Tips for Attending Blues on the Green

This Wednesday, head to Zilker Park for the kick off of the 2016 Blues on the Green, a series of free live music performances that happens once a month from May through August. One of the biggest outdoor music events in Austin during the summer months, 93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green attracts thousands of people, including families with kids of all ages.

The 2016 Lineup:
May 25 – A Special Antone’s Celebration with Mike Flannigin’s the Drifter, Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn, Charlie Sexton and the Peterson Brothers
June 22 – Wild Child and Max Frost
July 13 – Hayes Carll and Carson McHone
August 3 – Sweet Spirit and The Suffers

The Details

– Music starts at 8pm. Plan to arrive at least an hour early to get settled.

– The stage is set up on the northeast corner of Zilker Park, near Lou Neff Point.

– Parking is extremely limited at Zilker Park. Ride a bike, park and ride, take the bus or a pedicab. Find more parking details here.

What to Bring:

  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Lawn chairs
  • Dogs on leashes

What to Leave at Home:

  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Styrofoam


– Arrive early and take a swim in Barton Springs Pool to cool down in the 69 degree water beforehand. Tip: Use the restroom before you leave Barton Springs to avoid waiting in line for the porta potties. Depending on how much time you plan to spend at the pool, if you arrive early enough, you could snag a close-in spot in Zilker Park.

– Don’t try to sneak in alcohol. Random searches by park police are performed.

– Packing a picnic saves you from standing in line at the food vendors. Restaurant vendors include Black’s BBQ, Raising Cane’s, Cafe Mueller, Shake Shack, Heros Gyros, Freebirds, Table 620, and Amy’s Ice Creams. Get food right away as the lines tend to get longer as the night goes on.

– Take wipes. From melting ice cream to dirt and grass smears, it’s always a great idea to come prepared to clean up the messiest of kids.


Get a sitter and leave the kids at home. VIP in style at Blues on the Green this year. For $100, you’ll receive two drink tickets, parking, shady seating, catering by Shady Grove, cash bar option, cooling stations and…. designated bathrooms. Sounds like a great date night to me! Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that a portion of ticket sales is going to a local non-profit.

Enjoy the sweet sound of music drifting through the air on a Texas summer night at this must-do Austin event.