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Lago Fest 2016: Music, Food, and a Sailboat Regatta in Lago Vista

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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend lake-style at “Lago Fest 2016” in Lago Vista this Saturday. Listen to great live music, sample food from local restaurants, and shop for one-of-a-kind treasures from more than 40 vendors. Lake Travis is full and will be dotted with the colorful sails of Austin Yacht Club’s Turnback Regatta. It will be the perfect backdrop for a Texas Hill Country Memorial Day celebration!

Lake Travis in Lago Vista

Photo: Barbara Shallue

This free event will be held from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Lago Vista’s spacious Bar-K Park which hugs the north shore of Lake Travis (6608 Bar-K Clubhouse Court.) Between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., take advantage of the free park-and-ride shuttle Capital Metro will provide between the festival site and Lago Vista Village (20900 FM 1431, across from the Lago Vista Middle School.) There will be no parking available at Bar-K Park itself.

Bar-K Park in Lago Vista

Photo: Barbara Shallue

The sailboats should begin arriving just as Hector Ward & the Big Time starts the live music at 2 p.m. They are a 9-piece group who play an eclectic mix of Latin rhythms, Texas blues, funk, ska, and reggae. At 4:45 p.m., Lago Vista’s own singer-songwriter Drew Womack, lead vocalist of the award-winning group Sons of Desert, takes the stage, followed at 6 p.m. by The Eggmen, Austin’s premier Beatle’s tribute band.

No ice chests or outside food will be allowed, but Parrain’s Louisiana Kitchen, Tug’s Bar-B-Que, and Dee-Dee’s Tacos & More will offer food for hungry festival-goers, while the Lago Vista & Jonestown Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Beer Garden for those who get thirsty, providing water and sodas along with beer.

Lake Travis shoreline Lago Vista

Photo: Barbara Shallue

This is a family-friendly event with plenty of fun for all ages, including helicopter rides for awesome Hill Country and Lake Travis views, kayak rentals for a different Lake Travis view, Bubble Soccer, and a trackless train. Feel free to bring folding chairs or blankets. The lake will be busy with boats, but visitors will be allowed to swim at their own risk. For more information on this fun and free event, go to