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.
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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Tommy Alverson's 19th Annual Family Gathering Music Festival - held is Mineral Wells at Hog Mountain Resort in early October, the Family Gathering has 3 days of good country music, BYOB, close by camping, and a fun smaller crowd which makes this festival feel like a true family gathering and an opportunity to listen some great music under the stars and oak trees with some close friends.
Larry Joe Taylor's Rhymes & Vines Music Festival - held just outside of Stephenville, Rhymes & Vines is outstanding with camping (several hundred water and electric sites and plenty of dry camping) close to the stage, a great line-up of Texas country singer songwriters, a fun crowd, an intimate stage where you can get close to the artists, and Bloody Mary Morning with live music each day.
Thomas Michael Riley Music Festival - one of favorites because it's in a unique and fun setting, always has a fun line-up, camping is within a two minute walk, the fans are friendly, fun, and outgoing just like Thomas Michael Riley. This year the line-up included Davin James, Cooder Graw, Jason Allen, Tommy Alverson, Buddy Jewel Trio, and more.
Cherokee Creek Music Festival - wow, what a fantastic festival with an unbelievable line-up of everything from Americana to country to blues and rock & roll; free very tasty food on Friday night and all day Saturday - burgers to BBQ to Gumbo or salads and cheesecake; free close by camping; a beautiful setting; and BYOB. Some of the line-up included Bob Schneider, Jimmy LaFave, Dwight Yoakum, John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Bruce Hornsby and lots more!
How can you beat 6 days of music with over 50 talented Texas country artists, close by camping, Bloody Mary Mornings with music and Zing Zang Bloody Marys, BYOB and lawn chairs, 3 stages, over 60,000 fun loving party and music fans, and more. Just a few of the artists in the line-up included: Gary P Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richard Clark Green, The Tejas Brothers, Roger Creager, Reckless Kelly, Kevin Fowler, Max Stalling, Stoney LaRue, Randy Rogers Band, Walt Wilkins, Davin James, and lots more.Old Settler's Texas Music Festival
Some of the reasons we keep coming back to Old Settler's Music Festival, this is our 10th or 11th Old Settler's, in Driftwood is because: the camping is a blast and the campground is always alive with music, food, laughter, and good times; the music is outstanding and includes everything from country to reggae to folk to bluegrass; the setting is beautiful; and the fans are great - friendly, outgoing, and true music lovers!
This was our first time to attend the two day Outlaws & Legends Music Festival just north of downtown Abilene and we loved it. A great line-up of music legends outlaws like Dean Dillon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P Nunn, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Mark Powell, Deana Carter, and lots more. Plus very close to the stage camping under the trees,BYOB, and a fun crowd of music lovers.
If you're into interesting and unique documentary films, a variety of different music, and some beautiful photography then Thin Line Festival is a perfect fit. It's held in Denton and this year it featured 17 feature films ranging from a monkeys struggle to survive to investigating climate change from an Oscar nominated director, 25 short films ranging from 5 to 20 minutes, and hundreds of photos from different photographers, plus music at 4 different venues.