The last couple of weeks have given us a taste of the wickedly hot summer coming our way. Some Austinites love nothing more than languishing in 100 degrees days out in the park, but many others couldn’t be lured out of an air-conditioned club even if they got paid. But because this is Austin and the best city when it comes to live music, no matter what your summer preference is, Solstice Festival has you covered.
The Austin Solstice Festival, June 15-17, is part of a worldwide movement of cities and people bringing in the summer solstice with celebrations of music. This is the fourth year that one has been held in Austin, and you can expect two stages of live music, art installations, art vendors, food vendors, drinks and more. Something to appreciate about Solstice Festival (aside from the amazing lineup of local bands) is that it takes place both inside and outside. For example, on Thursday and Friday, attendees can hit up Empire Control Room, Mohawk or the Sidewinder (Mohawk and Sidewinder will have performances both inside and outside) to see some of Austin’s best artists–Bayonne, Leopold and his Fiction, Otis the Destroyer, The Midnight Stroll, and Nina Diaz, plus lots more.
On Saturday, head outside to Pan Am Park on East 3rd Street for two separate stages and music from Golden Dawn Arkestra, JJ Grey & Mofro, the Bright Light Social Hour, Los Coast, and others. Whether you prefer the cool darkness of Mohawk or the sunshine-filled satisfaction of spending a day in the park, this is the summer festival for you.
Tickets start at a reasonable $35 (especially for a music fest), and kids under 12 get in free. More info at solsticeatx.com.