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Upcoming Events

2024 Eddie Durham Jazz Fest

The Calaboose African American History Museum is celebrating the musical contributions and legacy of San Marcos native, Eddie Durham, with a free concert in Eddie Durham Park, 205 Martin Luther King Dr., across from the Calaboose Museum. Eddie Durham was a gifted jazz guitarist, trombonist, composer and arranger in the swing era. His work contributed to the popularity of Glen Miller, Bennie Moten, Count Basie and Jimmie Lunceford. He is credited with being the first person to record an amplified guitar when he was featured on the 1935 Jimmie Lunceford recording of Durham's arrangement of "Hittin' the Bottle."

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Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024

Time: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Location: 205 W Martin Luther King Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

The 2024 Eddie Durham Jazz Fest will feature a concert from 11-6 with special guest and MC, Eddie Durham’s daughter, Topsy Durham. The event will feature big band sounds from the Texas State Jazz Ensemble; blues tunes from Indigo Soul featuring Sonia Love; The Blues Revue; Morris Nelms & The Calaboose Players; Blue Mist; and The Jamie Krueger Group. These jazzy sounds will make this event a foot stomping entertainment for the entire family to enjoy! You will be entertained by six amazing and talented bands ready to give you a taste of Eddie Durham’s classic hits and more!


MLK Drive will be closed between Fredericksburg Street and Comanche Street to create a pedestrian safe area to allow food trucks and vendors of fine arts, crafts, books, and unique specialty items. 


You are invited to participate in the fun. Food trucks, arts and crafts booths, and jazz all day promise to make this a wonderful way to spend an October Saturday. You do not want to miss it!

All Vendors:  According to city park rules and regulations the following items are not allowed on park property:  Styrofoam, glass, alcohol, tobacco.  Only compostable products can be used in city parks. No religious or political campaigning is allowed at the event.


  • Tents/Tables/Chairs:  Vendor booths and mobile units will be situated in the street on MLK between Comanche Street and Feltner Alley, where the street will be closed to traffic. Vendors should bring their own equipment, tents, chairs, tables. 


  • Electricity will not be provided. 


  • Taxes/Sales: Each vendor will be responsible for his/her own tax collection, sales records, and credit card authorizations.  No change will be available.


  • Event Hours/Set Up/Break Down: Each vendor must stay for the entirety of the event. Set up begins at 8:30 am for an 11:00 am event start time. The event ends at 6:00 pm and the vendor must be cleared out of their space by 7:00 pm.

  • Artist Vendor Booths: Booth fees for artists are $35 per 10 X 10 booth. Booths may be shared by more than one artist/craftsperson. Booth spaces are limited and will be assigned based on a first come first serve basis with additional consideration for the diversity and evident quality of work to be sold. Do not pay the booth fee until you have been notified that your application has been accepted. 

All art articles sold must be the original work of the applicant artist/vendor. All item content must be G-rated due to family audiences—no nudity, violence or inappropriate language.  


Set Up:  Saturday, October 19, 8:30 – 11:00 am

Take Down: 6:00 – 7:00 pm


Please submit this application by email on or before September 1 at 5:00 pm to  You will be advised of your application’s acceptance no later than 5:00 pm September 14th. If for any reason you must cancel your participation, please submit cancellation by email to no later than October 7, 2024 to receive a full refund. Cancelations after October 7 will forfeit their booth fee.


Jo Ann Parsons is the committee chair for vendor applications. Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns at 512.214.2650 or



The Calaboose offers a variety of programs for people of all ages. See below for more on our upcoming events. For past events, you can click the button "See Past Events."

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