Live Music Venues for Kids of All Ages

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

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

1400 E. 38 1/2 Street

Weekly Sunday Brunch at 10am featuring family-friendly and “Kindie” acts on an outdoor stage. FREE!

Strange Brew Coffeehouse 

5326 Manchaca Road

Saturday shows happen at 10am featuring local regular kids’ acts such as “Big Don” on an indoor stage. FREE!

Whole Foods Market at the Domain

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!

Fiddlestick Bow Shop Concerts for Kids

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.

The Thinkery 

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

KUTX presents “Mueller Music”

4550 Mueller Blvd

Spring music series at the Mueller development May 6, 13, 20, 2016, starting at 7pm.

BookPeople

603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Occasional music during Saturday “storytime” indoors at 11:30 am.

Austin Public Library

Citywide locations

Summer programming includes music from the Westbank Branch near Bee Caves to Downtown’s Faulk Central Library

Whole Foods Hill Country Galleria 

12601 Hill Country Blvd.

Much-loved “Mr. Will” plays interactive kids music every Monday and Thursday at 10 am. FREE.

Central Market

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

Threadgill’s

301 W. Riverside Drive

“Old No. 1″, 6416 N. Lamar Blvd.

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All ages shows at the legendary “World Headquarters”.

Stubb’s

801 Red River Street

Live music and Texas barbecue with many all ages shows.

The Mohawk

912 Red River Street

Occasional all ages indoor and outdoor shows at the oft touted “best venue” in Austin for local and national acts.

Emo’s 

2015 E. Riverside Drive

Occasional all ages shows at the modernized megaplex version of the Austin original.

The North Door

501 Brushy Street

Downtown multi-event venue with all ages music shows such as quarterly “School of Rock” performances.

Historic Scoot Inn 

1308 E. 4th Street

The still-standing Scoot Inn is home to occasional all ages indoor/outdoor stage shows.

Strange Brew Loungeside

5326 Manchaca Road

Quiet seated all ages shows at Austin’s venerable voted “Best Of” at the AMA’s .

Cactus Cafe

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.

Whip-In

1950 S. IH-35

Indian fusion food and the “beer and wine mecca of Austin” combine with two indoor and outdoor stages.

Spider House Patio Bar and Cafe 

2908 Fruth Street

Near campus and tons of fun on both an outdoor and huge indoor stage. Food, all ages events and funky vibes.

Record Shops

These great local record shops make Austin’s music community special, hosting FREE local and national in-store performances.

Antone’s Record Shop

2928 Guadalupe #101

Waterloo Records

600A N. Lamar

End of an Ear

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“.

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