January 11, 2019

20 Texas Music Festivals Every San Antonian Should Attend At Least Once

Music festivals give us life. From good tunes to meeting new friends, and extra activities that make fests stand apart from one another, there's plenty of reasons why music festivals make for some badass memories. With Texas being as grand as it is, that means there's just that many more fests for you to check out. Whether you want to stay in town or make a road trip out of it, here are 20 music fests that you should definitely save up for this year, or at some point in your life.
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JMBLYA
Usually in May, Austin/Dallas/Houston, jmblya.com
Hip-hop heads should already know about JMBLYA, and get some tickets stat if you haven’t. With three chances to get in on the fun, JMBLYA has dates in Austin, Houston and Dallas with a load of rappers and hip-hop artists taking the stage. Previous entertainers include J. Cole, T.I., Young Thug, Bun B, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott and plenty more, so you can trust this fest to be bangin’.
Photo via Instagram / thejmblya
JMBLYA
Usually in May, Austin/Dallas/Houston, jmblya.com
Hip-hop heads should already know about JMBLYA, and get some tickets stat if you haven’t. With three chances to get in on the fun, JMBLYA has dates in Austin, Houston and Dallas with a load of rappers and hip-hop artists taking the stage. Previous entertainers include J. Cole, T.I., Young Thug, Bun B, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott and plenty more, so you can trust this fest to be bangin’.
Photo via Instagram / thejmblya
Float Fest
$99-$549, July 20-21, 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale, floatfest.net
While a lineup has yet to be announced or even teased, Float Fest organizers have let us know that the fun AF festival is coming back for a sixth year. Growing bigger every year, the festival joins floating on the river with live music, two obvious favorite pastimes of Texans. Why the hell wouldn’t you go?
Photo by Jaime Monzon at FF 2018
Float Fest
$99-$549, July 20-21, 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale, floatfest.net
While a lineup has yet to be announced or even teased, Float Fest organizers have let us know that the fun AF festival is coming back for a sixth year. Growing bigger every year, the festival joins floating on the river with live music, two obvious favorite pastimes of Texans. Why the hell wouldn’t you go?
Photo by Jaime Monzon at FF 2018
Euphoria Music & Camping Festival
Usually in May, 8500 Hergotz Lane, Austin, euphoriafest.com
With camping and music filling the weekend, Euphoria is one of those happenings that makes for memories that will last a lifetime. The annual offering lets you kick off the summer with a four-day weekend of all the electronic music you could ever want in your life. Don’t worry, there’s also acts in other genres, like hip-hop, indie and jam band. Whether you plan to make friends there or make it a vacay with the crew, this badass fest should definitely be on your shortlist.
Photo via Instagram / euphoriafest
Euphoria Music & Camping Festival
Usually in May, 8500 Hergotz Lane, Austin, euphoriafest.com
With camping and music filling the weekend, Euphoria is one of those happenings that makes for memories that will last a lifetime. The annual offering lets you kick off the summer with a four-day weekend of all the electronic music you could ever want in your life. Don’t worry, there’s also acts in other genres, like hip-hop, indie and jam band. Whether you plan to make friends there or make it a vacay with the crew, this badass fest should definitely be on your shortlist.
Photo via Instagram / euphoriafest
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Thu July 4, Austin360 Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin
An annual tradition since 1972, leave it to Willie Nelson to make 4th of July even better. Good ol’ Willie takes the stage every year, and brings a bunch of friends to provide live music, too. So sit back with a beer in your hand and enjoy the live music with your own friends. Split between two stages, think of this bash as a way to celebrate ‘Merica and, more importantly, Texas.
Photo via Instagram / willienelsonofficial
Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Thu July 4, Austin360 Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin
An annual tradition since 1972, leave it to Willie Nelson to make 4th of July even better. Good ol’ Willie takes the stage every year, and brings a bunch of friends to provide live music, too. So sit back with a beer in your hand and enjoy the live music with your own friends. Split between two stages, think of this bash as a way to celebrate ‘Merica and, more importantly, Texas.
Photo via Instagram / willienelsonofficial
Austin City Limits
$255+, Oct. 4-13, Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, aclfestival.com
For two weekends in October, eight stages pop up across Austin’s Zilker Park and bring more than 100 artists. From indie bands and artists to chart-topping superstars, ACL is a full-fledged music festival right in SA’s backyard. You’d be silly not to take advantage of that.
Photo by Jaime Monzon at ACL 2018
Austin City Limits
$255+, Oct. 4-13, Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, aclfestival.com
For two weekends in October, eight stages pop up across Austin’s Zilker Park and bring more than 100 artists. From indie bands and artists to chart-topping superstars, ACL is a full-fledged music festival right in SA’s backyard. You’d be silly not to take advantage of that.
