Free Hot Summer Nights Music Festival Gathers 100+ Local Artists at Iconic Austin Venues

Now in its fifth year, Hot Summer Nights is keeping free live music alive and well in Austin. Next weekend, this free live music festival gathers more than 100 of the city’s greatest local artists for four days of star-studded performances in the Red River Cultural District.


The lineup features all of your favorite local Austin bands, and so many more incredible artists on the come up. Notable standouts include Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, Chief Cleopatra, Como Las Movies, Mama Duke, p1nkstar, Primo the Alien, TC Superstar, and Tony 22, but honestly, the whole lineup is stacked.

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Photo Credit: Hot Summer Nights


Hot Summer Nights will gather 100+ musicians at legendary Austin venues: Cheer Up Charlies, Chess Club, Elysium, Empire Control Room & Garage, Flamingo Cantina, Mala Vida, Mohawk, Stubb’s BBQ, Swan Dive, The Green Jay, and Valhalla. All of these venues are located in the Red River Cultural District along Red River Street and connecting avenues in downtown Austin.

General Information

Hot Summer Nights takes place Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6, and tickets are not required for this free music festival.

Hot Summer Nights is an all-ages music festival that spreads across several iconic Austin venues and was created by the Red River Cultural District to address the “need for paid gigs for workers and performers in the dog-days of summer.” The free live music festival provides an additional flow of income to independent artists, musicians, and staff members during the slow season. Red River Cultural District also hosts Free Week typically in early January in order to provide revenue support in the dead of winter.

Proceeds this year will go on to further support the RRCD’s ongoing charitable and programs that regularly support Austin’s live music community including creative, service, hospitality, and production sector workers. Over the past three years, RRCD has awarded $255,000 across 3,000+ individual grants to date.


Featured Photo Credit: Hot Summer Nights

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