If your taste in an evening out includes live music, Victoria Texas has much to offer, whether you prefer an evening at the symphony or a two-step around the dance floor.

When it comes to music of the high-class variety, Victoria is home to two fine institutions: The Victoria Bach Festival and the Victoria Symphony.

The Victoria Bach Festival schedules concerts at locations around the city for an intense week - long festival each summer.  Many of the events are free to the public.  Show locations include local churches, the Leo J. Welder Center, and the Victoria Fine Arts Center. Musicians from around the country flock to Victoria each summer for the festival. The Bach Festival celebrated its 40th year this past summer with Grammy award-winner Craig Hella Johnson completing his 23rd year as Artistic Director for the festival. The festival has been instrumental for putting Victoria, Texas on the national radar!

The Victoria Symphony Society offers concerts throughout the year, such as the Symphonic Spooktacular in October; and Downtown Rhythms, celebrating pop, jazz and movie favorites, in the spring.  Throughout the year, the organization brings in great performers from around the world.  The organization also regularly presents educational programs.  The 2015-2016 season will be the 42nd for the organization. The Victoria Symphony has been under the musical direction of Darryl One for the past 10 years. Mr. One is contributed for raising the artistic level of the orchestra, making it one of the best in South Texas!

If you prefer an evening with more boots than bow ties, just up the road is Schroeder Hall, the second oldest dance hall in Texas. The hall offers live music and a huge dance floor every Saturday night. Many Friday evenings you can catch a free performance on the patio- live music under the Texas stars! The atmosphere at Schroeder Hall is family friendly.

If you don’t feel like dancing, several area restaurants offer music and dinning. The PumpHouse located near the park features live musicians every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night on their outdoor patio. Sunday brunches call for live music as well.  In beautiful downtown Victoria, the Sendera Restaurant features piano night every Friday and Saturday night.  You might want to check out Greeks 205 Bar and the new Moonshine Drinkery. Moonshine Drinkery offers special events through out the year and loves to spotlight Texas Craft Beer. You can find live music there most Wednesday and Thursday nights .  Some Thursday nights are open mic nights where rising young starts hone their performing skills.

I can’t end this blog without mentioning a couple of other festivals.  The Jazz Festival in the spring and Bootfest in the fall are 2 day festivals that offer music and lots of fun downtown.

Victoria is a town that loves live music.  Jam sessions, impromptu concerts and one-night-only events spring up from time-to-time.  Just ask around, and you can easily get plugged into the local scene.