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Everything to Know About Austin City Limits 2018

Everything to Know About Austin City Limits 2018

Each October, music moguls and starry-eyed fans flock to Zilker Park for Austin City Limits. The festival promises two weekends full of fantastic headliners, emerging artists and delectable Austin eats with the city skyline as its backdrop, making it one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year.

Whether you're an ACL veteran or a first-time visitor looking to experience what the buzz is all about, it can be overwhelming to prepare for the festival. We're here to tell you everything you need to know about surviving and thriving this year, giving you insider tips about everything from the music to the food and more.


Headliners — Paul McCartney, Metallica, Travis Scott, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Justice, The National

Main Stages — Khalid, Shawn Mendes, Hozier, Camilla Cabello, Lil Wayne, Chvrches, Illenium, Brandi Carlile, Shaket Graves, Manchester Orchestra, X Ambassadors

Still not sure of who you should see? Use this guide to figure out who you should see


If you want something savory — Chi'Lantro, Burro, East Side King, Frank, Lonesome Dove, Micklethwait, Peached Tortilla

If you're feeling sweet — Amy's Ice Creams, Bananarchy, Goodpop, Skull & Cakebones

If you want to try an Austin Classic— Torchy's, P-Terry's, Trudy's, The Salt Lick, Juiceland, Sno-Beach, Tacodeli, Tiff’s Treats

If you want to cool off with a drink — Shade Tree Organic Lemonade, Maine Root Beverages, High Brew Coffee


ACL Wine Lounge — Relax in the shade near the HomeAway Stage at the ACL Wine Lounge and sip you way through reds, whites, rosés, and other specials. (21 and over.)

Barton Springs Beer Hall — Choose from different craft brews and catch the biggest NCAA and NFL games on the jumbo screen between sets at the Barton Springs Beer Hall. (21 and over.)

Art Market — From accessories to prints, the art market boasts goods from local, national and world-recognized artisans.

Silent Disco — Powered by Quiet Events, the Silent Disco is located at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage and takes place daily from 8-10pm.

Austin Kiddie Limits — Get your kids moving and grooving at this creative, interactive addition to the festival! Visit the Tag-a-Kid tent when you enter the park for an RFID wristand. (Kids 10 and under get in free with a parent.)


Top Tips

Keep hydrating — Visit the Camelback hydration stations throughout the course of the day to refill your water bottle

Pace yourself — Don't feel like you need to be there at the start of each morning. The more popular bands tend to play starting in the early afternoon.

Stay in one area — If you aren't dead set on seeing certain shows, stay in one general area of the park. Shows alternate on nearby stages, so you can easily pivot from one set to the another(without having to trek back and forth through the crowds.)

What to Pack

A small (one-pocket) bag or backpack, outdoor blanket, sealed sunscreen and an empty hydration pack or water bottle.

What to Leave at Home

Aerosol containers, camping setups, coolers, firearms, outside food or beverage, pets, and a few other things you can find here. 

For a complete list of prohibited items, you can visit the ACL website.


Haven't bought your ticket? There's still time! We're looking forward to seeing how you spend your ACL weekends! 

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