Austin’s famed festival, Austin City Limits, will be turning the Capitol City into a dance floor for two whole weekends starting October 6th and ending on the 15th at Zilker Park. Though the weekends will feature a similar lineup, there are some changes. Certain artists are only performing for one weekend, such as well-known Austin college Huston-Tillotson University’s very own Jazz Collective, who you can only catch live on Weekend 2. These changes are noted on ACL’s official lineup, marked with a small W1 for weekend 1, or W2 for weekend 2. So pay close attention when it comes to planning which weekend you want to attend. You don’t want to miss your idol’s set because you got tickets for the wrong date.
Speaking of tickets, ACL has several packages for you to choose from. Starting with the General Admission tickets, which cost $170 per day. Then there are the full Weekend Passes, which grants you access to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the weekend of your choosing. These passes begin at $325 a pop. For a steeper price, patrons can enjoy the VIP Day Passes at $755, these offer attendees free drinks, exclusive access to VIP lounges, a dedicated concierge, and much more. For the complete lux experience, attendees can purchase the Platinum Day Passes for $2205 per day. This grants you access to all VIP and GA areas, as well as Platinum lounges, an exclusive festival gift, golf cart transportation, complimentary all-day dining, spa treatment, and even more.
While ACL isn’t exactly the cheapest festival, the music more than makes up for the expenses. So, who are the headliners of 2023’s ACL? Friday night the likes of Maggie Rogers, Kali Uchis, The Lumineers, and Kendrick Lamar take the stage. Followed by the iconic Alanis Morissette, The 1975 (on Weekend 2), Shania Twain (on Weekend 1), and The Foo Fighters on Saturday. Closing out ACL Weekend on Sunday is a big lineup of Labrinth, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hozier, Odesza, and Mumford & Sons. The music doesn’t just stop at the headliners, massive musicians like Niall Horan, Tove Lo, and Half-Alive will be tearing up the stage all weekend long. With 140 artists performing, there’s certain to be something for everyone at this year’s ACL.
Considering ACL is taking place in Zilker Park, it’s important to note a few things before heading out. Namely, there is no true parking at the park itself, though the ACL website does specify, “There is limited accessible parking available near the festival on a first-come, first-served basis to vehicles displaying an appropriate state-issued plate or placard.” For those of us without an appropriate placard, attendees are encouraged to bike, Uber, or walk to the venue. And if those things aren’t in your best interests, ACL has a complimentary shuttle departing from Republic Square Park at the corner of 4th & San Antonio streets in downtown Austin. They’ve also partnered with Pavemint, who is holding parking for ACL attendees.
When it comes to what you can and can’t bring, it’s important to take stock of the entire list available online. However, there are some notable rules. For the most part, traditional festival rules apply, no glass containers, illicit substances, or non-clear bags larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″. As for what is allowed, patrons are allowed to bring chairs, blankets, clear bags within the proper parameters, reusable water bottles, and more.
For an entire Guide on what to know before attending ACL click here, and let us know who you’re looking forward to seeing live at 2023’s Austin City Limits!