Texas Summer Music Festival Guide

Coming off the high of SXSW last month and waiting for the ACL lineup announcement that’s just around the corner, it’s clear festival season is upon us. Texas boasts some of the top music festivals in the country and their lineups are equally as noteworthy. It's time to mark your calendars and unload your savings accounts as we give you our list of the best upcoming festivals in Texas this year.

Old Settler's Fest | Driftwood, TX

Date: April 14 - 17
Lineup: Dawes, Deer Tick, HONEYHONEY, Del McCoury Band, Bob Schneider, Brothers Comatose See More...

The best of americana, folk, bluegrass, and country come together in Driftwood, TX this weekend—so hurry down to experience some much-needed nature and a weekend-long camping trip.

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Credit: Levitation

Levitation | Austin, TX

Date: April 29—May 1
Lineup: Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, Caribou, The Arcs, Courtney Barnett, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Twin Peaks. See More...

Formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, Levitation reminds us that Austin truly has some of the country’s best festivals; this lineup is no joke. Heading down to Austin this weekend would only make sense—unless you’re more inclined to the EdgeFest lineup...

EdgeFest | Frisco, TX

Date: April 30
Lineup: Cage the Elephant, CHVRCHES, The 1975, Bastille, Silversun Pickups, Foals, The Struts, Good Charlotte, the Joy Formidable. See More...

Held in Toyota Stadium, this double-staged festival will keep you endlessly entertained as you bounce back and forth between stages, never missing a beat. Bring your sunscreen though...it’s known to be a scorcher.  

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Credit: KXT

Homegrown Music Fest | Dallas, TX

Date: May 14
Lineup: Ghostland Observatory, Neon Indian, Wild Child, Ishi, Bright Light Social Hour, Charley Crockett. See More...

Homegrown means hometown for us and what’s better than a festival in your own backyard. Deep in the Dallas historic distoric, you’ll find a mix of renowned Dallas locals and headliners that can only be described as relentlessly groovy.

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Credit: DFW

Untapped | Ft. Worth, TX

Date: June 11
Lineup: Built to Spill, Rayland Baxter, Hayes Carll, Grupo Fantasma, David Ramirez, White Reaper, Bummer Vacation, The Hendersons. See More...

Untapped Festival returns to Pavilion Island featuring 70 breweries, 300 beers, and a pretty catchy lineup. It’s one day, down the street, and combines craft beer & music—there’s really no excuse for not making an appearance to this one.

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Credit: Guide Live

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic | Ft. Worth, TX

Date: July 4
Last year’s lineup: Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Leon Russell, Chris Stapleton. See More...

This legendary festival rivals as the greatest Texas tradition on the Fourth of July. Celebrate Independence Day with the one and only Willie Nelson and the two-day full lineup that is truly the essence of Texas.

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Credit: FloatFest

Float Fest | San Marcos, TX

Date: July 16 - 17
Lineup: Chromeo, Santigold, Big Gigantic, Future Islands, Rick Ross, Yeasayer, KONGOS, Bleachers, Bone Thugs N Harmony. See More…

Spending a weekend floating down the river in San Marcos to then be greeted with an entire music festival seems too good to be true. But so does the lineup. Heed my warning—you will regret not going to this.

Oaktopia | Denton, TX

Date: TBD (Usually September)
Last year’s lineup: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Minus the Bear, Polyphonic Spree, Horse Thief, Desert Noises. See More...

Since Denton is a hidden gem of DFW, Oaktopia is thus a hidden gem of festivals. Both lovable locals and esteemed headliners come together to bring a mosaic of musical talent to a thirsty crowd. In addition to the cheap beer, talented artists, and a badass bar scene, there’s a lot to love in Denton. Our advice is follow their Facebook page to keep up with the fun.

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Credit: Get Festy

Austin City Limits | Austin, TX

Date: September 30 - October 2
Last year’s lineup: The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Alt-J, Disclosure, Modest Mouse, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr., Twenty One Pilots, Father John Misty, Misterwives, Leon Bridges. See More…

In the heat of a Texas summer, we all gather together at ACL to sweat, dance, and drink our way into pure bliss. If you haven’t been to ACL yet, then you must not live in a 300 mile radius of Austin or haven’t quite lived yet. It’s an essential Texas right of passage that features possibly the greatest lineup of festival season.   

Fun Fun Fun Fest | Austin, TX

Date: TBD (Usually early November)
Last year’s lineup: D'Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, CHVRCHES, Future Islands, Grimes, Odesza, Toro y Moi, Mikal Cronin, Benjamin Booker, Alvvays. See More...

FFF Fest never disappoints—and that’s a fact. The best weather, lineup variety, free swag, and beer sponsor. From the Shiner picnic area and Volcom skate park to the intimate nite shows and sunset-backdrop of downtown Austin, there’s really nothing better.  Also they are the only festival we know of that shoots tacos out of a cannon into the crowd.

 

 

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