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Address: 13101 Highway 71 West, Austin, TX 78738
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+1 512-263-4146
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The Backyard is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in a...

The Backyard is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in a natural, open-air setting enveloped in the shade of 400 year old live oaks. This one of a kind amphitheater hosts music of a varied and eclectic mix of musicians.

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Needs new chairs!

Came to The Backyard for the Austin 1st Jazz Festival and had a blast!! The bad thing was the old and broken folding chairs they currently have. At least for the price I paid for... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2014
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Houston, Texas
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Austin, TX
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131 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

So I've seen it from both sides. Opened for Willie a couple of times. Saw quite a few shows at the old and new venues. I decided today it needs more than just 26 reviews. It's a great venue. Great acoustics, great atmosphere in my opinion. If my 80-year old mother can get around in there, it's working pretty well.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2015

The Backyard & Willie Nelson are a true Texas tradition and not to be missed! Get to the Backyard early, bring something else to do as you have to listen to at least 2 groups perform before Willie comes on stage but it will be well worth the wait! I LOVE Willie! (Side note...I hate that Trip Advisor limits dates... More 

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Thank 1972TexasGal
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014

Having been to many an open, lawn seating event, I found the Backyard to fairly typical. Bathrooms were in fair shape. I'd like to see a little maintenance during the concerts just to keep paper towels and soap in supply. I do thing the parking lot needs to be improved and am looking forward to the improvements planned. Just be... More 

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Thank Martha H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

First time attending concert at facility. Went to facility website to get a feel on how to prepare for event. Website indicated facility was newly renovated. Only thing accurate about description of Backyard environment is that is located in the hill country, that's it. I must admit parking was appropriate, how can you go wrong there. Once inside, we were... More 

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Came to The Backyard for the Austin 1st Jazz Festival and had a blast!! The bad thing was the old and broken folding chairs they currently have. At least for the price I paid for VIP tickets, we should've gotten chairs in better condition. Next time will pay much less and bring a blanket to enjoy the grass and not... More 

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Thank P00hGirl
La Vernia, Texas
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215 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2013

It was spread out with rough terrain and multiple venue options. I don't see this place as becoming a place for future events until improvements are made.

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1 Thank Justin K
Georgetown, TX
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244 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

My wife wanted to see Willie Nelson who was playing at The Backyard in Austin. Knowing that the traffic would be heavy, we rented a room at the nearby Hampton Inn. It took us 1 1/2 hours to drive from the hotel to the parking lot at The Backyard. There are eight lanes of traffic that must converge into two... More 

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Thank David B
Frisco
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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Very cool venue for a outdoor concert. The place is located southwest of downtown Austin approximately 22 miles depending which route you take. The place is celebrating 20 years this July and truly is a unique place for great music. I saw String Cheese Incident there over the 4th of July weekend and the sound is amazing. They have a... More 

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Thank Marc G
Waco, Texas, United States
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44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2013

a wonderful outdoor music venue. It's not a huge place, but not small. Everywhere is a great seat. They have good food options as well. I look forward to going back here for more music entertainment.

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Thank Grady C
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Tends to fill up fast. Bring things (cushions, etc.,) to make your visit comfortable. Sounds system is good, parking is decent...a great way to spend an evening.

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