Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is a renowned annual event that brings together music enthusiasts from all corners of the globe for an unforgettable weekend filled with live performances, great food, and a vibrant atmosphere.
Whether you're a first-time attendee or a seasoned festival-goer, this guide will provide you with Austinite’s essential tips and insights to make the most of your ACL Fest experience.
Before you go…
Buy your tickets -
Purchase your ACL ticket either through the official ACL website or a reseller. Some days, weekends, or ticket categories may sell out, so be sure to plan ahead and secure your tickets in advance.
Pack the essentials -
- ID + form of payment
- Rain poncho
- Comfortable shoes
- Refillable water bladder (be sure to check out ACL’s bag guidelines)
- Portable charger
- Compact blanket or chair for seating
Plan your schedule -
Reference the official ACL schedule to plan which artists and groups you plan to view.
Prepare your transportation -
Whether you plan to walk, rideshare, or take public transportation to the festival, make a plan for how you will arrive and depart from the festival grounds.
Once you arrive…
Set a meetup location -
If you are planning on attending the festival with a large group, be sure to create a meetup location in the event you are separated. The cellular service can be impacted due to the volume of people at Zilker Park, so you won’t want to rely on a text going through to a friend.
Stay nourished -
Even though the festival is in October, be prepared for warmer weather. Make a point to hydrate frequently, take breaks, and stop to grab a bite from one of the many local restaurant stands.
Respect festival etiquette -
Remember you are sharing the Zilker grounds with thousands of others. Be sure to dispose of trash properly, respect other’s personal space, and follow the event's rules and guidelines.
From the diverse musical lineup to the picturesque setting of Zilker Park, every aspect of the festival contributes to an unforgettable weekend. By preparing ahead of time, staying hydrated, and embracing the unique atmosphere, you're guaranteed to create lasting memories and make the most of your ACL Festival adventure.