We are fortunate to be able to expose our children to an assortment of live music shows from such an early age. (There’s surely no lack of adorable, hip little junior rockers in this city.) And there are even local venues that host free, weekly performances geared specifically towards kids.
Below is my round-up of kid-friendly venues that offer entertainment for your whole family EVERY week in our music-loving city. (And if there’s something I missed, please add it in the comments section. I’d love to know!)
3 Places to Hear Music for Kids Every Week
When: Kids show every Sunday, 10:00am
A south Austin favorite, Strange Brew Coffee is open 24/7, offers a large space, outdoor patio, plenty of parking, drinks, and food. And Strange Brew Lounge Side offers music daily. They were even voted Best Acoustic Venue, Best All Ages Venue & Best Live Music Venue at the recent Austin Music Awards.
Brilliant Sky Toys and Books
Catch Mr. Will’s Children’s Sing-Along every Tuesday morning! Try to get there a little early to browse the toys and get a good seat. Follow Mr. Will on Facebook for show updates.
When: Every Tuesday, 11:30am
Where: 701 Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D 480, Austin, TX 78746
|Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books|
5 Family-Friendly Places to Hear Free Live Music Every Week
While these venues don’t necessarily feature children’s performers, you can bet on these being family-friendly locations where kids of all ages are welcome to tag along with mom and dad.
This restaurant near Lake Travis is known for it’s catfish and burgers as well as its family-friendly atmosphere (with a playground for the kids). On their website they go as far as to say, “We love kids! Maybe that’s because we have our own and understand that parents don’t feel comfortable taking their children just anywhere.” They had been offering a kids show every Thursday during the month of March but do not currently have plans to continue that in April (check the website from time to time to see if this comes back). But they offer a variety of music on Friday and Saturday nights.
When: Live music Friday and Saturday nights, 6-9pm
Where: 6812 N Lake Dr, Austin, TX 78724Central Market
- Central Market North Lamar (4001 N. Lamar Blvd.) offers live music every Thursday – Saturday, 6:30-9pm and Sunday at noon.
- Central Market Westgate (4477 S. Lamar Blvd.) offers live music every Thursday – Saturday, 6:30-9pm
|Playground at Central Market North Lamar|
When: Wednesdays include open mic night at 5:30, and free shows happen every Thursday – Sunday, 6-9pm
When: Free live acoustic music Fridays, 6:30pm
|Playground at in.gredients|
|Performer at the Downtown Market|
As with all events, it’s a great idea to check the websites or call ahead to confirm the shows will be happening. This spring weather brings rain, of course, that can sometimes mess around with outdoor venues and schedules.
No matter where you go, I hope you and the kids have fun rockin’ out around town!
Freelance web producer, Heidi Okla is mom to three boys (ages 4, 6, and 8), and can’t pass up any opportunity for fun family adventures. Browse her literacy-focused kids activities on her blog, Read ‘Em and Leap.