Schedule 2019


Please refer to this page regularly as several events will be added. Also, times and locations may change. Additionally, details and descriptions of the talks may change a bit, as this is being updated by one person and the Festival is nine days and has many participants! It’s difficult to get everything correct the first time! You may want to visit our About page to learn more about the individual presenters and sponsors. See you at the Festival!



June 1st

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Crowley Theater.
98 south austin st

Hotel Paisano and Agave Festival present a conversation between Santa Barraza, Kay Turner and Josh Franco about agave-related spirituality, home altars of the borderlands, and the work of Barraza, which draws significantly upon the spiritual traditions of Indigenous and Catholic religions, especially the iconography and worship of Mayahuel and La Virgen de Guadalupe. The talk is entitled, “Mayahuel Meets Guadalupe: Ecology of Faith and Practice in the Borderlands,” and will be followed by a procession led by Franco, Barraza and Turner on Sunday, June 2nd, from the Theater to the site of an apparition by the Virgin of Guadalupe in Marfa, which took place in the 1990s and which is commemorated by an altar at the site.

5:00 - 7:00 pm
art gallery
300 S Kelly st

An exhibition of photos and poems entitled, El Rio / The River, a collaboration between Zoe Leonard and Dolores Dorantes. The exhibition features pages from the book of the same name which was published by Gato Negro Ediciones in late 2018. Leonard is one of the most influential artists and photographers of her generation. Her work is known for its balance of distinctly personal vision, which merges photography, sculpture and installation, with an acutely social and political orientation. Her work invites us to contemplate the role that photography plays in contemporary culture and encourages us to examine the act of seeing itself. Dorantes is the author of several excellent books of poems, including “Estilo,” “Querida Fabrica,” and “Dolores Dorantes”. Originally from Mexico, Dorantes is currently living in exile in the US. In recent years, she founded Cielo Portatil, an initiative dedicated to supporting Mexican and Central American exiles living in the US. Free.

7:00 - midnight
bar nadar
113 east el paso st
entrance is free

Join us for a pool party at Bar Nadar featuring guest chef, Delfin Lopez, one of Marfa’s grill masters sponsored by Tres Papalote Mezcal!


June 2nd

10:30 am-  1:30 pm

107 W San Antonio St
reservations encouraged

Cochineal provides a special Agave Festival brunch, open to all, plus they’ll be hosting their first ever Casita Mercado, featuring local vendors and special imports, including rare and exotic salts and other super cool stuff! Don’t miss it!

2:00 - 3:30 PM
crowley THeater
98 South Austin St

Dolores Dorantes and Zoe Leonard in conversation with Tim Johnson. Dorantes and Leonard will discuss their collaboration on the publication, El Rio / The River, as well as the subject of collaboration, in general, with special emphasis on collaboration across disciplines, borders and other boundaries. Free.

3:30 - 5:30 pm
103 highland st

Stellina and Mission Valley Distribution host a wine tasting featuring a broad selection of wines from Mexico, including Baja Norte and Coahuila. Appetizers and wine tasting available while supplies last! Bottles available for purchase from Stellina.

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Crowley Theater
98 Austin Street

Cheech Marin and Josh Franco in conversation. Franco will talk with Cheech about his remarkable life in art as well as his extraordinary advocacy for and collection of Chicano Art. Cheech is also a spokesperson for Tres Papalote Mezcal, so there will be an opportunity to discuss his appreciation for agave culture and spirits as well. Free, but attendance is limited to theater seating capacity.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 Austin Street

Josh Franco, Santa Barraza and Kay Turner lead a procession from the Crowley Theater. 


June 3rd

5:30 - 7:30 pm
107 W San Antonio St,

Cochineal and Cinco Sentidos Mezcal present a special ticketed pre-concert dinner in advance of the performance by William Tyler at the Crowley Theater. You can learn more and make reservations by calling (432) 729-3300. Seats are limited - so call now.

7:30 - 9:00 pm
crowley Theater
98 South Austin st

William Tyler, whose most recent record, “William Tyler Goes West” is wonderful, performs at the Crowley Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.

9:00 - 11:30 pm
bar nadar
113 E El paso st
Entrance is free

GEM&BOLT Mezcal presents a William Tyler after party at Bar Nadar featuring guests DJS.


June 4th

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

David Keller reads from “Under the Shadow of the Chinatis,” a book that combines narratives of history, natural history and archaeology to tell the story of one our region’s most extraordinary landscapes. In particular, the book traces the history of the Prieto family, who ranched Pinto Canyon for many years and examines the transition from ranching to the scenic and scientific uses that shape our understanding of the land today. Free.



June 5th

2:30 - 4:30 pm
Crowley Theater.
98 south austin st

Pedro Jimenez, founder of Mezonte and Pare de Sufrir, will present his celebrated film, “Viva Mezcal”. Q & A with the filmmaker, and a tasting of Mezonte spirits will follow the film. Free.

