More details relating to the events of Agave Festival Marfa 2019 will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

Schedule 2018


Please refer to this page as events may yet be added and times and locations may change. You may want to visit our About page to learn more about the individual presenters and sponsors. See you at the Festival!



June 6th

7:00 - 8:30 pm
103 south highlanD ave

Stellina kicks off Agave Festival with a five course tasting menu with wine pairings by D.H. Lescombes winery in New Mexico. A representative from the winery will be on hand to provide information about the winery and the varietals presented. Vegetarian and gluten free diets are welcome. Reservations are required. Please call: 432-729-2030, or write to reserve one of only 40 seats. Price is $75.00 per person.

7:00 - 11:00 pm
bar nadar
113 East el paso st

This year's Kick Off Party at Bar Nadar features an affordable regionally-inspired menu and a DJ set by The Vinyl Hunters from Ciudad Chihuahua. The event is sponsored by GEM&BOLT Mezcal. Cocktails will commence at 7 pm and The Vinyl Hunters will be spinning Norteño, Ranchero and Border classics starting at 9 pm.


june 7th

9:00 am-  11:00 am

chihuahuan desert research institute
43869 TX-18, fort davis

Rick Hermann and Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute welcome Agave Festival Marfa participants for a walking tour of their botanical garden led by Jim Martinez, a Marfa-based landscape and garden designer. Martinez will identify several species of agave on the grounds as well as many other native plants of the Chihuahuan Desert. The tour begins at the Visitor Center at 9 am. A group of cars will leave from Hotel Saint George's lobby at 8:15 am. You're welcome to join the caravan. Free!

12:00 pm -2:00 pm
al campo
200 South Russell St

Join us for lunch with agave spirits pairings by Los Magos Sotol, music, and stick-and-poke tattoos by Slowpoke Marfa at Al Campo. No reservations required. Please call 432-729-2068 for more information. 

2:00 - 3:00 PM
crowley THeater
98 South Austin St

Andy Cloud, director of the Center for Big Bend Studies will discuss the history of 20th century archaeological research at La Junta de Los Rios in relation to the recently established Memorandum of Understanding, a commitment to binational partnership with INAH, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. In addition to its subject, Cloud's talk represents the initiation of a burgeoning relationship between the Agave Festival Marfa and the Center for Big Bend Studies. Free!

3:15 - 3:45 pm
Crowley Theater
98 Austin Street

An interlude for mezcal refreshments provided by Rey Campero Mezcal and handmade chocolates by the Hoppy Monk, featuring William Scanlon of Heavy Metl Premium Imports and Pedro Longoria of the Hoppy Monk.

4:00 - 5:00 pm
crowley Theater
98 south austin st

Dr. Jorge Carrera, social anthropologist and regional director of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) - Chihuahua, will discuss the history of the new Regional Museum of Ojinaga and talk about the work of INAH along the border. Free!

5:00 -7:00 pm
brite Building
109 north Highland Ave

El Cosmico hosts a welcome party at the Brite Building in downtown Marfa with light snacks and spirits provided by Desert Door Texas sotol. The evening features two special presentations – one by Johnny Sufficool and another by Jessica Lee of Shumla Archaeological Center. Limited tickets are available for $20 and proceeds benefit Shumla's effort to preserve and study the ancient rock art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.  You can buy your tickets here. (Please note: The Brite Building is not handicap accessible.)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
water stop / raba / dirt
1300 West San antonio

Dinner at Water Stop Marfa, with spirits by GEM&BOLT and a special appearance by DIRT, a mobile rock, cactus and succulent shop dedicated to digging deep and elevating into the cosmos; plus late hours by RABA MARFA, a fun little vintage shop - way out west! Handpicked selection of vintage clothing and specialty goods. Also features a DJ and live music!


9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 south austin st

in front of us film series presents CHAVELA, a documentary film by Catherine Gund and Dareshi Kyi, about the one of the great vocalists of the 20th Century, Mexican music icon, Chavela Vargas. The film was released in 2017 and was screened at many film festivals around the world, winning audience award for best documentary at Outfest of Los Angeles and at the San Franscico International LGBT Film Festival. in front of us is an occasional film series based in Marfa, TX, screening films directed by women. The series is supported by Marfa Live Arts, a local arts-oriented non-profit.



