• MUSIC FESTIVALS IN AUSTIN

    Any Excuse to Celebrate Music

    Everyone knows that Austin is home to some of the most popular festivals in the country. But now people are also starting to buzz about the lesser-known gems that are catching on and well-worth the trip. But one thing is always certain, no matter which festival you choose, you're guaranteed to leave an Austin music fan.

    Find more events on our full Events Calendar.

    JANUARY

    Free Week
    Red River Cultural District
    The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin.
    freeweek.do512.com

    FEBRUARY

    Carnaval Brasileiro
    Emo's
    Flamboyant costumes, Brazilian samba music and the uninhibited, spirited atmosphere make Austin's Carnaval one of the biggest such festivals outside of Brazil.
    sambaparty.com

    MARCH

    Rodeo Austin
    Rodeo Austin
    Austin goes cowboy as PCRA competitors hit the arena. Headline entertainers perform concerts nightly.
    rodeoaustin.com  

    SXSW
    Austin Convention Center and 50+ venues
    Noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.
    sxsw.com

    Urban Music Festival
    Auditorium Shores
    Urban Music Festival is a family-centric festival for R&B, jazz, funk and reggae music lovers, where national and local entertainment take center stage.
    urbanmusicfest.com

    APRIL

    Art City Austin
    Republic Square
    Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, multiple music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city's favorite festivals.
    artcityaustin.org

    Old Settler's Music Festival
    Tilmon, TX
    Americana, roots rock, blues and bluegrass are performed at this signature Central Texas music festival. Arts & crafts, camping, food and local libations complete this down-home event.
    oldsettlersmusicfest.org

    Austin Reggae Festival
    Auditorium Shores
    Founded in 1994, this annual festival features a weekend of live reggae in scenic downtown Austin.
    austinreggaefest.com

    MAY

    Hot Luck Festival
    Around Town
    Hot Luck: Live Food & Music festival honors the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin' boots.
    hotluckfest.com

    Pecan Street Festival
    East Sixth Street
    Musicians, food vendors, artists and craftspeople turn Sixth Street, originally named Pecan Street, into a lively, bi-annual street fair.
    pecanstreetfestival.org

    JUNE

    Republic of Texas Biker Rally
    Travis County Exposition Center and Congress Avenue
    The state's largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, live music and a parade down Congress Avenue.
    rotrally.com

    JULY

    Fourth of July Fireworks & Symphony
    Auditorium Shores
    The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake.
    austinsymphony.org

    Hot Summer Nights
    Red River Cultural District
    Every summer, venues throughout the Red River Cultural District host four days of free live music, alongside local food and vendors.
    facebook.com/redriverculturaldistrict

    Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
    Circuit of The Americas
    This day-long event features a star-studded lineup, headlined by Nelson himself, and a patriotic fireworks display at the end of the night.
    thecircuit.com

    AUGUST

    Austin Pride Week
    Fiesta Gardens and Downtown Austin
    The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! After the festival, head to Congress Avenue for the Pride Parade through downtown.
    austinpride.org

    SEPTEMBER

    Pecan Street Festival
    East Sixth Street
    Musicians, food vendors, artists and craftspeople turn Sixth Street, originally named Pecan Street, into a lively, bi-annual street fair.
    pecanstreetfestival.org

    OCTOBER

    Austin City Limits Music Festival
    Zilker Park
    ACL Festival is a two-weekend event that brings together more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages.
    aclfestival.com

    Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
    Downtown Austin
    Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, featuring a Grand Procession, art activities and demos, traditional foods, live music and performances throughout the day.
    mexic-artemuseumevents.org

    NOVEMBER

    Austin Area Jazz Festival
    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
    Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians.
    www.austinareajazzfestival.com

    Austin Celtic Festival
    Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
    This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.
    austincelticfestival.com

    LEVITATION 
    Downtown Austin
    Formerly Psych Fest, this independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world.
    levitation-austin.com

    UTOPiAfest Down in the Oaks
    Burnet, TX
    What began as gathering of music lovers on a ranch, has evolved into a weekend of camping and live music featuring 35+ bands. Festival-goers will enjoy a curated culinary experience, a wine grove, a Texas craft beer garden, workshops, art installations and a kid zone for the little ones.
    utopiafest.com

    DECEMBER

    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
    Palmer Events Center
    The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun with nearly 200 artists and makers, live music daily, interactive activities, local food and two full bars.
    armadillobazaar.com

    Austin's New Year
    Auditorium Shores
    This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with 4 stages, 22 bands, visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and a grand fireworks finale.
    austinsnewyear.com

     
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