Austin's Historic Music District 

Join us on a walk through the famous Red River Cultural District, and learn how flash floods have shaped Austin’s musical landscape. 

Formally established in 2013, the Red River Cultural District is one of the last remaining walkable music districts in the United States as well as the epicenter of Austin's famed music festival, South by Southwest. Despite its popularity, this district also faces threats from downtown gentrification. What forces turned the Red River Cultural District into a music hub, and what forces have made this hub vulnerable to downtown development? On this walking tour, developed in partnership with Preservation Austin, we will give you a few answers. We will also share with you other tidbits of downtown Austin's environmental history, and we will show you the stomping grounds of a local music legend. 

Cost: $18

Seniors and students $15. Children 11 and under are free. 


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tour Dates and times

Fridays, 4pm

Saturdays, 4pm



Once a month, we offer pay-as-you-wish tours, so that you may enjoy sightseeing in Austin for whatever price you like – even free! You get to determine what a tour was worth after the tour. Registration is required! Please sign up below.

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Upcoming Pay-as-you-Wish Tours

Friday, December 22nd @ 4pm



Meeting Location

Southwest corner of Red River and Sixth streets, just outside of Esther's Follies.

Finding Your Guide

Your guide will carry an 8×11" sign that says “Texture the City Walking Tour"

Frequently Asked Questions

Tour length + Landscape

Tours last 1.5 hours, sometimes a little more. The route is flat and paved.

Transportation and Parking

If you drive downtown, we recommend parking on the street or, if street parking is scarce, in the garage at Radisson Hotel & Suites, located at 111 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701. Garage parking costs $4/2 hours. Sometimes you can find free, 2-hour parking in the lot on the southeast corner of  W. Riverside Dr. and South First Street. You can also take a bus or train downtown and walk to the Congress Avenue Bridge.


Texture the City offers custom tours to large and small groups. For corporations, walking tours are great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients. For schools, we can assist in integrating our tours into an academic curriculum. Prices vary. Please contact us to arrange a custom tour.


Your guide will carry an 8×11 sign that says “Texture the City Walking Tour."