The Front Market And Festival 2021
1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Introducing The Front — a creative community market and festival, homegrown in Austin, Texas. 🌱
On August 20, 21 and 22, we’re taking over Fair Market and Cheer Up Charlies for a weekend of pop-up shops and performances, centering emerging creatives, artists, designers and small business owners from Texas.
We're 100% open-air and outdoors. Human-friendly. Free or by donation. And open to all.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Produced by Future Front Texas and powered by you, The Front exists to put women, nonbinary and LGBTQ+ folks at the front of our lineups.
During the day on August 21 and 22, you can join us from 11 AM and 5 PM CT for:
An open-air and outdoor 100-vendor marketplace
All-day DJ sessions
All-day craft demonstrations
All-day art installations
At night on August 20 and 21, you can come through for:
An outdoor film showcase featuring shorts and features from Texas directors
An outdoor music showcase featuring up-and-coming talent from Texas
The Front’s daytime events are 100% free. Nighttime events are $15. Masks and mutual respect required.
HOW TO ATTEND
To attend free daytime events, RSVP now, so you can get in and out with ease. $15 earlybird tickets for the festival’s nighttime music and film showcases on August 20 and 21 are available now.
When you RSVP, you have the option to donate to our work. Every pledge made with your ticket will directly benefit the administration of our Creative Future of Texas Fund, a micro-grants program for emerging creatives and small business owners, as well as our Community Leaders of Color Mental Health Fund, a pro-bono therapy program for activists working toward racial justice in Texas.
OUR DAILY SCHEDULES AND LINEUPS:
✰ AUGUST 20 — THE FRONT FEST MUSIC SHOWCASE AT CHEER UP CHARLIES — DOORS AT 7 PM CT
Join us from 7 to 10 PM CT on August 20 for intimate outdoor performances by Kam Franklin of The Suffers (Houston), Lorelei K (Dallas) and more. To close the night, DJ Bragglights (Austin) will spin us out.
✰ AUGUST 21 + 22 — THE FRONT MARKET AT FAIR MARKET — 11 AM TO 5 PM CT EACH DAY
Come through to support more than 150 women and queer creatives and small business owners across the state of Texas. Open on August 21 and 22, expect daily DJ sets, art installations and more. 100% free. 100% open-air and outdoors.
✰ AUGUST 21 — THE FRONT FEST FILM SHOWCASE AT CHEER UP CHARLIES — DOORS AT 7 PM CT
Enjoy a nighttime, outdoor screening of shorts and features made by local filmmakers, producers and directors. This night will also mark the first-ever in-person screening of GIRLS LIKE US from p1nkstar, which features a selection of trans artists across the state of Texas.
BEHIND THE FRONT MARKET AND FESTIVAL
The Front Market and Festival has emerged from what was formerly known as BABES FEST and craftHER Market—two spaces that were designed around sustaining communities that care about gender equity and supporting homegrown businesses, creatives and organizations. Active from 2016 to 2020, BABES FEST and craftHER Market saw more than 30,000 guests and supported more than 2000 creatives and business owners.
Now, after a year of shutdowns, pivots and existential realness, The Front Market and Festival will carry that work into the future.
We will continue platforming emerging talent across the state of Texas. We will continue to work cross-collaboratively with partners to host workshops, build community and provide opportunities to creatives and small business owners year-round. This year’s partners will be announced shortly.
As our first flagship production with our new name, we are so grateful for your support. <3 If you are interested in becoming a partner this year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET THE PRODUCERS, FUTURE FRONT TEXAS
Future Front Texas is a 501c3 nonprofit, homegrown in Austin, Texas. We started as a grassroots meet-up series called Boss Babes ATX (bbatx) in 2015. We are run by a four-person staff and a network of amazing volunteers, each committed to cultivating the spaces we want to see in the world.
Alongside our members, collaborators and partners, we nurture creativity, community-building and professional resilience in Texas. We make spaces where women and queer creatives, founders and leaders can grow together.
Currently, we produce The Front Festival and Market, a year-round learning club and conference, as well as multiple community-care initiatives. You’re invited to join us, of course. You can learn more about how it all works, our team and what we do: futurefronttexas.org
PREPARE YOUR VISIT TO THE FRONT MARKET AND FESTIVAL
VENUE LOCATION + ACCESSIBILITY — The Front Market and Festival will be held at Fair Market, which is located at 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702, as well as Cheer Up Charlies at 900 Red River St. Austin, TX 78702. Both venues are wheelchair-accessible and all activities will occur on the ground floor. The outdoor lawn within Fair Market is located on a slope and may be difficult to access without additional assistance, so do reach out to us for support: email@example.com.
PARKING — We highly encourage utilizing rideshare or carpooling as there is limited self-parking available onsite. Both venues are easily accessible by Austin public transportation, too.
AVAILABLE LANGUAGES — ASL interpreters can be provided upon request. Si necesita traducción al español para participar en este evento, envíenos un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR CURRENT HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS —
Capacity will be limited to reduce crowding.
All sessions will be held in outdoor and open-air spaces.
All guests will be required to practice mutual respect and social distancing.
All guests are required to follow APH’s Stage 5 Guidelines:
Fully vaccinated individuals should:
Wear a mask.
If you are high-risk with underlying conditions, avoid large gatherings where masks are not required.
Help us get the rest of the population vaccinated by talking with your loved ones.
Partially or unvaccinated individuals should:
Get fully vaccinated.
Stay home and avoid gatherings, travel, and choose curbside and delivery options.
If you have a question about the building's accessibility or anticipate needing assistance, shoot us a line at email@example.com. We're happy to help and will get back to you. :)
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