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HOTEL + 3-DAY PASS + MERCH
We offer GA & VIP Travel Packages at a variety of hotels throughout Austin for our out-of-town fans looking to book a Hotel, purchase a 3-Day Pass and receive specialty ACL Festival Merchandise all at one time! 2013 Travel Packages are currently available with the following hotels:
- The Driskill
- Hilton Austin
- Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown
- Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
- Residence Inn Austin Downtown
- Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
BOOK YOUR HOTEL
We offer Hotel Packages at a variety of hotels throughout Austin for our out-of-town fans with tickets looking to book a hotel stay in Austin! Click Here to book a discounted hotel for Weekend One or Weekend Two.
ACL Festival takes place in the heart of Austin & there is no camping at Zilker Park. However, the surrounding area offers plenty of camping opportunities. Visit Texas Outside for information on camping in Central Texas.
Hostelling International has a hostel in Austin, just a quick bike ride down the Hike & Bike Trail to Zilker Park. Click here for information on the hostel nearest Zilker Park.
There is no parking at Zilker Park for the ACL Festival, so take the free shuttle instead – a short hop to the park! Board at Republic Square at the corner of 4th & Guadalupe streets and you’ll be dropped off at the Festival entrance on Barton Springs Road. When you’re finished rocking, hop back on for a return trip.
The shuttles begin at Republic Square at 10AM and make their final return from the park at 11PM each day of the Festival.
There will be parking provided at One Texas Center [map] located at the intersection of Barton Springs Road and South 1st Street. The parking garage at One Texas Center will be FREE Friday, October 12 after 5PM. On Saturday & Sunday, the garage will be open for paid parking at $10 per day.
There will also be parking provided at the Palmer Events Center [map] located at 900 Barton Springs Road, with entrances at Barton Springs Road and Riverside. For general information, please call (512)404-4500.
There is NO parking at the Festival site. Our friends at Capital Metro are providing FREE shuttle service to and from the centrally-located downtown location at Republic Square on 4th and Guadalupe, details above. Click Here for a map & listing of downtown parking garages.
Parking is strongly discouraged in surrounding neighborhoods. Respect the residents of the Zilker Park area! This is their home…not a parking lot, dumping site, or otherwise. In response to safety concerns from area residents, several nearby streets will be closed and parking will be restricted. In addition, the City of Rollingwood will have restricted parking and other traffic control measures in place during the Festival.
TAXISTaxis will be allowed convenient access to the entrance/exit, and will have a designated area for pick up and drop off.
BICYCLESWe encourage all of our fans to use pedal power — by far the easiest way to get to the Festival! Bike racks are available at each of the Festival Entrance gates, with plenty of lighting. You must provide your own lock. If you need parts or repair, stop by the Mellow Johnny’s Bike Station at both entrances for fix-ups, locks, lights, tubes, or any other last minute advice or gear.
SCOOTERS & MOTORCYCLESScooter & Motorcycle parking is available off Robert E. Lee in the ball field parking lot.
PASSENGER DROP OFF
The passenger drop-off area is at the north end of the Mopac (Loop 1) Pedestrian Bridge on Stephen F. Austin Drive next to Austin High School. The pedestrian footbridge runs underneath Mopac. This is the closest drop point to the Festival grounds. It is a short walk across the footbridge. Access the drop off point by entering Stephen F. Austin Drive, near Austin High, from the East. This is the only official drop off point. It’s quick and easy. For safety reasons, please don’t attempt to drop off passengers at other areas near the park.
Note: There is no official festival parking at Austin High School or on Stephen F. Austin Drive. It is a short walk across the footbridge to the festival portal at The Town Lake Entrance. Please note that Stephen F. Austin Drive will be closed to thru-traffic (other than those dropping off festival goers) during the Festival from about 9am to Midnight. Access to Austin High parking lots will be limited to those attending Austin High events. Also, there is NOT pick-up and drop-off being allowed on the Access Road of Mopac and the Barton Springs Road/Robert E. Lee area. Persons may be ticketed.
Road closures will begin the Friday before and end the Monday after.
- Barton Springs Road at Robert E. Lee (Barton Springs Pool Parking accessible at Robert E. Lee Entrance)
- MoPac Frontage at Columbus Drive (No travel allowed into Zilker Park or Barton Springs Pool from this road)
- Stratford Drive at Nature Center Drive
ADA ACCESSIBLE PARKING
There is limited accessible parking available near the festival on a first-come, first-serve basis to vehicles displaying a state-issued handicapped plate or placard. The person to whom the placard or plate is issued must bepresent in the vehicle, as a driver or passenger. As part of gaining access to accessible parking, identifications will be checked to ensure legitimate use of these items.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
2013 DATES & LOCATION
October 4-6 & 11-13, 2013
Austin, Texas, USA
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CONTACT THE FESTIVAL
ACL Festival Staff is ready before, after and during the Festival to answer any of questions or concerns you might have. Please have patience, we will answer questions in the order in which they are received: email@example.com.
