PLAY VIDEO With more than 250 music venues and incredible music events throughout the year, all of Austin is a stage. Experience our unparalleled music scene anywhere you go—but start with these must-hit hot spots. Find music any night of the week, in any of our neighborhoods. In bustling downtown, amble in and out of booming nightclubs or intimate venues, all within walking distance. Listen to live blues at Antone’s, jazz in the underground Elephant Room or local headliners in the outdoor Cedar Street Courtyard—and don’t miss the world-famous Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at The Moody Theater. Over in the Red River Cultural District, seek out indie bands and emerging artists at the creative Mohawk, the warehouse-style Empire Control Room & Garage or the LGBTQ favorite, Cheer Up Charlies. Head over to the ever-quirky South Congress to hear everything from rock to traditional country at The Continental Club, or jazz, soul and R&B in The Continental Gallery. Classic soul and R&B is also the draw at the ‘50s-era, Japanese GI-themed C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. Listen to all kinds of music genres at East Riverside’s Emo’s or East Sixth Street’s Hotel Vegas. And everyone loves the free weekday happy hour shows at The Saxon Pub on South Lamar. BEATS & EATS Want your live music served up with a side of mouthwatering food? We’ve got just what you’re craving. Dig into falloff- the-bone ribs while listening to live music during Stubb’s Bar-B-Q’s gospel brunch every Sunday afternoon. At The White Horse honky-tonk in East Austin, get your fill of country music and “bomb tacos” from the trailer out back. Or try the fresh tacos and hand-shaken margaritas at Güero’s Taco Bar on South Congress, where its Oak Garden stage hosts Sun Radio’s weekly Texas Radio Live program. In South Lamar, get your boot scootin’ on at Broken Spoke, where you’ve gotta try their famous chicken-fried steak. Or, go for pita pizzas and live tunes at Spider House Cafe & Ballroom in Central Austin. MUST-GO FESTIVALS It wouldn’t be the Live Music Capital of the World® without some incredible festivals. Hit up well-known events like SXSW Conference & Festivals, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Art City Austin, Urban Music Fest, Euphoria and Old Settler’s Music Festival. Or try something more low-key, like the free summer concert series Unplugged at The Grove or Blues on the Green. Check out all of Austin’s music venues at visitaustin.org/visit/music-scene/venue-guide
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