The live music scene is always in full swing in Austin, with some venues featuring one or two shows a night, but there's nothing like spring in the Live Music Capital of the World®. As the warm weather arrives and the calendars fill up with festivals, you'll find that many Austinites like to spend their spring evenings on a nice patio with a cool refreshment and a little local entertainment. So, whether you're looking for the full weekend experience or just a shady place to spend an evening, we have all the best spring lineups right here:
Texas Radio Live. Credit Andy Mahr.
Texas Radio Live
Guero’s Oak Garden
This weekly live music series, presented by Sun Radio, highlights Texas musicians in an intimate setting at Guero’s Oak Garden. Every Wednesday night, musicians and fans come together to celebrate the sacred traditions of Texas music and Austin tacos.
SXSW. Credit Courtney Pierce.
Travis County Expo Center
Rodeo Austin is sure to have something for everyone in their 15-day showcase. This Austin tradition offers daily ProRodeo events along with more than 100 live music acts from dance hall bands to daytime concerts on the outdoor stage.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
This annual family-friendly festival celebrates all things Irish. Come enjoy authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, the finest Irish imports and plenty of good craic! While there will not be an event in 2022, check their website for more information on their next event.
SXSW Conference & Festivals
The Austin Convention Center and more than 50 venues host noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media during this internationally-recognized event.
Old Settler's Music Festival. Credit Sigi Gonzalez.
Austin Reggae Festival
Austin Reggae Festival has been hosting notable dub, roots and ska acts for 30+ years. This festival not only offers a weekend full of diverse reggae talent, but also international food options and craft vendors. The proceeds of this festival benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.
Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 5 days in venues and locations all over the city.
Honk! TX Festival
Honk! Is a weekend event full of street and brass bands from around the country bringing free, family-friendly fun to public spaces around Austin. This a chance to get outdoors and experience the many genres of brass.
Lonestar Round Up
Travis County Expo Center
Lonestar Round Up is a family-friendly car show where guests can enjoy live music from artists around the world, across the country, and local to Austin.
Old Settler’s Music Festival
The festival features roots and Americana music, arts and crafts, camping, food and libations. Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are all performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world. This year’s lineup includes Austin favorites like Wood & Wire, Robert Ellis, Shinyribs, Wild Child, Calliope Musicals and more.
Hot Luck Festival. Courtesy of Cody Cowan.
Blues on the Green
Join in on the Austin summer tradition of Austin City Limits Radio’s Blues on the Green (BOTG), featuring numerous Austin musicians, food trucks and vendors. All are welcome to join the lively event as it is both family- and pet-friendly. Make it a tradition for all summer long; BOTG occurs once a month until the end of summer.
Hot Luck Festival
The Hot Luck: Live Food & Music Festival returns to honor the soul, sweat and DIY diversity of the food and music world. The festival is a picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate.
Frank Erwin Center
Austin will showcase some of the biggest names in country music for its sixth year hosting the iHeartCountry Festival. This year’s performers will include Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and more!
Circuit of The Americas
This two-day, two-city traveling festival makes its stop in Austin this May. The festival showcases some of the most sought-after talent in hip-hop music, including Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Gunna and more.
Formerly known as Austin Terror Fest, Oblivion Access is a celebration of underground music and culture. This four-day, extended weekend event showcases up-and-coming artists in different popular music venues around Austin.
Pecan Street Festival
As one of the longest-running festivals in Central Texas, Pecan Street Arts Festival prides itself on providing a free admission event, with profits going towards bettering the downtown area. This family event hosts food vendors, artisans, small businesses and local musicians all along Historic Sixth Street.
Contributed by Visit Austin Marketing Intern, Marissa Saenz. Marissa is a Public Relations and Mass Communications student at Texas State University. As a native Texan, she has travelled all over Texas, but still continues to come back to Austin. In her free time she enjoys finding the best local restaurants or huddling up in her room to play video games.