Everything festival-goers need to know as 2021 ACL kicks off today

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Festival goers watch Hozier perform on day one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival's second weekend on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

FILE – Festival goers watch Hozier perform on day one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival’s second weekend on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival is close to kicking off, many weekend one attendees are in the midst of preparing everything they need to bring, what to wear and all the COVID-19 safety measures they’ll need to prepare.

Here’s a compilation of everything you need to know for all things ACL this year, including how to get there, what to bring, which vendors will be on-site and what should happen in case of extreme weather.

  • The line to get onto the shuttle at Republic Square as of Friday afternoon. (KXAN Photo/Grace Reader)
  • The line to get onto the shuttle at Republic Square as of Friday afternoon. (KXAN Photo/Grace Reader)
  • The line to get onto the shuttle at Republic Square as of Friday afternoon. (KXAN Photo/Grace Reader)

How do I get to ACL?

It wouldn’t be ACL without nightmare traffic downtown. Avoid the headache of driving to downtown and paying exorbitant garage fees this weekend with alternative transit options, from free CapMetro bus rides, a zip on an electric scooter to designated rideshare drop-off points.

What can I bring to the festival?

As people pack their bags, they’ll need to be sure they’re clear. Bags must be clear, made of plastic, vinyl or pvc, and not exceed 12″ x 12″ x 6″. Permitted bags are limited to small purses, totes and drawstring bags; framed backpacks and multi-pocket backpacks aren’t allowed.

Umbrellas aren’t allowed at the festival, but attendees are encouraged to bring a rain jacket or poncho given the weekend’s rainy forecast.

What COVID-19 safety measures are in place?

Alongside an ACL wristband, all festival attendees will be required to bring physical proof of either a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination. Negative COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of the attendee’s first day at the festival, and full vaccination is defined as 14 days after a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or 14 days after the single dose J&J vaccine.

For people attending multiple days of the festival, they will need to bring physical copies of their negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination each day they attend.

In addition, masks will be required in designated spaces at Zilker Park, including the festival shuttle buses, entrance lines, areas near the stage and the merchandise store.

What vendors will be on site?

From tacos and burgers to sweets and alcoholic treats, the following food vendors will be on-site in Zilker Park:

  • Amy’s Ice Creams
  • Austin’s Pizza
  • Bananarchy
  • Blender & Bowls
  • Burro Cheese Kitchen
  • Chi’lantro BBQ
  • Come & Take It Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
  • East Side King
  • Easy Tiger
  • Flyrite Chicken
  • Four Brothers Venezuelan Kitchen
  • Goodpop
  • Happy Chicks
  • Homie Fries
  • JuiceLand
  • Kababeque
  • Lamba’s Indian Kitchen
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams
  • Lonesome Dove Austin
  • Micklethwait Barbecue
  • Mmmpanadas
  • Shawarma Point
  • Skull & Cakebones
  • Sno-Beach Sno-Cones
  • Southside Flying Pizza
  • Taco Bronco
  • Tacodeli
  • Tamale Addiction
  • The Mighty Cone
  • The Original Black’s Barbecue
  • Tiff’s Treats
  • Tiny Pies
  • Torchy’s Tacos
  • Wholly Cow Burgers
  • Wicky’s Walkup
  • Wing Dady

However, not all vendors from previous years will be at the two-weekend event. Waterloo Records announced Sept. 20 the locally owned records store would not be on-site for record signings and sales.

What happens if there’s heavy rain?

With an 80% chance of thunderstorms and between 2-5 inches of rain expected throughout weekend one, an ACL spokesperson told KXAN the festival will monitor weather conditions alongside the National Weather Service and will notify festival-goers of any impacted events, should it occur.

On Friday, the opening of the gates was delayed until 3 p.m. due to inclement weather.

“In the event of an emergency, safety messaging will come from the stage video screens, announcements from the loudspeakers, push notifications on the official ACL Festival mobile app, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and instructions from festival staff and security,” said the spokesperson.

The city said it also receives direct updates from the National Weather Service and will work alongside ACL organizers on decisions of whether to delay or cancel acts, should the situation arise. City officials said they’ll work together with festival producers to make these decisions the day-of, unless flash flooding situations are anticipated ahead of time.

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