The best way to travel to and from ACL Fest? Bicycle, of course
Remember to bring a bike lock to park your bike at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Two giant, lighted areas have been set aside for bike parking — one on the southeast side of the festival, off Barton Springs Road, and the other on the northwest side of the park, near Stratford Drive. Bring your own lock and remember that bikes will be removed the Monday after the festival.
Folks from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop will be on hand offering advice and selling locks, lights, tubes and other emergency gear.
The most bike-friendly routes to the park are via the Butler Hike and Bike Trail on either the north or south side of Lady Bird Lake.
That’s not the only bike parking, though. For the first time this year, Spinlister, an online site that fosters peer-to-peer bike rentals, is hosting free valet bike parking across the street from Uncle Billy’s Bar and Restaurant, 1603 Barton Springs Road. Cyclists attending the fest can drop off their bike, and Spinlister will park and guard it in a secure, fenced lot. They’ll even have a separate indoor garage where they’ll park high-dollar bikes and bikes that have been listed on Spinlister.
Don’t have a bike of your own? B-cycle, the city’s bike share system, is offering special deals during ACL Fest. Customers can buy 24-hour access to the bikes for $8 or a special ACL 3-Day B-cycle access pass for $19.99 at Austin.Bcycle.com. All passes include unlimited 30-minute trips. If you keep a B-cycle undocked for more than 30 minutes, you’ll be charged an additional fee of $4 for each half-hour.
To make those check-ins easy, B-cycle will offer a special B-cycle valet at the Zilker Park B-station near the south festival entrance on Barton Springs Road. Customers can pick up a B-cycle from any of the 44 stations around Austin and check it in at the B-cycle valet. Locations and B-cycle availability can be found in real time with the free “B-cycle” app for iPhone and Android. The B-cycle valet will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the fest.
Neil Diamond is coming
This week, tickets for Neil Diamond at the Frank Erwin Center are hitting the box office.
With over 125 million records sold worldwide and inductions into both the Rock and Roll (2011) and Songwriter’s (1984) halls of fame, Neil Diamond, 73, is still going strong after almost 50 years in music. The “Sweet Caroline” singer is preparing to embark on a 29-date tour in 2015. In addition, his latest full-length studio album, “Melody Road,” will be released Oct. 21.
You can get tickets to Diamond’s April 19 show by calling 512-477-6060 or online at Texasboxoffice.com.
Also going on sale this week at the Erwin Center are tickets to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters live on Jan. 22.
That’s not it. Here are some other tickets on sale this week:
• Heart at ACL Live (Nov. 16)
• Austin Country Christmas at ACL live (Nov. 22)
• “It’s a Wonderful Life” screening at the Paramount (Dec. 9-10)
• “The Bishop’s Wife” screening at the Paramount (Dec. 9-10)
• “A White Christmas” screening at the Paramount (Dec. 16-17)
• “A Christmas Carol” screening at the Paramount (Dec. 16-17)
• Brooke Fraser at the Parish (Feb. 2)
— Tony Atkins
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