Whether you’re a seasoned ACL veteran or a first-timer, making your way through the festival gates can be a little overwhelming. So we’ve compiled our tips, tricks, and highlights to help you get the most out of your experience. Keep reading for what to bring, what not to bring, COVID info, entry and exit points, and more!

What To Bring

  • Festival wristband
  • ID or drivers license
  • Proof of vaccination or 72hr. negative COVID test (must have one of these to be allowed in the gates)
  • Clear bags no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″
  • Small clutch no larger than 4.5″ x 5.5″ (doesn’t need to be clear)
  • Reusable water bottle or hydration pack (needs to be empty upon entry)
  • Personal sized hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen smaller than 3.4 oz
  • Chapstick
  • Face coverings
  • Hat and sunglasses

What Not To Bring

  • Drones
  • Aerosol sunscreen
  • Coolers
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas and shade structures
  • Carts and wagons
  • Outside food and drink
  • Professional photo and video gear


To get access to the festival, you must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within the past 72 hours. ACL Festival asks all attendees to adhere to their ACL Festival Fan Health Pledge …

Do not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Please note they’ll have increased hand sanitizer stations on-site, and their cleaning crews will do frequent cleanings in high-touch areas. Learn about non-invasive, quick, and affordable COVID testing here.

Entrance and Exit

Make your way to Zilker Park and there will be an entrance to ACL at the East (near Barton Springs and Lou Neff Road) and West (near Barton Springs and Spyglass) side of Barton Springs Road. You can also exit the festival at both of these points.

Getting There and Getting Home

  • Uber & LYFT – While LYFT & Uber are good options, you should definitely plan on longer wait times than usual. ACL partnered up with Uber to provide riders designated pick-up and drop-off points. When riding with Uber just type in “Austin City Limits Music Festival” or “Zilker Park” into your app, and it’ll direct you to the most convenient drop-off point. In order to request a ride to leave, you must first exit the festival and walk away from Zilker Park to get outside of the restricted area. You will be able to request a ride as normal in the app once you’ve crossed the River, South Lamar Blvd, or Frontage Rd.
  • Public Transportation – When taking public transportation, your best bet to get to ACL is MetroRapid Route 803.
  • Driving To Zilker – Driving yourself is highly discouraged as there is no parking offered at ACL. It’s also important to note that parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is strictly prohibited, and vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
  • Walking To Zilker – Take the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail for a quick walk and easy access to the festival grounds.

Where To Eat Before & During The Fest

We have a complete guide for our top picks for ACL eats. Click here to check out our suggestions for where to eat pre-festival, and the spots you should hit up once you’re inside the gates.

Born and raised in Austin, Emily thrives off sunlight and a good happy hour. In her free time she enjoys finding hidden spots along the greenbelt and frequent trips to Austin Pets Alive! She graduated with a degree in PR and has spent the past four years as a social media manager and writer.