Making Magic Happen Since 1987
As a 501(c)3 organization, the mission of Old Settler’s Music Festival, Inc. is to bring a legacy of American roots music to a new age of listeners while preserving the music and a strong culture of family, friends, and a sense of community.
For 36 years and counting, the Old Settler’s Music Festival brings Americana and roots music lovers together for camping, community, and celebration each spring. As one of Central Texas’ signature music events, our festival features Americana music — roots, folk, acoustic, jazz, blues, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, gospel, country — from local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world. Three campgrounds provide more than 29 acres of tree-covered parkland for gathering, camping, and late-night jams by the campfire. Eclectic arts and crafts, kids activities, workshops, delectable food, and ice-cold local libations round out the magical experience.
The festival is represented at numerous music events including the International Folk Alliance Conference, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, South By Southwest, the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass, and the International Music Festival Conference.
Our Forever Home
The Old Settler’s Music Festival was first held in Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas. The festival then moved to Stone Mountain Events Center in Dripping Springs, Texas, and later to the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas. In 2018, the festival moved to its forever home, The Old Settler’s Homestead in Dale, Texas — 145 acres of rolling meadows and tree-covered campgrounds just a short, relaxing drive southeast of Austin.
Widely recognized for our contribution to Central Texas culture, the Old Settler’s Music Festival showcases ~30 bands performing for ~5,000 roots music fans each year, and is considered among the major events that help the region sustain its status as the “live music capital of the world.” And now, as we plant roots of our own at The Old Settler’s Homestead, we cement our status as the sole roots music and camping festival in Central Texas. “OSMF has become an elite musical event without sacrificing the community vibe that built it.” (Austin Chronicle, 2019)