The weather is warm. The wildflowers are out. Let the festing begin!
April 19-22: Old Settler’s Music Festival in Tilmon. Headliners this year include J.D. McPherson, Calexico, Greensky Bluegrass and I’m With Her (featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan), but the big news is the new location, in rural Caldwell County southeast of Lockhart. There’s a lot more space than the festival had at its former Driftwood site, but it’s farther from Austin and the turnaround time was short. Attendance at an open house in February indicated festival faithful are eager to see how the new grounds work out. $35-$550. 1616 FM 3158, Dale. oldsettlersmusicfest.org. — Peter Blackstock
April 20-22: Austin Reggae Fest at Auditorium Shores. Austin’s annual spring fling, which turns 25 this year, has adopted the slogan “What unity in the community sounds like,” which is appropriate. The fest draws one of the most diverse crowds we see in Austin each year; they show up for the feel-good grooves and the irie vibes. This year’s lineup features New Kingston and Kabaka Pyramind on Friday, Collie Buddz, Natalie Rize and Black Uhuru on Saturday, and the Wailers and Sister Nancy on Sunday. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Central Texas Food Bank, and a portion of each ticket sold goes to the local nonprofit. $15 Friday and Sunday, $20 Saturday. $45 for a three-day pass. Gates at 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday. 900 West Riverside Drive. austinreggaefest.com. — D.S.S.
April 26-29: Levitation in the Red River Cultural District. After taking a year off in 2017, the Black Angels-affiliated event once known as Austin Psych Fest returns for four days of a la carte club shows in the Red River Cultural District. You might not get a full weekend of lounging in the sun listening to trippy sounds, but the lineup is well curated with plenty of interesting bills to choose from each night. Highlights include Panda Bear, Geologist and more at the Mohawk, Electric Wizard at Stubb’s, and Ariel Pink at Empire on April 27; Ministry at Emo’s, Slowdive and Survive at Stubb’s, and Dan Deacon at Empire on April 28; and the Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre at Stubb’s, and Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Mohawk on April 28. Times and prices vary. See levitation-austin.com for details. — D.S.S.
May 5: Jmblya at Circuit of the Americas. Once again, local hip-hop promotion powerhouse Scoremore has produced a stellar lineup for their annual turn up. Emotional rapper/singer J. Cole leads a bill that includes a powerhouse second tier featuring Cardi B. and Migos. Kevin Gates, Playboi Carti, Bun B and Trae tha Truth will also be in the house. Festival organizers say they have taken steps to deal with heat and dehydration, the biggest problems from last year’s festival. They promise expanded water filling stations, more bars and food vendors, and shade structures in the field. $89. 2 p.m. gates. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. jmblya.com. — D.S.S.
May 5: Punk in Drublic in the Austin American-Statesman parking lot. The craft beer and music festival brings NOFX, Bad Religion, Interrupters, Mad Caddies, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Last Gang and more to Austin. There will also be over 100 craft beers available for tasting. $49.50. 1 p.m. (VIP entry at noon) 305 S. Congress Ave. punkindrublic.com — D.S.S.
May 5: iHeartCountry Festival at Erwin Center. This is the fifth year that the radio conglomerate has invited some of the most-played acts on its country stations to Austin for short sets that add up to a four-hours-plus bash at the city’s largest indoor music venue. On the bill this time: Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young. $20-$400. 7 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.
May 5-6: Pecan Street Festival. Austin’s longest running street fair and artist’s market programs three stages of free music on historic Sixth Street. Highlights for the spring edition of the festival include Los Coast, Alesia Lani and Zeale on Saturday and Cilantro Boombox, Nght Hcklrs and Jane Ellen Bryant on Sunday. Free. Music starts at noon. pecanstreetfestival.org. — D.S.S.
May 11-13: Finding Euphoria Festival at Carson Creek Ranch. After four years of expansion, the EDM and jam band festival at Carson Creek ranch has intentionally scaled back and restructured. Festival organizers say their aim is to evolve the concept from a three-day music festival into a “sustainable year-round community based around curiosity, creativity and, of course, great music.” They’ve created an ongoing event series and transformed the festival into a single-day music event with two days of camping. Camping has been capped at 2,000 this year with workshops and special programming on Friday and Sunday for those who choose to attend. The lineup has not been released yet for the main event on Saturday. $49, $79 with camping. 2 p.m. gates on Saturday. 9507 Sherman Road. euphoriafest.com. — D.S.S.
26-27: Lone Star Jam at Travis County Exposition Center. Taking over the Rodeo Austin grounds, this annual Texas-country weekend-long throwdown gathers many of the top draws on the regional roadhouse circuit. Saturday’s lineup features Gary Allan, Reckless Kelly, Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager, Flatland Cavalry, Charlie Robison, Dalton Domino, Kody West, Randall King and Drugstore Gypsies; on Sunday, it’s the Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler, William Clark Green, Parker McCollum, Kyle Park, Mike & the Moonpies, Read Southall, Troy Cartwright and Grant Gilbert. $40 each day, or $70 for two-day pass. Noon to 11 p.m. 7311 Decker Lane. lonestarjam.com. — P.B.
June 9: Wepa Festival at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. The cumbia roots festival launched last year by Colombian-American artist Kiko Villamizar last year expands to nine cities around the world with dates in Germany, Austria, Mexico and Colombia. The festival celebrates masters of the cumbia tradition and this year’s headliner is Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto who Villamizar describes as the orginators of Colombian cumbia. Villamizar and a host of other local and international artists will also perform. Ticket prices and more details to be announced. Check wepafestival.com for more information.