Ready, set, fest! Here’s your 2023 Austin music festival calendar

British singer-songwriter Yola will headline Old Settler's Music Festival in April.

As always, the South by Southwest Music Festival anchors the spring music calendar, and Austin City Limits Music Festival holds down the fall. In between, long-running local fests like Austin Reggae Fest and Old Settler’s Music Festival return, and new events like the Two Step Inn in Georgetown, the Austin Blues Festival and the Country Music Television Awards saddle up for their first go-round.

Here’s what’s on the books so far for Austin music festivals.

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JANUARY 5-7: Free Week in the Red River Cultural District

Scenario 1: You just moved to Austin and are curious about the local music scene, but don’t know how to start exploring. Scenario 2: You used to go out all the time, but life happened and also, you’re on a budget. Scenario 3: You and your homies rule these streets. If any of these scenarios describe your life, we have good news. Over a three-day period, a dozen venues in the Red River Cultural District will throw open their doors to present no-cover shows by more than 100 local acts. Clubs on the roster include staples like Cheer Up Charlies, Mohawk and Empire, as well as Flamingo Cantina (on Red River-adjacent Sixth Street). Latin dance club Mala Vida, vampire hangout Elysium and the 13th Floor will also be in the mix, and there will be food and drink specials at restaurants and bars throughout the district. Bands on the roster include rising soul artist Chief Cleopatra, Sweet Spirit’s Sabrina Ellis and the Bright Light Social Hour.