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.
- About 225,000 people attend Austin City Limits each year.
- 3 day GA tickets for weekend 1 and 2 are sold out at the time of this article, though they start at the price of $295. Join the waitlist for tickets here.
- Kids under 10 get in for free.
- Check our Fifty Grande guide to Texas music here.
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?
ACL Fest’s 2023 lineup includes: Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Mumford & 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.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – ACL 2022 performance
SZA – ACL 2022 performance
Kacey Musgraves – ACL 2022 performance
Official 2023 ACL Trailer
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