Most people associated Marfa with the art scene and other festivals such as Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love and Marfa Myths, but Marfa Lights Festival is one of the biggest festivals that rolls through town every Labor Day weekend. Cars line up at the one stoplight in town, announcing their arrival for the weekend of reunions. Former residents return to the desert to see friends and family. Marfa High School graduates catch up with former classmates. There's dancing in the street and more food options.
This year marked the 32nd year of the Marfa Lights Festival organized by the Marfa Chamber of Commerce. The weekend included a 5K Walk/Run along the scenic Pinto Canyon Road that benefitted technology for Marfa ISD, a golf tournament in honor of the late-Marfa ISD custodian Ernest Chavez and a downtown parade featuring local businesses and organizations. People danced to the sounds from Texas bands Tejano Highway 281, La Tropa F, Roger Velasquez & the Latin Legendz, Gruv Crew, Ram Herrera, Jaime Y Los Chamacos and a Chicago tribute band named Windy City. The weather was nice and sunny for the most part, but Saturday night brought a thunderstorm. Jaime Y Los Chamacos thanked the crowd for enduring the rain by skipping their break and going straight into a second set.