General FAQ's

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.

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.


Tickets for Viva Big Bend 2024 can be purchased here.

The 2024 Viva Big Bend lineup will be available by the end of May 2024. Prior lineups can be found here.

Box office hours/locations will be posted in June 2024.

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

For the concerts at VBB/music: Venues have varying capacity restrictions. If the capacity limit is reached, it’ll be one-in, one-out.

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!

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.

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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