The Top 5 Reasons to Come to Waterloo Fest

The Top 5 Reasons to Come to Waterloo Fest!


#1: Cheese, Cheese, more CHEESE

Don't miss jam legends The String Cheese Incident - performing every night on the Waterloo Stage at the Ranch!

#2: JRAD comes to Texas

Waterloo Fest is the first-ever appearance by Joe Russo's Almost Dead in the Lone Star State! Catch them Saturday night for a historic set.

#3: Camping is the true fest experience

Pitch your tent on the Colorado River like the settlers of Austin before us! 

#4: Local acts from the Live Music Capital

Waterloo features some of Austin's bests! Read about them all at

#5: Art, Activities, Yoga, Workshops, and Competitions!

Did you hear we're having a water balloon fight, with mass quantities of biodegradable water balloons? Or join the bocce ball tournament, a yoga class, or learn something new. More info:

Waterloo Festival Guide

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Welcome to the week of Waterloo Fest! We're almost there and we cannot wait, so we wanted to help everyone get prepared. Read on for arrival info, what-to-bring reminders, can't-miss activities, safety suggestions and more!

Wristband Pick Up

If you live around Austin or arrive early for the fest, come to our Pick Up Party! Our last Waterloo Fest Wednesday show in our pre-party series will double as an early wristband pickup opportunity. Enjoy some local music, cocktails, meet the family, and grab your band to avoid Box Office lines! Free of charge for pass holders. Event info here:

Can't make the party? Grab your band at the Box Office at the festival. Details below!

how to get here

Map yourself or your ride share to 635 Dalton Ln, Austin, TX 78742, and choose the route that uses Hergotz Ln. Our venue is called Carson Creek Ranch, but that address is the one that will get you to the correct entrance!

Please note that our venue Carson Creek Ranch will collect $20 for parking each day, or $30 for weekend tent camping, from attendees who do not have a Car Camping Pass. Come prepared with cash!

Not driving? Take Lyft. Follow this link for 20% off two Lyft rides to/from Carson Creek Ranch:

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When to Arrive

The Box Office, where you'll pick up your passes, opens at 8:00AM each day for camping. For non-camping fest goers, the Box Office opens at 12:00PM Friday, 12:00PM Saturday, and 11:00AM Sunday. We'll direct you there when you arrive!

The campgrounds are open 10:00AM Friday through noon on Monday. Keep in mind that you can't drive your car into the campgrounds after midnight each night. 

Festival Hours:

  • Friday 2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Saturday 1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

What to Bring

Sunscreen and a smile! And maybe a few other things... Like rain ponchos (no umbrellas allowed in the fest), an empty water bottle, and $20 cash for non-camper parking.

If you're camping, you're welcome to bring sealed food and non-alcoholic beverages stored in non-breakable containers. Remember that because of the burn ban (not lifted in time for safety re-structuring) we cannot allow cooking or heating elements of any kind, and we have had to update our alcohol rules due to TABC regulations. There is no outside alcohol allowed, so we'll be selling cheap crates of beer and wine in the campgrounds in our best efforts to account for this change.

Check out our full list of allowed vs. prohibited items on the FAQ page:

How to Beat the Heat

Look out for our shade structures and cooling stations throughout the fest! We're making sure to create plenty of of shady spots. There will also be free water refill stations, marked by a water drop on the venue map!

Can't Miss Activities

It's hard to choose, but some top picks: the water balloon fight on Saturday at 6:00pm, the Dale's Pale Ale Slip 'n Slide, morning yoga in the campgrounds, the silent disco, and of course the Relix Stage by the water at sunset. Plus of course delicious food and beautiful craft vendors. 



We're working hard to make sure the event is accessible to all. Stop by the info booth to learn more, or check out the FAQ ADA section:


FunkyBatz lists top funk picks


Our friends at FunkyBatz know what's up with the funk. Last week these experts put together their short list of can't-miss acts at Waterloo Fest! Check it out so you know where to get down with the funk lovers at the fest:


Oteil Burbridge & Friends 

The two-time Grammy winning bassist has toured with Allman Bros, and yet he brings the funk each time he shares the stage with too many rock and blues legends to count. Oteil drives the bus on stage!

The Motet 

Funk, afrobeat and jazz influenced powerhouse out of Denver. We are particularly fond of Joey Porter's B3 skills. This band didn't blow up overnight - they earned it.


California soul reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s-era funk and soul. Prepare to float.

Pimps of Joytime  

When New Orleans funk & San Francisco soul collide, we get the freshest funk-soul band ever! This band delivers the groove with a fine sharp edge!

Los Coast 

Austin's own psych soul buzz band that is wowing crowds with each performance. Oh that soul-rock sound!

Everyone Orchestra lineup Announced


Today we are so excited to announce the lineup for Waterloo Fest's Everyone Orchestra! These musicians hail from diverse musical groups and backgrounds, and each is skilled in the enthralling art of improvisational music-making. Following the lead of beloved Everyone Orchestra conductor Matt Butler, this ensemble will give Waterloo Fest a unique and memorable show. 

Read about Matt Butler and each of the artists on our Everyone Orchestra artist page: They're ready to jam.

Introducing Waterloo fest Wednesdays


Waterloo Music Festival, Ilegal Mezcal & The Hippie House present Waterloo Fest Wednesdays at Parish! We couldn't wait until September, so we decided to start the celebration early. Come out to the official pre-parties and get the festival juices flowing. We'll be there every Wednesday beginning August 1st until we meet you at Carson Creek Ranch for the festival September 7-9!

Join us for live painting, vendors and more from The Hippie House, delicious Mezcal cocktails from Ilegal Mezcal and performances from some of our absolute favorite Austin artists. Get to know amazing local musicians, and maybe even win tickets to the festival - Each week we'll be giving away a pair of Waterloo Fest GA passes to a lucky winner.

Tickets are $7 Advance, $10 at the door, or free with with your WMF weekend or Single Day pass.

The events are 18+. A $5 minor surcharge will be collected at the door for those under 21.

Doors: 7PM
Music: 8PM

Already have your WMF weekend pass or a single day ticket? You get in free to the entire series! 

Kickoff Waterloo Fest Wednesdays with us at the first event August 1, featuring ROXY ROCA & Flying Balalaika Brothers! See you soon.