Top Tips for ACL 2012

Tune Into The Official Webcast

Remember that if you can’t join us in Austin this weekend, you can still follow along as you watch your favorite artists via our Official ACL Festival 2012 WebcastLIVE on YouTube all three days!
While it’s hard to top experiencing the festival alongside 75,000 fans, the Webcast will make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Austin, singing and dancing along to sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, The War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes and many more!
>> Watch The Webcast On YouTube

Kids 10 and Under Get In Free!

With this fun and family-friendly area in the middle of Zilker Park, there’s no need to leave the kids at home. Bring them along as you enjoy the music together at this unique festival-within-a-festival experience.
From workshops and engaging activities to all-day music performances, Austin Kiddie Limits will be open daily from 11AM to 4:3PM. And don’t forget — kids 10 and under get in FREE!
>> Austin Kiddie Limits

2012 Mobile App for iPhone or Android

Put the Festival in the palm of your hand and whip your ACL weekend into top shape long before you even walk through the gates next weekend with the Official ACL 2012 Mobile App! Browse the line-up, create a custom schedule (or sync up with your existing schedule) and share it all on Facebook and Twitter.
First, corral your crew with the GroupMe-powered group chat, then figure out exactly where everyone is by dropping a pin at your location and sharing with your buddies. But that’s not it, tune in to Slacker Radio’s ACL Festival Channel directly from the app to hear prime cuts from all your favorite Festival artists. And lastly, make sure you’re tagging your Instagram photos with #aclfest to showcase your shots for all to see!
>> Get App Details

Get Your Questions Answered!

Cover your bases and take a peek at the quick list of Festival DOs and DON’Ts before solidifying your plans and packing your bags. Bookmark this page for basic info on travel, transportation and parking options. SPOILER: setting up camp in front of the main stage is unfortunately frowned upon. If you have any additional questions you can’t find the answer to, feel free to e-mail our team at any time.
>> FAQs for the Weekend

Box Office and Tickets 101

This year we mailed all of the ACL 2012 Wristbands well in advance of the weekend, but just in case you didn’t receive yours or have additional credentials-questions, you can find all you need to know on our Ticket FAQs. The Box Office is located across the street from the Barton Springs Entrance and will be open during the week of the Festival as follows: Wednesday and Thursday from 3PM to 8PM. Friday through Sunday from 10AM to 10PM.
>> Ticket FAQs

Personalize Your Wristband

On the subject of wristband, we’re psyched to announce the new RFID-enabled capability of our credentials this year. Both Three-Day and Single Day passholders will have in and out privileges, and most importantly you can register your wristband to authenticate and ensure that your wristband remains YOURS. Now, if it gets damaged, you can easily & immediately void the wristband, receive a new one on-site and get back to the show. As an added bonus, if register and connect by Thursday you’ll be entered to win Three-Day VIP upgrades for you and a friend to this year’s Festival! AND, when you get to the festival, if you Check-In at at least 5 Boxes, you will be eligible to win a VIP trip for two to the 2013 Festival including a round trip air for two, weekend hotel stay and a pair of VIP 3-Day Passes! If you purchased a Travel Package and have not yet received your wristband, don’t worry, we have automatically added your wristband ID’s into the contests!
>> Get Started Now

Get The Lay Of The Land

Once you’ve smartly loaded up your phone with The App, go ahead and take a look at the full Festival Map for a lay of the land. Familiarize yourself with Zilker’s many areas and get to know the hotspots like Austin Eats, Art Market, ACL Cares and more!
>> View the Map

Be Weather Ready

Topping the list of Austin’s best qualities is its mild fall weather. That said, Mother Nature can be fickle ‘round these parts and you won’t want to be caught unprepared. Pack the sunscreen and a sweater and make sure you have some rain gear just in case a drizzle heads our way.
>> Get Weather Updates


Give back and get involved with one of the many awesome causes who will be on hand at ACL Cares. We want to see your best charitable deeds, so don’t forget to snap an action shot and upload to Instagram with the hashtag #ACLCares for a chance to featured on one of the Jumbotrons around the park!
>> ACL Cares

Skip The Lines at The Satellite Shop

Just a quick jaunt away from Zilker Park in the heart of downtown Austin’s 2nd Street District, you’ll find our first-ever pop-up ACL Satellite Shop! Open to both ticket and non-ticket holders until October 15th, the Shop adds another dimension to your Festival experience and gives you a chance to steer clear of those on-site merch lines AND win 2012 Festival passes. Plus,, will be taping sessions with several ACL Festival artists throughout the Festival weekend inside their classic Airstream trailer located right in the Satellite Shop. We’ll be giving away seats to these tapings starting Monday, Oct. 8, via Facebook and Twitter, so stay tuned!
>> Visit the Shop

Updates All Weekend Long!

And on that note, if you haven’t given us an official Like or Follow on Facebook and Twitter, we definitely suggest doing so for all sorts of updates, announcements and unique looks at the Festival. But Facebook and Twitter aren’t the only ways to keep social tabs on ACL 2012.
We’re on INSTAGRAM! That’s right, we’ll be bringing you exclusive shots from around the Fest all weekend long. Follow us today and stay tuned for your chance to score special experiences and free swag!
>> Facebook >> Twitter

Sips and Snacks at the Fest

This year we’re focusing on the craft movement and bringing you a wider selection of specialty brews at the Zilker Drafthouse to quench your thirst. We’ll also have a bevy of new and exciting edible options at Austin Eats for the foodies among you. From Chi’lantro’s Korean/Mexican fusion BBQ to inventive creations from Second Bar + Kitchen’s Chef David Bull – there will be plenty of treats to feast on all weekend long.
>> Austin Eats and Drinks

Zilker Park is Smoke Free

Just a reminder: Zilker Park, along with all of Austin’s parks, is a non-smoking venue. In observance of the smoking ordinance, all patrons will be directed to smoke outside the festival gates in the street. All ticket types, including Three-Day Passes and Single Day Passes, will be allowed to exit and re-enter the festival grounds during the event. Should you choose to smoke outside of the Festival, please be mindful of the smoking ban and responsibly discard your cigarettes. Thank you for your cooperation!