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.

FEBRUARY

Carnaval Brasileiro
Palmer Events Center
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
Travis County Exposition Center
Austin goes cowboy as PCRA competitors hit the arena. Headline entertainers perform in concert nightly. rodeoaustin.com  

SXSW
Austin Convention Center and more than 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

APRIL

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

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
The Austin American Statesman parking lot
It's a Cajun festival in Texas! More than 5,000 pounds of crawfish are consumed at this annual event, which features zydeco, brass band, funk, blues and rock music. roadwayevents.com  

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

Old Settler's Music Festival
Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch
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 three days of live reggae in scenic downtown Austin. austinreggaefest.com

Euphoria
Carson Creek Ranch
Euphoria is a progressive live music festival including electronic music, art, workshops, camping and more. euphoriafest.com

MAY

Levitation Music Festival 
Carson Creek Ranch
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

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 Sixth Street
The state's largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, parades and live music.
rotrally.com

JULY

Bullock Museum's "Music under The Star" Series
Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bullock Museum hosts an annual, free concert series every Friday in July. This event features performances by local musicians and guests are treated to complimentary tacos and teas. thestoryoftexas.com

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

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

NOVEMBER

Fun Fun Fun Fest
Auditorium Shores
Nationally touring indie rock, hip hop, punk, electronica and metal bands converge on Austin's urban park for three days of music. There is also a comedy stage, as well as on-site screen printing, shopping and food. funfunfunfest.com

DECEMBER

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
Shades of old Austin are reflected in this market of eclectic gift items and live, local entertainment. armadillobazaar.com