Top Amphitheaters and Concert Venues Near Austin

Top Amphitheaters and Concert Venues Near Austin

Top Amphitheaters and Concert Venues Near Austin

Austin has officially carried the title of ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ since 1991. Its vibrant music culture stretches back many decades — having more live music spots than any place in the country. Here are a few top amphitheaters and concert venues near Austin, Texas, that you should visit.

Top Concert and Music Venues by Genre Austin, TX

Austin is a music lover's haven for many genres. The city is teeming with big and small concert venues, offering variety and music that speaks to your soul.

Country Music and Venues

If you are a fan of country music, Austin doesn't disappoint. Recommended country music venues include:

  • ACL Live at The Moody Theater: This venue is home to the Austin City Limits television show, the country's longest-airing music series. It is also a famous concert venue for multiple genres, but with a massive statue of the legendary country singer Willie Nelson in front, it is popular for country music lovers. There are tours and opportunities to watch tapings, but booking is essential.
  • The Little Longhorn Saloon: This iconic venue is the ultimate place for honky-tonk country music fans. Its rich history makes it one of the best small music venues in Austin, TX. The saloon has been operating for over four decades, has at least 10 bands performing each week and never charges cover — so feel free to stop by anytime.

Blues Music and Venues

Austin has a rich history of blues and soul music dating back to the early 1900s. Must-visit venues include:

  • Antone's Nightclub: This legendary venue has been one of Austin's hubs of blues since 1975. The club relocated to Fifth Street, allowing 650 music lovers to enjoy blues weekly. Musical icons like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles and Eric Clapton have graced its stage. Entrance to the venue depends on scheduled live events. 
  • The Continental Club: This retro venue opened in 1955 as an upmarket, exclusive supper club. Since then, the club has become the hub for blues music, swing, country, and rockabilly. In 2000, the venue opened a second location. The original South Congress Avenue and Main Street clubs have world-class entertainment and no entrance fees.

Rock Music and Venues

Rock music in this region hails back to the heyday of psychedelic rock of the 1960s. To this day, Austin is renowned for its thriving rock scenes, festivals and venues:

  • Austin360 Amphitheater: This open-air theater is located within the Circuit of America's sports and entertainment complex and can host 14,000 concertgoers. Its big grassy stretch offers music lovers a spectacular under-the-stars live music experience. The amphitheater has various rock concerts throughout the year — ticket purchase is essential.
  • Mohawk: The music venue is on multiple levels, offering you more space to view bands, while still having that intimate grungy/dive bar vibe. The Mohawk is a huge part of the music culture in the Red River district, and it's one of the best places to enjoy rock music seven days a week. The venue generally has no cover charge, events are pre-ticketed and there may be a 30-minute wait. 

Multi-Genre and Pop Music Venues

Two big concert venues that are must-visits include:

  • Moody Amphitheater: The Waterloo Park music venue has festivals and concerts throughout the year. The downtown Austin destination can host 5,000 concertgoers at one time. You can visit the park daily — the amphitheater hosts free and paid events, which may impact your ability to access all areas.
  • Travis County Exposition Center: The multipurpose venue hosts various festivals and pop music events all year round. The arena seats 6,500 people with ease. You do need to pay an entrance fee to enter and access may be limited during events.

Austin's thriving pop music scene includes smaller venues like:

  • Parish: As far as unique small concert venues near Austin go, the Parish is undoubtedly one to visit. The relocated venue is now at the heart of Austin on Bushy Street, with a brand-new bar and listening lounge. Enjoy classic cocktails, beer, wine and food pairings with the My Oh My section accompanying the space. The venue sometimes has sold-out shows, which makes booking and getting tickets advisable.

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