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.


                            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.


                            Carnaval Brasileiro
                            Flamboyant costumes, Brazilian samba music and the uninhibited, spirited atmosphere make Austin's Carnaval one of the biggest such festivals outside of Brazil.


                            Rodeo Austin
                            Rodeo Austin
                            Austin goes cowboy as PCRA competitors hit the arena. Headline entertainers perform concerts nightly.

                            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.

                            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.


                            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.

                            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.

                            Austin Reggae Festival
                            Auditorium Shores
                            Founded in 1994, this annual festival features a weekend of live reggae in scenic downtown Austin.


                            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.

                            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.


                            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.


                            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.

                            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.

                            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.


                            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.


                            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.


                            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.

                            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.


                            Austin Area Jazz Festival
                            Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
                            Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. Enjoy entertainment from top-tier local and national jazz musicians.

                            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.

                            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.

                            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.


                            Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
                            Palmer Events Center
                            The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar makes holiday shopping fun with nearly 200 artists and makers, live music daily, interactive activities, local food and two full bars.

                            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.