Austin City Limits 2023. Photo via Shutterstock.

Austin City Limits 2023

OCTOBER 06-18, 2023


The “Live Music Capital of the World” takes the party outdoors with Austin City Limits: a two-weekend festival with more than 100 performances.

Save the tech speak and career striving for SXSW, Austin’s other massive festival, Austin City Limits, is all about the music. ACL was inspired by the music television show of the same name, which, since the 1970’s, has highlighted up-and-coming talent and is credited with putting Austin’s music scene on the national map. This year, Austin City Limits continues to push its limits with nine stages, two weekends, and over 100 performances at Zilker Park. Though the 2023 ACL lineup has not yet been announced at the time of this writing, the event has been known to include artists such as Radiohead, Metallica, SZA, The Arctic Monkeys and Kacey Musgraves. 

Festival goers sport outfits that are a perfect mix of Stagecoach and Coachella: trendy and boho with a bit of country flair. Though Austin City Limits caters to those who want to party with plenty of loud music and a sizable beer garden, it’s also relatively family friendly, with a crafty Austin Kiddie Limits appealing to the 10-and-under crowd. 

Much like New Orleans Jazz Fest, ACL is known for its food, and you can find everything from snow cones to exotic game kebabs. Its unique bodegas also have fresh fruit, trail mix, sunscreen and other festival necessities available for purchase. For the vegan and gluten free crowd, there are plenty of options (GoodPop and Shawarma Point served plant-based options in previous years.). With three days under the Texas sun, be sure to stay nourished and hydrated: bringing a hydration pack is a must. 

The Specs

  • About 225,000 people attend Austin City Limits each year.
  • If you want to buy tickets, the 3-day general admission tickets for weekend one and two are sold out at the time of this article. Join the waitlist for tickets here. The ticket pricing is as follows:
    • 1-day:
      • Weekend one or weekend two general admission: starting at $170
      • Weekend one or weekend two general admission-plus: starting at $325
      • Weekend one VIP: starting at $755
      • Weekend two VIP: starting at $705
      • Weekend one or weekend two platinum: starting at $2205
    • 3-day tickets:
      • Weekend one or weekend two general admission: starting at $375
      • Weekend one or weekend two general admission-plus: starting at $725
      • Weekend one or weekend two VIP: starting at $1755
      • Weekend one or weekend two platinum tickets: starting at $5705
  • Kids under 10 get in for free.
  • Check our Fifty Grande guide to Texas music here.


Where is the festival held?

ACL will take place at Zilker Park which is located in south Austin, where Barton Creek and the Colorado River cross. The park’s address is 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin , TX 78746.

What is the best way to get to and from the Austin City Limits Music Festival?

Austin City Limits offers a free shuttle service that runs between downtown Austin and the West Festival Entrance.

What is the bag policy?

Austin City Limits Music Festival allows for small clutches and purses that are under 6 by 9 inches. Any bags that exceed this size must be clear and under 12 by 6 by 12 inches.

Is Austin City Limits festival ADA accessible?

Yes, the ACL music festival offers accessible shuttles, parking and entrances in addition to an Accessibility Center. More info can be found here.

Which artists are on the ACL 2023 lineup?

The festival has eight stages and the artists range from rock and indie to electronic and hip hop. ACL Fest’s 2023 lineup includes: Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, ODESZA, The Lumineers, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, The 1975, Hozier, Kali Uchis, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Labrinth, Cigarettes after Sex, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lil Yachty, Mt. Joy, Tove Lo, The Mars Volta, Death Grips, M83, Rina Sawayama, The Breeders, Portugal. The Man, GloRilla, Niall Horan, Maggie Rogers, Tanya Tucker and more.

Who are the headliners for weekend one?

Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons and Shania Twain.

Who are the headliners for weekend two?

The Lumineers, Odesza, Alanis Morissette and The 1975.

Who created Austin City Limits Festival?

The festival is an extension of the long-running PBS music series of the same name. It was created by Austin PBS, KLRU-TV and broadcast on PBS for 43 years. The show on PBS is the longest running music show in American TV history.

2023 Poster

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ACL 2022 performance

SZA – ACL 2022 performance

Kacey Musgraves – ACL 2022 performance


Official 2023 ACL Trailer

#acl on TikTok


BY Lauren Harvey