6:00 - 7:30PM
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st

Judd Foundation and Agave Festival present Tony Berlant who will discuss, “Decoding Mimbres,” an exhibition of Mimbres ceramics that he organized at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2018. The talk will explore the possible botanical basis, mostly relating to the datura plant, for the otherwise abstract design work in this extraordinary ceramic tradition of the Mogollon Culture. Berlant, who is an artist himself, is also the co-author, along with Mary Kahlenberg, of “Walk in Beauty: the Navajo and Their Blankets”, one of the primary books on the subject of Navajo textiles. He also helped the artist Donald Judd assemble his collection of Navajo blankets, now on permanent view at his primary residence in Marfa, known as The Block. Free.



june 6th

11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM

Judd Foundation hosts open hours at La Mansana de Chinati / The Block, Donald Judd's residence and studio space in downtown Marfa.

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

Join us for a conversation about the history of agave spirit distillation, with a discussion of small scale agave spirit production in contemporary Mexico as well as the dangers posed to the environment and rural economy by industrial production and international demand, featuring three of the most knowledgable people on the subject, Rodolfo Fernanez, Dasha Deraga, David Suro, and Pedro Jimenez. Free.

5:00 - 7:00 pm
brite building
109 North Highland ave
Reservations encouraged

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal and Bunkhouse Group host a fundraiser for Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center - Join us for a presentation by Shumla’s Executive Director, Jessica Lee, and Science Director, Karen Steelman. They will share exciting discoveries in the rock art of the Pecos River Canyonlands, as well as the radiocarbon dates that tell us when the art was painted and how the beautiful images and complex patterns line up in time. Additionally, Ron Cooper, founder of Del Maguey, will be on hand filling copitas! Tickets are just $25 and all proceeds support archaeological research and education.  Attendance is limited, buy your tickets by following this link!

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
paisano hotel & Wrong Marfa Y Mas
Various locations

Galleries around town, including Paisano Hotel's Greasewood Gallery, present special Agave Festival Marfa exhibitions. Bar Saint George will present photographs by Mary Lou Saxon. The Wrong Gallery presents new work, and Linneaus Lorette’s Marfa Light Gallery will have open hours as well. It’s a great opportunity to walk around and visit the shops and galleries!

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Lost Horse
306 e san antonio

Marfa Municipal Alliance for Dead Country and Folk Singers, which is an entirely fluid membership of local musicians dedicated to performing the songs of deceased legends of country and folk music in order to raise money for local charities will present their first evening of mostly Spanish language music.



June 7th

11:00 am - noon
ballroom marfa
108 e san antonio

Laura Copelin, Director and Curator of Ballroom Marfa, and Bertha Gonzales, founder of Casa Dragones Tequila, will discuss craftsmanship, art and tequila following a walk-through of Ballroom’s most recent exhibition, Candelilla, Coatlicue and the Breathing Machine, featuring works by Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez.

noon - 2 pm
convenience West
1411 W san antonio
food for sale

Recently named one of the 25 Best New BBQ Resetaurants in Texas, Convenience West serves a special Agave Festival menu between noon and 2 pm. Come early if you can.

2:00 PM - 3:30 pm
dining room at Saint George hall
113 e el paso st

Agave Festival: An Introduction to the World of Mexican Spirits Featuring Tomas Estes (Tequila Ocho), Ricardo Pico (Sotol Clande), Dr. Ivan Saldaña (Mezcal Montelobos), and William Scanlan (Heavy Metl). Four of the most knowledgeable people on the subject will offer an extremely special guided tasting surveying the distillates of Mexico. The event is ticketed and will be hosted by Hotel Saint George. This event is now sold out, but you can be added to a waiting list by following this link.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
godbold building / marfa spirit co.
305 w el paso st

Marfa Spirit Company hosts an open house at their new digs! Drop by and meet Johnny, Josh, Morgan and Seth.

5:00: - 5:30 PM
Crowley Theater
98 south austin st

Xaime Niembro, founder of Gracias a Dios Mezcal, will give remarks about the history of the brand, answer questions and host a tasting.

6:00: -7:30 PM
Crowley Theater
98 south austin st

Sharon Edgar Greenill will present, “The Mythical Realm of the Maguey,” a talk on the mythological and iconographic world of the plant.

Focusing on the Aztec, Mixtec and Mayan Codices Edgar Greenhill will discuss the figure of Mayahuel (Goddess and Avatar of Maguey) in relation to Pulque, Rabbits, Pulque Gods, Quetzalcoatl and the Moon, making a tapestry detailing family feuds, banishment, sex, fertility, death and auto-sacrifice. She will also discuss ways in which these myths shaped the Mesoamerican world and economy.

7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Capri Marfa & Hotel Paisano

Capri Marfa and Hotel Paisano host special Agave Festival Marfa dinners. Details below:

Tequila Herradura and Jetts Grill at the Hotel Paisano are co-hosting a highlight dinner for Agave Festival on Friday, June 7th. The meal will feature a 5-course Agave-centric menu prepared by Cowboy Chef Newton of MasterChef as well as cocktail & spirit pairings by Tequila Herradura. It’s sure to be a great evening in the courtyard all set to Spanish classical guitar played by Mitchell Rambo.  You can make a reservation by calling: (432) 729-3669.

