With a mix of free and paid shows, the Bastrop Music Festival offers something for everyone. This year, the Bastrop Music Festival has partnered with Austin record label Keeled Scales for two free artist showcases at Astro Record Store on Sept. 22-23 from 5-7 p.m.

Each year, the Bastrop Music Festival spotlights different local businesses. This year, it is hosting a VIP party and live music performances throughout the weekend at Bearded Baking Co. Attendees can also find live music at the new Chestnut Grove Food Truck Court.

The fifth annual Bastrop Music Festival is presented by Texas Music Magazine, under the ownership of Open Sky Media Inc.

“We have so many free shows, which is super important to us to bring stuff to the town that anybody can come and enjoy no matter what their budget is,” Open Sky Director of Events Lauren Sposetta said.

Representing a variety of music is a priority for the Bastrop Music Festival, Open Sky Editorial Director Rebecca Fontenot Cord said.

“Artists are selected with that diversity in mind and most are Central Texas–based, including a handful specifically from Bastrop,” Fontenot Cord said in an email.

Founded in 2018, The Bastrop Music Festival celebrates Bastrop and its commitment to music.

Meet the headliners

The Peterson Brothers will headline the festival Sept. 21 from 9:30-11 p.m. at Neighbor’s Kitchen and Bar. Sir Woman is Sept. 22’s headliner, taking the stage at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard from 7:30-9 p.m. New to the festival, Cody Hibbard will headline Sept. 23 from 10:30 p.m.-midnight at Neighbor’s as well.

A Texas Music Friendly Community since 2020, Bastrop continues to welcome the next generation of performers. Sposetta said the Bastrop Music Festival is a great place to see up-and-coming artists.

“When we announced the lineup this year, there [are] always people; they're like, ‘I don't know who these people [performing] are.’ And I'm like, ‘Well, yeah, that's part of it is getting out and seeing some local music,’” Sposetta said.

Celebrate local

A number of local artists can also be found at the event, such as The Peterson Brothers, Feel Good Club, Chubby Knuckle Choir, and Linda Greene and the Soultines.

Unlike other music festivals, Bastrop Music Festival partners with local businesses, utilizing Bastrop’s many existing venues.

“The idea behind these festivals is to create awareness and highlight what makes Bastrop cool,” Sposetta said. “That's why we work within existing venues, and we don't like to close the streets and build things to make people stand outside—the idea is to get everybody to go inside to what the existing businesses are already doing and check them out.”

Festivalgoers can expect some new performers at this year’s event, including Sir Woman, Cody Hibbard and Two Tons of Steel. Chubby Knuckle Choir, Donovan Keith, and Sour Bridges will mark their fifth year at the Bastrop Music Festival.