What better reason to come RV camping in Texas than the chance to attend an exciting multi-day music festival? Held year-round throughout the state, Texas music fests are famous for their top-notch entertainers and friendly hospitality. Even better, most are within a short drive of a top-notch RV campground. Here are five to consider as you’re planning your next camping trip to Texas.
Kerrville Folk Festival – Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville – May 21 to June 6
Come immerse yourself in the family-friendly festival atmosphere and the chance to hear beloved artists such as Emmylou Harris and David Crosby. Held at Quiet Valley Ranch just south of Kerrville, TX, this annual folk festival features dozens of acts, workshops of interest to budding musicians and activities for every age music fan.
There’s a campground on-site, but it fills up fast. If you don’t secure a campsite on the Ranch, there are plenty of excellent campgrounds near Kerrville.
Dallas International Guitar Festival – Fair Park, Dallas – May 29-31
Since 1978, guitar enthusiasts from around the globe have met in Dallas to celebrate the guitar and the world-class guitarists who take music to whole new heights. Whether RV campers love to listen to, or play, the guitar, they’re going to want to make this festival an annual camping destination. Located at Fair Park just outside downtown Dallas, the events are easy to reach from most Dallas area campgrounds. Rock on!
UtopiaFest – Utopia – Labor Day Weekend
What to expect at this music fest: Family friendly, free camping (no hookups), an eclectic lineup of bands, and tickets limited to 2,000 to create a cozy, fan-centered experience. An hour and a half west of San Antonio in beautiful Texas Hill Country, it’s one of the Lone Star State’s best festivals. Click here for Central Texas campgrounds if you prefer to camp away from the crowds. Tip: Buy your tickets early!
Salmon Lake Park Bluegrass Festival – Grapeland – Labor Day Weekend
For decades, bluegrass fans who love to camp in a lovely rural setting have flocked to Salmon Lake in Grapeland, Texas on Labor Day Weekend. The combination of lakeside listening, a homey, family atmosphere (think opening night potluck dinner!) and hours on end of classic bluegrass music draws big crowds year after year. Camp on-site or reserve a campsite
Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin – October 2-4, October 9-11
Where else but the Live Music Capital of the World can you experience a world-class festival with dozens of acts offering an amazing range of music? Austin’s fame as a live music paradise has built this festival into two full weekends of listening enjoyment. Held at the city’s Zilker Park, this celebration offers attractions for the entire family, in addition to awesome performances on multiple stages. 2015 weekend one is sold out, so if you’re planning to come to Austin, get those weekend two tickets now! Here’s a link to Austin area RV campgrounds to help you plan your trip.
These are just five of the music festivals that draw RV campers each year to Texas. Why not add at least one to your camping plans and find out why all kinds of music fans have fallen in love with the Lone Star State?
Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has been in the travel industry for over 20 years. He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States. Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations.