Festival lovers rejoice! Austin City Limits is back this year, spanning two weekends (October 1-3 and 8-10) with over 130 bands performing across eight stages throughout Zilker Park. Whether you prefer jamming late at night to your favorite band, taste-testing local Austin eateries, or want to live it up with a premium experience; there is truly something for everyone!
Headliners this year include George Strait, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Rufus du Sol, Tyler, the Creator, and Duran Duran. There is a wide-variety of musical genres from ‘80s dance music to country to R&B and everything in between. The festival starts daily at 1pm, and attendees are encouraged to download the ACL app to optimally organize and plan your experience.
Walking around the park and dancing to your favorite bands is sure to make you work up an appetite. Good thing there are nearly 40 local eateries to satiate your hunger and thirst. Fuel yourself upon arrival with some fried chicken and lemonade, cool off mid-day with a scoop of ice cream or a snow cone, and then chow down for dinner with tacos or BBQ before finishing the night off at the headliner stage.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
There is never a dull moment at ACL. In between sets, snap a pic at one of the festival’s photo op spots including the ACL frame, colorful festival flags, and the Rock Island Letters. The Bumble Hive offers a spot to rest and recharge with phone charging stations, free merch, and even a backdrop for your new profile picture! The T-Mobile Magenta Club is another spot to chill out and is offering upgraded bathrooms, charging stations, and a bar, all of which are completely free! Grab a brew and watch the game at the Craft Beer Tent or get personalized swag and learn about the history of Tito’s at the Tito’s Party in the Shack. Find more fun, around-the-park extras here.
WHAT TO BRING
This year, ACL Fest is requiring a negative COVID test within 72 hours of first entering festival grounds, or proof of full vaccination.
During this time of year, the weather can be unpredictable. Wear breathable, lightweight fabrics that dry quickly (in case of rain). As for footwear, opt for your most comfortable pair. We recommend sneakers or broken-in boots and highly discourage flip flops or open-toed shoes. Not only will you be on your feet for hours on end, but you’ll be navigating through high-traffic areas and want shoes that offer protection.
Large bags including backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited and all other bags that are bigger than a small clutch or fanny pack are required to be clear. We love this one for easy, hands-free wear. There are water refill stations throughout the park, and attendees are highly encouraged to bring an empty water bottle or hydration pack to fill up upon entrance.
For a full list of allowed and prohibited items, click here.
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