Austin Reggae Festival
(formerly the Bob Marley Festival)

Austin Events and Festivals

Austin Reggae Festival
(Bob Marley Festival)
April 20-22, 2012
Auditorium Shores
$15/day (advanced)
$20/day (gate)
$35/3 Day Pass (advanced only)
(portion of proceeds benefits
Capital Area Food Bank)
Attendees also requested to bring two cans of food (not required)
Tent Permits - $10/day

Formerly known as the Bob Marley Festival, the Austin Reggae Festival has been one of this city's most popular music festivals since 1994.

In my opinion, April is the absolute best month to get outside and enjoy this city. And what better way to do that than kick back with some first class Reggae music along the shores of Lady Bird Lake.

Whether you're a people watcher, or the kind of person other people love to watch, this is one of Austin's best and most enjoyable events of the year.

Important Austin Reggae Festival Information

In 2010, the festival expanded from two days to three, and now includes Friday afternoon and evening music and activities.

Some other administrative details:

  • Some of the proceeds of the festival goes to support the Capital Area Food Bank. In 2011, the festival raised more than $200,000 for the organization.
  • Due to the festival's increasing popularity and attendance, dogs are no longer allowed, which is a shame considering that after the blues, reggae is the most popular musical choice among canines.
  • Outside food and beverages are officially not allowed. As always, there are plenty of choice food vendors available. Per festival guidelines: "Each patron is allowed to bring in one sealed container of bottled water. The size of this container is up to you."
  • ATMs will be available.
  • Due to the limited tent area, you'll need to purchase a tent permit in advance.
  • For those interested in being vendors for the Austin Raggae Festival, there's a contact email at the bottom of the festival website's FAQ section.

2012 Austin Reggae Festival Bands

The 2012 Reggae Festival Lineup includes the following acts:

Friday April 20, 2012
  • Collie Buddz
  • New Kingston

Saturday, April 21, 2012
  • Tidal Waves
  • Dubtonic Kru

Sunday, April 22, 2012
  • Grupo Fantasma
  • Rootz Underground
  • Cas Haley

Austin Reggae Festival Videos

Fun video from 2010 Reggae Fest . . .

Awesome video of the 2009 Austin Reggae Festival . . .

Interesting video of the 2009 Reggae Festival in Austin . . .

Easy Star All-Stars (2010 Austin Reggae Festival Headliners) . . .

Easy Star All-Stars (2010 Austin Reggae Fest Headliners) . . .

Documentary Trailer for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (2010 Reggae Festival Headliners) . . .

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