Living in the Live Music Capital of the World, there’s no escaping catching some live music around Austin. From restaurants to record stores, bars and clubs, grocery stores and coffee shops, we are lucky enough to live in a city that makes live music accessible to all – young, old, rich and poor. Whether you want to make listening to live music more of a priority or just catch the occasional show with the family, we’ve rounded up some of the best locations for family-friendly music in Austin.
Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, catching a live music show will be a memory that will last forever and will make for some great quality time spent with your kids while supporting the local music scene in Austin.
For the Younger Kids: Family-Friendly Venues, Events and Shows
1400 E. 38 1/2 Street
Weekly Sunday Brunch at 10am featuring family-friendly and “Kindie” acts on an outdoor stage. FREE!
5326 Manchaca Road
Saturday shows happen at 10am featuring local regular kids’ acts such as “Big Don” on an indoor stage. FREE!
11920 Domain Drive
Live music at the Public Domain happens weekly with bands set up on the outdoor or indoor stage. Sunday Kid Shows happen from 2-4pm. FREE!
Tillery Place, 801 Tillery Street
Monthly concert for kids in a pecan grove, featuring family-friendly music by local “adult” artists such as “Shotgun Party” . Kicks off on May 7, 2016.
1830 Simond Avenue
Special music guest durnming “Baby Bloomers”, when the museum is only open to 0-3 yr olds Mondays 10:30am, Saturdays 9:30am
4550 Mueller Blvd
Spring music series at the Mueller development May 6, 13, 20, 2016, starting at 7pm.
603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Occasional music during Saturday “storytime” indoors at 11:30 am.
Summer programming includes music from the Westbank Branch near Bee Caves to Downtown’s Faulk Central Library
12601 Hill Country Blvd.
Much-loved “Mr. Will” plays interactive kids music every Monday and Thursday at 10 am. FREE.
4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
4477 S. Lamar Blvd.
All ages shows featuring an eclectic lineup of Austin’s best acts in the cafe at both North and South locations.
For the Older Kids: All Ages Venues
301 W. Riverside Drive
“Old No. 1″, 6416 N. Lamar Blvd.
All ages shows at the legendary “World Headquarters”.
801 Red River Street
Live music and Texas barbecue with many all ages shows.
912 Red River Street
Occasional all ages indoor and outdoor shows at the oft touted “best venue” in Austin for local and national acts.
2015 E. Riverside Drive
Occasional all ages shows at the modernized megaplex version of the Austin original.
501 Brushy Street
Downtown multi-event venue with all ages music shows such as quarterly “School of Rock” performances.
1308 E. 4th Street
The still-standing Scoot Inn is home to occasional all ages indoor/outdoor stage shows.
5326 Manchaca Road
Quiet seated all ages shows at Austin’s venerable voted “Best Of” at the AMA’s .
Student Union-UT Campus, 2247 Guadalupe Street
Legendary Austin venue hosts local and national all ages shows, from folk and singer-songwriters to rock and their “Classical Cactus” series.
1950 S. IH-35
Indian fusion food and the “beer and wine mecca of Austin” combine with two indoor and outdoor stages.
2908 Fruth Street
Near campus and tons of fun on both an outdoor and huge indoor stage. Food, all ages events and funky vibes.
These great local record shops make Austin’s music community special, hosting FREE local and national in-store performances.
2928 Guadalupe #101
600A N. Lamar
2209 S. 1st Street
About the author: Simon Flory is an Austin, TX based kid’s artist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist with the kindie-rock band “The Que Pastas” and nationally-touring bluegrass band “High Plains Jamboree“.