Live Music in Austin

Get to Know the Live Music Capital of the World

First-time visitors might be surprised to find themselves being entertained with live music as they walk through the terminal at Austin's airport after deplaning. But they shouldn't be. Live music, and music in many other forms, is everywhere in Austin. Musicians play everywhere from the airport terminal to grocery stores. They play outdoors at seasonal live music series and at world-famous festivals. Nightly, you'll find Austin musicians at clubs, coffeehouses, bars, taquerias, sporting events, and concert halls - and with more than 250 live music venues, it can be intimidating knowing where to start.

Find out more about the quintessential Austin music experiences, get to know some of our best acts, or explore our extensive Venue Guide to find the experience that's right for you.

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Couple watching live music show at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin Texas

Downtown

Find a vibrant live music scene downtown with historic stages, LGBTQ-friendly bars, up-&-coming rock venues and the hottest dance clubs.

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Paul Cauthen and band perform at the White Horse during Hot Luck Fest in Austin Texas

East

One of the fastest growing neighborhoods, discover rich history & some of the hottest bands playing nightly in East Austin.

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South

The home of "keep Austin weird" - you'll find music on every corner, from buskers up & down South Congress to historic venues & patio bars.

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Dale Watson at Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin Texas

Central

Central Austin is filled with culture & history. Music abounds in dive bars & dance halls, with everything from country to punk.

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Culinary Dropout at Domain NORTHSIDE in austin texas

North

Find bands playing at patio bars or dance to DJs in this vibrant part of town offers everything that downtown has & more.

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West

Elegant resorts, Hill Country dance halls & locally-loved dive bars make West Austin one of the most unique areas of town.

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