Photo by Jaime Monzon at ACL 2018
Tejano Conjunto Festival
$15+, May 15-19, Various locations, guadalupeculturalarts.org
Celebrating tunes beloved by puro as hell San Antonians, the Tejano Conjunto Festival will return for a 38th year so you can appreciate the culture and, of course, dance. Hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the festival features dates at the center and others at Rosedale Park. The schedule has yet to be announced, we can guarantee that this one will have you feeling nostalgic.
Photo by Jaime Monzon at TCF 2016
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Tejano Conjunto Festival
$15+, May 15-19, Various locations, guadalupeculturalarts.org
Celebrating tunes beloved by puro as hell San Antonians, the Tejano Conjunto Festival will return for a 38th year so you can appreciate the culture and, of course, dance. Hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the festival features dates at the center and others at Rosedale Park. The schedule has yet to be announced, we can guarantee that this one will have you feeling nostalgic.
Photo by Jaime Monzon at TCF 2016
South By Southwest
$1,125+, March 8-17, Various locations, sxsw.com
If you’ve got money to blow, you might as well blow it at SXSW. Regarded as one of the most badass festivals in the world for its week-long schedule of film screenings, conferences, informative sessions, and live music, SXSW should definitely be one of those things you splurge on at least once. Hell, even just hanging around downtown Austin during SXSW will still let you feel like you’re experiencing it in some miniscule way. If you can’t scrap together enough cash before March, you can always sign up to volunteer to get in on the fun.
Photo via Instagram / thegr8khalid
South By Southwest
$1,125+, March 8-17, Various locations, sxsw.com
If you’ve got money to blow, you might as well blow it at SXSW. Regarded as one of the most badass festivals in the world for its week-long schedule of film screenings, conferences, informative sessions, and live music, SXSW should definitely be one of those things you splurge on at least once. Hell, even just hanging around downtown Austin during SXSW will still let you feel like you’re experiencing it in some miniscule way. If you can’t scrap together enough cash before March, you can always sign up to volunteer to get in on the fun.
Photo via Instagram / thegr8khalid
Taco Fest
$15, Sat April 13, La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St #9, tacomusicfest.com
When you love tacos and live music, you surely dedicate a whole festival to it. We did just that with Taco Fest – which lets you eat all the tacos you want while jamming out to bands known locally and across the country. The family-friendly fest is honestly everything you could ever want.
Photo by Jaime Monzon at TF 2018
Taco Fest
$15, Sat April 13, La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St #9, tacomusicfest.com
When you love tacos and live music, you surely dedicate a whole festival to it. We did just that with Taco Fest – which lets you eat all the tacos you want while jamming out to bands known locally and across the country. The family-friendly fest is honestly everything you could ever want.
Photo by Jaime Monzon at TF 2018
Neon Desert
Usually in May, Cleveland Square Park, El Paso,neondesertmusicfestival.com
Sure, details are pretty much non-existent, but that shouldn’t stop you from check out Neon Desert. Taking place in the literal desert of El Paso, this music festival takes over the downtown portion of the border town for a weekend of electronic dance, hip-hop, rock and Latin music. We may not know the lineup yet, but think of this as the summer getaway you deserve. Go ahead and snag some tickets when they become available.
Photo by gregnoire via Instagram / ndmf
Neon Desert
Usually in May, Cleveland Square Park, El Paso,neondesertmusicfestival.com
Sure, details are pretty much non-existent, but that shouldn’t stop you from check out Neon Desert. Taking place in the literal desert of El Paso, this music festival takes over the downtown portion of the border town for a weekend of electronic dance, hip-hop, rock and Latin music. We may not know the lineup yet, but think of this as the summer getaway you deserve. Go ahead and snag some tickets when they become available.
Photo by gregnoire via Instagram / ndmf
Trans-Pecos Festival
Fall 2019, Marfa, elcosmico.com
In the vein of peace and love, the Trans-Pecos fest offers serious Woodstock vibes in the modern age. With live music from a number of indie artists and camping in the middle of nowhere in stylish digs, this fest should definitely be a bucket list item for your consideration.
Photo via Instagram / mollyray.images
Trans-Pecos Festival
Fall 2019, Marfa, elcosmico.com
In the vein of peace and love, the Trans-Pecos fest offers serious Woodstock vibes in the modern age. With live music from a number of indie artists and camping in the middle of nowhere in stylish digs, this fest should definitely be a bucket list item for your consideration.
Photo via Instagram / mollyray.images