2013 Austin Music Festivals Preview

West by West Campus – February 22, 2013 – February 23, 2013

This one is for the kids that live in the Co-op housing project in the West Campus neighborhood. This year, they’re pulling in some big names for the weekwnd and expanding into hosting their own film festival. http://westbywestcampus.com/

SXSW Music – March 8, 2013 – March 17, 2013

This festival attracts more bands from around the world than any other music festival in the U.S. If you’re going to go, we recommend getting your badges early to avoid increased costs. http://sxsw.com/music

Austin Urban Music Festival – March 29, 2013 – March 30, 2013

This year’s Urban Music Festival celebrates urban music including rap and hip-hop at Auditorium Shores. 2013 features several notable artists such as Anthony Hamilton, Cupid and Brandy among others. http://www.austinurbanmusicfestival.com/

Fast Forward Austin – April 6, 2013

Fast Forward is Austin’s premiere contemporary music and arts festival featuring an eclectic mix of cutting-edge, genre-bending music that fearlessly straddles the borders of pop, classical, and experimental sound. http://www.fastforwardaustin.com/

KGSR Unplugged at the Shady Grove – April 2013 – September 2013

KGST’s Unplugged is quickly becoming an Austin favorite. Grab your lawn chair and towel and settle in for a music series that features fantastic Austin artists in an intimate acoustic setting. http://www.kgsr.com/unplugged/

Old Settler’s Music Festival – April 18, 2013 – April 21, 2013

Set in the Central Texas woods and featuring some of best Americana money can buy, the Old Settler’s Music Festival is a fantastic showcase for families and fanboys alike to see tried and true American roots musicians. http://oldsettlersmusicfest.org/

Austin Reggae Festival – April 19, 2013 – April 21, 2013

This year, the Austin Reggae Festival turns 20! This is the best festival to attend that goes towards a good cause as the organizers donate a sizeable chunk of the profits to the Capital Area Food Bank. http://austinreggaefest.com/

Pecan Street Spring Festival – May 4, 2013 – May 5, 2013

The first of this bi-annual installment features plenty of Austin craftsmanship and musicianship right in the heart of downtown. You’ve got two chances to catch this family-friendly event. http://www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com

93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green May 2013 – August 2013

KGSR’s Blues on the Green is a behemoth concert series that features touring and local artists on the rise in a pop-up festival setting. Held during dusk throughout the summer at Zilker, last year’s events featured Ben Kweller and Quiet Company. http://www.kgsr.com/bluesonthegreen/

Kerrville Folks Festival – May 23, 2013 – June 9, 2013

This marathon folk festival is held at the Quiet Valley Ranch in the Central Texas hill country and features nearly two weeks of the best and brightest folk artists from across the country.  You can also catch another weekend of Kerrville folk in the fall. http://www.kerrville-music.com/

Kerrville Fall Music Festival – August 30, 2013 – September 1, 2013

Austin Pride Festival – September 7, 2013 – http://www.austinpride.org

Pecan Street Fall Festival – September 28, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Austin City Limits Music Festival Wknd. 1 – October 4, 2013 – October 6, 2013

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Photo Credit: Katelyn Kosted https://www.facebook.com/katelyn.kosted

This year, ACL follows Coachella in expanding their fest to two weekends. Last year’s artists featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, Weezer and a host of other incredible bands. 2013 is sure to impress. http://www.aclfestival.com/

Austin City Limits Music Festival Wknd. 2 – October 11, 2013 – October 13, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest – November 8, 2013 – November 10, 2013

Quite possibly the hippest and most organically thrown together festival in the country, Fun Fun Fun Fest proves to always be an eclectic and truly wild time. With 4 stages dedicated to 4 different genres of music, comedy, and other antics like wrestling, FFFFest is the best bang for your buck. http://funfunfunfest.com/

TBA – Austin Wine and Music Festival

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