1. See a show at one of Austin’s iconic venues

Austin’s music roots run as long and deep as the history of Texas itself. Classic country music is revered here in honky-tonks and dance halls like Broken Spoke (opened in 1964) and the Little Longhorn Saloon (1963), while venues like Antone’s Nightclub have been hosting blues giants like B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Gary Clark Jr. since 1975. See the stage where Janis Joplin made her name at the original Threadgill’s on North Lamar Blvd. (1933), or visit South Congress landmark The Continental Club (1955) for everything from rock ‘n’ roll to Americana to jazz.

2. Stroll Red River Cultural District

Fest like a boss with two full weekends of killer headliners, tons of rising talent and thousands of ecstatic fans. Expect plenty of Instagram-worthy spots at Zilker Park, plus some of Austin’s best food trucks, plenty of local art and a sunset skyline scene that will knock your flower crown off.

4. Catch a busker on 6th Street

Even the best musicians had to start somewhere. Head down to 6th Street on a busy evening to have some of the most unique street bands, bucket percussionists and far-out acoustic ensembles give you a curb-side seat to the Live Music Capital of the World®.

5. Fill up at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Gospel Brunch

The tender sounds of gospel music and the sweet scent of brisket fill the air every Sunday at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q. Come hungry for seconds and leave feeling enlightened by the spirit of this iconic Austin venue.

6. Find your next favourite band at South by Southwest Conference & Festivals

What started in the late ‘80s as a multi-venue music festival has developed into a fully-fledged annual global mecca for music, tech and film that has helped put Austin, Texas on the map. Visit the city in mid-March and feel the city swell with creativity, fresh ideas and some of the best sounds from around the globe.


7. Two-step at Broken Spoke

Kick on some cowboy boots, scoot on over to Broken Spoke and dance the night away at one of the last great dance halls in Texas. With plenty of lessons and animated dance instructors, you can find yourself a partner and Texas two-step your way to honky-tonk heaven.

8. See a live Austin City Limits TV taping at the Moody Theater

The longest-running music programme in television history continues its 40-year legacy at the state-of-the-art Moody Theater. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during a TV taping and get a ticket, you can catch legacy acts and up-and-coming talent perform once-in-a-lifetime sets in the most intimate of settings. Make sure you wave to Mum!

9. Strike a pose with the Greats

In Austin, statues are of rock stars and walls are muralled love letters to the city’s musical history. Whether you want to take a selfie with Willie Nelson on Second Street, hang with Stevie Ray Vaughan by Lady Bird Lake or rock out with some oversized Gibson guitars on Congress Avenue, you will find plenty of photo opportunities on your city walk.

10. Relax with live music on the lake

From early spring to late autumn, get your adventure on at Lady Bird Lake. Choose from canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and keep an ear out for barge boat performances from local musicians and shore-side acoustic sounds.

Learn more about Austin music at www.visitaustin.org.

Austin lives and breathes live music. Currently, the city boasts nearly 250 venues that host live music regularly.

With seven entertainment districts to choose from, you can hear rock, country, jazz, electronic or Latin music any day of the week. The annual calendar is bursting with music festival and conference experiences that bring in hundreds of thousands of music fans from all over the world. Check out these essential music bucket-list items for the next time you’re in the Live Music Capital of the World®.

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