The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual festival that is held on two consecutive three day weekends in the late summer at Zilker Park, Austin Texas. This festival doesn’t just have music, there is also food, drinks, a kids area for families, an art market and many other activities for the approximate 75,000 people who attend. Those at the festival have the opportunity to give back to the community with ACL Cares, a section that supports good causes such as the Nature Conservancy to make a difference in the Austin community. With this many people in attendance and many others fighting to get tickets, we’ve put together this guide to help you get passes to the festival.
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What you need to know before you buy
There are many different tickets and two weekends to choose from, so you’ll need to decide which weekend you want to go, how many days you’re going to be there, and how much you are willing to spend on passes.
Here are your pass choices:
- Single Day General Admission Pass – This gives you access to the specific artists that are performing on the day you choose.
- Three Day Weekend One General Admission Pass – Three days to enjoy the festival during the first weekend.
- Three Day Weekend Two General Admission Pass – Three days to enjoy the festival during the second weekend.
- Travel Package – You will receive a three-day pass as well as a place to stay near the park and merchandise from the festival.
- VIP Pass – General admission with perks that can include complimentary food and drinks.
- Platinum Pass – An upgraded pass with exclusive access to the Artist lounge with an upgraded pass to the festival.
- Children 10 and younger – Admission is free as long as they come with an adult who has a ticket.
For more information on specific passes you can visit the Austin City Limits Festival page.
Other things to note
Think passes are expensive? Payment plans are offered and can be selected during the payment process so you don’t have to pay it all up front.
The ticket limit is 8 tickets. If you are smart about it, you could get multiple single day passes to see the specific artists you are interested in. Just be careful you don’t go over the limit!
After you buy
Your wristbands will be mailed to you around 2-4 weeks prior to the festival, and are non-exchangeable, transferable, or replaceable. Do not put your wristband on when you get it, wait until you are on your way or are about to go to the festival; wristbands that are stretched or tampered with will be denied at the gate and you will not be allowed into the festival. Make sure you activate your wristband a few days before the festival to give yourself some time to register for ACL cashless. Even if you don’t go cashless you will still need to activate you wristband.
ACL Cashless allows you to link any of your credit cards to your wristband and set a PIN for security. With cashless wristbands all you do is go to the vendor or bar with the ACL cashless logo and let them know you are paying with your wristband, tap it, enter your pin, and there you go.
Want to plan out your schedule while at the festival? Check out MyACL. MyACL is an account that gives you access to all the festival activities and allows you to create a customized schedule based on who you want to see and what you want to do. If you want even more info than what MyACL give you, you can check out the E-list where you will get emails about super special deals, updates on future festival tickets, official late night shows, and artist giveaways.
If you didn’t buy a travel package, you will need to consider where to stay and how to get there. There are hotels that are partnered with the Austin City Limits Music Festival where you can get affordable rates compared to other places around.
Need a place to park? Parking is not offered at the site of the festival but there are many garages nearby to choose from and free shuttle services from Capital Metro to and from Republic Square on 4th and Guadalupe are offered. VIP Pass holders can obtain one parking pass near the park, the same with Platinum pass holders. Individual parking passes can also be purchased on the ticket page a few weeks before the festival.
Get involved at the Festival
Austin City Limits supports organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life. Environment is important at the Austin City Limits Festival. They take pride in the efforts everyone makes to maintain the integrity of Zilker Park. They ask you to help them reduce the festival’s impact by recycling, refilling water bottles, and supporting the causes at the festival.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will be an experience not easily forgotten, and we hope that this guide helped you want to be in attendance to enjoy all the fun. If you think we left something out, please contact us at email@example.com.