Wet Hot Americana Summer: The Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas
If you’re a fan of Americana, bluegrass, jazz or blues, it’s time for a road trip down to Central Texas. The Old Settler’s Music Festival, held in Driftwood, Texas (just outside Austin) is a four-day outdoor music festival with Grammy-winning bands, camping, great food and drink and arts and crafts exhibits. Past headliners have included Charlie Daniels, Patty Griffin, Alison Krauss, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin and many more.
The annual Old Settler’s Music Festival is held each April at Camp Ben McCullough, which is adjacent to the three-stage Salt Lick Pavilion. Over two dozen bands perform outdoors during the four day festival, which is adjacent to one of the best-looking campgrounds in the country, at least according to past festival attendees. The campsite runs alongside a gentle creek, which leads to a laid-back, campfire environment with swimming and music every night.
Whole festival (four-day) passes to the Old Settler’s Music Festival vary depending on whether you camp or not, but either way, they are more affordable than most music fests, or $125 to $175 total. The low-cost pass rate and camping opportunities make it perfect for college students taking an affordable last-minute road trip, but if you plan to camp, get your tickets early, as campsite spots sell out quickly. Enjoy your wet hot americana summer!
By Leah Waldron