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

Waterloo Music Festival
Carson Creek Ranch
Waterloo is an independent festival that celebrates the roots of Austin music culture, and features nationally renowned jam bands performing alongside the city’s finest musical acts during a weekend of camping.
waterloofest.com

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 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
Shades of old Austin are reflected in this market of eclectic gift items and live, local entertainment.
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