ACL: Essential information and extras
If you're going
Do bring: blankets; umbrellas; soft-sided coolers (small size only); baby strollers; portable/collapsible chair (no connecting chairs);regular-size/unframed backpacks; two factory-sealed water bottles up to one liter each; empty Camelbak or other empty plastic container (i.e., Nalgene bottle; there will be water stations); ice in soft-sided cooler or Camelbak; binoculars; point-and-shoot cameras. No detachable lenses.
Don't even think about bringing: weapons of any kind; professional still camera equipment; video equipment of any kind; audio recording equipment; illegal substances or drug paraphernalia; framed or large backpacks; alcohol; glass containers; food or beverages; skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles; bicycles inside the grounds; carts; large chains or spiked jewelry; fireworks; explosives; large umbrellas; non-collapsible chairs; hard-sided coolers; tents; pets (except service dogs); no unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed; unauthorized solicitations; and metal aerosol containers, including sunscreen.
Don't forget: your pass; your cash and credit cards (ATMs will be set up around the park; fees apply); protection from the sun (i.e. sunscreen, hats, a bandana you can soak in water); a blanket (it's easier to carry than a collapsible chair); wet wipes to clean off your hands and feet; to stay hydrated (beer doesn't count).
There is no public parking at the festival. And the neighbors around Zilker Park would appreciate some respect.
Business along Barton Springs Road and MoPac Boulevard near the festival offer parking spots for sale. They might all be sold by now, but it doesn't hurt to check.
Take a free shuttle, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Republic Square Park (Fourth and Guadalupe streets). Pick it up again where it drops you off, at the Barton Springs Road entrance.
Ride your bike. There are bike racks by each festival entrance. Bring your own lock, or buy one at the Mellow Johnny's bike station, which also will have other gear for sale, and will offer tuneups, repairs, and route home advice.
Ride your scooter. Parking off Robert E. Lee Road in the Barton Springs Pool lot.
Have a nice friend bring you to the pedestrian drop-off (and pick-up) on Stephen F. Austin Drive at the north end of the MoPac footbridge.
Take a taxi. Drop off and pick up on William Barton, just south of Barton Springs.
Pay to park at Austin High School -- proceeds benefit the student band. It's $10 Friday night (4:45 p.m. to midnight) and $20 for all day Saturday. No parking on Sunday. Stephen F. Austin High School; 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St.
We are going out on a limb and predicting the best weather in the history of the festival. From our friends at KVUE:
Friday: 86, sunny
Sunday:88, mostly sunny (a very slight chance of rain this day)
Redeem your tickets for wristbands:
At the festival box office set up across from the main festival entrance in Zilker Park from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
At the shuttle bus stop at Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
At the airport, from noon to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Children 10 and younger get in to the festival for free with a ticket-holding adult. Check out Austin Kiddie Limits, which music and activities just for kids. (Read one mom's tips and our interview with Austin Kiddie Limits performer Elizabeth Mitchell @austin360.com/acl.)
Watch out for the no-chair zones at the front of the stage. Leave your chair at the check-in booth.
The radio station will broadcast from Threadgill's today and Friday. A $5 donation to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center gets you breakfast tacos and coffee. 301 W. Riverside Drive.
Thursday:7:30 a.m. Ruby Jane; 8 a.m. T-Bird And The Breaks; 8:30 a.m. Del Castillo; 9 a.m. Quiet Company; 9:30 a.m. Charlie Mars. Friday:7:30 a.m. First Aid Kit; 8 a.m. Tom Freund; 8:30 a.m. Angus & Julia Stone; 9 a.m. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears; 9:30 a.m. Local Natives; 10 a.m. Britt Daniel of Spoon.
Get a taste of fest on Friday morning, when such ACL acts as Spoon, Robert Randolph, Sahara Smith and Blind Pilot play 30 minute sets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a stage set up on the Four Seasons back lawn. Tickets are $5 and the proceeds also go to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. The show, organized by KUT, will be broadcast live over FM 90.5 for those unable to play hooky from work. Kevin Connor will host. Admission is first come, first served, and the $5 includes a breakfast taco.
Tonight (pre-shows):Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears with Hacienda at Antone's (technically sold out); Paul Oakenfold with Toddy B of Hypersonic Radio and Jason Jenkins of Hypersonic Radio at Austin Music Hall ($25-$35); Neon Indian and Prefuse 73 with Miniature Tigers at La Zona Rosa ($20); Spoon with Elvis at the Mohawk (technically sold out); Pat Green with Zach Walther & The Cronkites at Stubb's ($15-$30); First Aid Kit with Ferraby Lionheart at Stubb's (indoors, $10-$12).
Friday:Mayer Hawthorne and the County with Kings Go Forth at Antone's ($20-$25); Deadmau5 at Austin Music Hall (technically sold out); Black Lips with Those Darlins and the Ettes at Emo's ($13-$15); Givers with Cults and TV Torso at Emo's (indoors, $15-$17); Robert Earl Keen at La Zona Rosa ($35-$40); Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses with Gary Clark Jr. at Momo's (technically sold out); Monsters of Folk with Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Stubb's ($35-$38); Blind Pilot with Cory Chisel at Stubb's (indoors, technically sold out); The Very Best with Ninjasonik, BAIO, Franki Chan, Cowabunga Babes and Richard Henry at the Beauty Bar ($15 at the door, $10 with ACL wristband).
Saturday:Girls with the Soft Pack at Antone's ($20); Dawes with Lissie at Emo's (indoors, technically sold out); Gayngs with Bear In Heaven at Emo's ($18-$20); Sonic Youth with Warpaint at La Zona Rosa (technically sold out); Beats Antique with Lance Herbstrong at Momo's (technically sold out); The Black Keys with Foals at Stubb's (technically sold out); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Stubb's (indoors, technically sold out).
Sunday:Blues Traveler with Martin Sexton at La Zona Rosa ($25).