Austin's Historic Music District 

Join us on a stroll through one of the country's last walkable music districts, 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 walkable music districts in the United States. It is also the epicenter of Austin's famed music festival, South by Southwest. Despite its popularity, this district faces threats from gentrification. Developed in partnership with Preservation Austin, this walking tour focuses on the environmental and social forces that turned Red River Street into a music hub and the forces that have made this hub vulnerable to downtown development.  We will also show you the stomping grounds of a local music legend. 

Cost: $20

Seniors and students $17. Children 12 and under are free. 

Tour Schedule

Fridays @ 2:00 pm, Saturdays @ 4:00 pm, Sundays @ 2:00 pm

See below for information about monthly pay-what-you-wish tours.


Meeting Location

Esther's Follies, 525 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

(Located on the southwest corner of East Sixth and Red River streets)

Finding Your Guide

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

Choose which date you plan to attend the tour.


Texture the City offers monthly pay-as-you-wish tours so that you may enjoy our tours for whatever price you like – even free! Registration is required!

Upcoming Pay-as-you-Wish Tours

Saturday, February 17th @ 4:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Tour length + Landscape

This tour lasts 2 hours, sometimes a little more. The route is flat and paved and is handicap accessible.

Refund Policy

Full refunds are available by request up to 48 hours before a walking tour. Between 48 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future tour. No shows and cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the tour will not be refunded.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather. In the event of a Texture the City cancellation, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered. In the case of rain or other inclement weather, please call (512) 533-6457 to confirm our schedule.


Gratuities are much appreciated but never expected.


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.

Transportation and Parking

There is usually street parking available near the start of this tour, however, if street parking is scarce, the closest parking garage is 5th Street Parking. You can also take a bus or train downtown and walk to the corner of East Sixth and Red River streets.


We love dogs! Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome on our outdoor walking tours.

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