Hot Summer Nights Returns this July

The live music capital of the world is excited to welcome back Hot Summer Nights, a non-profit multi-genre, multi-venue, admission-free summer music festival!

Watch as Downtown Austin is once again transformed into the spirit of Red River Cultural District on July 18-20.


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Founded back in 2017 as the Red River Cultural District’s first original district-wide event, this festival brings together lovers of music for an unforgettable experience combined with a powerful economic and cultural engine. What makes this festival stand out is its dedication and commitment to boosting local Austin businesses and musicians.

Hosted over ten popular music venues, this annual event offers a rare opportunity for fans to explore some of Austin’s most iconic music spaces free-of-charge while supporting local artists as well as service, hospitality, and production workers in Austin.

The Lineup

14 local venues along Red River Street are participating in this year’s 3-night admission-free music fest, returning July 18-20 with 100+ music acts.

The current lineup of local music venues set to participate in Hot Summer Nights 2024:

Cheer Up Charlies
Chess Club
Creek & Cave
Empire Control Room & Garage
Flamingo Cantina
Liberty Lunch
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
Swan Dive
The 13th Floor
Vaquero Taquero
Waterloo Park

Although each Hot Summer Nights event is free to attendees, all festival performances are paid opportunities for artists curated in cooperation with each venue, and supported through corporate sponsors and public donations.

As a special incentive for festival-goers this summer, fans who RSVP in advance while donating online to the Red River Cultural District using this special LINK will automatically receive entry to a sweepstakes giveaway offering special prizes from nearby businesses.

Follow along on social media @redriverculturaldistrict as the new music lineup will be revealed soon, alongside a new schedule chalked full of food and drink promotions from local restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

We can’t wait to properly welcome back Hot Summer Nights to the city of Austin!

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