This Year’s Forever Fest Lineup Is Nuts

A ten-year anniversary screening of MEAN GIRLS (with Damian in attendance!!), a sneak of Drafthouse Films' AMIRA & SAM, danceoke, a nail art workshop, hot dude brunch and more!

4F Founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons, photo by Annie Ray

Last year brought us the inaugural Forever Fest, and it was a dream come true. It's a weekend celebrating girly pop culture at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, founded and programmed by Alamo Drafthouse Director of Programming Sarah Pitre and Fons PR's Brandy Fons, and there's nothing else like it on earth. It's the sister festival to Fantastic Fest, and I wholeheartedly agree with Tim League when he says: 

“I am excited to watch Forever Fest continue to evolve,” said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. “Forever Fest shares a spirit with the similarly initialed Fantastic Fest. It is build upon a strong sense of community, a clear programming identity and outrageously fun parties.”

You can read my recap and see a bunch of pics from last year here, and watch last year's video recap below: 

And today, they've announced the lineup for the 2014 Forever Fest, taking place Nov 14-16 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and the neighboring Highball bar in Austin. And I am SO EXCITED!!

There's going to be a ten-year anniversary screening of Mean Girls with Aaron, Damian and Jason in attendance, a sneak screening of Drafthouse Films' Amira & Sam with Martin Starr and Paul Wesley, a nail art workshop, some AMAZING parties and the return of three of my favorite events from last year: the Cute Show, danceoke and Wild Brunch. It's going to be a time and a half, and this year they're offering badges to the whole weekend for the first time.

Read below for details, and follow Forever Fest at their site, on Twitter and on Facebook for all the breaking scoop!


For $100, you can reserve a seat at all of the following festival events, which will take place at the South Lamar Alamo and the Highball. We're offering badges for a limited time, and then, on October 29th, we'll be putting individual tickets on sale for any events with space remaining. So if you want the best seat (and the best weekend ever), grab your badge now!

Badges will be on sale until noon on Tuesday, October 28th.

Click on the event title for more details.


Friday, November 14th

7:30pm MEAN GIRLS Quote-along with stars Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese and Daniel DeSanto in attendance

This interactive screening is guaranteed to be even better than a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, and it will be followed by a live Q&A with Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels), Daniel Franzese (Damian) and Daniel DeSanto (Jason). Prepare yourself for a totally fetch time!

10:00pm The Spring Fling (The Highball)

Come dressed as your favorite MEAN GIRLS character and party like you just won the Mathlete State Championship!


Saturday, November 15th

10:00am Nails Y’all Workshop
This is an individually ticketed event, with tickets available via this link.

Join Forever Fest and Nails Y'all for a nail art workshop just for you! Learn how to make your nails DIY-fancy with designs like hearts, clouds, kisses, camo, and more.

11:00am Hoppy Hour

Cuddle tiny animals in real life (!) at this petting zoo brought to you by Tiny Tails.

12:00pm The Cute Brunch

Squee yourself silly at this clip show of adorable animals.

2:15pm Meme Girls: Women on the Internet

A panel discussion with Jennifer Romolini, Editor in Chief of Hello Giggles; Mallory Ortberg, co-creator of The Toast and author of Texts From Jane Eyre;  and Jazmine S. Hughes, contributing editor for The Hairpin.

4:30pm Danceoke

It's like karaoke, but with dancing instead of singing! Local teams perform routines from dance movies and music videos while the scene plays behind them on the big screen.

7:30pm AMIRA & SAM Screening with stars Martin Starr, Paul Wesley, Dina Shihabi and director Sean Mullin in attendance

Fall in love with this upcoming release, which will be followed by a live Q&A with the director and cast.

10:00pm Pajama Party (The Highball)

Slip on your jammies and indulge in classic slumber party activities, including makeovers, magazine quizzes and, most importantly, a majorly hyper dance-a-thon.


Sunday, November 16th

12:30pm The Wild Brunch

Salute Hollywood's hottest men with this sexy clip show, where things are guaranteed to get rowdy.