Have a question about purchasing a ticket? Visit our Tickets Page to get all your answers.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival strives to mitigate its impact on the environment. We take a considerable amount of pride in the efforts of our fans in maintaining the integrity of Zilker Park over the course of the weekend.
ACL Festival provides a great opportunity for patrons to learn about local and nationwide organizations whose mission is to educate, inform and inspire.
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
Check out information on Transportation and Parking to view details on shuttles, parking, street closures & other transportation information.
TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
Check out the section on Hotels & Travel for info on Austin & where to stay.
ALLOWED & PROHIBITED ITEMS
Guests and their belongings are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home.ALLOWED
- Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
- Soft-sided coolers (small sized only, approx. 10"L x 7"W x 7"H)
- Baby Strollers
- Portable/collapsible chair (individual units only; no "double-wide" connecting chairs)
- Regular-size/unframed backpacks
- Two factory sealed water bottles up to 1 liter each
- Empty CamelBak
- Empty plastic or aluminum water bottle
- Ice in soft-sided cooler or CamelBak (small sized cooler only; approx. 10"L x 7"W x 7" H)
- Personal camera equipment, i.e. digital cameras, point-&-click digital cameras or film cameras. No detachable lenses of any kind.
- Weapons of any kind
- Framed or large backpacks
- Alcohol (alcohol is sold at the Festival)
- Glass containers
- Food or beverages, except for factory-sealed water bottles
- Skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles
- Bicycles inside Festival grounds (bike racks are available near each entrance)
- Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
- Large chains or spiked jewelry
- Large umbrellas
- Non-collapsible chairs
- Hard-sided coolers
- Pets (except service dogs)
- Video equipment. No video recording will be allowed.
- Professional still camera equipment. No professional zoom lenses, stands, tripods or commercial use rigs
- Audio recording equipment
- No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.
- Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc
- Metal aerosol containers, including sunscreen
DISABILITY ACCESS & ACCOMMODATIONS
ACL Festival wants to ensure that all fans can enjoy the show. A comprehensive overview of the 2013 Access Program will be posted closer to the Festival. In the meantime, feel free to write firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CASH & CREDIT CARDS
There are ATMs at several locations throughout the festival grounds with applicable service fees. Some vendors accept credit cards, such as the Festival’s Merchandise tent.
SECURITY & SAFETY
We are making every effort to create a safe and secure environment on the Festival grounds. On-site security will be provided by the Austin Police Department, the Parks & Recreation Department police and a private security company.
Emergency medical staff will be available on site. If you need any assistance, go to the medical tent, or look for a police officer or Festival staff member.
Coming to the festival with a youngster in tow? Take advantage of our free Tag-a-Kid service. Stop by the Tag-a-Kid booth where we will take down your contact information and give your child a specially numbered wristband. Should the two of you get separated, we’ll have a way to reconnect you.
FOOD & ART
We create a Festival experience that is about more than just music.
The Austin Eats Food Court is home to yummy food, drinks, and snacks from local favorite eateries.
ACL is now seeking Austin-area restaurants and food businesses to participate in the Austin Eats Food Court. The Application is available until May 31, so don't wait!
The ACL Art Market features art, crafts items, and cool merchandise from the Austin creative community.
BE PART OF THE FESTIVALSponsor Information
Please visit our Sponsors for a complete list of Festival partners and sponsorship contact information.Volunteer Information
Volunteers play a key role in the experience of the Festival. From the moment fans arrive until the last guest exits the park, ACL volunteers are actively engaged, bringing the Festival experience to life. The application to join the ACL team will be available in early July, along with a description of volunteer roles.
If you're looking for more responsibility, the Volunteer Team Lead application will be posted soon, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, contact email@example.com with any questions.
LOST & FOUND
During the Festival, return lost items or look for lost items at the Lost & Found booth on site. Valuables will be held for 30 days and then given to a local charity. C3 Presents will not be held liable for any unclaimed items.
Is your party an unlawful gathering? The City of Austin has various permit requirements for public assemblies to ensure the safety of participants.
For more information, please visit www.cityofaustin.org/pace.