Marfa Lights Festival

The town of Marfa is found under a canopy of lights in far west Texas. Home to the Marfa Mystery Lights, an enigma that appears almost nightly. Although theories abound, no explanation can be verified.

First reported by early settlers in 1883, they are best seen from the viewing area located approximately 9 miles east of town on Hwy 90.Celebrate the mystery with us at the Marfa Lights Festival held each Labor Day Weekend. Activities include a main street parade, food and crafts booths and evening concerts and street dances featuring local and nationally known acts.The festival has become a Marfa tradition and a reunion time for former residents and natives.

Marfa (population 2,424), is named after a character in The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky. Here, the lifestyle of the Texas cowboy coexists with the growing art community that began with the arrival of Donald Judd in the mid 1970s and the creation of the Chinati Foundation. Marfa now experiences an international reputation in the art world as a result of the installations by Donald Judd and other predominantely Minimalist sculptors and painters permanently on view at the museum.

When visiting be sure to take note of the Presidio County Courthouse, the centerpiece of downtown Marfa, built in the 1880's and reopened in 2001 after a complete restoration. Marfa was the location for the filming of Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Stop by the Presidio County Museum and the Paisano Hotel to view some of the memorabilia.