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BIG Change for Old Settlers Music Festival

The Old Settler’s Music Festival will move to a new site starting with the April 19-22, 2018 festival. In June, the iconic festival took an important step to ensure its future by finalizing the purchase of 145 acres in Dale, Texas, a small community nestled in Caldwell County just 20 minutes east of Lockhart and less than an hour from downtown Austin.

The festival has grown into a nationally renowned four-day, family-friendly event attracting 16,000 roots-music lovers annually, which celebrated its 30th birthday this spring.  The new site doubles the festival’s space and allows for numerous improvements, while maintaining the previous site’s boutique feel. An expanded Kids’ Village, more room for eclectic food offerings, elimination of the need for satellite parking and shuttles, more camping space and other amenities will be available at the new location. The festival plans a careful, slow process of growing into the new property, building a one-of-a-kind enclave that captures the cherished soul of Old Settler’s.

“Based on feedback — especially from the last two years — the board members had come to the conclusion that Old Settler’s had outgrown the space available at Salt Lick and Camp Ben McCulloch. Old Settler’s board president Johnny Harvey said, “The purchase will allow Old Settler’s to design and develop a festival site and camping-oriented facility that will soon be known as one of the premier event locations in Texas.”

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