Yes, it’s approximately 900 degrees outside and the idea of an outdoor music festival is hard to fathom, but let’s look ahead to the (hopefully) cooler festing season that will soon be upon us.
The fall music behemoth, Austin City Limits Festival, hits Zilker Park on October 5-7 and 12-14. This year’s headliners are Paul McCartney, Childish Gambino and Metallica and weekend two passes and single-day tickets are on sale now.
But if you’re looking for a more intimate and/or less expensive festival experience, you’re in luck. Here are seven other music festivals happening this fall.
September 7-9: Waterloo Music Festival at Carson Creek Ranch. Three nights of String Cheese Incident anchor this celebration of sprawling improvisational rock jams, but there’s plenty of talent in an undercard that includes Denver’s funky jazz project, The Motet, NYC reggae collective, Easy All-Stars and L.A.’s throwback soul project, Orgone. Local artists include Mamafesta, Hard Proof and Kalu and the Electric Joint. $179 3-day pass (no camping) $269 3-day with camping. $69 single-day. Music begins at 3 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 9507 Sherman Road.
September 8-9: Eastside Kings Festival. A labor of love, produced by longtime local blues champion, Eddie Stout, this event brings soulful sounds back into the heart of Austin’s Eastside. A smoking Sunday showcase in the Mission Posssible parking lot featuring Texas guitar great, Barbara Lynn and Louisiana bluesman, Ernie Johnson is the marquis event, but the festival, centered around the intersection of 12th and Chicon Streets, presents over 30 artists on seven stages. There are also daytime workshops and an awards show and jam at C-Boys on Sept. 7. $10 daily. Music starts around 5 p.m. daily.
September 21-23: Seismic Dance Event at Carson Creek Ranch. The boutique festival for house music enthusiasts is hosted by local event producer RealMusic Events and the traveling event series Anjunadeep Open Air. Over 40 EDM artists and DJs including Amtrac, Armand Van Helden, Attlas and Claptone are set to perform. $119 2-day, $99 camping. Camping check-in at noon, Sept. 21. 9507 Sherman Road.
September 27-30: River Revival Festival in New Braunfels. Houston’s Splice Records and St. Arnold’s Brewery team up to present this music and camping festival on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Gulf Coast Soul powerhouse the Suffers headline with brass funk band Bonerama and local guitar wizard Jackie Venson also taking top billing. The fest presents evening music on one stage with a variety of workshops and outdoor activities during the day, plus late night acoustic jams. Ticket price includes meals, beverages and camping. $265 3-day, $195 2-day, $100 single day.
September 30: Slacktoberfest at Carson Creek Ranch. Reggae club Flamingo Cantina is producing this single-day bash headlined by NYC reggae/ska band the Slackers. Also on the bill are Tex-Mex punks, Pinata Protest, Houston rude boys Los Skarnales, Flamingo house band, the Mau Mau Chaplains and local dub outfit, Grimy Styles. $20 (early bird). Gates at noon. 9507 Sherman Road.
November 2-4: Utopia Fest. Festival organizers pride themselves on offering an intimate, family-friendly music and camping experience. This year, the fest turns ten and moves much closer to Austin, setting up shop on a private ranch near Burnet. Festival headliners are Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Patty Griffin and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Other artists on the lineup include Grandmaster Flash, Valerie June and Keller Williams. Organizers plan to expand food and drink options on the new property. $209 2-day pass (includes G.A. camping through Nov. 4). $20 kids pass (2-12). Gates at 9 a.m. daily.
November 16-19: Saturnalia Festival at Webberville Baptist Church. Curated by Golden Dawn Arkestra and Electric Church, this event was modeled on some of the niche fests GDA plays in Europe. The event takes place in an open field between Sahara Lounge and Webberville Baptist Church in East Austin and the current lineup includes two dozen artists, mostly drawn from the local psych rock and world music scenes. Current acts include Holy Wave, Lumerians, Go Fever and Kiko Villamizar. $50 3-day. Gates at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. 1405 Webberville Road