About Hot Luck

Hot Luck is what happens at the fire—in the flames. It's where the inspiration turns into food. And that food feeds the people, and the music, and the next round of crazy ideas that flicker to life. 

Created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, it is a DIY casserole of the culinary and music world. 

It is both a festival that occurs every Memorial Day weekend in Austin as well as a traveling series of events that pop up in cities all over the country year-round. 

Hot Luck is barbecue by Aaron Franklin, ramen by Ivan Orkin, wings by Andy Ricker, kebabs by Matty Matheson, steamed buns by Kristen Kish and sushi by Yoshi Okai. Hot Luck is great tunes, be it Hot Snakes, Peter Hook, DJ Questlove, Robert Ellis, Galactic or Twin Peaks. It's an experience that prompted Farideh Sadeghin, Culinary Director at MUNCHIES to call the '18 weekend in Austin, "the best food festival in the country." 

Talent & programming for the 2019 fest will be announced in February. Celebrate fire, food, music and camaraderie with us. Contact us for more info and to be a part of the fest.

Hot Luck is proud to donate a portion of the festival’s proceeds to The SAFE Alliance. The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. Visit safeaustin.org to learn more about this amazing organization.

FAQ

WHEN IS HOT LUCK?

Hot Luck takes place year-round in cities all over the world in the form of chef driven food and music experiences. The 2019 edition of the festival will return Memorial Day weekend (May 23-26) in Austin.

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL?

The festival consists of a wide variety of events and surprises that will be held at various locations centered around downtown Austin and throughout the city. Hot Luck also pops up in various cities year-round.

WHAT DOES THE FESTIVAL BENEFIT?

A portion of proceeds from Hot Luck are donated to The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace. To learn more about our charity click here.

WHERE AND WHEN CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR HOT LUCK?

All tickets are sold directly through hotluckfest.com.

WHAT KIND OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AND HOW DO I BUY THEM?

Ticket options for the festival offer something for everyone, with prices from $15 to $550. Most of our events are a la carte and a few are offered only through The Whole Enchilada Ticket Package. All tickets can be purchased via hotluckfest.com.

Stay tuned for info on pop-ups.

WHO CAN I CONTACT ABOUT TICKET QUESTIONS?

If you need assistance purchasing a ticket, have questions regarding payment or if you need your tickets resent to you, please reach out to our Eventbrite support team at eventbrite.com.

ARE TICKETS REFUNDABLE?

Tickets are non-refundable.

CAN I BE A HOT LUCK VOLUNTEER?

With a wide variety of events throughout the (Memorial Day) weekend of Hot Luck Festival in Austin, we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved. Are you a people person? Wine and food enthusiast? A stickler for details? Boy, do we have a job for you! Email [email protected]

WILL ANY OF THE EVENTS BE CANCELLED IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER?

All events at Hot Luck Festival will take place rain or shine. Weather contingency plans are in place for each event.

DO YOU ALLOW CHILDREN AT YOUR EVENTS?

Unless noted otherwise, all of our events are 21 and over only (no infants, small children or strollers).

I HAVE A DIETARY RESTRICTION, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

All of our events are omnivore friendly. We will have a few vegetarian options at our main events; however, in order for us to allow our participating chefs full creativity, our events are not catered to vegetarians or those with strict dietary restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.

DOES HOT LUCK FESTIVAL RECOMMEND ANY HOTELS FOR GUESTS TRAVELING TO THE FESTIVAL FROM OUT OF TOWN?

Yes! Our Hotel Partners in Austin are listed on the partners page on our website

ALL EVENTS, PRICES, PERSONALITIES, PERFORMANCES, VENUES, DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.