Mezcal Vago is joining forces with Rocky Barnette, head chef at Capri Marfa, to present one of his signature Agave Festival meals, bringing the old together with the new, and featuring many locally gathered ingredients. You can make a reservation by calling: (432) 729-1984.

8:00 - 11:30 pm
El cosmico
802 s highland

El Cosmico , Desert Door Texas Sotol and Susto Mezcal host a special Agave Festival Marfa music event featuring Dear Nora and Border Savage. Desert Door Cocktail Hour to start the evening at 8 pm. Dear Nora, whose most recent record, “Skulls Example,” is a beautiful, poetic exploration of landscape (dis)orientation in the post-internet age is perhaps yet their best in a career of highlights. Border Savage, featuring two of Marfa’s most compelling musicians, Jonathan Lujan and Calletana Vargas, bring their unique glam-and-hip-hop inspired lyricism to the stage to make a very memorable night of music and spirits.

10:00 - Midnight
la venture
105 s highland

William Scanlon, founder of Heavy Metl Premium Imports, is the guest bartender at Hotel Saint George’s La Venture Bar! He’ll be pouring from bottles in his remarkable portfolio, including Caballito Cerrero, Mezcalosfera, Real Minero, Rey Campero, and Sotol Clande. A great place to conclude your Saturday night.





JUNE 8th

9:00 - 10:00 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!

11:00 - 2 PM
1411 West San Antonio

Juan Pablo Carvajal of Sotol Los Magos and Oscar Cortazar of La Cocineria host a Celebration of Chihuahua at Al Campo, featuring Sotol tastings and a nixtamal workshop led by Mario Vargas from Fonda Mistica. Food will be available at this ticketed event.

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

Agave Festival presents Ron Cooper, founder of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, and author of “Finding Mezcal: A Journey Into the Liquid Soul of Mexico”. Cooper, who is one of the most influential figures in the mezcal world, and largely responsible for the popularity of the beverage in this country, will read from the book and talk about his experience of working with Del Maguey in Mexico. It’s also interesting to note that Cooper is also an artist with works in many public collections and it was his decision to feature the work of Ken Price, an artist with significant Marfa-ties, on the labels of each bottle of the Del Maguey. We’re also excited to say that bartenders from Las Perlas Mezcaleria (Austin, TX) will be on hand, pouring from Del Maguey’s excellent selection of mezcales. Free, but attendance is limited to theater seating capacity.


7:30 - 9:00 pm
bar nadar / al campo

Bar Nadar Pool + Grill hosts an Agave Festival highlight dinner on Saturday, June 8 showcasing the talents of Dallas-based Niteshade Chef Collective and co-chefs Peter Barlow and Josh Harmon, accompanied by a selection of cocktails and pours courtesy of Gracias a Dios Mezcal. The event will feature three stations inspired by both coastal Mexico and the Chihuahuan desert, including an extensive seafood raw bar, a live grill with birria-style goat, smoked short ribs and Texas quail, and a plancha for freshly-made tortillas and quesadillas – all complemented by salsas, chiles, regional produce and more. Seating is limited. Follow this link to make a reservation.

Al Campo presents a special ticketed dinner by Chef Oscar Cortazar of La Cocinería (Cd. Chihuahua). Cortazar is an upcoming chef recognized for his use of unique, local ingredients, including ari, which is produced by ants in the mountains of Chihuahua. Over the past six years, he has quickly gained recognition as one of the best young chefs in Mexico and La Concinería has been featured in Culinaria Mexicana as one of the best 120 restaurants in Mexico for each of its past two issues. Additionally, he has cooked for Paralelo Norte in Monterrey, Mexico, the most important Culinary Symposium in Mexico and has collaborated with several highly regarded chefs from Mexico including Edgar Nunez from Sud 777. You can learn more and make a reservation by calling (432) 729-2068.


9:30 - 11:30 pm
bar nadar
113 east el paso st

Party of some kind, possibly with music. 


june 9th

June 9

10 AM - 2 PM
Al Campo & do your thing

Al Campo and Do Your Thing provide Sunday Brunch options for Agave Festival enthusiasts.

Step through Al Campo for the first Agave Festival wrap party and brunch with sotol tastings, brunch sips, and a mariachi band. Food will be available. Free to enjoy the music and tastings.

Do Your Thing is back with their second Sunday Brunch, serving entomatadas de mole verde, plus two drink specials: their Oaxacan Iced Coffee and a new one, The Nagual!

 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st

Randall McGuire will present “Feathered Serpents, Pole Climbing Clowns, and Warrior Twins,” a talk about several myths that are shared by indigenous cultures over hundreds over years and great distances, including present day Southern, Central and Northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st

Lannan Foundation and Agave Festival Marfa present poets Victor Terán and David Shook, who co-edited “Like a New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry”, published to great acclaim in 2018.