The Ultimate 2019 ACL Festival Guide

Austin City Limits is almost here, and TicketCity has created your complete guide to this year’s ACL Festival! We’ve got all the information you need, from how to get to ACL, what to bring, who to see and what to do during and after the festival, we’ve got all the info you need to have the best ACL Experience ever. 

The 2019 Austin City Limits Festival takes place October 4-6 and October 11-13. If you have not gotten your tickets for the festival yet, TicketCity has 3-day passes for both weekends, as well as single-day tickets.

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How to Get to Zilker Park for ACL:

Bicycle/Scooters:

One of the most popular, and probably the easiest way to get to ACL is via bicycle and scooters! Bicycle parking near Zilker Park is available on Stratford Drive near the Mopac Pedestrian Bridge and also near the Barton Springs East Entrance. Scooter, as well as bicycle parking, will be located on Toomey Road at Sterzing Street and on Azie Morton Rd. You may also rent a bicycle from B-cycle, which has 50 stations around the downtown area.

Public Transportation:

Austin’s public transportation system is another great and affordable way to access ACL Festival. Capital Metro has several buses that run downtown, as well as a metro rail that will be running an extended schedule during both ACL weekends. If you’re taking the bus to Austin City Limits, the best route is the MetroRapid Route 803. Capital Metro will also be the one providing the free shuttle services from Republic Square Park.

Shuttle:

The festival offers a free shuttle service to and from the festival from the Republic Square located at 4th and Guadalupe. The shuttles run from 10:30am-11pm every day of the festival.

Uber & Rideshares:

The festival has a designated area for drop-offs and pickups for those who choose to take a taxi or rideshare programs such as Uber.

Driving/Parking at ACL:

Driving to ACL festival is not recommended as there is no parking available and most of the streets near the festival will be shut down. If you choose to drive to the festival, it is recommended that you park somewhere downtown, where you can then walk or take the free shuttle service to the festival.

What to Bring to ACL:

    • Small, single pocket drawstring bag or small purse/fanny pack (may not exceed 14”x11”x5” and must have no more than one pocket or opening)
    • Water bottles (must be empty or sealed upon entry to the festival) or empty CamelBak hydration packs (smaller than 18 L); can use the free water filling stations located throughout the park
    • Sunscreen and bug repellent (no aerosol containers allowed)
    • Poncho
    • Portable cell phone charger
    • Blankets, towels, or collapsible chairs to sit on
    • Binoculars

What Not to Bring: 

    • Backpacks/bags with multiple pockets or larger than 14”x11”x5”
    • Outside food or beverages
    • Professional audio and/or video recording equipment
    • Coolers
    • Glass containers
    • E-Cigs or vaping devices
    • Pets
    • Selfie sticks
    • Frisbees, skateboards, scooters, wagons, bicycles (inside the festival) or any kind of motorized vehicle

Forget Something?

ACL bodegas are one-stop shops that offer most festival necessities as well as fresh fruit and snacks. If you find yourself in need of sunscreen, ponchos, or anything else stop by one of the ACL bodegas!

Which Bands to See at 2019 ACL:

Austin City Limits Festival is all about the music, and the 2019 festival features headliners: Guns N’ Roses, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Childish Gambino, Cardi B (Weekend 1 only), Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, and Robyn (Weekend 2 only). With over 100 artists performing at the festival it can be hard to choose which bands to see, so we’ve narrowed down the list to some of the festival’s top non-headlining performers.

2019 ACL Friday:

Oliver Tree – 2:00-2:45PM on the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage

The Raconteurs – 5:30-6:30PM on the American Express Stage

Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes – 7:00-8:15PM on the Miller Lite Stage

2019 ACL Saturday:

21 Savage – 7:00-8:00PM on the T-Mobile Stage

Judah & The Lion – 5:00-6:00PM on the T-Mobile Stage

Gary Clark Jr. – 6:00-7:00PM on the American Express Stage

2019 ACL Sunday:

BANKS – 5:00-6:00PM on the Miller Lite Stage

Kacey Musgraves – 6:00-7:00PM on the American Express Stage

Lizzo – 7:00-8:00PM on the Miller Lite Stage

 

Buying Tickets for ACL 2019:

Austin City Limits Festival Event Guide:

ACL Stages

Austin City Limits Festival is spread out across Zilker Park’s 350 acres. There are 8 primary stages at ACL, which host the 125 bands that play over two weekends. The main stages host the headlining acts, while the other stages are packed all day with great music. To get a spot close to the stage, you will need to get to that stage well in advance of the performer you want to see. ACL is an all General Admission event, which means there are no reserved seats for fans.

Places to Eat at ACL:

The ACL Eats Food Court continues to expand and 2019 features the biggest ACL food lineup yet. The ACL Eats offers options from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants including Torchy’s Tacos, The Peached Tortilla, Austin’s Pizza, TacoDeli, Chi’Lantro, Shake Shack, The Salt Lick BBQ, Tiff’s Treats, and Amy’s Ice Cream, plus many others. 

Art Market:

If you want to get away from the crowd and music for a bit, ACL has an art market where you can browse various goods from both national and local artists. Some of the vendors include Blue Lux, Austin Art Garage, Greg Davis and Futurgarb.

Waterloo Artist Signing Stage:

Want the opportunity to meet some of your favorite ACL artists at ACL? Waterloo Records hosts autograph signings for various ACL artists every day of the festival for free!

Austin Kiddie Limits:

Austin City Limits is family-friendly. Up to two children ages 10 and under can enter the festival for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. ACL has the Austin Kiddie Limits area that offers several fun activities for families. Austin Kiddie Limits is open from 11:00am-7:00pm every day.

Didn’t get enough at ACLFest? 

Some of the best artists in the ACL lineup also play the official ACL Late Night shows. The late-night shows are played at much smaller venues than Zilker Park, such as Emo’s, Stubb’s and Moody Theatre. This year’s hottest ACL Late Night performers include Gary Clark Jr., Hippie Sabotage, Jenny Lewis, IDLES, GRiZ, and many more! 

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