Here’s what you need to know to get around ACL this weekend

The 2019 Austin City Limits music festival takes place Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.

The 2019 Austin City Limits music festival takes place Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.

The first weekend of the Austin City Limits music festival will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 when British rockers The Amazons, locals Asleep at the Wheel and the choir from Barton Hills Elementary School all take the stage to kick off the weekend.

If you’re traveling to the festival this weekend, here are the best ways to get into and out of Zilker Metropolitan Park. There is no parking available within the park during the festival. The following information comes from Capital Metro, ACL Fest and the Austin Transportation Department.

Festival shuttle
The free shuttle service will operate between Republic Square, at the corner of Fourth and Guadalupe streets, and the west entrance to the festival on Barton Springs Road. The first shuttle leaves from downtown Austin to the park at noon Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday on both weekends. The last shuttle from the park to Republic Square leaves at 11 p.m. on all three nights.

Capital Metro
The public transit agency’s MetroRail service is not running on weekends, so bus lines are the best option to access the festival. To get directly to Zilker Park, ride the 803 MetroRapid line from any station between the Domain to the north and the Westgate Transit Center to the south. The park entrance is roughly a half mile walk from the Barton Springs station.

Cap Metro also has a number of bus routes that travel downtown for access to the free shuttle at Republic Square. The MetroRapid 801 route goes directly to the square, MetroRapid routes 980 and 985 run downtown from North Austin, and several other bus lines drop riders off within a short walk of the shuttle site. Download the Cap Metro app for step-by-step directions.

Bicycles and dockless scooters
Parking will be available for bicycles—of the electric or personal variety—and scooters at the festival site. Designated electrical bike and scooter drop-off parking will be at the corner of Toomey Road and Sterzing Street. There will also be secondary drop-off areas that are limited, according to the Austin Transportation Department, on Azie Morton Road and in Veterans Park.

This year, scooters will not be available at the drop-off locations at the end of the night, according to ATD. When riders come to the park and drop off the scooters, they will be picked up and dispersed. ATD says this is to prevent congestion and improve safety.

For those taking a personal bicycle, there is also parking along Toomey Road, limited secondary parking along Azie Morton Drive and an area that is exclusive to personal bicycles—no dockless bikes or scooters—along Stratford Drive.

B-Cycle—the city’s bike-sharing program—will have parking at the Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Street parking area. It will also have dedicated space for the bikes, guaranteeing a space to dock.

Ride sharing
Ride share users who type in “Zilker Park” or “Austin City Limits Music Festival” to their destination in the app will have their destination automatically updated the nearest dropoff point around the festival. Lyft is offering $1 off fares for riders heading to the festival by applying code ACLFEST19 in the app. Pick-up and drop-off points are located at Wallingwood, Stephen F. Austin and Lee Barton drives.

Users should not request a ride from within the festival after the event, according to ACL. Instead, they recommend walking outside of the park and crossing the Colorado River, South Lamar Boulevard or the I-35 frontage road.

By Jack Flagler

Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.


A photo of latte art.
Summer Moon Coffee to open at Circle C Ranch

A new coffee shop is set to open in a previous South Austin location of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Austin City Council is considering an end to enforcement of low level marijuana possession laws. (SHELBY SAVAGE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER)
Support grows among Austin City Council members who want to end local penalties for low-level marijuana possession

If successful, the Austin Police Department would no longer hand out arrests or citations for possession of marijuana with no intent to distribute.

Delays have pushed back completion of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex to spring 2022. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Utility and other hurdles delay Bee Creek Sports Complex

Though it was initially planned to be ready for play by 2020, delays pertaining to construction and, more specifically, to water service, have pushed the completion date of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex to spring 2022.

zanjero park water
Travis County commissioners pursue easement to bring water to Las Lomitas subdivision

Travis County commissioners are working to address colonias—unincorporated areas in the county that lack basic utilities.

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Austin Public Health confirms city’s first rubella case since 1999

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999.

Travis County commissioners will receive preliminary estimates for a new peace officer step pay scale at their Jan. 28 meeting. (Courtesy Travis County Sheriff's Office)
Travis County commissioners consider revisions to peace office pay

Travis County commissioners are considering options that will revise the pay scale for peace officers, including law enforcement, corrections and park rangers.

A photo of the exterior of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Austin.
Baylor Scott & White's Austin Medical Center opens in Oak Hill

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Austin opened its doors Jan. 15.

Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.

A photo of a sign that reads "Visit Historic Dripping Springs."
Dripping Springs City Council tangles with parking solutions for historic downtown

Council members stressed the need for long-term downtown parking solutions at their Jan. 14 meeting.

Commuters arrive at downtown Austin's lone light rail stop. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
With unveiling of 'transformational' transit proposal, support for urban rail grows among Austin leaders

Before voting on a multibillion-dollar bond referendum coming in November, the community will have to choose between an urban rail or bus transit system.

A photo of the facade of Hill Country Healing Haven.
New acupuncture clinic Hill Country Healing Haven open in Dripping Springs

A new center for acupuncture and wellness now operates in Dripping Springs.

Options in the Project Connect plan include adding light rail as well as expanding MetroRail, the commuter rail line in the region. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voters could decide in November how to fund an estimated $2.9B-$7.2B needed to expand transit in Austin area

Capital Metro, city of Austin officials are discussing financing options for expanding transit through Project Connect.

Back to top