UtopiaFest moves closer to Austin, features STS9, Patty Griffin, Lukas Nelson

For the past nine years, UtopiaFest organizers have distinguished the annual music and camping shindig from cookie cutter festivals around the country by keeping the well-curated event deliberately intimate and family friendly.

Lukas Nelson at the ACL Music Festival at Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Last year, the festival hosted its final go round at Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia, Texas, roughly two and a half hours outside of Austin.

This year, the festival, rebranded as UtopiaFest Down in the Oaks, moves  much closer to Austin, with the event scheduled to go down at a private ranch near Burnet on November 2-4.  Festival headliners are Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Patty Griffin and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Other artists on the lineup include Grandmaster Flash, Valerie June and Keller Williams.

As always, there are a slew of Austin artists on the bill including Hard Proof, Kalu James & the Electric Joint, Trouble in the Streets, Hikes and Calliope Musicials.

In past years, festival organizers have kept the event intimate by capping attendance at 2000. There will be an attendance cap again this year, but organizers have not released the number. Weekend passes for the event start at $199 (with $20 kids passes for ages 2-12). Tickets and more information available here.


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