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VBB GENERAL FAQ
How do I get to Viva Big Bend?
There are several travel options. Driving may be the most convenient if you live in Texas (approx. 6 hours from Austin; 8 hours from D/FW and 9 hours from Houston). El Paso and Midland are the closest commercial airports (and both are approx. 3 hours away). Amtrak offers service to Alpine. Private planes can land at Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport.
How can I learn more about the area?
Visit Alpine | Visit Marfa | Visit Big Bend | Texas Mountain Trail
Where can I stay?
There are a lot of housing options in the area. Here are links to recommended hotels:
Gage Hotel (Marathon)
Hampton Inn (Alpine)
Holiday Inn Express (Alpine)
Holland Hotel (Alpine) - SOLD OUT
Maverick Inn (Alpine) - SOLD OUT
Quarter Circle 7 Hotel (Alpine) 432-837-1100
Other Lodging Options In The Area
Alpine Classic Inn (formerly Best Western) - 432-837-1530
Antelope Lodge (Alpine)
El Cosmico (Marfa)
Highland Inn (Alpine)
Hotel Limpia (Fort Davis)
Hotel Paisano (Marfa)
Hotel Saint George (Marfa)
Lajitas Golf Resort (Lajitas)
Lost Alaskan RV Park (Alpine)
Mountain Trails Lodge (Fort Davis)
Old Texas Inn (Fort Davis)
Riata Inn (Marfa)
Stone Village Tourist Camp (Fort Davis)
Sunday House Inn (Alpine)
Veranda (Fort Davis)
Additional hotel/camping options can be found at the tourism sites listed above.
How much does it cost to attend?
Four-day passes (good for all nighttime shows) are currently $45 (they will be $60 at the door). They’re available by clicking here.
Who will play at Viva Big Bend?
Click here for the list. Bands are subject to change.
Will I receive tickets in the mail, or do I pick them up?
Tickets will not be mailed. Instead, each attendee will receive a wristband which can be picked up at one of the Viva Big Bend box offices. The person who paid for the passes will need to present a government issued picture I.D. (driver’s license, passport). Your online receipt is helpful, but not required. If multiple passes were ordered at the same time, only the person who bought the tickets needs to be present to pick up the wristbands.
Here are the box office times/locations:
Times/locations of the Viva Big Bend box offices will be announced in early June 2017.
*Bring a photo ID when picking up tickets.
What is the policy with regards to minors/children?
Each person (regardless of age) needs a wristband for admittance to the venues. Since Viva Big Bend takes place in 10+ venues, each of those clubs, restaurants and hotels has their own policies. Here are those policies:
- Reata Restaurant -- all ages
- Granada Theatre -- 18+ with parent/guardian
- Railroad Blues -- all ages until 10pm -- after that it's 21+
- Planet Marfa -- under 21 ok if with parent/guardian
- Lost Horse -- 21+
- Padre's -- 21+ Thursday through Saturday; all ages on Sunday
All daytime shows are free and open to the public (this includes the Holland Hotel, Fort Davis and Marathon shows). Also, there are a couple shows specifically geared toward children (see the Official Guide for more details)
Does my ticket guarantee admission to all shows?
For the concerts at VBB/music: Venues have varying capacity restrictions. If the capacity limit is reached, it’ll be one-in, one-out.
What's the weather like?
This is the first question many people ask, and believe it or not, the weather can be relatively "cool" in this area at this time of the year. The average high temperature in Alpine and Marfa at the end of July is in the upper 80s and the average low temperature is in the lower 60s. As everyone knows Texas has experienced above-average heat in recent summers. Still, the high temperatures for Alpine and Marfa are consistently lower than other parts of the state. In the first four years of Viva Big Bend, we have averaged a high of 89 and a low of 65 degrees for the four-day event!
How can I avoid getting a DUI?
Don’t drink and drive! A designated driver is highly recommended. If needed, a couple free shuttles (for Viva Big Bend attendees) will run between the cities of Alpine and Marfa at night when the shows are taking place. We booked the shuttles through Alpine Auto Rental. If you are riding the train to the area for the festival, or want to carpool and then rent another car while you are in town, check out Alpine Auto Rental.
Will the venues have food?
- Railroad Blues – Food is not served.
- Granada Theatre – Food will be available next door at the Saddle Club
- Reata Restaurant – Shows at the Reata are on the back patio. If you would like to have dinner during the show, we recommend making a reservation by calling 432-837-9232. Even with a dinner reservation on the patio, you’ll still need a Viva Big Bend wristband to enter that area. If you do not want to eat, there will be room for VBB attendees to stand on the patio (until it’s full, and then it’ll be one-out, one-in).
- Planet Marfa – They have a limited, but tasty selection.
- Padre’s – Food is not served.
- The Lost Horse - Food is not served.
- The Gage Hotel - The Gage is open for dinner.
- Fort Davis (Saturday show) – there are multiple dining options close to the stage where we’ll have music.
Are there any activities geared toward children?
Absolutely! West Texas is a great place for a family vacation. We are planning events that will keep the youngsters entertained. This includes daytime activities hosted by Wendy Parnell at multiple locations (check the fold-out map/program for specifics). The Galeria Sibley (where the “Musicians & their Artwork” exhibit is being held, also has a craft area where children can draw. These are just a couple ideas that VBB is a part of. There are many other activities in the region which families can enjoy together.