LagoFest draws thousands to Lago Vista


Thousands of people descended on Bar K Park in Lago Vista on Sunday for the city’s annual LagoFest event.

Attendees gathered near a stage, sitting in chairs or just standing nearby, to listen to bands performing reggae, country and soul music. 

“It’s kind of like a mini ACL fest,” said Meredith Kuntzsch, event director for LagoFest.

The bands performing included Lion Heights, Tomar and the FCs and Ron Wylie Hubbard. 

Kuntzsch said she previously worked with events like Austin City Limits and South By Southwest, before she decided to re-organize and bolster LagoFest in 2017.

“When I came out here, I looked at [Bar K Park] as a miniature Zilker Park,” Kuntzsch said, noting she was able to eventually turn the festival into a larger event for the city – bringing in bands, food trucks and vendors who produce handmade products.

With a crowd of about 5,000 on Sunday, Kuntzsch said the festival's attendance is higher than ever before, and LagoFest has become one of the city’s flagship events.

“It’s really a coming together of the community,” Kuntzsch said.

Music wasn’t the only thing showcased on Sunday. Visitors could also enjoy children’s pony rides, helicopter rides and a variety of food trucks offering brisket, hot dogs and kebabs. Additionally, vendors offered LagoFest branded merchandise and a mobile salon.

“We like the music at the event, we like the park here and we walk our dogs here regularly,” said Don Page, a 25-year resident of Lago Vista who attended the festival on Sunday.

Towards the event’s start at noon, it seemed organizers might encounter similar weather problems as those that caused a rescheduling from its original date in May, when severe thunderstorms caused flooding in the park. 

Early weather forecasts on Sunday showed possible thunderstorms for the area in the evening.

“It’s okay, it’s going to go around us,” Kuntzsch said to a staff member who brought up the possible showers around the time the festival opened Sunday.

“I came out because it was good weather and we had never been before,” said Kristen Buzzaird, who came to the festival from Leander with her husband, Brian, and neighbor John Taylor.

“We’ve been to ACL in the rain, so a little rain isn’t going to stop us,” Kristen said.