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Trans-Pecos 2019 brings music and love to the coolest town in West Texas

Trans-Pecos 2019 brings music and love to coolest town in West Texas

Trans Pecos El Cosmico crowd
Trans-Pecos is coming back to Marfa. Photo by Daniel Cavazos/Facebook

Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love returns to Marfa, bringing a weekend of music, sandlot baseball, and many Austinites to the famed West Texas town. The festival runs Thursday, September 26, through Sunday, September 29, at El Cosmico, the bohemian West Texas hotel owned by Austin's Bunkhouse Group.

"Just like Marfa itself, Trans-Pecos Festival is an intimate gathering place with a bit of a cosmic touch — Burning Man vibes in the West Texas desert," organizers say in a release.

Indeed, Trans-Pecos is part music festival, part desert sojourn, part hippest party you've ever been to. Headlining this year's lineup is Broken Social Scene, Margo Price, Luna, and Chicano Batman, along with Butch Walker, William Tyler, Orville Peck, Combo Chimbita, Dylan Leblanc, and The Suffers, among other acts. Take a peek at the daily schedule here.

In addition to a stacked live music lineup, the grounds play host workshops, an artisan marketplace, pop-up parties, a Ferris Wheel, and a sandlot baseball game between Marfa's Los Yonke Gallos and Austin's Texas Playboys.

Outdoor Voices returns for another year, this time leading a yoga class on the grounds. Retox with Scribe Winery as it hosts a wine tasting or decompress with massage treatments and a CBD skincare workshop. 

Or learn something new at a workshop. For the 2019 festivities, artist Mercedez Rex hosts a late-night water marbling class. Attendees will learn "a brief history of marbling as well as classic historical patterns before diving in to experiment with basic techniques of manipulating paints on the surface of a water bath." Prefer to sit back rather than join in? Flora and Fortitude takes a roll through the history of cannabis.

And what would a festival be without food? The celebratory pig roast, hosted again by chef Lou Lambert, and the Sunday brunch, benefitting KRTS Marfa Public Radio, both make their tasty returns.

Austin food trucks will be well represented, including Ranch Hand, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Four Brothers Venezuelan Kitchen, Noble Sandwich Co., and Lick Honest Ice Cream join Oh My Pizza Pie, Resident Taqueria, Chilaquil, and Wildflower Caramel Co.

While not necessary, staying on-site is encouraged. Tiny houses, yurts, safari tents, tipis, and trailers make up El Cosmico's legendary accommodations. For Trans-Pecos, the resort is once again offering furnished Shelter + Co. tents, priced between $950-$1,200. Camping in personal tents is also allowed for a fee.

Weekend passes for the music portion (no camping) are available for $250. Camping plus weekend passes are priced at $325. Most activities also require an individual ticket, and fees vary. Find more information and purchase tickets here.