The schedule is subject to change. Check this page for the most up-to-date information.

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. Commercial service to/from Viva Big Bend is available through El Paso International Airport.

What do I bring?

Most of Viva Big Bend’s show take place inside regularly operating bars, restaurants and hotels. As a result, you don’t need to bring much! If you’d like, bring a chair to the Alpine Visitor Center, Out West, Fort Davis Pavilion and BBT BBQ. The Fort Davis Pavilion is also BYOB.

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:

Partner Hotels

Cibolo Creek Ranch
Gage Hotel (Marathon)
Hampton Inn (Alpine)
Holiday Inn Express (Alpine)
Holland Hotel (Alpine)
Maverick Inn (Alpine)

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)
Quarter Circle 7 Hotel (Alpine)
Riata Inn (Presidio)
Riata Inn (Marfa)
Stone Village Tourist Camp (Fort Davis)
Sunday House Inn (Alpine)
Three Palms Inn (Presidio)
Thunderbird (Marfa)
Veranda (Fort Davis)

Additional hotel/camping options can be found at the tourism sites listed above.

Where do I get tickets?

Tickets are available here.

Who will play at Viva Big Bend?

The 2023 lineup can be found here.

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:

Wednesday, July 26 at Holland Hotel (Alpine): 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 at Holland Hotel (Alpine): Noon – 10 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 at Planet Marfa (Marfa): 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at Holland Hotel (Alpine): Noon – 10 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at Planet Marfa (Marfa): 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at Holland Hotel (Alpine): 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.


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:

  • Spicewood Restaurant — All Ages
  • Lost Horse — 21+
  • Gage Hotel — All Ages
  • Planet Marfa — under 21 ok if with parent/guardian
  • Railroad Blues — 21+
  • Old Gringo — All ages (they don’t serve to minors, even with parents present)
  • Kelly Pavilion — All Ages

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. Since Viva Big Bend began we’ve averaged a high of 89 and a low of 65 for the 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?
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).




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