2014 Spring Events

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South By Southwest will enter its 26th year this March. The music, media and film festival draws visitors from around the globe.

Bobcat Build

March 29

First launched in 2002, Bobcat Build has become a favorite tradition of both students and San Marcos residents. The idea behind Bobcat Build is community outreach and unity. This year’s event is projected to be the biggest yet, said Tegan Perry, operations co-chair of the Bobcat Build Student Planning Committee.

“It is important to participate in Bobcat Build because it gives students a chance to make a relationship with the San Marcos community,” Perry said. “It’s basically a big ‘thank you’ for letting us be here.”

Due to Bobcat Build’s impact on the community, job sites have expanded to Kyle and Wimberley. Last year Mayor Daniel Guerrero officially declared Bobcat Build a city-recognized holiday.

“It’s amazing to see the feedback and appreciation from the citizens,” Perry said. “Bobcat Build keeps growing, and it’s not going anywhere.”




Sponsored by the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA), Riverfest, an outdoor concert at Sewell Park featuring a big-name headliner, is the culmination of the spring semester. This year’s event does not have a date set yet, but will take place sometime during the last week of April, said Ricky Soliz, pride and traditions coordinator. SACA is keeping the headliner under wraps for the time being, but Soliz confirmed the performer’s genre is neither country nor hip-hop.

“The genre of the performance is something we haven’t done before for Riverfest. It’s going to be something completely new,” Soliz said.

A battle of the bands competition will precede the concert, with the winner going on to open for the event’s headliner. The goal of Riverfest 2014 is to reach new and different audiences. Booths offering food and freebies will be available during the concert. A set date for Riverfest will be announced by the end of February.

“It’s something to really look forward to,” Soliz said. “Based on my experience, I think it will be something the student body will really appreciate being part of.”


South by Southwest

March 7-16

Austin’s world-famous music and media conference celebrates its 26th installment in 2014, bringing with it bigger and better-than-ever additions. It has been confirmed that at least 2,000 artists will play in more than 100 venues, although the complete official lineup of performers has yet to be unveiled.

“Part of the early excitement is just the sheer amount of opportunity to hear bands from out of the country that you likely never would have heard of prior to the festival,” said Noel Fuller, who attended the festival in 2013.

Last year’s festival saw 82,000 patrons at the music portion, 30,000 at the interactive conference, and 4,000 for the film festival. Some confirmed acts include Big Freedia, Black Milk, Melissa Etheridge and Charli XCX.

“I’d like to see Rubblebucket, Shurman and Melissa Etheridge,” Fuller said.

The interactive conference will welcome several keynote speakers including Neil deGrasse Tyson, popular astrophysicist, author and science communicator, and Adam Savage of “MythBusters” on the Discovery Channel. This year’s film festival will likely be a star-studded occasion as well, with appearances from Kristen Bell, Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Vergara already confirmed online.