Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Texas, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Austin City Limits to SXSW, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Austin City Limits - Dates: Early to mid October
-Austin Songwriters Symposium - Dates: Mid January
"Produced by the Texas Songwriters Association and the Austin Songwriters Group, the annual symposium brings songwriters and music industry professionals together for a jam-packed, four days of songwriting workshops, music industry panels, publisher pitch sessions, concerts, showcases, late night pickin’ circles and more." - Register
-Levitation Fest - Dates: Early May
"Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest) is a music festival that was founded in 2008. Over the years, this independent festival has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world. We are humbled and honored to host so many of our favorite artists and an amazing community of music lovers each year."
-Euphoria Music & Camping Festival - Dates: Mid April
"As music lovers ourselves, we realize that the majority of people don’t listen to just one style of music. Austin has a rich tradition of live music, and with the recent technological advances that allow instruments to seamlessly blend with electronic music, we feel we are bridging the gap between EDM and live dance music like funk and jam." - Submit to Perform
-Fun Fun Fun Fest - Dates: Early November
"In 2006, Fun Fun Fun Fest booked its first set of acts in downtown Austin and it didn't take long for it to become the darling of independent festivals for music lovers and music makers in the United States. Throughout the years, Fun Fun Fun Fest has become renowned for its musical lineup, as well as its collection of comedy, food, fashion, and poster art experiences."
-Old Settler's Music Festival - Dates: Mid April
"Located just outside of Austin, the festival takes place at Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, just minutes from Austin. It’s a landscape of shady trees and sunny meadows at the height of bluebonnet season. The music continues nonstop for four straight days, with concerts, workshops, and impromptu jam sessions all day and throughout the night." - Submit to Perform
-RedGorilla Music Festival - Dates: Mid March (during SXSW)
"Performing at RedGorilla Music Fest is a great opportunity to be seen and heard by the music industry’s most influential executives. It is a stepping stone toward furthering your career and could possibly lead to a record, publishing, or touring deal. Record labels, publishers and booking agencies, both major and indie, have attended many RedGorilla showcases, and artists have attributed their being signed to record, publishing or touring deals partially to their showcases at RedGorilla events." - Submit to Perform
-SXSW - Dates: Mid March
"SXSW's original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or the internet. And Austin continues to be the perfect location." - Register - Submit to Perform
-Poor David's Pub Singer-Songwriter Competition - Dates: April
-35 Denton - Dates: Mid March
-Oaktopia Fest - Dates: Late September
-El Paso Blues and Jazz Festival - Dates: Mid May
-Neon Desert Music Festival - Dates: Late May
-Sun City Music Festival - Dates: Early September
-South by So What?! - Dates: Late October
"SOUTH BY SO WHAT?! MUSIC FESTIVAL was established in 2008 as an opportunity for Dallas residents to catch 50+ of the bands headed to SXSW for one low ticket price. The event is a mix of many genres including Metal, Rock, Pop, Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, and Electronic."
-Free Press Summer Festival - Dates: Early June
-SpringBoard South Music Festival - Dates: Late June
"Not only do our events include amazing musical performances from a wide constellation of artists, they also include an organic element that helps grow the bands themselves during the process. We call it The Band Bootcamp and it’s one of Springboard’s signature features. Simply put, we place musicians directly in front of industry experts you simply won’t find at other events. These panels, showcases and intimate discussions help us draw the best emerging and established artists."
-Viva Terlingua Fest - Dates: Mid August
-Watermelon Thump Festival - Dates: Late June
-Trans-Pecos Festival - Dates: Late September
"A group of intrepid wanderers convene at El Cosmico for a weekend of live music, sandlot baseball, workshops, art installations and more in the majesty of Marfa, Texas. It's an exercise in freedom, community and good times."
-Viva Big Bend Music Festival - Late July
"Part music festival and part music-industry conference, Viva Big Bend showcases the best of the state: extraordinary natural beauty, remarkable and talented people, an independent spirit and an amazing culture."
-Never Say Never Music & Arts Festival - Dates: Mid March
"The Never Say Never Music and Arts Festival is a multi-genre, multi-stage festival held in Mission, Texas every March during Spring Break. Now in it’s 5th year, the continually growing and only music festival of its kind in south texas will bring together some of the best performers in rock and roll, hip-hop, indie, pop punk, electronica, and other genres."
-Wildflower! Music Festival - Dates: Mid May
"The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival began in 1993 as a small community event held in a local park in northeast Richardson, Texas. In just thirteen years the festival has grown to become the area's most recognized and anticipated musical event." - Submit to Perform