They don’t call Austin “The Live Music Capital of the World” for nothing. As the temperatures get hotter and the days get longer, Austinites flock to favorite live music destinations to enjoy some summer jams. The best part, Austin loves music so much, there’s no shortage of free shows to take in. If you’re looking for an Austin free, live music schedule, scroll through our favorite free summer concerts below.

Free Concerts in Austin this Summer

KGSR Blues on the Green

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KGSR and Blues on the Green are Austin institutions. One Wednesday of every month in the summer, Zilker Park is overrun by Austinites of all stripes – it doesn’t matter if you’re a family, a college kid or a senior, you’ll find community and a good time at Blues on the Green. Bring a blanket, your pet and a picnic basket to listen to some great music under the Texas stars.

May 24 Jamestown Revival with Walker Lukens
June 14 TBD
July 12 TBD
August 2 TBD

For the most up to date information and latest announcements check here.

Unplugged at the Grove

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Unplugged at the Shady Grove is another great concert series put on by KGSR. It’s considerably more intimate than Blues on the Green, but still welcomes all comers. Take in a few specialty drinks under the shady pecan grove and revel in just how Austiny you’re being.

May 18 James McMurtry
May 25 Dale Watson
June 1 Bee Caves
June 8 Bob Schneider
June 15 Sarah Jaffe
June 22 Ray Prim
June 29 Darden Smith
July 6 Shane Smith & the Saints
July 13 Jackie Venson
July 20 TBD
July 27 Nakia & the Blue Grifters
August 3 Flatland Cavalry
August 10 TBD
August 17 Rhett Miller
August 24 Charley Crockett
August 31 TBD
September 7 TBD
September 14 Jimmy LaFave

For new announcements and details check here.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park”

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If rock and blues aren’t your taste, then you may like the Austin Symphony’s free weekly concert series at the Long Center. The performances are only an hour, but feature beautiful views of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline. It’s the perfect opportunity for some refined Austin live music on a summer evening.

June 4 Strings
June 11 Woodwinds
June 18 Brass
June 25 Big Band
July 9 Strings
July 16 Woodwinds
July 23 Big Band
July 30 Brass
August 6 Strings
August 13 Woodwinds
August 20 Brass
August 27 Big Band

You can find more details on the Austin Symphony website.

Concert Series at The Galleria

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The Galleria puts on a great show with vendors, the ability to order to-go food that can be delivered to your spot on the grassy lawn and lots of free kids activities like face painting or balloon twisters. Check the Hill Country Galleria website periodically for updates on their Saturday Night Concert Series.

May 13 Jomo & the Possum Posse
May 20 Two Tons of Steel
May 27 Sour Bridges
June 3 The Fabulous Chevelles
September 2 TBD
September 9 TBD
September 16 TBD
September 23 TBD
September 30 TBD
October 7 TBD
October 14 TBD
October 21 TBD
October 28 TBD
November 11 TBD

For the most up to date information on announcements check here.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts

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If it is not too far from you, venture to the Courthouse Square in Georgetown to listen to some live music. Pick up dinner at one of the Downtown restaurants or bring your own picnic. All concerts are from 6:30pm-8:30pm on Friday nights.

June 17 Blue Vibe Band
June 24 Woundloose Band
July 1 Square Tones Band
July 8 Bluegrass Showmen
July 15 Wilson String Family Band
July 22 Bob & Johnny
July 29 Jimi Lee
August 5 Mike Hamilton
August 12 Detentions Acoustic
August 19 Adan Davila
August 26 Roland Waits

Click here for more details.

Live Music at The Oasis

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The Oasis has two live music venues on site, the Starlight Terrace and Beau’s Backyard. Every weekened they host local Austin bands of all types of genres. Grab some food, a tasty drink and listen to live music at The Sunset Capital of Texas. Every Sunday they also have free salsa lessons!

May 13 Top Choice
May 18 The Instigators
May 19 Memphis Train
May 20 Mighty Pelicans
May 25 Marc Eric and The Scene
May 26 LC Rocks, Sinatra Band
May 27 Natural Causes, Touch of Class
June 1 Mighty Pelicans Band
June 2 Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes, Shakedown
June 3 Funky Brass Factory, Plush
June 8 Marc Eric and The Scene
June 9 Lix Box, Suede
June 10 Blender Band, Psychic Cowboys
June 15 Sinatra Swing Band
June 16 Memphis Train, Undiskovered Band
June 17 Austin Party Band, BBY – High Road
June 22 Marc Eric and The Scene
June 23 Dysfunshun Junkshun, Lucas Johnson
June 24 Funky Brass Factory, Rocket Brothers
June 29 Candy Coburn
June 30 LC Rocks, Two Tons of Steel – Sun Radio
July 1 Psychic Cowboys, Top Choice
July 6 Marc Eric and The Scene
July 7 Suede, Sun Radio presents TBA
July 8 Natural Causes, Uptown Drive
July 13 Candy Coburn
July 14 Code Blue, Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes
July 15 King George, Trick Shot
July 20 Marc Eric and The Scene
July 21 Memphis Train, Soul Twist
July 22 Austin Party Band, Dysfunkshun Junkshun
July 27 Mighty Pelicans
July 28 The Eggmen, Undiskovered Band
July 29 Havin’s Band, Hot Sauce ATX

