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Austin's favorite non-Austin music festival returns to Marfa with big-name acts

Austin's favorite non-Austin music fest returns to Marfa with big acts

Trans-Pecos Festival El Cosmico
Trans-Pecos returns for its 13th year. El Cosmico/Facebook

Pull on your boots, spritz on Le Labo, and don your Fort Lonesome denim — it's time to head to West Texas. The 13th annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love returns to Marfa on September 20-23 for three days of music, makers, and even a good ol' fashioned baseball game.

This year's buzzworthy lineup includes headlining acts Los Lobos, Future Islands, Jenny Lewis, Angel Olsen, Patty Griffin, Shannon Shaw, and Hiss Golden Messenger. They join "an eclectic array of folk, rock, country, indie, Americana musicians and bands" such as Robert Ellis, Meshell N’degeocello, Los Coast, Inna Moja, Black Pumas, and Austin's own Ben Kweller. 

For those who haven't made the sojourn west, what makes Trans-Pecos special is that its a camping/festival hybrid hosted at El Cosmico, the dreamy West Texas property under Austin's Bunkhouse Group brand.

Additional weekend highlights include workshops (the schedules for which will be released later), a sandlot baseball game, a makers' fair, a community dinner, and treatments at "El Cosmetico." (Music and puns? Is this heaven?)

Those looking for an extra treat can snag $35 tickets to the Barbacoa Community Dinner, a pig roast hosted by chef Lou Lambert. Non-meat eaters take note: the dinner does include vegetarian options. 

Trans-Pecos passes run $250 for three nights of music or $325 for three nights of music and camping. Those without their own camping gear also have the option of renting a deluxe, furnished tent complete with amenities from Shelter Co. (Let's be honest, massage treatments and deluxe tents are precisely how we prefer to camp.) Tickets and workshop registration are available now