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Red River Free Week helps groups and venues raise awareness of overdose deaths

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Red River Cultural District Free Week has returned to downtown Austin this week. The festival offers free concerts from Thursday, January 5th to Saturday, January 7th.

Safer Together put on a series of concerts each year to raise awareness of overdose deaths in Travis County. The series also helps local bands and venues at a time when they are usually inactive and leading to a downturn.

More than 100 bands perform at these 12 music venues:

  • Cheer up Charlie
  • Chess Club
  • Elysium
  • Empire control room and garage
  • Flamingo Cantina
  • Mala Vida
  • Iroquois
  • Bar Stubba-BQ
  • Swan dive
  • 13th floor
  • Valhalla
  • Vaquero Takero

Organizers say festival goers will receive discounts on food and drink at nearby venues, including:

  • hoboken pie
  • Stubbs Bar-BQ
  • Vaquero Takero
  • Shawarma Point
  • Pelona
  • Brewery of the Central District

According to organizers, Free Week started in 2003 at the original Emo’s on Sixth and Red River streets.



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