Most events are free and open to the public, but please note that some events are ticketed. Please check with the schedule as the Festival nears, as some things may change.



June 1st

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

Film: Agave is Life

Agave is Life is an exploration of the history of the agave plant in the cultures of Mexico and the American Southwest. Starting thousands of years ago when hunter-gatherers viewed the hardy desert succulent with its myriad uses as a gift from the gods, agave's story is told through the lens of archaeological, ethnographic and modern day vignettes, closing with concerns about threats to the plant's future.

A Q & A with the filmmakers will follow the screening, which is sponsored by GEM&BOLT Mezcal.

8:00PM - 11:00pm
bar nadar
113 East El Paso Street

Cumbia Pool Party

Join us at the pool for an Agave Festival edition of DJ Night featuring special guests, Michael Camacho and Primo Carrasco. 

A representative from GEM&BOLT Mezcal will be on hand to discuss the brand's exceptional spirit.



June 2nd

5:00 - 6:00pm
98 South austin street, Marfa

Talk: Dr. Steve Black

Dr. Steve Black is an archaeologist specializing in hunter-gatherer archaeology and public archaeology. His talk for Agave Fest will address the 500 generations of American Indians who have lived in the Chihuahuan Desert area of the Rio Grande and the eight millennia of plant baking practices that sustained them.

6:00 - 8:00PM
Greasewood Gallery At
The Paisano Hotel
207 Highland ave

Art: Opening

Join us for an opening of Aliento a Tequila, work by photographer Joel Salcido. The exhibition is sponsored by El Mayor Tequila.

7:30 - 9:30PM
The Paisano Hotel COURTYARD
207 Highland ave

Dinner at Jett's Grill

Special tequila and agave-infused prix fixe courtyard dinner prepared by Jett's chef, Leslie Stevens, with performance by celebrated guitarist Mark Covey. Reservations required.
Please email ( for more information and to make your reservation. This and all Paisano Hotel events are supported by Big Bend Coffee Roasters, jcoco chocolate and El Mayor Tequila





June 3rd

10:00 - 11:00Am
The paisano hotel ballroom
207 Highland ave

Artist Discussion

Discussion with artist Joel Salcido. Refreshments provided by Big Bend Coffee Roasters and Marfa Table, who have generously sponsored this event.  

10:00am - 12:00pm
Judd Foundation
The Block/La Mansana
De Chinati
400 West El Paso

Judd Foundation: Block Tour and Talk by Johnny Sufficool

On Saturday, June 3 from 10:00am to 12:00pm Judd Foundation will host Open Hours of La Mansana de Chinati/The Block, Donald Judd’s residence and studio spaces in downtown Marfa. Visits are self-guided and free to the public. At 11:30am, Big Bend resident and local legend, Johnny Sufficool will share his intimate knowledge of the regional uses of the agave as learned from the Tarahumara Indians of Northern Chihuahua. Suffico0l is a long time producer of sotol and other agave-based spirits. 

12:00 - 2:00PM
The capri
603 w san antonio

at The Capri Garden

Enjoy a menu featuring Chef Rocky Barnette's cuisine relevant to the specific geography of Northern Occupied Mexico featuring pairings by Pura Vida Tequila. Seating is very limited. Please email Cody Lee  ( or call 432-729-1984 for more information and to make your reservation.

2:30 -4:00pm
Capri Garden
603 w san antonio

Talk: Jeff Keeling

Take a guided tour through the beautiful garden at The Capri with landscape architect Christine Ten Eyck and Jeff Keeling, the gardener and groundskeeper. After, enjoy complimentary Pura Vida Bloody Marias to the sounds of DJ Manolo Black. Vicente Celis will be under the grape pergola with Mexican style street tacos (11:30AM-4:00PM.)

5:00 - 6:00pm
Crowley Theater
98 South austin Street

Talk: Dr. Carolyn Boyd

Dr. Carolyn Boyd will speak about the findings of her recent book, "The White Shaman Mural," in which she builds a case that the mural, located in the lower Pecos Canyon-lands, tells the story of the birth of the sun and the beginning of time - which would make it one of the oldest pictorial creation narratives in North America.

7:00 - 9:00PM
bar nadar
113 east el paso street

at Bar Nadar

Hotel Saint George’s award-winning executive chef Allison Jenkins presents an intimate poolside dinner at Bar Nadar showcasing border-inspired fare complemented by agave-centric beverage pairings (zero-proof options available) featuring GEM&BOLT mezcal. Tickets for the prix fixe dinner are $100 and include a ticket to Saturday night’s highly anticipated performance by Polo Urias y su Maquina Norteña at Saint George Hall. Capacity is limited and reservations are required; please email to join us or for more details.

9:00PM - 11:30Pm
105 South Highland

Music:  Polo Urias y Su Maquina Norteña

Saint George Hall presents the pioneers of Norteño music, three-time Latin Grammy nominees, Polo Urias Y Su Maquina Norteña. Doors open at 8:30PM.

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June 4th

7:30 - 9:00aM
The Chinati Foundation / la fundacion chinati
805 west bonnie street

Sunrise Viewing of Robert Irwin's untitled (dawn to dusk), 2016

The Chinati Foundation invites you to a special sunrise viewing of Robert Irwin’s untitled (dawn to dusk) from 7:30 to 9am on Sunday, June 4. The event is free and everyone is welcome..

9:30am - 11:00aM
802 south highland ave

Breakfast Fundraiser for Marfa Public Radio

Enjoy breakfast burrito prepared by Chef Ramona Tejada of beloved local eatery, Marfa Burrito. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Marfa Public Radio, whose staff will be on hand to discuss the station.

11:00am - 12:00pM
802 south highland ave

Talk: Dr. Phil Dering

Phil Dering is an educator and consulting archaeobotanist who studies the prehistoric use of arid lands plants.  He has analyzed plant materials from archaeological sites in Texas, the greater Southwest, Mexico, and Peru.  


1:30 - 3:00PM
chihuahuan desert research Institute
43869 TX-118, FOrt davis

Hike: The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute

Conclude your weekend with a hike on the grounds of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute with a talk about the agave by Jim Martinez, a local landscape and garden designer, and an introduction to the work of the CDRI by one of its staff.