The City of Kyle is not letting Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival’s cancellation stop them from coming up with a way to provide a little of its magic to Kyle. And that magic will appear in the form of 2020 City of Kyle Labor Day Celebrations. Check out what they have in store to celebrate America’s largest rest day.
Great news! The hot air balloons will still take flight on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 am! This one time is worth waking up with the sunrise. Here’s your chance to step outside and watch for hot air balloons to appear at random intervals. This isn’t a city sanctioned event, but it’s sure to make it a magical Labor Day weekend!
Drive-thru Glow Show
Who says driving through neighborhoods only has to happen during the winter holiday season to see the holiday lights? On Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:45 pm, everyone is invited to line up at 5001 City Lights Dr. for a memorable evening drive. Drive down Physicians Way to see eight to 10 tethered balloons glow in the nighttime. The city asks everyone to please not park or walk up to the event.
From Sept. 4 to 11, everyone is invited to enter photo contests. This is your chance to share what Labor Day in Kyle means to you in photography. Is it a BBQ with family and friends? Is it decorating your yard? Is it celebrating frontline workers and heroes? Will it be a reflection of Pie in the Sky festivals of the past?
Winners will receive cash prizes. City Council will announce the winners at its Sept. 15 meeting. The next section shares how to enter the photo contest.
Get Updates on Kyle Labor Day Events
All events are free. The hot air balloon events are weather-permitting. Here’s hoping Mother Nature permits it!
Many of us are looking forward to the 4th of July this year. It’s a chance to get out and enjoy fireworks and live music. Here’s where to go to celebrate the birth of America.
City of Kyle Independence Day Celebration
The City of Kyle will celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks launched from Plum Creek Golf Course. The show starts around 9 pm and runs for 20 to 30 minutes. For that perfect viewing spot, head someplace where you can see the tall water tower next to Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing. The safest location to park is on the paved parking lots around Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway.
If Mother Nature decides to put a damper on the fireworks, the make-up will be on July 5th. Same time. Same place. Viewing is not allowed at the Plum Creek Golf Course this year.
Red, White, and Buda
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Buda is doing things a little differently this year for Red, White, and Buda. They will have a fireworks show. In fact, they’re having TWO shows! Fireworks will be launched from Buda Sportsplex and City Park on July 4th between 9:15 pm and 9:30 pm.
For your safety and to ensure social distancing, there will be no parking available to view the fireworks at these locations. City Park and Buda Sportsplex will be closed to the public. The city encourages you to watch the fireworks from home or from a safe location where social distancing is observed. Watch for updates on the City of Buda’s Website or Facebook page.
Jaws at the Drive-in
Blue Starlite Drive-in Austin and Round Rock will air one of the most iconic American movies on 4th of July. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this classic tells the story of a great white that terrorizes beachgoers. Can the oceanographer and salty old shark hunter track this monster down?
This free holiday event at Historic Stagecoach Park features brightly decorated displays done by businesses and organizations. Guests walk a lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa.
Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation, Boy Scout Troop 967, Olympia Hills Cheers, and Buda Lion’s Club will provide hot beverages and concessions. Also, please keep pets at home.
Doc’s Drive-in Theatre returns bigger and better in its second year where you can meet Santa Claus and get a photo with him. Come hungry as they will have food and drink specials. Local vendors will sell unique gift items and Human Snow Globe will entertain you. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your own ornament while listening to holiday music.
The town of Lockhart transforms itself from a small town into a page out of a Dickens’ Christmas story. The Lockhart Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Lighted Christmas Parade that kicks off the festivities.
The parade starts at 7 pm and A Dickens’ Christmas in Lockhart celebration follows. Victorian decorations, jugglers, bagpipers, choirs, and carriage rides will delight you for hours. The event ends on Saturday with the lighting of the Yule Log.
The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show Texas State University PAC – P.C. Harrison Theatre
405 Moon St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
December 10: 7:30 to 10:30 pm https://gochristmasshow.com/
The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live musical variety show that performs Christmas classics and original sketch comedy at theaters across Texas. And Texas State in San Marcos is one of their stops. They sell out, so don’t wait long to get your ticket.
