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After a successful launch during Shop Small Saturday late last year, the Price Center’s San Mercado is returning Saturday, Jan. 26 with new and retuning vendors, and a slate of activities and entertainment that’s sure to please all. The new monthly community market will take place inside and outside the Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“We’re off to a good start,” said Clay DeStefano, executive director. “But we’ve got lots of room for more vendors and visitors,” he added.

To that end, this month Center is adding a free kids’ arts activity and entertainment from San Marcos’ own Cirque de 666 to grow visitors. In addition, a 25% off discount on booth rentals is being offered to artists, makers, and culturally-centric vendors to help diversify and grow the market.

San Mercado visitors this month will enjoy the kid-friendly “make your own Valentine’s” activity from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and the various performers slated to appear from 1-3 p.m. from Cirque du 666. Jugglers, clowns, a strolling minstrel, hoop artists, and aerialists are slated to entertain guests and vendors alike.

Admission to the Mercado is free and open to all. The Price Center will also be offering a variety of drinks and treats for $1 donations, including coffee, soft drinks and water.

Interested in participating? San Mercado booths are available, welcomed and encouraged for both private and retail vendors. “Multi-family” booths welcome. Vendors pay $20 for outdoor booths and $30 for indoor booths. (Be sure to ask if you qualify for the 25% discount.) Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis and advanced registration is advised. Participants will need to bring their own tents, tables and necessary display equipment. Set up is from 8-9 a.m. on the day of the event. A limited number of ‘6 tables are available for rent at $10 each.

The monthly market is made possible in part through grant funds from the San Marcos Arts Commission. Proceeds from booth rentals benefit the Price Center, which is operated by the Greater San Marcos Area Seniors Association (GSMASA), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

For more information, including reserving booth space, please call 512-392-2900, stop by the Center at 222 W. San Antonio St. Mon. – Fri., 9-5 p.m., or visit

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