Austin's Historic Music District 

Join us on a walk from Town Lake, down East Sixth Street and through the Red River Cultural District, and learn how flash floods have shaped Austin’s musical landscape. 

Austin does not have an official Historic Music District, but since its founding, music venues have clustered along East Sixth Street and in the Red River Cultural District, drawing weekend crowds and, since 1987, the famous South by Southwest music festival. What forces turned these intersecting roads into a musical hub? On this walking tour, we will give you a few answers, including segregation, urban sprawl and flash floods. We will also share with you other tidbits of downtown Austin's environmental history, from blizzards to ephemeral creeks, and we will show you the stomping grounds of a local music legend. 

Cost: $20

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


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We are currently working with Preservation Austin to further develop this tour. Please check back with us in November!



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Meeting Location

Southwest corner of West Cesar Chavez St. and Congress Avenue, near the Congress Avenue bridge

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."