One of the best reasons to go RV camping in Texas is the wealth of world-class music festivals. Around Austin and beyond, there’s a festival taking shape almost year-round, so pack your festival gear, choose your genre, and head for the Lone Star State to hear great music in amazing outdoor settings. Here’s a handful of RV-friendly fests.
The most comprehensive music festival ever in terms of venues and genres, SXSW winds its way across the city’s bars, churches, public gathering places, and just about anywhere else music can be performed. There’s no official camping venue for the festival, but local options for RV camping include McKinney Falls State Park, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, and a number of private Austin-area campgrounds. Check out SXSW shuttles to keep festival travel simple.
SXSW music runs March 13-19
Euphoria, Carson Creek Ranch in Austin
Come to the pecan grove on the banks of the Colorado River in South Austin to hear an eclectic blend of artists, from Wiz Khalifa to the Disco Biscuits. Camping? You bet, with everything from electric RV campsites to upscale tent "glamping" experiences.
Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival, Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville
Fifty-thousand fans and more than four dozen performers come together each April for this venerable celebration of Texas music. Come hear bands like Asleep at the Wheel, Randy Rogers Band, and Whiskey Myers as you camp adjacent to the action.
Old Settler’s Music Festival, Driftwood
For 30 years, this Hill Country festival has celebrated the best in Americana and roots music. Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCullough in Driftwood host this family-friendly, RV-welcoming music fest with scenic campsites, a stellar lineup of musical guests, and a special youth competition.
Middlelands, Texas Renaissance Festival Grounds in Todd Mission
On the grounds of the Texas Renaissance Festival, two hours straight east of Austin in Todd Mission, a brand-new, multi-day festival is cranking up this May. Middlelands, a combination of dance and hip-hop artists, futuristic castles, spectacular visual displays, and roving performers will welcome hip campers. This Medieval-themed fest offers several levels of camping, including premium RV sites.
Crude Fest, Midland
Country and Red Dirt fans gather each May just outside Midland for one of the largest country music and camping festivals in the state. Book one of the dry camping sites and plan to stay all weekend. Eli Young Band, Cody Johnson, and Wade Bowen are just three of the nearly two dozen acts that will keep things smoking at Crude Fest.
Kerrville Folk Festival, Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville
Since the 1970s, music fans have been gathering at this Hill Country campground to spend 18 days listening, learning, and communing with folk, country, blues, bluegrass, and Americana music greats. The music doesn’t stop, it simply shifts toward the campfires each evening, so plan to camp and stay as long as you can.
May 25-June 11
Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, El Cosmico in Marfa
Alt-country, indie, and roots rock performers come together in September at the funkiest campground in far West Texas. El Cosmico hosts both tent and RV campers for this laid-back fest, but you’ll need to reserve your space early.
Dates coming soon
Utopia Fest, Four Sisters Ranch in Utopia
If the thought of an intimate fest limited to 2,000 music-loving souls in a stunning Texas setting appeals, get your tickets now. The lineup includes rock, indie, folk, and more, played on two stages in a natural amphitheater. Dry camping sites for tents and RVs are available.
September 29-October 2
These are a few of our favorites among the great Texas camping and music festivals each year. Choose at least one and immerse yourself in Texas outdoor beauty and the diverse music scene that is the Lone Star State.