about BABES FEST:

BABES FEST is an ~ annual convening of minds ~ in Austin, Texas, celebrating and amplifying women and nonbinary artists. As a weekend-long exhibition, our performances, panels, pop-up markets, film screenings and networking hours span music, film, art, creative education and comedy.

We believe in a good show. We believe in supporting new talent. And we believe that women and nonbinary artists, music lovers, creatives, producers, entertainers, cultural organizers and performers deserve space to see themselves to reflected. To discover new sources of inspiration, To support each other’s work. And to learn more about our industries.

Presented by #bossbabesATX, BABES FEST got its start in 2016. The festival just wrapped its third year, seeing 1500 attendees and showcasing 80+ artists. Over the last three years, we’ve collaborated with institutions in New York City, Oakland and Austin, Texas.

See y'all for Round IV in 2019. Everybody’s welcome.

Learn more in this interview with Texas Monthly.

the why:

As an interdisciplinary, multi-platform experience, BABES FEST links creative communities in a collaborative initiative for gender equality. At our inaugural festival in 2015, we transformed a theatre in Austin, Texas into a one-day warehouse party, featuring 27 women-led acts in comedy, music and film. Shortly thereafter, we produced a series of two panels and network events for women in comedy, film and music in New York City (attended by artists like Jessica Williams and Katja Blichfield). From the hype of these initial events, we’ve partnered with Texas' Bullock Museum on their #femmefilmfridays series and begun an international training program for cultural producers invested in gender equity. We wrapped up our second annual BABES FEST July of 2017, transforming what was initially a one-day event into three days of comedy, music and film (showcasing 50+ acts, the event saw 1500+ attendees).