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Texas Music Festivals to Look Forward to This Fall (When It's Not Disgustingly Hot)


  • Jaime Monzon
  • ACL

Not like it matters giving that this is Texas we're talking about, but there is something to say about standing outside in 90 degree heat compared to 105. That being said, we've put together a list of festivals you look forward to as we enter Texas' cooler months. So stay hydrated, and we'll see y'all at these live music gatherings.

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River City Rockfest
September 22

Bud Light River City Rockfest is returning for its sixth year on Saturday, September 22 at the AT&T Center and they're bringing fucking Nine Inch Nails. Yup, you read that right. Arguably one the most important industrial acts of the late ’80s and ’90s, the cult-like following of Trent Reznor and friends seems only to grow as the years go by. Trent has aged into such a dark lord daddy now, so it's not surprising. Also on the bill are Primus, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Chevelle, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Clutch, Hellyeah, Yelawolf, Suicidal Tendencies, The Sword, Drowning Pool, The Fever 333, Upon A Burning Body, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, I See Stars, Demob Happy, The Heroine, Blacktop Mojo, Lynnwood King & The Revival and Covina. "With a new date and one of strongest lineups yet, we're looking forward to the sixth year of the Bud Light River City Rockfest," said Spurs Sports & Entertainment Vice President Tammy Turner in a press release. "After engaging with our fans, we are excited to provide new experiences at the event and look forward to continued expansion of the festival moving forward." Tickets can be purchased at

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  • Jaime Monzon
  • Metallica

October 5-7, 12-14

Metallica is headed back to Texas to headline ACL, which is actually sort of weird and awesome since most of ACL’s headliners recently have been the likes of Radiohead, Jay-Z and Willie Nelson – not gigantic metal acts. If you’ve seen Metallica in recent years you’d probably be stoked too since they usually play very few new songs and a shit ton of their old work, which rules if don’t really listen to anything past the Black album. Besides Metallica, the rest of the headliners include Paul McCartney, "Redbone" singer Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, TRAVIS SCOTT and ODESZA. The full lineup is shaping up to be pretty fantastic too with St. Vincent, Janelle Monáe and David Byrne slated for appearances. Tickets can be purchased at

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Mala Luna
October 27-28

Well damn Mala Luna, y’all stepped up your game pretty high. Y’all have been holding it down for a few years, bringing in acts like Travis Scott and Steve Aoki in 2016, then Lil Wayne and Future in 2017. So, it’s not like super duper surprising that y’all continue to bring in higher caliber acts but... Cardi B, tho. The third annual Mala Luna returns Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 of Halloween weekend to the Nelson Wolff Stadium parking lot with none other than Offset's better half, Cardi B. Alongside fellow headliners Nicky Jam, Dillon Francis and Tyler, the Creator, this is set to be (as of now) the “Bodak Yellow” singer's first post-pregnancy performance, and we’re more than just a little stoked if you can’t tell. Tickets can be purchased at

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UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks
November 2-4

Last fall, UTOPiAfest, (now called UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks) founder Travis Sutherland bid adieu to his family’s Four Sisters Ranch at the Southern tip of the Texas Hill Country in Uvalde County where it had been held for nine years. Organizers later revealed that the event will take up residence on a sprawling private ranch near Burnet. “Saying goodbye to our festival’s original home, Four Sister’s Ranch, never felt like an ending, but a new beginning,” Sutherland said in a press release. “To be able to expand our UTOPiAn dream and be accessible to more people is an honor. We can’t wait to create an unforgettable weekend in the Texas Hill Country.” With headliners like Grandmaster Flash, singersongwriter Patty Griffin and Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson. Tickets can be purchased at

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