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Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World and Top Vacation Idea

4-minute read | Published November 16, 2020

Many music aficionados put Austin at the top of the list for cities to explore and experience live music. Not only is it the capital of Texas, but it has also earned the title ‘Live Music Capital of the World’.

Why is Austin a great vacation idea?

Austin boasts over 250 entertainment venues hosting acts playing everything from the blues, to rock, to country, and more. Although COVID-19 is delaying the return of live music, Austin is still one of the best destinations to escape to today and is easy to get to from anywhere in the US.

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Austin is one of the best live music cities, in part because it has many beautiful outdoor restaurants and venues with spacious patio areas. The Texas BBQ and outdoor setting has a certain charm that you can’t find anywhere else and can still be experienced now.

Whether you plan to book a hotel today or are planning for 2021 and beyond, live music is sure to return to Texas’ top trending city and safety protocols are already being released so venues can prepare for a safe reopening.

Austin, Texas is the live music capital of the world

No matter what your favorite genre is, Austin is sure to have somewhere to see a live performance that fits your musical taste during your visit. There’s no other place like it!

To get information about Austin’s latest COVID-19 protocols implemented at local venues, call the venue directly or contact a Vacation Planner in the Avoya Network who can help direct you to the latest updates.

Best Live Music Venues in Austin

Not sure where to start? Check out these fan-favorite venues around the city...

Continental Club

Providing some of the finest live music in Austin since 1955, the Continental Club offers events every night of the week. Plus, it even received the award for Austin’s ‘Best Intimate Live Music Venue’ in 2019. Discover everything from rock, the blues, swing, country, and more at this historic venue. Some iconic artists have performed here in the past, including Robert Plant and Billy Gibbons. The Continental Club is a monumental part of Austin’s music scene, so be sure to make a stop here, grab a drink, and dance the night away during your visit to one of the best cities for music!


With a warm, welcoming atmosphere, this venue is the perfect place to get down to the sounds of rock, indie pop, punk, and so much more being performed by local and touring artists. Mohawk has both an outdoor and indoor stage hosting top notch talent, which gives you the option to see live music in the setting that you prefer. Mohawk’s friendly service and awesome tunes won’t be the only things that will make you fall in love with this place – experience firsthand what makes it such a popular spot among locals AND tourists!

The Saxon Pub

Want to go somewhere that has live music on a weekday evening? Head to the Saxon Pub, which features acts every night of the week, Monday through Sunday. Over the span of three decades, the Saxon Pub has hosted over 22,000 performances and has been a favorite among those that have had the chance to come here. Insider Tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a free live show during happy hour!

ACL Live at the Moody Theatre

Now home to the taping of the iconic and long-running PBS series ‘Austin City Limits,’ ACL Live is a semi-large but intimate entertainment venue that hosts some major talent. It’s known for booking a diverse range of artists to play, welcoming just about any genre including hip hop, EDM, rock, country, and more. Marvel at its top-of-the-line production while enjoying performances from some of the best artists from all over the world either by attending a taping of the show or one of their other concert experiences!

Stubbs BBQ

Who doesn’t love mouthwatering BBQ and incredible music? You’ll find both at Stubb’s BBQ in the Red River District. Stubb’s features an outdoor amphitheater and an intimate indoor stage for you to enjoy live performances while feasting on some of their classic dishes, like BBQ brisket, ribs, and cole slaw. Attend their weekly Gospel Brunch on Sundays featuring live Gospel music and a buffet for a feel-good way to start your week. If you’re looking for a truly unique music and dining experience in Austin, head over to Stubb’s!

Austin continues to reign as one of the best cities for music in the world. Experience the city in its entirety by making memories enjoying the music of your choice at any of Austin’s top venues.

Visit Austin, Texas in 2021 and beyond

Music is one of those wonderful and nostalgic things that brings people together. Whether you plan on traveling here in late 2021 or this this Christmas, you're sure to experience a musical city that will be a top vacation destination for many years to come.

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