June 8th

9:00 am - 12:00PM
chinati foundation
Robert Irwin Building

The Chinati Foundation invites you to attend a special morning viewing of Robert Irwin's recent permanent installation, untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016 from 9 am until noon. The event is free and everyone is welcome. 


10:30 am - 11:30 am
Crowley Theater.
98 south austin st

Designer Christina Kim will discuss her work with the Arhuaco people of Colombia where she has been learning their agave and cotton textile traditions as well as working to re-establish forgotten techniques formerly used by the tribe. Kim will also be sharing new articles for sale from DOSA, an international clothing and design object label. Free!

12:00 pm - 1:30 PM
Marfa Burrito
104 East Waco

Join us at Ramona Tejada's legendary Marfa Burrito for a special Agave Festival lunch.


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
400 West El Paso ST

Open hours at The Block, Donald Judd's Marfa residence. Visitors are invited to self-guided viewing of Donald Judd's residence, with permanent installations of his work dating from 1962 to 1979 along with his library of more than 13,000 volumes, as well as sit by the pool and browse a selection of agave-related books while enjoying complimentary drinks by Casa Dragones. Free!

4:00 Pm - 5:00 pm
crowley Theater
98 South Austin st

David Suro will discuss recent discoveries relating to pre-Hispanic distilleries, agave terroir, and the current situation in the agave spirits industry. David Suro is the founder of Siembra Spirits, producer of fine tequila and mezcal, and the Tequila Interchange Project, an NGO dedicated to the preservation of sustainable, traditional and quality practices in the industries of agave distilled spirits. Suro will also be sharing samples from his Siembra Metl and Siembra Valles labels in the lobby of the Crowley Theater after the talk.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
paisano hotel
207 highland ave

Paisano Hotel's Greasewood Gallery presents a special Agave Festival Marfa exhibition of paintings by Abraham Mojica. The exhibition opens at 5 pm, but will be on view throughout the Festival. Additionally, celebrated Texas photographer, Joel Salcido will be on hand to celebrate the release of his new book, "The Spirit of Tequila". An exhibition of Salcido's photographs from this book was a highlight of last year's Festival. The exhibition opening and signing will be accompanied by a spirit tasting with Real Minero Mezcal, provided by Heavy Metl imports and William Scanlon.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
crowley Theater
98 South Austin ST

Rodrigo Medellin, "Tequila's Bat Man", internationally acclaimed conservationist and founder of Bioconciencia, will be speaking about his work to protect the endangered Mexican Lesser Long Nosed Bat as well as other species which live interdependently with agave. Medellin is the subject of a recommended documentary produced by the BBC entitled, "The Bat Man of Mexico".


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
paisano hotel
207 Highland Ave

The Paisano Hotel hosts a dinner with guest chef Sara North, a three-time Broadway and Gourmet Culinary Grand Champion, on its beautiful patio, accompanied by Spanish classical guitar performed by Philippe Holmes. Agave spirit pairings will be served throughout. Seating is limited but you can reserve a place by calling 432-729-3838.

7:30 PM - 9:00 pm
the Capri
603 west san antonio

Enjoy a menu featuring Chef Rocky Barnette's regionally-specific and traditionally informed cuisine with spirit pairings at the Capri. Beverage pairings will be provided by Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. You can learn more about the dinner and reserve seats by calling 432-729-1984.

8:00: - 11:00 PM
Saint George Hall
113 East EL PASO ST

Legendary Chicano soul artists Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliner Band will perform at Saint George Hall. Ozuna is a legend of Chicano Soul and Funk, Tejano and Texas roots music, having recorded many classic songs, including "Smile Now, Cry Later"; "Put Me In Jail", "Cariño Nuevo", "Botella Envenenada" and "Should I Take You Home," to name a few. When he and his band performed their national hit, "Talk to Me" on American Bandstand in the 60s, they were the first Chicano artists to do so. More recently, Ozuna has reached another generation of fans with the recent release of several early albums on vinyl by Big Crown Records. Advanced Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on line (here). Special guests The Resonators of Presidio, Texas will open the show. Additional tickets will be made available at the door starting at 8 pm on the night of the performance.





