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The Wailers, Black Uhuru, Collie Buddz, and Kabaka Pyramid & the Bebble Rockers Headline for the 25th Anniversary of the Austin Reggae Festival

Scheduled April 20-22 at Auditorium Shores, the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival features headliner performances from the Wailers (Sunday, April 22), as well as Black Uhuru (Saturday, April 21), Collie Buddz (Sunday, April 21) and Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers (Friday, April 20).

Tickets for the 2018 event here, including the VIP Pass that gets you shaded seating and premium views.

Bands for Friday, April 20: Gates open at 3:00 pm
New Kingston, Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers

Bands for Saturday, April 21: Gates open at noon
Mighty Mystic, Collie Buddz, Nattali Rize, Black Uhuru

Bands for Sunday, April 22: Gates open at noon
Matamoska, Lion Heights, Mau Mau Chaplains, I-taweh, Sister Nancy, The Wailers

Visit the band page to learn more about all 2018 performers.

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival will again benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Over the last ten years, this event has raised more than $1,000,000 to feed hungry families in and around Austin.

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VIP Tickets Now On Sale for Austin Reggae Festival

Want to get closer to the great music at the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival? Want to experience the event from a shaded sitting area that is close to the stage?

Then upgrade your Austin Reggae Festival ticket to the 2018 VIP Pass, which gains you entry to the new and improved Chill Zone. Located on the west side of the backstage pavilion, the Chill Zone provides shaded seating, premium viewing areas, complimentary snacks and soft drinks, rest rooms, a 2018 Austin Reggae Festival t-shirt and and two complimentary beer tickets. With your VIP Pass, you will also have access to a special backstage bar as well as a charging station for your smart phone.

If you have already purchased a ticket and want to upgrade to a VIP Pass, then email us at austinreggaefest at gmail dot com for info on how to make this transaction.

If you have’t yet purchased a ticket, then just select the VIP Pass option at checkout.

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Are You Thirsty Yet? Incredible Craft Beers From Elysian at the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival

The 2018 Austin Reggae Festival features a large selection of international foods. And when you need a cold beverage to wet your whistle, you will also find these two outstanding craft beers at this year’s event.

Space Dust. One of the most delicious India Pale Ales that you will ever find, Space Dust brings a light to medium body to the conversation. The hopping for this tasty brew is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. Space Dust is part of the Elysian family of beers.

Dayglow. Another outstanding IPA from the Pacific Northwest, Dayglow also has a light to medium body. A touch of wheat hazes the malt bill, softening this bright and crisp IPA. Dayglow is packed with juicy hops featuring pineapple and tropical fruit flavors and aromas. Day Glow is part of the Elysian family of beers.

Be part of the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival by purchasing your ticket now! Get closer to all the great music (and enjoy shaded seats, premium viewing and a souvenir t-shirt) when you purchase a VIP Pass.

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Austin Cannabis Entrepreneur (ACE) Conference on April 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency

If you are attending the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival, you might also be interested in the Austin Cannabis Entrepreneur (ACE) Conference. Scheduled April 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency, this two day event explores the many new opportunities available in this fast-growing market. The Keynote for the event is Arcview Group CEO Troy Dayton, who has been named to the top 10 lists of most influential people in the cannabis industry by Fortune Magazine, Details Magazine, and International Business Times. Other confirmed speakers include Emily Paxhia (Poseidon Asset Management), Mark Bolton (former Director of Marijuana Policy for Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado), Tahira Rehmatullah (MTech Acquisition Corp), Cy Scott (Headset) and many others. Buy your badge for this exciting event at the ACE Conference website.

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Tickets Now On Sale for the 2018 Event

Tickets for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival are now on sale.

Click here to buy tickets.

Priced at only $45 and only available online, the Three-Day Wristband is your best value for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival. In addition to allowing you to attend all days of the event, this Three-Day Wristband empowers you to leave and return to the park as you please. If you only have a single day ticket, you can NOT re-enter the park after you have departed (unless rain leads to a park closure).

