The Festival

Two days of Culture, Connections, and Creativity.

Texas State University invites you to support The Wittliff Collections Festival fundraising event celebrating the unbridled imagination of Texas and the Southwest. All proceeds will be used to acquire important collections that preserve our region’s creative culture. When you become a festival sponsor, you’re not simply supporting an event. You’re guarding a Texas treasure that John Spong of Texas Monthly called “the world’s finest repository of Southwestern writing, photography, and culture.” 

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, the festival will kick off with four panel discussions at The Wittliff Collections on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos, Texas. Panels will feature renowned writers, photographers, singer/songwriters, and artists who helped create the Lonesome Dove miniseries. 

On Thursday, December 2, 2021, the festival gala will take place at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, complete with a not-to-be-missed silent and live auction and entertainment by legendary singer/songwriters Ray Benson and Steve Earle!

A limited number of VIP sponsorships, tables, and individual tickets are available for the gala. Contact Ramona Kelly at or 512-825-5632. Public ticketing for the after-party with Steve Earle will be available in September of 2021.



Mike Shore


Tom Bejgrowicz

Big Names and Great Times.

One of the premier cultural events of 2021, The Wittliff Collections Festival Gala at ACL Live will feature a 50thanniversary performance by the legendary Ray Benson; a live and silent auctions with rare treasures from the Lonesome Dove miniseries, and an acoustic after-party with none other than Steve Earle!

Four Panel Discussions: Film, Photography, Writing, Music

An afternoon of panel discussions on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at The Wittliff Collections will honor talented and distinctive voices in film, photography, writing, and music whose work captures the Southwest’s unique “Spirit of Place.” Seating is available to sponsors and table guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Kate Breakey

Stephen Harrigan

Mike Shore

Flaco Jimenez

Mike Shore

Sarah Bird

Remembering Bill Wittliff, 1940-2019

The world lost a treasure when Bill Wittliff passed away on June 9, 2019. The inaugural Wittliff Collections Festival will honor Bill’s vision and creative spirit.