Catch the annual holiday ice show. When you buy a ticket, it automatically enters your name into a drawing for a four-pack of tickets to see Frozen 2! Winner announced at intermission. Now that’s a cool deal.
Happy Holidays from a Kyle Community
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and hope you go to at least one of these fantastic events near Kyle. If you want to stay current on what’s happening in Kyle events, please connect with the Crosswinds team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Hays County Brown Santa Program is a non-profit organization that provides food and toys to Hays County families in need during Christmas and the holidays. They have a variety of Hays County Brown Santa events to support the program that includes fundraisers, deadlines for donations, and volunteer days for sorting and delivering.
Brown Santa is located at 4200 IH 35, Suite #100, across from the outlet mall behind Hat Creek Burgers. If you’d like to help deliver, please email Lt. Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the type of vehicle you will drive, your cell number, and whether you have access to a trailer/horse trailer/box truck. (That’d be so great if you do!)
Want to help wrap presents? Please bring your own scissors and if you wish, a small table or a blanket to sit on. The building is a large open space and you may not be comfortable sitting on the bare floor. The organization has wrapping paper and tape.
Interested in donating already-wrapped toys, please put a sticky note on it containing the recipient’s age and gender. If you want to sign up for any of the fundraisers or you want to do your own fundraiser, contact Lt. Gutierrez at email@example.com or call 512-393-7877. Thank you for your support!
Crosswinds is a big supporter of the program and looks forward to helping.
Looking for something to do to enjoy Thanksgiving in Kyle? Check out these great Thanksgiving events.
Kyle Thanksgiving Events
You have a couple of options for Turkey Trots. Cities all around Texas hold 5K fun run and walk to celebrate a special day that benefits a nonprofit. Join a long-standing tradition of starting your Thanksgiving morning with a little run or walk. It’s an opportunity to have fun with your family, make room for your delicious meal, give back to the community, and get in a good workout.
Buda Turkey Trot
Benefitting the Hays County Food Bank, the Buda Turkey Trot takes you through the heart of Buda, Texas. The race occurs on Thanksgiving at 8 am in the parking lot behind the Buda location of Cabella’s. They’ll have prizes for different age groups as well as individual and group costume awards. For more information and to register, visit Buda Turkey Trot.
San Marcos Turkey Trot
The Race4Relief Turkey Trot in San Marcos takes place at the Intramural Fields, 4 Aquarena Springs Drive, on November 23. It runs from 7:30 am to 1 pm. Race4Relief benefits many organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Caritas of Austin. Some of the proceeds go to Hays County Good Bank and the remainder toward other Enactus projects. The race will feature bands, games, and prizes for the whole family.
Texas State Men’s Choir
Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Babcock, the TXST Treble Chamber Choir and Men’s Choir will perform on Sunday, November 24 from 4 to 5 pm at Texas State University’s Evans Auditorium, 601 University Drive – Evans Auditorium, San Marcos, Texas 78666. The choir’s repertoire consists of many styles and covers a variety of choral music from small octavos to larger works.
Annual Wimberley Community Thanksgiving Dinner
For more than 30 years, the Wimberley Community Thanksgiving has served more than 500 neighbors. It takes place in the Wimberley Community Center (14068 Ranch Rd. 12, Wimberley, Texas 78676) on Thursday, November 28 from 11 am to 2 pm. The meal includes smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, gravy, and a dinner roll. Dessert is a choice of pecan cobbler and pumpkin pie.
They accept donations at the door or year-round at Ozona Bank. If you can’t join the festivities, you can contact them and they’ll see that you get a meal. They welcome volunteers. Visit the Wimberley Community Thanksgiving Dinner Facebook page for contact information.
How I Met Your Mother Slapsgiving
“Because later we’re going to eat turkey, and then I’m going to slap you in your face.” — Marshall on How I Met Your Mother.
