Austin Music Festivals

Austin has adopted the slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World” and they couldn’t have made a better choice. The city offers festivals for music lovers of every genre. Here is just a sampling of what this vibrant city has to offer.

South by Southwest

For over twenty years the South by Southwest music festival has been bringing music and so much more to Austin every March. This isn’t just a one weekend event; it’s a four weekend event that makes the whole city throb with crowds of music and cinema lovers.

This is not a one venue festival; it takes place all over town. It is more than just a festival it is a convention. Artists come to share both their knowledge and their talent. You will be able to hear the various artists at over 80 locations around the city. Even superman couldn’t do them all so you will need to find out where and when your favorites are going to be performing and make sure that you don’t miss your favorites. This is as much about making connections for the artists as it is for the audiences to enjoy the performances.

Old Settlers Music Festival

In April Austin offers American music at its finest and the bluebonnets are at their finest this time of year as well. Come to listen to great music, eat delicious food and if you want to sleep in your tent that is available too. This is a family event with lots of activities geared toward the kids.

Austin City Limits Festival

The Austin City Limits Festival is a  three day event which takes place every October.  Zilker Park comes alive as eight stages host 130 bands with such well known groups as Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and Beastie Boys headlining.  This is sure to be a weekend to remember.

You can purchase a three day pass or a single day for whichever day you might want to attend. They are on sale at the official website for the festival.

While music is the main theme of the weekend it doesn’t end there. The Austin Eats Food Court will introduce you to a variety of local restaurants and cuisines. It is a great way to try out a variety of eateries all at one central location.

The SoCo Art Market will offer local arts and crafts and other very interesting items. It is different every year so you can never be sure who and what will be here.

For the kids the Austin Kiddie Limits is the place to be. Kids under 10 get in free with a ticket bearing adult. You can never start too young to introduce your kids to music and this is the perfect way to do it. They can learn how to be and look like a rock star or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the festivals, kid’s style.

The Austin City Limits Festival offers activities and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Celtic Music Festival

November brings the sounds of the British Isles to Austin. You don’t have to have Celtic roots to enjoy the highland games, the dancing, the storytelling and the music of Ireland and Scotland. The sounds of the bagpipes and the flute will make you feel roots you never knew you had.

Austin is indeed the live music capital of the world and it has the festivals to back that title up. No matter what type of music you prefer, you will find it in Austin.