Austin Free Week
Web Site: Austin Free Week
700 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701
Austin Free Week is an annual informal week of free Austin concerts during the first week or so of January. Music venues all over Austin and especially in the downtown, Sixth Street and Red River District, charge no cover during Austin Free Week. Austin Free Week was originally conceived in 2002 by former Emo’s club booker Graham Williams as an experiment to see if Austin music lovers could be lured downtown during the coldest and slowest time of the year for Austin clubs. After Graham Williams became a partner in Transmission Events, Transmission adapted the idea for it’s chain of venues on Red River Street. Austin Free Week has continued to expand to the point that it is unusual for a music venue in Austin to charge cover during the first week of January. Typically over 300 bands play free Austin concerts in more than 25 venues during Austin Free Week. Austin Free Week takes place approximately the first 10 days of January. The best way to find out about music venues and band listings for the annual Austin Free Week is the music listings in the Austin Chronicle, on Do512.com or on social networking sites.
Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Web Site: Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 474-5664
Every summer for over ten years, the Austin Symphony has featured different ensemble concerts on Sunday afternoons. These Austin Symphony ensemble concerts feature music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores and are presented at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace. Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace on Sunday evenings from June through August. The concerts start at 7:30 PM. Blankets and picnics are encouraged. Free parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Road and South First Street. Paid parking is for $7 is available at the Palmer Garage with garage entrances on both Barton Springs Road and Riverside Drive. Admission to the Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park is free.
Blues on the Green Presented by KGSR
Web Site: Blues on the Green
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 832-4000
KGSR Radio and the Austin Parks Department have presented free live music in Austin at Zilker Park every summer for over twenty years. The Blues on Green free music concert series takes place every other Wednesday night during the months of June through August. Music starts at 8 PM. Concert goers can bring their own food or purchase food or soft drinks from vendors on site. It is a good idea to bring chairs or blankets. Dogs on leashes are also allowed. Glass containers and alcohol are not permitted in City of Austin parks. Public parking is available either across the street by the Barton Springs pool or the big lot off of Stratford Drive by the Mopac Bridge. In addition, free parking is available at Austin High School and One Texas Center after 5 PM. Bike racks are located at the North and South ends of Zilker Park. Capital Metro buses also serve Zilker Park.
COTA Fan Fest Circuit Of The Americas F1 Weekend
Web Site: COTA Fan Fest
310 Willie Nelson Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 301-6600
COTA Fan Fest is free music and other family events in downtown Austin presented by the Circuit of the Americans in conjunction with F1 racing weekend. National headlining musical acts as well as local and regional entertainers perform free of charge alongside family-friendly activities throughout the F1 racing weekend. All COTA Fan Fest events are free and open to the public. The dates for the 2014 COTA Fan Fest are October 1 through November 2, 2014.
Music Under The Star Free Austin Concerts Series At Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Web Site: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 936-8746
The Bullock Texas State History Museum present free music under the bronze star at the front of the museum every summer. Bring camp chairs and blankets (no coolers allowed) to dance and listen to Texas music at this annual free summer concert series. Free parking in the museum’s garage after 6 PM.
SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake
Website: SXSW Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake
Unplugged at the Grove Presented by KGSR
Web Site: Unplugged at the Grove Presented by KGSR
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
Phone: (512) 832-4000
Unplugged at the Grove is a free, all ages outdoor series of Austin concerts that runs each Thursday night from April to September at the Shady Grove restaurant on Barton Springs Road adjacent to Zilker Park. Since 1993, KGSR Radio and Shady Grove Restaurant have presented some of Texas most talented and accomplished musicians for no cover charge. Tables at Shady Grove Restaurant fill up fast, but folding chairs and blankets to sit on the lawn are okay to bring into Shady Grove for this series of free Austin concerts. Parking is available in the Shady Grove parking lot, but do not park in the nearby neighborhoods. Additional parking for Unplugged at the Grove 2015 is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 South Lamar Boulevard. It’s always a good idea to get there early to get a good parking spot and a good seat.
Web Site: Waterloo Records
600 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite A
Austin, Texas 78703
Phone: (512) 474-2500
Independent music retailer Waterloo Records has been part of the Austin music scene since since 1982 and has won the Austin Chronicle “Best Record Store” almost every years since it opened. Besides being a great place to buy music, one free thing to do in Austin regularly presented by Waterloo Records is free live appearances and performances by both local and nationally-known artists. Most performances and CD autograph signings begin at 5:00pm and feature free refreshments courtesy of Shiner Beer. No flash photography is allowed during the in-store performances and the use of recording devices is prohibited. Waterloo Records carries an extensive selection of music of all styles and always has a exhaustive selection of local and regional Texas artists located at the front of the store. The staff can be very knowledgeable about the music carried by Waterloo and records are arranged alphabetically without division into genre. Waterloo has listening booths to listen to CDs before purchase and a liberal ten day return policy.