JUNE 9th

9:00 - 10:30 am
farm stand
113 east El Paso St

Join us for a special Agave Festival Marfa version of Farm Stand with special guest vendors. Free!

10:30 am
crowley Theater
98 South Austin St

Wendy Hodgson is one of the foremost botanists currently working with agave. At Agave Festival Marfa, she will discuss their work, including a theory concerning a proposed indigenous trade route established in conjunction with the cultivation of agave connecting the US Southwest with much of Mexico. Hodgson is connected with the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. Free!

12:00 - 2 PM
convenience WEST
1411 West San Antonio

BBQ by Chef Mark Scott and sotol by Sotol Clande with remarks by Ricardo Pico, the founder of Sotol Clande.

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South Austin ST

Agave Festival celebrates the release of Alfredo Corchado's new book, "Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, & the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration". Corchado, who is a recent inductee into the Texas Institute of Letters, will read from the book, whose release coincides with the Festival, and share stories with David Suro, founder of Siembra Spirits, one of the book's subjects. Free!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
crowley Theater
98 south austin st

Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, founder of Casa Dragones and the first female Maestra Tequilana, will be in conversation with Rainer Judd, Co-President, Judd Foundation, with drinks provided by Casa Dragones. Free!

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 south Austin st

Gary Paul Nabhan, recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, pioneer in seed saving, author of many books on the ethnobotany and food-ways of the borderlands and widely considered the Father of the Local Food Movement, will give the Agave Festival 2018 keynote lecture, "Mezcal in a Time of Climate Chaos: How Agaves Can Save the World". Seating capacity for the Crowley Theater is 200, so arrive early, as we will have to turn people away after 200. Free!

7:00 - 9:00 PM
110 West Dallas

Wrong presents an exhibition by works by San Antonio based artist, Cruz Ortiz  with spirits provided by GEM&BOLT. Special guest Robert Livar of the South Texas "Barrio-Big- Band" Bombasta will DJ the event. Free!

7:30 - 9:00 pm
laventure / hotel saint george
105 south highland ave

Casa Dragones and Judd Foundation host a special "Mano a Mano" dinner at LaVenture featuring celebrity chefs Gerardo Lugo and Stephan Pyles. Lugo, who is regularly listed among the top chefs in Latin America, and Pyles, who is a James Beard Award winner and the Father of Southwestern Cuisine, will each prepare two courses of this four course meal. Casa Dragones will provide pairings for each course and Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, the company's founder, will start the evening with remarks. Currently, this event is full. 

8:00 - 11:00 pm
el cosmico

Jesse Ebaugh and Tender Things perform on the beautiful El Cosmico Highland House stage at 9 PM. Sotol hour with Desert Door at El Cosmico’s Highland Beer Garden at 8 PM starts the night. The evening benefits Marfa Public Radio.



9:00 - 10:30 am
do your thing / customs
201 east dallas st

Do Your Thing will be serving Sunday breakfast and café de olla while Customs, a shop that shares the courtyard with Do Your Thing, will be selling handmade goods.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st

Andrew Salywon will present a talk entitled, "Hohokam: Lost Crop Found" in which he will discuss the recent discovery of a new species of agave that is only known from prehistoric dry-farmed fields in southern Arizona. He proposes that this agave is a relictual crop grown from at least 800 AD - 1450 AD by the Hohokam and thus represents a lost crop sought by archaeologists. Free.

12:00 pm - 2 pm
bar nadar
113 east el paso st

Remijio "Primo" Carrasco and Tim Johnson, DJs from Marfa Public Radio's weekly program, "Dos Horas Con Primo", will play Agave Festival Marfa's closing DJ set at Bar Nadar, presented by Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Free!