- Addie Broyles American-Statesman Staff
It’s going to be another warm Austin City Limits Music Festival weekend. If you get a wild hair to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, here’s what you need to know about how to get there during the festival.
First, for locals or anyone not going to ACL: If you are just coming to swim, the parking lot on the south side of the pool is open for swimmers only. You could bike or walk on the hike-and-bike trail to get there, too.
If you are going to the festival and want to pop out for a memorable dip in a historic pool, you’ll have to walk about half a mile from the Barton Springs Road entrance. It’s along a beautiful part of Austin’s beloved greenbelt system, so you can catch kayakers and paddleboarders floating in Barton Creek. Walk along Robert E. Lee Road and then turn right when you get to the Barton Springs Pool parking lot. If you walk along the trail, you’ll walk right to the entrance.
You can use a card at a kiosk outside to pay the entrance fee ($3 for Austin residents, $8 if you are from out of town), or you can use cash at the booth. Stamp your hand if you want to get back in later in the day. Admission is free after 9 p.m., which means there’s often a large crowd on warm summer (and fall) nights.
Note that Barton Springs is one of the few clothing-optional swimming locations in Austin and that swimming in Barton Creek or Lady Bird Lake is technically illegal. (You’ll see lots of people — and their dogs — swimming for free in the spillway at Barton Springs Pool.)
Here’s the best part: The pool is open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m., so you can go before or after the music.
The mornings are warm and moon is still bright enough to make for an amazing nighttime swim, if you needed another excuse to check out one of Austin’s most iconic spots.
MORE THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Hope Farmers Market’s 8th Anniversary. The east side’s longest running farmers’ market is turning eight this year with Plaza Saltillo’s best vendors on Oct. 15. Food and drinks include Begonia Bagels, Jeany’s Ginger Elixirs, Lost Pines Yaupon Tea, SoCo Ginger Beer, Tacodeli, Tamale Addiction, Texas Coffee Traders and Wunder Pilz. There will also be live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Las Gabacha-chas and a piñata and cupcakes at 1 p.m. Regular Sunday activities include yoga, corn hole and hooping. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14. 412 Comal St. facebook.com/events/1949466378647145/.
India Dance Fest 2017. This festival will bring together on one stage Austin’s expert Indian classical and folk dance performers, who will showcase Indian classical, contemporary and fusion, and folk dance forms, with about 70 participants presenting 18 performances. They will cover a wide spectrum of India’s dance types, including Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam among the classical and folk dances from Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Also in the line up are multiple contemporary fusion dances. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct 14. $10. Boyd Vance Theater, 1165 Angelina St. facebook.com/events/135249903697682/.
Chihuahua Day at Mexic-Arte Museum. In honor of artist Frida Kahlo’s favorite furry friend, Mexic-Arte Museum will be hosting a final workshop series centered around chihuahuas. Chihuahua Day is part of the museum’s artist-in-residence program, and Monica and Sergio Lejarazu from the locally revived Jumpolin Piñatas store will lead a final workshop session with museum visitors, teaching them how to make their very own chihuahuas. Bring your creation back on Oct. 28 to make it part of the procession during Viva la Vida Festival and Parade. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Free. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseumevents.org.
— American-Statesman staff