Fans of the comedy who know exactly what happened will not want to miss this fun night. Here’s your chance to show off your knowledge of the show in five challenging rounds at the Growler USA Austin (609 W. 29th St., Austin, TX 78705) on Monday, November 25 from 7 to 9 pm. The best way to reserve your seat is to select a team captain who takes care of tickets for the entire team.
The best way to get in the holiday spirit is to visit one of the greatest light displays in all of Texas at Santa’s Ranch. You’re just a 30-minute drive to New Braunfels (9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels, TX 78130) where you’ll delight in seeing 1.5 million custom-made lights. The display runs from now until January 4, 2020. They welcome cars (no trailers, buses, limos, or RVs please) Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 pm; and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 pm. Hot cocoa, homemade kettle corn, and souvenirs await you!
Thank You from Crosswinds Kyle Community
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Veterans Day gives Americans everywhere the opportunity to show their appreciation for everyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces. People in Crosswinds Kyle have several great options to honor those who served.
Check out the San Marcos Veterans Day Parade
This year’s San Marcos Veterans Day Parade theme is “Honoring All Who Served” with the City of San Marcos sponsoring. They’ve invited everyone to participate including veterans’ groups, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, youth teams, and even classic vehicles.
The parade begins at 10 am and travels through historic downtown San Marcos. Come to the parade hungry. You can get your fill at the free biscuit and gravy breakfast served on the County Courthouse lawn at 8:30 am. Breakfast or not, come early because there will be entertainment before the parade starts.
Everyone ages five and older can show their support by joining the Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade. Kids decorate their bikes, bring their helmets, and ride it at the Courthouse lawn. The event takes place before the parade from 9 to 10 am. Kids can spruce their bikes with flags, signs, and streamers. Training wheels and scooters also welcome.
Head to Austin Veterans Day Parade
Running for more than 17 years, the Austin Veterans Day Parade Foundation is an all-volunteer event that honors military veterans. This year’s Austin Veterans Day Parade theme is “Service” because a veteran’s service is never-ending. They also plan to highlight the great services they provide to Travis County veterans.
The parade yields about 20,000 attendees every year and consists of more than 100 floats and organizations. The parade starts at 9:30 am at the Ann Richards / Congress Avenue Bridge and travels towards Texas State Capitol. Spectators can view the parade along Congress Ave. At 11 am, a ceremony takes place on the south steps of the Capitol.
These are some of the wonderful things about living in Kyle. You have many options for things to do as Austin and San Marcos are a short drive away. Looking for a new home? Check out these new homes in Kyle.
The best part about living in Kyle, Texas is that you’re close to some of the best BBQ in the country. And not only that, but you’re just 30 minutes away from two days of some of the best BBQ in one place! There will be — count ’em — 30 BBQ joints from across Texas at the fest!
What Is Texas Monthly BBQ Fest?
The tenth annual BBQ fest occurs on Nov. 2 and 3 in Austin. Texas Monthly invites the top 50 BBQ joints in Texas to the event. So, you will have the opportunity to try the best of the best BBQ without traveling all over the place!
A ticket gets you free samples of BBQ, sides, and desserts from all participating joints. Check out the BBQ fest lineup to see what BBQ you can sample. Be warned that it’s while supplies last – you may want to head there early for a chance to try it all.
What’s BBQ without cold drinks, desserts, and music? All that will be on hand. The Suffers and Austin’s own Al Dressen’s BBQ Playboys will provide the entertainment. Enjoy the sounds of western swing from Al Dressen’s BBQ Playboys. The band has been around since 1982 and will remind you of the Texas Playboys. The band will have you swingin’ in no time.
The Suffers are an award-winning eight-piece ensemble from Houston that specializes in Gulf Coast Soul. They’ve played more than 300 shows around North America and their first TV appearance was on Late Show With David Letterman. Since then, they’ve performed at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Before You Go to Austin for the BBQ Fest
The first thing you want to know is that daylight saving time begins the night before the BBQ. Be sure to set your alarm back one hour to ensure you arrive on time. VIP doors open at noon and general admission at 1 pm. The event, held at the Long Center for Performing Arts (701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704), runs until 4 pm.
