Onsite Events

Experience the magic of San Marcos River Resort on the San Marcos River. From the spooky delights of our Halloween Festival to the festive cheer of our Christmas celebration and the fiery competition of our Chili Cook-off, every event is a unique adventure. Our comfortable accommodations and riverside activities provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable memories.

Annual BBQ Cook-off:

  • October 13-14, 2023
  • Registration for the competition takes place on Friday night. Two of the categories are turned in and judged that same Friday night. Most cook-off teams will spend the evening and night cooking until their category’s turn-in time on Saturday.
  • Saturday morning begins with a cook’s meeting for all teams to check in and clarify the day’s schedule. Then there are 4 turn-in times and judging’s that will take place before the awards ceremony at 6:30PM.
  • We have prizes and gifts that have been donated by the local community and businesses. There is a raffle and 50/50 to raise money. The money raised goes toward Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department Brown Santa.

Halloween Festival

  • October 27-29, 2023
  • We will have an area decorated in the spirit of Halloween out in our nature trail area. We will also usually run a hayride on Saturday nights throughout October in this area.
  •  We’ll have a costume contest and a site-decorating contest with prizes awarded. That Saturday will be when we have on-site trick-or-treating for kids, followed by the last hayride of the season, then a family-friendly Halloween movie will be put on at the Pavilion.


Christmas Festival

  • Every Saturday in December
  • We will redecorate the nature trail in a winter/Christmas theme for Saturday hayrides.
  • There will be times designated for pictures with Santa in the Clubhouse and family-friendly Christmas movies at the Pavilion or Clubhouse, weather dependent.

Annual Chili Cook-off

  • December 29, 2023-January 1, 2024
  • Registration for the competitions of the cook-off take place Friday at check-in. There are usually a couple of turn-in times with judging that night.
  • The rest of the competition turn-in times are throughout Saturday, ending with the winner announcements. We have prizes and gift baskets that are donated by the local community and businesses with a Silent Auction.
  • There is a hot rod (vintage vehicle) showcase and a friendly contest that happens simultaneously on Saturday.
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