Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Tammy Perez


Austin Heats Up With Spring Festival Season In Full Swing

Spring festival season is in full swing in Austin, Texas, kicking off with last weekend’s Maverick Music Festival in San Antonio, Texas featuring headlining acts Public Enemy and The Flaming Lips, and Euphoria Music Festival at Austin’s favorite outdoor festival escape, Carson Creek Ranch. Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Old Settler’s Festival-Dripping Springs, Texas

Just outside the city of Austin is the quiet little town of Driftwood, Texas. Normally quiet and laid back, it becomes a little more lively in April for the Old Settler’s Music Festival, an annual four-day event of Americana music, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and families set at the Salt Lick Pavillion and right next door to Camp Ben McCulloch. Now in its 29th year, the festival began in 1987 at the Old Settler’s Park in then-small town of Round Rock, Texas. Eventually moving to Driftwood, the festival has grown into a family friendly event focused on good music, good food, workshops, and camping, and can brag on some of the amazing talent that have graced the stages over the years, including Robert Earl Keen, Alison Krauss, JD McPherson, and The Avett Brothers. The festival begins on Thursday, April 14th and runs through the weekend. In case you missed it last year, here’s a recap:


Austin Reggae Festival-Austin, Texas

Lance Armstrong makes a surprise appearance sitting in on drums for Lance Herbstrong at the Austin Reggae Festival in 2013.

If your style is more Rasta than ranch, the Austin Reggae Festival kicks off on Friday, April 15th at Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park in downtown Austin and runs through Sunday the 17th, rain or shine. Benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank, the festival features the best in local and national reggae, dub, and dancehall with both a Main Stage and Dub Corner. This year’s headliners include Katchafire, Raging FyahThe Skatalites, PentateuchBlack Slate, and Bunny Wailer. You can check out the full lineup and purchase your tickets at AustinReggaeFest.com

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Austin-based professional freelance photographer specializing in music coverage and event photography. When I'm not in the photo pit I can be found rediscovering the Austin scene with my camera, good friends, and my righteous and goofy English Bulldog, Peabody. Find me here: www.TrulyGreatMadness.com

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