Beware that all bags are subject to search. Coolers, storage containers, and guns are not allowed on the property. Any food not purchased at the event cannot enter the building. You can park in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage (900 Barton Springs Rd.). It’s open on a first-come, first-serve basis and costs $8 per vehicle. You’ll pay at the booth as you enter the garage.
Other parking spaces include One Texas Center Garage (505 Barton Springs Rd.) and Austin City Hall Parking Garage (301 W. 2nd St.). Accessible parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage.
If it rains, the show will go on! Kids are welcome, but there are no kid-friendly activities. The only animals permitted are service animals.
Businesses and organizations from the City of Kyle will set up tents at City “Scare” Park for safe and enjoyable trick-or-treating. Ghosts, goblins, and creatures of all kinds and ages welcome! The event will have a costume and pumpkin decorating contest.
Contestants will get a pumpkin and paint to perform a little magic on their pumpkins. After picking up all those treats, head over to Boo-da Halloween for more Halloween hijinks!
Celebrate with the City of Buda at their 17th Annual Boo-Da Halloween event. Dress up in your Halloween best for a chance to win the costume contest in one of three categories: adult, youth, and group costumes. Challenge yourself in the brand-new haunted maze followed by collecting monstrous amounts of candy. Best of all, just show up as there is no registration required.
Here’s a great option for those who seek a sensory-friendly Halloween bash with a spooooky bouncy house, pumpkin painting, storytime, and trick-or-treating. Come in costume!
San Marcos Downtown Trick or Treat Downtown San Marcos, TX 78666 San Marcos
Sunday, October 27, 2019
12 to 3 pm
Want to do more trick-or-treating? Head downtown to San Marcos just 15 miles away from Crosswinds in Kyle. Keep those costumes on, play games, and float through Spooky Alley at this family-friendly event.
Sudbury Schoolhouse Costume Party 208 W Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 Calendar Event
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Sudbury Schoolhouse is hosting a costume party and invites kids from Kyle, Buda, and San Marcos to attend. Dress up in your Halloween costume and get ready for music, games, prizes, and of course, trick-or-treating. It’s a free event for Sudbury House students and only $5 for everyone else.
Terror in Transylvania Murder Mystery (18+) Railroad Train Depot, 100 N. Front Street Kyle, TX 78640 Register
Friday, October 25, 2019
Here’s one for the adults. Pick your character from this page. Come with your thinking cap and be ready to solve a murder mystery that will have you spellbound.
Want to find more things to do in Kyle before or after Halloween? Check these out!
One of the coolest things about living in a community in Kyle, Texas, is that you’re only 30 minutes away from one of the most awesome music festivals in the country: Austin City Limits Music Festival that takes place every year in Austin’s Zilker Park. More than 225,000 fans attend and have a choice of a lineup with more than 100 performers. It occurs over two weekends in October.
About the ACL Music Festival
This year’s festival is Oct. 4 – 6 and Oct. 11 – 13. Attendees can savor an array of acts across eight stages. This year’s ACL lineup includes Guns N’ Roses, Cardi B, Mumford and Sons, Kacey Musgraves, and many more. Just make sure you’re not Still Woozy or else you may fall Asleep at the Wheel. That’s our cheesy way of working in two more bands.
Here are the interactive Weekend One Schedule and Weekend Two Schedule. You can use MyFest to create favorites, compare with friends, and get more features for managing your schedule. You can also download the schedules as a PDF file.
While there are lodging options, Kyle residents can save on lodging by driving there. Use the money you save toward ACL Eats! Austin is known for is food, so count on delicious local bites that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Looking at the food lineup is causing some loud stomach rumblings as we write this.
When you want to take a break from music, you can explore other areas of the park that will relax and recharge you. And yes, the little ones aged 10 and under get in Austin Kiddie Limits free with their parents. ACL has thought of everything as there’s a separate entrance to the kid-friendly area and it has stroller-friendly lanes at the main gates.
