Marfa’s history has long been linked to the mystery of the haunting lights which hover intermittently over the horizon at night. Sightings have taken place since the 19th century, and the inability of onlookers to identify the origin of the orbs has gained the tiny West Texas town international fame among folks with an interest in the supernatural. Whether the lights are UFOs, spectral beings or simply reflections of car headlights, the unexplained phenomenon offers a good excuse for a party, and each year the city’s citizens invites visitors to a decidedly down to earth festival.
Taking place Labor Day weekend, The 26th annual Marfa Lights Festival will feature three days of toe-tapping tunes, dancing, a display of small town pride as participants promenade down Highland Avenue in a parade, acts and crafts and much more.
When: August 31 – September 2, 2012
Where: Around the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa
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The following short documentary offers an insiders’ look at the lights that piece the darkness near Marfa:
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