It’s hard to believe, but ACL Fest is coming up on its 15th year. The 2016 edition will take place September 30-October 2 and October 7-9 in Zilker Park. (Check out the full lineup here.)
To celebrate, the organizers of the epic live music festival have announced several improvements that will make us spectators much more comfortable. We’re talking family entrances, more shade, better restroom facilities, added perks to the Platinum Ticket, a new Austin Kiddie Limits experience, and a wine bar, just to name a few. Here’s a complete guide to what you can expect.
Comfort, Shade, and Flushable Toilets for Everyone!
ACL Festival is opening up the park so fans have more space, and making sure there’s plenty of shade to go around. The Rock Island Stage has been relocated for better crowd flow, and new spaces have been opened for fans to relax at Rock Island and in the southeast end of Zilker Park. There fans will find even more shade and easy access to Austin Kiddie Limits, along with new amenities including the Miller Lite Game Hall and Wine Down, ACL’s new wine bar. Grabbing a bite at ACL Eats and a cold one at the expanded Barton Springs Beer Hall will be more comfortable with added shade and picnic tables to take a load off between performances.
A welcome new addition in 2016: improved restroom facilities! This year, every restroom in the park will be upgraded to environmentally friendly, flushable toilets.
Finally, they have made it easier to cool off and stay healthy. Fans will find more CamelBak Hydration Stations providing free water and misting stations throughout the park. In addition, bodegas will sell snacks, fresh fruit, trail mix, and festival must-haves like sunscreen, ponchos, socks, eye drops, allergy meds, and more.
Austin Kiddie Limits has a new home under the lush, shaded southeast end of Zilker Park. Kids and their parents can enter through the new Family Friendly Entrance located off Barton Springs Road, in between the Barton Springs Entrance and Robert E. Lee Road, in addition to stroller-friendly family lanes at both main gates. When families register for Tag-a-Kid this year at the Family Friendly Entrance or the Info Tent just inside the main gates, each child will receive an RFID-enabled wristband. In the event that a child is separated from their parent, they have a reliable and fast way to reunite them.
VIP Life Gets Even Better
New amenities have also been added to the Platinum Ticket. The luxury, air-conditioned Platinum Lounge has relocated to a tree-filled oasis in the southeast end of Zilker Park, with direct access to the VIP Grove. Platinum ticketholders can skip the line at the main gates and enter through their dedicated entrance on Barton Springs Road and they can enjoy lunch and dinner prepared daily by celebrity chefs and special wine tastings. Plus complimentary lockers, complete with phone charging, and exclusive viewing areas in front of stages. Platinum Tickets are still available here.
If you want to get even fancier, the first-ever Feast Under the Stars will take place between Weekend One and Two on Thursday, October 6 at Zilker Park. Six award-winning chefs will prepare a locally sourced five-course meal. This exclusive event will feature select wine pairings for each course, while the chefs reveal the creative approach to their dishes. Tickets are limited and available now.
If you haven’t cemented your fest plans yet, it’s not too late for you. 1-Day Sunday General Admission Tickets for both weekends are still available, as well as 1-Day & 3-Day VIP Tickets and 3-Day Platinum Tickets. Happy festing to us all!