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Extraordinary Austin Festivals

With more live music venues than anywhere else in the United States, Austin is the place to be year-round to experience a variety of live music. Austin is known for its concentration of notable music festivals along with its atmosphere of innovation and authenticity in everything it does.

JW Marriott is the Ideal Place to Stay in Downtown Austin

Complete your Austin experience by planning to stay at the JW Marriott, where you will not only have prime access to many of the city’s most popular music venues, but you will also be able to relax between shows at amenities like our world-class rooftop pool. Ready to plan your next trip? Here is a lineup of the major festivals you might want to plan on checking out throughout the year.

  • South by Southwest (fondly known as SXSW) is one of Austin’s biggest festivals, taking place over four days each March and highlighting hundreds of funky up-and-coming or established musicians, artists and performers from all over the world.
  • The Urban Music Festival, which happens in April, features known funk, jazz, blues and reggae bands. The Austin Reggae Festival and the Old Settler’s Music Festival also take place around the same time and include similar genres of tunes.
  • Art City Austin, also taking place in April, showcases the best of the local music scene at many different venues throughout the city.
  • Electronic music fans will enjoy Euphoria, Austin’s annual electronica fest which takes place at a local ranch each April. Stick around to check out the Levitation Music Festival happening each May.
  • June and July bring plenty of Americana-type events to Austin, including the Republic of Texas Biker’s Rally, the Fourth of July Fireworks, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, and Symphony and the Music Under the Stars series.
  • Austin City Limits takes place at Zilker Park over two weekends every October and is one of Austin’s most popular festivals. ACL features hundreds of artists across multiple stages performing diverse styles of music.
  • In November, Fun Fun Fun Fest takes up a public park for three days of celebration.
  • The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an annual event that features live, local music as well as many seasonal opportunities for shopping, entertainment and more.

Unique music festivals are one of those characteristics of the city that help to ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Choose the JW Marriott to be your home away from home while you enjoy the vibrant festival scene. Enjoy delicious and diverse in-house dining options and endless amenities at our luxury hotel. Of course, our location in the heart downtown Austin makes for easy access to and from Austin’s various music venues. A stay at JW Marriott will enable you to enjoy all that the Live Music Capital of the World has to offer while indulging in comfort and luxury.