Austin never hurts for a good music festival. After the crush of a massive event like SXSW, sometimes it’s nice to get a little bit out of the city for a music event a little bit smaller, a bit friendlier and a lot more Texas: Old Settler’s Music Festival.
Old Settler’s Festival is a central Texas music stalwart celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Over the past couple of decades, it’s grown into a nationally known music event featuring roots, folk, bluegrass and Americana music. Old Settler’s has found its home at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch and offers lots of options is camping is your style (they accept tents, RVs and trailers). But it’s also close enough to Austin if you just like to sleep in a real bed at night after a long day of fest-ing.
There are also artisans, craftsmen and other vendors come from every corner of Texas and across the country to provide Old Settler’s Festival goers with unique, one-of-a-kind treasures. There’s tons of food and craft beer, and it’s definitely kid-friendly, too–imagine petting zoos, arts and crafts, a climbing wall, playgrounds and swimming at Onion Creek.
As usual, festivals are a great opportunity to see the bands you already love and discover new ones. This year’s lineup includes the classic alt-country Texas band Old 97’s, soon to be releasing their 11th LP. You can also catch the Mexican-American band Los Lobos, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow, and bluegrass legends The Del McCoury Band. Music from these parts will be well represented as well, with performers like Shakey Graves, Shinyribs, Wood & Wire, and The Last Bandoleros.
Old Settler’s Music Festival is April 20-23rd, in Driftwood, TX. For tickets and more information visit oldsettlersmusicfest.org.