AUSTIN’S LIVE MUSIC SCENE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. 

Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin lives up to its name, with more than 1,900 bands and performing artists calling the Austin area home.

Many world-renowned musicians got their start in Austin, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, and Roky Erickson. To this day, Austin still maintains that spirit of musical expression and creative freedom.

On any night of the week, nearly 200 musical acts appear on our famed Sixth Street. You can find music of all types here in Austin, from bluegrass to jazz to rock ’n’ roll. Music constantly fills the air and lends the city a distinctively soulful atmosphere not found anywhere else.

Blues-rock, one of Austin’s major cultural exports, can be heard along 6th Street every night. The Continental Club on South Congress Avenue has become a gathering place for fans of Americana, country, and singer-songwriter acts, with living local legends like Toni Price and Dale Watson playing regularly.

Austin also is known as a breeding ground for many indie bands. To hear some of the new sounds coming out of Austin, pop into Mohawk or Stubb’s BBQ in the Red River District just north of historic Sixth Street.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in March, as well as September’s Austin City Limits Festival, have put Austin even more prominently on the map when it comes to live music. People travel from all over the world for these yearly events to hear such acts as the Eagles, Norah Jones, Muse, and the Black Keys.

Antone’s Nightclub, the first club on 6th Street, now at Fifth and Lavaca Streets, has hosted such blues “greats” as Muddy Waters, B. B. King, John Lee Hooker, and countless others. Antone’s helped launch the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lonely Boys, Ian Moore, and Bob Schneider, just to name a few.

We’ve got the Austin Music Hall, the Elephant Room, and Emo’s East (and more!), but this is Austin and you’ll find music in the streets during an art festival—or even at Austin’s old power plant, where Kanye West (who incorporated a local high school marching band in one of his sets) took the stage during SXSW.

Looking for music and a family-friendly scene? Check out Central Market, where you can find live music a couple of nights a week and enough playground and green space to entertain the kids.

 

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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
Urban Music Festival is a family-centric festival for the R&B, Jazz and Gospel music lovers, where national and local entertainment stage is hosted.

urbanmusicfest.com

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival
Buda City Park
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
Downtown Austin
Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city’s favorite festivals.

artallianceaustin.org

Old Settlers Music Festival
Acoustic jazz & blues, bluegrass are performed at this Central Texas’ signature music event. Arts & crafts, camping, food and libations complete this event.

oldsettlersmusicfest.org

Austin Reggae Festival
Founded in 1994, three nights of reggae will take place in downtown Austin.

austinreggaefest.com

Austin Psych Fest
The line-up represents the music of the psychedelic era.

austinpsychfest.com

MAY

Latino Music Month
Various Venues
The many Latino music genres are showcased during performances on the Plaza at Austin City Hall each Friday at noon as well as other special events throughout the month.

austinlatinomusic.com

Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival
East Sixth Street
Musicians, food vendors, artists and craftspeople turn Sixth Street, originally named Pecan Street, into a lively street fair.

oldpecanstreetfestival.com

Pachanga Music Fest
The vibrant Latino culture is showcased with authentic food, music and cultural arts.

pachangafest.com

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 music.
rotrally.com

JULY

Bob Bullock Museum’s “Music under The Star” (every Friday in July)
The Bob Bullock Museum is hosting it’s free concert series performed by local musicians. Complimentary tacos and teas will be given out also.

thestoryoftexas.com

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

austinsymphony.org

SEPTEMBER

Old Pecan Street Festival
Musicians, food vendors, artists and craftspeople turn Sixth Street, originally named Pecan Street, into a lively street fair.
oldpecanstreetfestival.com

OCTOBER

Austin City Limits Music Festival
Zilker Park
ACL Festival 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
National touring indie rock, hip hop, punk, electronica and metal bands converge on Austin’s urban park for two 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 Event Center
Shades of old Austin are reflected at this market of eclectic gift items and 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 visual art installations, actors, jugglers, storytellers, dancers, fire dancers, face painters, elaborate costumes, and other festive performances.

austintexas.gov/department/austins-new-year

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