Austin Music Festivals to Watch in Spring/Summer 2022

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.

We’ve rounded up the top music festivals coming up during the warm months of 2022. Find even more gigs in our comprehensive Austin360 spring-summer gig guide at

Old Settlers Music Festival

April 21-24: For its first spring festival, Old Settler’s has added an “artist-in-residence” designation, and that’s a good thing: bluegrass legend Del McCoury, who has performed at the festival several times over the years. Also on the program, JJ Gray & Mofro, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, American Aquarium, Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jimenez and Peter Rowan, the Suffers, Sir Woman, Brownout and Shinyribs. Thursdays and Sundays feature music on the smaller stage at the festival property campground just south of Lockhart; two larger stages run all day Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets range from $70 to $255, with camping and VIP add-ons available. —PB

Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores

April 22-24: Austin celebrated spring with sunny grooves, savory cooking and open enthusiasm for that sacred herb that Bob Marley called “Kaya” at this holiday for 27 years. The festival attracts a diverse crowd with a fine selection of performers from the United States, Jamaica and beyond. This year’s rosters include the Expendables and Mykal Rose on Friday, Anthony B and Kabaka Pyramid on Saturday and Julian Marley and Third World on Sunday. Music accompanies a larger experience, which includes an eclectic vendor market, international dining options, and relaxing lakeside time with iconic skyline views. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Central Texas Food Bank. $20 Friday, $30 Saturday, $15 Sunday. —SSD

More music:The Austin360 Spring-Summer Concert Guide

iHeartCountry Festival at the Moody Center

May 7: The mainstream radio conglomerate’s annual party is actually more of a long gig than a festival, but it’s become an Austin staple since its debut at the Erwin Center in 2014. This year, it’s moving to the new Moody Center with a lineup that includes Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, the Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery and Cody Johnson. $54 to $650. 7:30 p.m. —PB

Access to Oblivion Festival

May 12-15: The heavy metal festival has expanded to four days this year with events taking place at popular venues in the Red River Cultural District, the Vegas Hotel and Central Presbyterian Church. In addition to the music, there’s a stand-up comedy showcase with Eddie Pepitone and JT Habersaat, as well as a four-day vendor’s market, record store and merchandise store at the Native Hostel. Full festival passes sold out earlier this year, but at press time tickets remained for several shows, including a furious rap showcase with Danny Brown and H099099, an indie-rock bill featuring featured Blonde Redhead and Xiu Xiu and a church showcase with Grouper and Alex Zhang Hungtai. —SSD

lucky party

May 26-28: Whole Enchilada tickets that include admission to all music and food festival events hosted by pitmaster Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Feast Portland’s Mike Thelin sold out earlier this year. But there are still individual tickets for some gastronomic events, as well as for all the concerts this year. The musical program includes turntable legend DJ Jazzy Jeff, 90s rockers Superchunk, retro garage rockers Shannon and the Clams and more. —SSD

Find Edie Brickell & New Bohemians at the Kerrville Folk Festival this summer.

Kerrville Folk Festival

May 26-June 12: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Hill Country gathering that dates back so far, former President Lyndon Johnson attended the first. Kerrville is unlike any other festival in the area: it’s more immersive, lasts 18 days, and centers around the camping experience, though you can also buy single-day tickets. Highlights from this year include Shawn Colvin, Jackie Venson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kathleen Edwards, Valerie June, Michael Martin Murphey, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, David Ramirez, Gina Chavez and David Amram. Tickets range from $25 for select midweek days to $657 for a package that covers the entire duration of the festival plus camping. —PB

Lone Star Jam at the Round Rock Amp

May 28-29: This annual gathering of stalwarts of Texas’ country roadhouse circuit has taken place in multiple locations over the past decade, but the opening of a new amphitheater in Round Rock looks like a promising long-term home. Performers this year include Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen, the Eli Young Band, Shane Smith & The Saints, Reckless Kelly and Morgan Wade. $70 to $300. —PB

Austin live music revival

May 28-29: This two-day event features more than 20 performances by Texas acts split between Empire Control Room and Garage and Antone’s. Notable artists include Houston rapper Lil Flip, Austin rapper Abhi the Nomad, Austin blues phenom Jackie Venson, and crunk-step producer Crizzly. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Black Austin Musicians Collective, who will also program some of the programming. $70 to $90 for two days, $50 to $70 for one day. —SSD

Camp Nowhere at Germania Insurance Amphitheater

June 10: Chart-topping international star Porter Robinson is headlining the traveling electronic music festival which has dates in Austin and Dallas this year. Other artists on the bill include deep house DJs Lane 8 and Nora En Pure, and DJ, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Femme House LP Giobbi. In addition to music, the organizers promise artistic installations and activities. $39.50 and up. —SSD

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Q2 Stadium

4th July: It’s a new venue for this half-century-old tradition, as Austin’s new football stadium follows a five-year picnic run at the Circuit of the Americas. Nelson grabs the headlines, as always; the bill also includes Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Tyler Childers, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Charley Crockett, Allison Russell, Particle Kid, Steve Earle & the Dukes and Asleep at the Wheel. Noon to 10 p.m. —PB

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Float Festival in Gonzales

July 23-24: Float down the river in a tube, then dance to a diverse selection of multi-genre hitmakers programmed across two non-overlapping stages. The lineup includes EDM artists Marshmello and Deadmau5, rockers Vampire Weekend and Cage the Elephant, and hosts Chance the Rapper and Pusha T. The Stacked Bill also features Chvrches, Kaytranada, Tove Lo and more. Weekend passes start at $199 with camping and tubing upgrades available. Single-day tickets start at $129. —SSD

Kokefest at Brushy Creek in Hutto

August 5-6: This fifth annual event associated with country station KOKE is a two-day affair that features headliners Clint Black Friday and Turnpike Troubadours Saturday, with additional appearances from Aaron Watson, American Aquarium, Jamie Lin Wilson and d ‘others. —PB

LookOUT at Long Center

According to organizers, the one-day event in September will feature “six genre-defying performers, food trucks and additional activations on the Long Center lawn.” Lineup, date, ticket information and more TBA details. —SSD

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