Banner for JMBLYA above a stage.

Music Festivals to Attend in the Upcoming Season in Texas

By Piper Blake
Web Content Contributor

Its that time of year again! Music festivals are setting the stage for great performances all summer long. It’s hard as college students on tight budgets to travel to big festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach out in California, but we can still find some great music right here in Texas. That is why I created a list of a few Texas grown festivals that aren’t too far and won’t break the bank.

Fortress Festival, April 27 -28

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Fortress Festival is a multi-genre music festival and interactive art experience. Admission to the festival includes access to the modern art museums downtown in the cultural district and these spaces are used as venues for some performances. This gives attendees more than just a concert, but a cultural experience that will last a life time. Due to the festival happening this month, early bird specials have expired but you can still purchase tickets in advance. Single-day passes cost $69 for general admission and $169 for VIP passes. Two-Day general admission passes are still available for $109. Some of the headliners include Leon Bridges, Chvrches and Rea Sremmurd.

 poster of an Illustrated sky and below are the names of performers at the festival.
Head up to Fort Worth for an amazing concert!

JMBLYA, May 3-4

JMBLYA IS HERE! Every May, Texas gets one of the biggest hip-hop festivals to visit 3 major cities. These cities include Dallas, Houston and Austin. That means there are plenty of chances to get your friends together for a great weekend. Travis Scott and Lil Wayne are the highlights of this year’s tour, so get your tickets fast. General admission starts at $109 but you can always upgrade to a VIP ticket that starts at $249. JMBLYA is one of the most talked about festivals and a favorite amongst college students.

A baby blue poster with pink type that lists bands that will be performing. Also, there is a pink catfish in pimp clothes.
JMBLYA is the move.

IHEARTCOUNTRY Festival, May 4th

If you are a country fan like me, this festival is perfect for you. Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Dan & Shay are the headliners and I know it’s going to be amazing. This festival will be in Austin, Texas, so for Texas State students, it’s just a drive up the road. Tickets range from $75-$425 based on location of seating. Country music gets me into the summer mood, so this festival would be the perfect end to my semester.

Grey and red background with navy and red type listing performers.
Country music is the feel-good music of summer.

Float Fest, July 20 – 21

This festival is conveniently located right here in San Marcos. Float Fest includes music from indie-pop and electro to hip hop and progressive rock. You can enjoy great music while floating the river and enjoying the summer sun. This is a great way to have fun with college students while enjoying a great line up and soaking in some sun. However, this year’s Float Fest permit has been denied, so relocation may be in process. Stay on the look out because this is a great event that you don’t want to miss out on.

Colorful posters with an animated river listing all the bands performing.
Thanks to San Marcos for having a festival right by campus.

No matter your budget you can still find a way to enjoy a festival this summer. There is something out there for any music taste. These were just a few festivals that are coming up that would be easy to get to based on location and budget. Have fun this spring and summer and try to catch some good music.

Featured image by Giovanni Gilmore.

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