Free Week started in 2003 at the legendary Emo’s (at 6th and Red River St) as a way to keep the club’s lights on and staff working during the dead winter when business was historically slow. What started as a one-venue annual event grew into a movement, with venues Austin to Nashville participating, with tens of thousands attending city-wide.
Dozens of FREE Performances
Performances take place across the district’s 10+ live music venues, comedy clubs, parks + event spaces and focus on performances by local and regional talent. 2024 participating venues include:
Cheer Up Charlies
Creek & Cave
Empire Control Room & Garage
Start Every Year With A Bang
Free Week generally takes place over the first weekend of the first week of the year. Free Week 2024 is scheduled for January 5th – 6th, 2024.