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Fall Antique Shows

Round Top
September 14–October 8, 2017

From fields of rubbish to exceptionally curated tents of antique décor, vintage shopping has never been better than it will be this fall in Round Top. More than 100,000 antique hunters from across the country are expected to make their biannual trek to this tiny town as a slew of vendors open up shop, including the Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary September 20; Zapp Hall, which celebrates 30 years September 29–October 7; the Marburger Farm Antique Show, which commemorated its 20th anniversary this past spring and returns September 26– and the one that started it all—the Original Round Top Antiques Fair—which celebrates a milestone 50-year anniversary September 25–30.

Photo: Will van Overbeek

SMTX Mermaid Splash

San Marcos
September 2–17, 2017

Not every community can fondly recall the good ol’ days when mermaids would swim and play in the local waters, but San Marcos can. Between the 1950s and the 1990s, San Marcos was home to Aquarena Springs, one of Texas’ most popular theme parks featuring a submerged theater where the “Aquamaids” performed graceful underwater dances and other playful antics. Though the theme park is long gone, memories of the city’s thriving mermaid culture live through this new festival. With a series of family activities, social events, and educational forums on a variety of San Marcos topics, this second annual fete is as much a party for the beautiful San Marcos River as it is an affirmation of the local community and the mermaids who work to protect it. The 16-day festival wraps up with its three biggest events—the Mermaid Society Ball on September 15 and the Mermaid Parade and Aqua Faire on September 16.

Photo: courtesy Mermaid Society SMTX

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“Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945”

September 11, 2017–January 1, 2018

This new exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin will showcase two decades of modern Mexican art and design and the ways in which it propelled a dialogue between Mexico and its neighbors across the Rio Grande. The Austin exhibit will boast more than 200 items from artists including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, graphic designer Miguel Covarrubias, and jewelry designer William Spratling through January 1, 2018 before traveling to the Museum of the City of New York.

Photo: courtesy Harry Ransom Center

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