Click here to buy a Three-Day-Wristband.

Bands for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival include the Wailers, Black Uhuru, Kabaka Pyramid & the Bebble Rockers, Collie Buddz, Sister Nancy, Nattali Rize, New Kingston and Mighty Mystic. More acts and exact performance days announced soon via this website.

Remember that a portion of ticket sales for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival benefits the Central Texas Food Bank. Over the last decade, world music lovers have contributed more than $1,000,000 to this incredible charity via the Austin Reggae Festival.

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2018 Austin Reggae Fest Tickets on Sale Feb 1

Online ticket sales for the 25th annual Austin Reggae Festival begin on Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 am Central Time. Stay tuned to this site for more details!! Dates for this year’s event are Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Come join us in late April as we celebrate the power of community while helping to provide nourishing meals our less fortunate neighbors.

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2018 Vendor Application Process Begins Nov 1

Interested in being a vendor at the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival, which is scheduled for Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at Auditorium Shores? For next April, we will have a very limited number of slots open for new vendors. Please connect with Pat Costigan at pwccostigan at yahoo dot com beginning Wednesday, November 1 for more info on these limited vendor openings.

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2018 Austin Reggae Festival Runs April 20-22

Thanks to everyone who came to Auditorium Shores for the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival. Stay tuned to this website over the next few weeks for exact totals on how much money this year’s event raised to help the Central Texas Food Bank feed hungry families.

Also, mark your calendar now for 2018. Dates for next spring at Auditorium Shores are Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22. Headline acts will be announced in mid-January (via this website) and advance tickets will go on sale on Thursday, February 1.

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Final Day of the 2017 Austin Reggae Festival: Akae Beka at 7:30 pm on Sunday, April 16

WEATHER UPDATE FOR APRIL 16. Conditions for Easter Sunday at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin should be great. Look for a high of 83 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Also, please note that the pick-up spot for the free shuttle bus stop has moved to the 500 block of West 4th Street, just across the street from Mellow Johnny’s.

Otherwise, our annual celebration of spring sunshine, dub music, delicious international food, hand-made arts & crafts, as well as community-focused compassion has arrived! In addition to the FAQ page, quick links to some of the most important information about this year’s fun-filled fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank are listed below.

Remember that you can still get your 2017 Austin Reggae Fest tickets online. Or, just purchase tickets at the gate for $20 per day. See you soon at Auditorium Shores!

And, start planning now for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival. Dates for next year are Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22.

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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering Longtime Austin Reggae Festival Staffer Denny Fincher

The Austin Reggae Festival community is a very special one that helps raise funds for a very special cause, the Central Texas Food Bank. You who are our guests at Auditorium Shores are a big part of this community. This community also consists of the dedicated team who staff the Austin Reggae Festival, most of which have worked on this event for many many years.

In February, one of the most important members of this team passed away — Denny Fincher (pictured above in green shirt). He was the person who manned the back stage gate and he had held this job for more than 15 years. Denny embodied everything that is good about the Austin Reggae Festival. He was happy and always wore a smile. He had lots and lots of positive energy. He looked for ways to help people, not harm them. Denny treated everyone with respect. And, Denny was a big believer in the mission of the Austin Reggae Festival — which is to assist the Central Texas Food Bank provide nutritious meals for our less fortunate neighbors in Travis County and the surrounding areas.

On the afternoon of April 15, we honored Denny with a special tribute from the Austin Reggae Festival stage. As emcee Jah Ray implored the crowd, “Remember to live each minute and each hour and each day to its fullest potential. Be sure to tell the people in your life how important they are to you. Always embrace love over fear. Let go of the hate in your life. Do the small things that you can to make the world a better place.

Denny’s physical presence at the event will be missed. But, we know his spirit will continue to positively influence the Austin Reggae Festival for many many years forward.

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