If you love live music, Texas has transformed into an epicenter for great music and music festivals. People travel from around the country and even make international voyages to attend some of the music festivals in the Lone Star State. Small, lively gatherings like a few of the events found in Rockport are fun and laid back. Others like South by Southwest are major events that are well worth the experience.
The RV Festival Advantage
The biggest with music festivals is finding lodging. You are lucky to find a hotel room near any major festival and if a room is open, the rates are astronomical. The alternative option is pitching a tent in a crowded field with overrun bathrooms and no privacy.
Having a camper or RV however changes the game and you get all of the comforts of home while attending your favorite shows. It’s the absolute best way to experience a festival while remaining comfortable. You still must book RV sites well in advance, especially if you want power and hookups. The RV also has built-in flexibility and you can look on AirBnB and VRBO platforms to find rentals that might let you park in a driveway and plug into power.
Stock up on groceries before hitting the road. A Costco run or even just a local grocery store is much cheaper than buying supplies onsite. Use your camper as a resupply center for water, snacks and essentials and you will save a fortune on vendor prices.
Local Rockport Music Events
Rockport is a small and charming community, but the town isn’t exactly sleepy. The locals throw some great events and several music centric gatherings that are worth attending. The Rockport Gospel Music Festival has been running since 1994 and although the 2019 event has already passed, plan on attending in 2020. The festival brings some of the best gospel groups right to Rockport and typically runs for three days in early January.
A full on music festival was held in Rockport in the past and that event may return in the future but nothing is currently on the schedule Live music is common however at the numerous Rockport community events. The Food and Wine Festival is just one example and you can expect bands to take the stage at many of the outdoor summer events and holiday season gatherings.
South by Southwest and Austin City Limits
These are two major events and both are located in Austin. The city is a magnet for festivals and you can find a handful of smaller events in addition to these without trying too hard. South by Southwest essentially takes over the city for more than a week and the stages are filled with world class music. The event is also very popular for film debuts and art. You can spend the entire 9-days seeing something new every single day. Plan your schedule accordingly because it’s simply impossible to cover every show and exhibit at this huge gathering.
Austin City Limits typically runs across several weekends and the 2019 event has 8 stages and 130 bands. Pick a weekend, schedule your favorite shows and buy tickets in advance because the festival sells out every single year. It’s a long standing favorite for music festival lovers and is well worth attending at least one time in your life.
River City Rockfest
San Antonio packs 27,000+ fans in the AT&T Center for the River City Rockfest. The date changes each year and as of now, they are tentatively planning for September 2020. Expect to see some of the biggest names in Rock and Roll at this gathering and buy tickets the day they go on sale because it can sell out in a hurry. Guns n’ Roses and Kid Rock are just two of the past performers and they focus on running the event only when the best talent is available to play.
Kerrville Folk Festival
The big venue events are great but Texas is known for producing many of the best singer songwriters in the world. The Kerrville Folk Festival celebrates this across 2-3 weeks of performances at the Quiet Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The festival is non-stop with music around the clock and camping to make access easy. Call ahead to inquire about RV and trailer space and get yourself a spot on the ranch. You can cool off in the Guadalupe River between shows and enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities in the Texas Hill Country.