Spring is here, and summer is coming. In the live music capital of the world, that means the music is coming. Many, many and many.
Need more music to cool you down, but without too much cost? Here are some free music options this spring and summer. Find even more concerts in our comprehensive Austin360 spring-summer concert guide at Austin360.com.
KUTX Rock the Park
The family music series from Austin’s NPR affiliate has two more spring installments on the books. Each show pairs an artist with youthful appeal with a number for the whole family. On May 13, motivational speaker and hip-hop artist SaulPaul appears alongside Classic Hip-hop Live by Bavu Blakes. On June 3, singer-songwriter Joe McDermott opened for Kelsey Wilson’s Sir Woman. Shows begin at 6:45 p.m. on May 13 and 6:30 p.m. on June 3. kutx.org.
Blues on the Green
ACL Radio’s popular summer concert series will return to Zilker Park for four dates this summer, with two back-to-back shows in June and two more in July. acl-radio.com.
hot summer nights
The Red River Cultural District will celebrate the summer version of Free Week, hosting no-cover performances by local and regional artists throughout the district, August 4-7. www.redriverculturaldistrict.org.
Hillside Summer Concert Series
The city’s longest-running outdoor concert series is programmed by the Oswaldo AB Cantu Pan American Recreation Center Community Advisory Board. For more than 60 years, they have presented family gatherings that showcase the neighborhood’s Tejano heritage in the Pan Am Park Amphitheater. Concerts are traditionally held every Tuesday in July. facebook.com/ABCantuPanAmericanCommunityAdvisoryBoard.
After:Robert Plant and Alison Krauss arrive at Austin’s Waterloo Park in September
Austin Symphony Orchestra Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
From June 5 to August. On the 28th, the symphony hosts small ensembles on the lawn of the Long Center from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Sunday evening (except July 3). austinsymphony.org.
The Drop-In at the Center Long
The 12-concert series, presented in partnership with ACL Radio, features a diverse lineup of popular and emerging Austin artists. Concerts are held on the Long Center lawn on Thursday evenings from May through August. Queues and RSVP information will be available soon. thelongcenter.org.
After:Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Moves to Q2 Stadium in Austin
Pecan Street Festival
The long-running arts festival takes over the Sixth Street District for a two-day street fair featuring art vendors, food and family-friendly activities. The festival features free music on multiple stages throughout the event. The Spring Festival takes place on May 7 and 8. The fall festival is scheduled for September 17-18. pecanstreetfestival.org.