The fun kicks into full gear following the Downtown Mermaid Parade! The San Marcos River serves as the beautiful backdrop to this fun filled FREE festival that has something for Merfolk of all ages. The Mermaid Aqua Faire starts right after the Downtown Mermaid Parade and continues the celebration at San Marcos Plaza Park! Get ready for a great line up of live music curated by singer and song writer, Terri Hendrix to include tunes by Rochelle and the Sidewinders, The Revs, The Railhouse Band and Salsa Del Rio! Take a seat at the festival’s Community Table and meet neighbors and new friends while you enjoy culinary foods from a variety of food trucks at The Hitch Food Park and on-site food booths. Shop at the Artisan Alley hosted by the San Marcos Art League, a juried art market representing area artisans and a wide selection of artwork in different mediums, including ceramics, glasswork, metalwork, photography, wood, jewelry, sculpture, painting upscale/recycle, and mixed media. A variety of art activities fun for all ages will be available at the KIDZONE. Festival-goers will learn about conservation stewardship at the Eco Villagehosted by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and take part in the variety of interactive activities planned for the whole family; to include hands-on workshops, scheduled presentations by environmental experts and art inspired learning projects for everyone. Stop by at the Mermaid Market for unique services and products brought to you by area businesses. Some of the added highlights include the Presentation of the Mermaid SPLASH Royal Court to include the King of SPLASH, Mermaid Queen and Royal Court, Parade Grand Marshal and Honorees.Participants of the parade and festival are encouraged to walk or bike when traveling to the park in support of our bike friendly community! Please join us for a day of fun for the entire family. The festival takes place light rain or shine. Free to the public.