Preparing to Attend the ACL Music Festival
We strongly recommend you read the festival frequently asked questions. It has all the answers and tips you need. The most important thing is to come prepared based on these ACL safety tips. For example, the festival has hydration water refill stations. You can refill your empty water bottle (be sure to bring it!) at these cool, filtered water and cooling stations located all around the venue.
Bring and apply sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen often. Did we say sunscreen? Protect those ears with earplugs. The music gets LOUD. The festival also has a bag policy, so check that out and do review the allowed and prohibited items list. It has certain types of jewelry on the list and innocent things like frisbees. They probably don’t want someone to get bonked on the head.
Many Kyle residents attend ACL every year. That’s one of the best parts about living in this town. They enjoy a quieter lifestyle without the hubbub of a city Yet, they’re close enough to Austin to drive to the music festival without needing to find lodging. Not here yet but want to be? Check out the new homes in Kyle.
The hot temperatures may not have let up yet, but fall is right around the corner. And that means lots of fun and popular fall events are coming up in and near Kyle, Texas! A wide variety of events awaits you in September, everything from a festival to a BBQ fundraiser and sports to great food. People living in the Kyle master-planned Crosswinds community won’t have to go far for these adventures.
The events appear in the order of dates they take place.
Santa Cruz Holy Cross Festival Sept. 6 and 7
1100 Main Street
Buda, TX 78610
Santa Cruz Holy Cross Festival is a large community festival where you can enjoy live music, food booths, carnival rides, auction, and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Catholic Church and School’s mission to educate others to live a communal life of faith, hope, and charity that moves them to love and serve God and others. Michael Salgado and Grupo Solido will perform. Admission is $5 per person. It’s free for children ages 12 and under.
Voted as one of the best golf tournaments in Hays County, attend the Kyle Classic for a memorable day of golfing, entertainment, and networking. More than 120 people will attend the event to promote their products and services. There will be food, beverages, giveaways, prizes, and more.
7 – 8 am: Sponsor Check-In
7:30 – 8:30 am: Golfer Check-In
9 am: Shotgun Start
9/11 Memorial BBQ Fundraiser Sept. 11
Kyle VFW Auxiliary Post 12058
Performing Arts Center
979 Kohlers Crossing
Kyle, Texas 78640
At the 9/11 Memorial BBQ Fundraiser, Kyle VFW Auxiliary Post #12058 will honor and remember the lives of those heroes lost on September 11, 2001. The program includes a Color Guard, guest speaker, a special video of America the Beautiful followed, prayers, and TAPS.
The special guest speaker is retired Army SFC (E7) Larry “Scott” Teakell, a recipient of the Soldier’s Medal. Hear his story of heroism and his determination. The Kyle event starts at 7 pm.
Mermaid SPLASH Festival
This is a 15-day festival with many events. Visit Mermaid Society of SMTX for all festival events and locations. The San Marcos event kicks off with the Downtown Mermaid Parade and Aqua Faire on Sept. 21 from 10 am to 6 pm at the San Marcos Downtown Mermaid Promenade.
With the San Marcos River serving as the backdrop, the faire begins with the parade consisting of lots and lots of mermaids and more than 100 parade entries. The parade starts the corner of CM Allen and Cheatham Street with many viewing spots along the route.
The parade ends at San Marcos Plaza Park where the Mermaid Aqua Faire Celebration begins. Revel in live music, a juried art market, KIDzone, and food trucks. Don’t miss out on the SPLASH Royal Court and free fun!
Annual Fajita Fiesta and Cook-off Canceled for 2019
The Fajita Fiesta and Cook-off is canceled because Buda’s city park is undergoing major renovations. Don’t fret! It’ll be back in September 2020!
Kyle, Texas and surrounding areas offer many wonderful opportunities to explore a beautiful part of Texas. If you’re looking for a home, you may want to explore the Crosswinds Community in Kyle. To learn more, contact Crosswinds today or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.