Free summer music in Austin

Free summer music in Austin

Credit: Jordan Armstrong / KVUE.com

Blues on the Green at Zilker Park

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by REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

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Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 2:52 PM

Summer officially starts June 21, but it already feels like it from the heat to the sound of free fun in the air. The next few months in Austin bring a host of enjoyable activities with them, including free live music. The following are opportunities ears of any age or genre preference can enjoy.

One of the season’s most-anticipated events is radio station KGSR’s 23rd season of Blues on the Green – an annual concert series held every other Wednesday evening in Zilker Park. These concerts kicked off May 29 with Alpha Rev and run through August 7. Click here for more information.

KGSR is also hosting another popular annual event – Unplugged at the Grove. Every Thursday for 24 weeks, music (and food) lovers can get free entertainment at the Shady Grove restaurant on Barton Springs Road. The music starts at 8 p.m. Click here for more information.

Hill’s Café on South Congress offers free live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for a calendar.

The hills...or hillside...are alive with the sound of free music this summer in Zilker Park. For those wanting to enjoy the outdoors along with music, you'll be happy to know the 55th Annual Zilker Summer Musical pick is "Little Shop of Horrors." Performances will run from July 12 through Aug. 17 at the Beverly S. Sheffield Hillside Theatre. Click here for more information.

Families and friends can enjoy the outdoors and expand their minds while at the Bullock Museum’s 10th season of the Music Under the Star concert series. Every Friday in July, guests can bring blankets for concerts by local artists under the museum’s 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star. In between sets, cool off with a trip through the exhibits, which will be free and open to the public during the concerts. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and admission is free. Click here for more information.

The Austin Symphony also provides a family-friendly atmosphere for those seeking free fun. On Sunday evenings from June 3 to Aug. 26, you can stroll the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts as ensemblesl perform everything from jazz and light classical, to pops selections and film scores. Bring a picnic dinner (no alcohol allowed!) and enjoy the hour-long entertainment every Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information, as well as the Austin Symphony’s other free public events.

For more places to go and people to see this summer, head on over to our events calendar by clicking here.

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