Making the Most of ACL 2013

This year, for the first time in history, the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival will span two weekends instead of one! Music lovers are especially excited about this year’s concert extensive offerings, while local businesses are excited about the extra weekend of revenue that festival attendees will bring into their businesses.

Last year, we wrote a blog post filled with tips on surviving and thriving during ACL. Here are some more tips to help you through this year’s unique festival:

For visitors:

Plan Ahead.

Parking will be limited in the general area and traffic is sure to get congested, so walk or take shuttles whenever possible. Popular restaurants will be booked or have long wait times, so make reservations in advance.

Review Your Schedule.

Know which bands you absolutely have to see, and where their performances will be located. Make sure you’ll have time to travel from one stage to the other – and have a back-up list of performances you want to see as your second choice, just in case.

Take It or Leave It?

Check out the official list of allowed and prohibited items before packing up and heading to the festival.

Pace Yourself.

Regular concertgoers know that you can get pretty fried after a couple of late nights full of shows and parties – especially if you’re drinking alcohol and eating less-than-healthy food for two weekends in a row. Remember, moderation is key.

Stay Hydrated.

Regardless of the weather, you’ll need to drink plenty of water to keep going – and this goes double if Austin greets ACL with lots of sunshine and heat.

Keep a Snack Stash.

In addition to drinking lots of water, make sure you have some nourishing snacks on-hand in your hotel room.

For locals:

Transportation Station.

Planning to attend ACL? Avoid traffic and parking fees by riding the bus. Look into Capital Metro bus routes to get you there and back. Or if you and group want to split the cost of a SuperShuttle, did you know they can do private charters for up to 10 passengers and it’s pretty affordable. And you can even drink on the shuttle!

Alternate Routes.

While driving around town, consider taking alternate routes to avoid the traffic around Zilker Park.

Make A List.

If you’re determined to avoid the crowds and sounds of ACL, why not make a list of restaurants and activities you’ve wanted to try in north Austin, or just outside the city?

Hope everyone has a fun and safe ACL experience!