For those who love listening to live music in wide open spaces surrounded by thousands of their closest friends, the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love is worth the drive. The 12th annual boutique music festival takes place September 28 through October 1 at the El Cosmico near Marfa, a small town located between Midland and El Paso. Lee Ann Womack, Wilco and Sergio Mendoza Y la Orkesta are just a few of the headliners performing at the three-day, intimate music festival with a decidedly hippie vibe. Lodging at El Cosmico consists of a number of trailers, tents and teepees, all of which are currently sold out for the festival. If hotels in and around Marfa are full; music lovers are invited to channel their inner Woodstock and pitch a tent on the property where food vendors, a community dinner hosted by Chef Lou Lambert and even massages are available. Tickets to the festival are $220 for three days of music; $75 for one day of music; and $275 for three days of music plus camping (per camper).
Festival-goers who need a respite from the sun can cool off at Bar Nadar, an expansive new pool, bar and grill area at Marfa’s four-story, 55-room Hotel Saint George, less than five minutes away. The bar boasts frozen concoctions and cocktails to help bring down your internal temperature. Hotel Saint George is sold out that weekend, but you can buy pool passes for $10 per person Monday through Friday and $20 per person Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.marfasaintgeorge.com for information about the hotel and www.elcosmico.com for information about the festival and self-camping options.