For venue details, showtimes, and updates check out The Oasis calendar.

Free Music at Gruene Hall

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Gruene Hall is a Texas legend that’s name dropped in many a lone star ballad and is a happening honky tonk nearly every night of the week. During the summer, they host free music concerts that range all over the musical spectrum, from country to R&B to cajun/folk.

May 13 Bo Phillips Band
May 15 Adam Johnson Band
May 16 Josh Grider with Zack Walther & Geoffrey Hill
May 17 Jonathan Byrd with Johnny Waken & Special Guest Corin Raymond
May 20 Murali Coryell
May 22 Slim Bawb
May 23 Tres Womack with Matt Mathis & Slim Bawb
May 24 The Georges
May 25 Aaron Einhouse Band
May 27 Flat Top Jones
May 28 Chris Berardo & The Desberardos
May 29 Houston Marchman, Max Rios & The Waysiders
May 30 Tom Gilliam & The Kosmic Messengers
May 31 The Georges
June 1 Chubby Knuckle Choir
June 3 Bill Hearne Trio
June 4 The Peterson Brothers, Bill Kirchen
June 10 Harvest Thieves
June 11 Bret Graham
June 11 Whitney Rose
June 14 The Georges
June 15 Garrett Lebeau
June 17 Charlie and The Regrets
June 18 South Austin Moonlighters
June 22 Warren Hood Band
June 24 Flat Top Jones
June 25 Slim Bawb, Danny Brooks
June 28 The Georges
July 1 Zac Wilkerson
July 2 The Peterson Brothers
July 4 Guy Forsyth
July 9 Bret Graham
July 12 The Georges
July 13 Garrett Lebeau
July 16 Landry & Company
July 22 Birdlegg & The Eastside Kings
July 23 Robyn Ludwick
July 26 The Georges
July 29 Flat Top Jones
July 30 Slim Bawb, Mike Zito Band

For more showtimes and details, check out their website here.

Sound & Cinema

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Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse present Sound & Cinema, six summer nights of live bands paired with classic Hollywood movies. The event is family-friendly, visitors can feast on Food Truck favorites, as well as cocktails, craft beers and non-alcoholic beverages that are for sale on site.

June 21 TBD
June 28 TBD
July 19 TBD
July 26 TBD

Looking for more details and announcements? Check here.

The Wine Down

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The Wine Down is a music series that is anchored towards driving people downtown to the 2nd Street District to experience lively nights of shopping, eating, and strolling the 2nd Street corridor. Each month, a different resaurant provides food samples and happy hour specials, while KUTX D.J.s entertain the crowd with great music.

May 31 Charlie Faye & The Fayettes
June 28 Superfonicos
July 26 Scott H. Biram
August 30 Mobley
September 27 Austin Music Foundation Presents Magna Carda + Tomar & The FCs

Check here for any updates and more details.

Live Entertainment at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

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Steiner Ranch Steakhouse’s massive patio with sweeping views of Lake Travis is a picturesque setting for a live performance. It makes sense that they break out the guitars and amplifiers on the weekends for live music by local musicians. It is hard to beat the setting, the sounds or the steaks.

May 13 Newsboyz
May 19 Third Language
May 20 Hotcakes
May 26 Jumpstart
May 27 Sophisticates

For the most up to date information, details, and newest shows announced click here.


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If you’re looking for a good time, it’s hard to beat KUTX Live. At Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, college radio, beer and barbecue is a combination that anyone can get behind. Mueller is a new addition to KUTX Live and is a kid-friendly act with food trucks, fun and live music on the lake.

Check out the KUTX Live website for information on locations and events.

Music Under the Star

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For three Friday nights in July, the Bullock Texas State History Museum curates a music series lineup featuring popular Texas artists. Bring the whole family, camp chairs, blankets while beer, soda, and food items are available for purchase at the concert.

2017 lineup to be announced soon! Check here for updates.

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