Austin, Texas is famously known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Live music can be found in the Capitol city every night, whether at a bar on Sixth Street or the highly popular ACL Fest at Zilker Park.
Back in the ‘70s, the City of Austin got involved and created Waterloo Park, which hosted events such as Fun Fun Fun Fest, Spamarama and others.
An Area Of and For the Community
This timely new community outdoor space officially reopened on August 14th. Back in May, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said, the reopening would provide the community reimagined play spaces, relaxing leisure areas, and build upon Austin’s offerings of some of the greatest outdoor live events in the nation. “Waterloo Park will serve as a symbol of inclusivity and resilience through nature, history, community, culture and the arts,” said Adler.
Pontoon Bridge to Provide New Links
Once the Waterloo Greenway has been completed, there will be a continuous path from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake. This will provide an easy pathway to walk directly through the heart of downtown Austin. About 3 miles in length, the trail will include a floating pontoon bridge so pedestrians can cross the river without having to walk through the busy downtown area. It’s sure to be an interesting addition to the existing hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake.
Season of Free Events
During its opening season plans, are in place for Waterloo Park to have free activities for the family, concerts, and other events which will feature cultures from all over the world. Some of the events to look forward to starting in the fall are the Lebermann Plaza Concert Series running September-November, Dia de Los Muertos Festival in October, and the Holiday Cinema, presenting free holiday-themed movies.
Gary Clark Jr. and More
The Moody Amphitheater will also play host to some of music’s biggest stars. Austin’s own Gary Clark Jr. is scheduled to play the first concert at the amphitheater August 20th to officially kick off the Moody Amphitheater concert series. (He returns for a second concert the following night.)
In the fall, bands such as the Counting Crows, Lord Huron and Glass Animal will all play at the amphitheater. As an added bonus, Waterloo Greenway has teamed with Live Nation/C3 productions to offer 100 free tickets to every concert through a lottery system. All of the upcoming events can be found on the Moody Amphitheater’s website.
For all of the exciting upcoming events, be sure to check out the Waterloo Greenway’s page, or follow for updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Cover photo courtesy Waterloo Greenaway
Brian Maass enjoys live music, and sharing good times at a local brewery or winery with his wife and friends. If he is not at a concert, then you will find Brian at a National Park photographing the amazing scenery this world has to offer. IG: brian_maass_adventures