If you have a passion for Texas outdoor music festivals and events near you, then you should enjoy these Texas music festival and event reviews. On this page you'll find outdoor music festivals and events in Texas, one of which should be near you, that we have recently attended and the articles that we wrote about the event.
Each of our festival and event reviews will give a good overview of what we thought about the event and from the information provided you can decide if this is an event that you want to attend next year. See near the bottom of this page for a link to several other fun festival reviews that were done over the last few years.
If you know of some fun outdoor music festivals please let us know. Thanks.
Waterloo Fest - Austin - this was the first year for what will most likely be an new annual event! If you like jam bands this is the festival for you with 30 bands playing on two stage over 3 days. Part of what makes this festival fun is the variety of genres ranging from punk to rock to funk plus blues, soul, R&B, bluegrass and lots more from national and local Austin bands. The event was held on Carson Creek Ranch's 60 acres of country side along the banks of the Colorado River. Plus there is tent and RV camping, some good food vendors, and very fun, lively, and friendly fans.
Thomas Michael Riley's 11th Annual Texas Music Festival - June in Luckenbach - we've been to eight of the last eleven of Thomas Michael Riley's festivals and we've looked them all. What makes this festival fun and enjoyable is a good country music lineup, an older mature and fun loving fan base, camping within 500 yards of the stage, and the festival setting is held in the quaint and unique town of Luckenbach.
Kerrville Folk Festival - May in Kerrville - in it's 47th year is the longest running music festival in North America - 18 days and nights and considered a Mecca in the singer-songwriter landscape where over 100 national and international performers not only mingle together on stage but also with locals under the stars during legendary campside jam session. Kerrville Folk Festival is simply a grand, magical experience with camping, bike rides, canoe trips, river swims, art and music workshops, nature walks, yoga, beer and wine seminars, and gospel Sundays.
Larry Joe Taylor's Texas Music Festival - April in Stephenville - 2018 was the 30th anniversary of Larry Joe Taylor's Texas Music Festival and it was a great one. Over 45 excellent Texas singer songwriters and bands playing on two different stages plus lots of great music around the campfires in the campground. With over 3000 campsites, both primitive and some with water and electricity, the campground is always alive with music, laughter, games, and the smell of everything from bacon to BBQ. Over 45,000 fans, most of which seem to be from nearby Tarelton State plus UT in Dallas and Austin, and Texas A&M, this festival is lively, friendly, and excellent for people watching! This festival is also BYOB, has a stage with music and Bloody Mary's, lots of vendors selling everything from fried alligator to BBQ, pizza, Gyros, burgers, dogs, and lots more.
Old Settler's Music Festival - April in Tilmon - this has got to be our favorite music festival for the following reasons - good camping under the trees and across the street from the stage; the campground is always alive with music and pickin' and singin' circles that welcome you to join them; the line-up is a wide variety of genres (bluegrass, folk, rock, country, Zydeco, Celtic, reggae, and more) and some extremely talented artists from around the US and even Ireland; great staff and good food vendors; an excellent VIP area with free food and beer/wine/soda and a reserved area in front of each stage; and some really fun and friendly fans. Can't beat all of that!!
Waltstock & Barrel Music Festival - April in Fredericksburg - this was Walt & Tina Wilken's second Waltstock & Barrel music festival and it was fantastic. The line up included friends met from Walt and Tina's travels around the US and Europe and all of them were excellent and a pleasure to listen too. The venue is a huge tent, folding chairs and a stage with great acoustics. The Festival is small with only 700 tickets sold and all of the fans are true music lovers, friendly, and fun. The stage is in the center of Texas Hill Country Jellystone RV Resort with full hook-up campsites and cabins about 5 miles from downtown Fredericksburg.
Thom Shepard and Coley McCabe's Lone Star Luau Music Festival - Marble Falls in February - what a way to start the 2018 music festival season!!! Great setting in a warm pavilion overlooking Lake Marble Falls, dry camping less than 100 yards outside the entrance to the music, a fun and music loving crowd of mostly Parrot Heads (need I say more?), and a superb line-up. We knew three of the artists (Michael Hearne, Tejas Brothers, and Thom and Coley - all three of which we love) but the other 12 artists were new us - and we thoroughly enjoyed all of them!!
Fischer Fest Music Festival - Fischer - just outside Wimberley is one of the coolest dance halls in Texas which is the host to an excellent music festival each November. The three day Fisher Fest music festival always has a great line-up of artists with music that varies from bluegrass to country to folk and America. The small group of fans (limited to 300!) are fun, friendly and older and when the music starts you can hear a pin drop. Camping is free and across the street, there's some good food vendors, and Infamous Brewing out of Austin sells beer for $2 a glass! Hard to beat all of that.
Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance - Taos New Mexico - we finally got to attend Michael Hearne's 15th annual Big Barn Dance and we loved it and can't wait to get back again. Big Tents were set up with chairs two feet in front of the music stage, the tents were surrounded by some food and merch vendors, and big dance floor under a separate tent was set up off to the side of the music tent. The fans are true music lovers and stop the chatter when the music starts. But best of all was the line-up - a fantastic and diverse group of musicians!
Thomas Michael Riley's Music Festival - Luckenbach - it's hard to beat a music festival in Luckenbach and it's unique setting and cool dance hall. For the last several years Thomas Michael Riley has held his music festival in Luckenbach and it's a blast. Thomas Michael Riley is excellent, the fans are a bunch of good folks, and the lineup is filled with some great country music.
Cherokee Creek Music Festival - Cherokee - one the best and most upscale music festivals in Texas because it's got an outstanding lineup of artists from Oregon to Nashville; a beautiful setting with lots of flowers, a creek and waterfall, stunning open air pavilion with lush artificial grass turf; free food included with the price of the ticket; a fun, friendly, mature fan base; close by camping; and BYOB. The lineup for the 2017 Cherokee Creek Music Festival included: Blind Pilot, Dave Barnes, The Wallflowers, Bryce Bangs and the Snags, Shawn Mullins, Bob Schneider, Mat Kearney, and Paul Thorn.
Old Settler's Music Festival - Driftwood - wow, another fantastic Old Settler's Music Festival. This is always one of our favorite Texas Music Festivals because the line-up is always outstanding, the setting is really cool, the campsite is the place to be for pickin' and playin', and the fans are mature, friendly, and love music. There are two stages plus a stage in campground and over the three days there are award winning artists from around the United States and across the pond playing everything from Americana to blues to jazz plus folk, rock, bluegrass, reggae, country, and lots more.
Waltstock & Barrel Music & Wine Festival - Fredericksburg - this was the first, and hopefully not the last, Walt Wilkens music festival and it was fantastic - please do it agin Walt! Two days of excellent music from artists that Walt picked to showcase to us fans. Plus two sets of Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros - one of the best bands ever! Great music, several local Fredericksburg wineries offering samples and bottles for sale plus local craft beer, camping, and more.
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