Get out there and enjoy living in the Live Music Capital of the World, my friends! Austin is home to so many talented musicians and to so many beautiful spaces that are perfect for outdoor concerts, too. Here’s a roundup of where you can take the kids to enjoy some free entertainment this summer.

–> Sound & Cinema @ The Long Center
June 21 & 28, July 19 & 26, bands start around 7:30 p.m.
Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse bring the annual combination of live music and classic movies to the lawn of the Long Center with great views of the city skyline in the background. Sound & Cinema is FREE, for all ages, and a whole lot of fun! Click here for updates about the lineup.

–> Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park @ The Long Center
Sundays at 7:30 p.m., June 4 – August 27 (except July 2)
Settle into to the lawn of the Long Center for a free ensemble concerts each Sunday night. Perfect for all ages. Click here for the schedule.

–> Blues on the Green @ Zilker Park
June 14, July 12, August 2, 8 p.m.
KGSR presents Austin’s largest free concert series every summer, and an Austin tradition… so grab your family and friends, some blankets, lawn chairs and get there early for a great spot. Click here to stay up to date on the lineup.

photo from the Blues on the Green Facebook page

–> Music Under the Star @ Bullock Museum
July 7, 14 and 21, 6 – 9 p.m.
This free concert series is held each July in the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plazawith complimentary garage parking. You can take the whole family, camp chairs, and blankets to enjoy a lineup of Texas artists. Bring non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank.

–> Unplugged at the Grove @ Shady Grove Restaurant
Thursdays, 8 p.m.
KGSR’s annual Unplugged at the Grove invites you to enjoy live music at the iconic restaurant on Barton Springs Road. This series goes strong throughout the summer. There’s no cover charge, and while you are there, you can enjoy beer specials and great food, too. Click here for full line-up and details.

–> Texas Radio Live @ Guero’s Taco Bar
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Each week Sun Radio presents the latest and the greatest Texas singers, songwriters and musicians. Texas Radio Live broadcasts live from Guero’s Oak Garden on While admission is free, this is also a weekly fundraiser (donations accepted) to help support the Sun Radio Mission & the Larry Monroe Scholarship Fund. Click here to view the line-up.

–> Children’s Day Art Park @ Symphony Square
Wednesdays, June 7 – July 26, except July 5
activities at 9 a.m., show at 10 a.m.
While this one is not exactly free, it’s pretty darn inexpensive at only 50 cent admission per child. If you’re looking for weekday entertainment for the little ones, check out this annual series on Wednesday mornings. In addition to a live music, you’ll enjoy dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes and more.

photo from the Austin Symphony website

–>More Venues: There’s really no shortage of places to hear free, live music in Austin. For more family-friendly concerts, keep your eye on the schedules at these venues:

Have some fun this summer soaking up the sounds of Austin!