we return september 2020.


music • art • film • comedy • education

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. The festival returned for its fourth year on September 6, 7 and 8, and has hosted more than 7500 guests and 280 artists in the last four years. Submissions for BABES FEST 2020 will re-open in November 2019.

Click here for the BABES FEST 2019 recap now.

~ everybody’s welcome. ~


“I think it’s really important for women-identified, femme-identified people to have a space where: one, they feel safe, but also two, this is about them, right?” Licea said. “This is a space that is contrary to a heteronormative, patriarchal society that is literally trying to f—king squash us every single day. If you’re going to be progressive and talk about the future, then this is the kind of space we need to create.”

Texas Monthly


Over Labor Day weekend, Austin’s third Babes Fest not only addressed the problem of gender inequality in the arts, but proposed solutions during three days of comedy, music, and film.

Austin Chronicle