A very cool little place with a big-city vibe, Henry’s satisfies down-home cravings with fried pickles, but its plate presentation and wide variety of American and Italian fodder give it a very upscale feeling.

215 S Commerce St., Lockhart, TX 78644 (512) 398-4609

T&C Cafe

Fun Fall Activities Around Town

As the air grows crisper and the list of pumpkin everything expands at coffee shops nationwide, Texas State students look forward to the return of autumnal activities perfect for groups of friends or couples to enjoy.

Pumpkin Patches and the Great Outdoors

The Jersey Barnyard

Located in La Grange, TX, this is the perfect place for an afternoon adventure to pick out a pumpkin to carve. As an added bonus, one can opt to schedule a farm tour with friends or student organizations.

3117 State Hwy 159 La Grange, TX 78945 (979) 249-3406

Sweet Berry Farm

Local business teaches American Sign Language to children

While social media and technological innovations have changed the way many interact, American Sign Language is still a prominent form of communication in the digital age. Amy Joines, the proprietor of The Signing Connection and a certified teacher of the Baby Signing Time program, said she has had an interest in sign language ever since she was a child. Now she has made a business out of teaching sign language to the next generation.


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