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The easiest ways to get to ACL Fest 2018

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin City Limits Music Festival is fast approaching.

The weekends of Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 will see thousands of people flock to Zilker Park. Unfortunately, no parking is allowed at Zilker during the festival.

The good news is that you can plan ahead with these handy guidelines provided by ACL.

  • Official Festival Shuttle

    • ACL will have shuttles transporting festival-goers from Republic Square on both weekends for free. The shuttles will begin service at 10 a.m, and the final shuttle will return from the park at 11 p.m.

  • Capital Metro

    • CapMetro will have their high-frequency bus lines 801, 803, 2,7,10, and 20 stopping regularly at Republic Square where the shuttles pick up. CapMetro is also extending its rail schedule during the festival. Check the Cap Metro website to plan your trip.

  • B-Cycle

    • B-cycle stations are all around Austin, and they can be dropped off at the station on Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Street, just a short walk from the festival.

  • Pedicabs

    • Hailing a pedicab is a great way to get around during the festival. The pedicab staging area is on the northeast corner of Barton Springs Road and Azie Morton Road.

  • Dockless bicycles and scooters

    • Grabbing the closest dockless scooter can get you to the festival or to Republic Square to grab a shuttle.

    • There will be a drop-off area along Toomey Road. There will be limited secondary parking along Azie Morton Road. No dockless device will be allowed on the trail or at the event entrance.

    • Be warned, while there is parking for dockless scooters and bikes, the companies will pick them up to re-distribute them around the city. So, if you came in on one, you may not be able to leave on one

  • Personal bicycles

    • If you have your own bicycle, pedal your way down to the festival. ACL is providing racks to lock up your bike in the same lot as the racks for dockless bikes along Toomey Road. Secondary parking will be along Azie Morton Road and there will be even more limited parking for personal bicycles on Stratford Drive.

  • Rideshares and taxicabs

    • Hail a ride and get picked up and dropped off at one of three zones nearby the festival. Get dropped off along Wallingwood Drive, Lee Barton Drive, or Veterans Drive. 

    • A taxicab stand will also be southeast of William Barton Drive.

    • Car2Go users can park for free at a nearby Drop Zone at the Carpenter Hotel at 400 Josephine St. Car2Go says it can't guarantee vehicle availability at the end of the night

  • And if you're up for it — and close enough — walking is always an option. 

For those driving to the event, please be aware that westbound Barton Springs, Toomey, and Butler Roads will be closed off to vehicular traffic from 9-11 p.m. every night.


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