Thankfully, there are abundant ways to get there, along with alternate routes for drivers seeking to negotiate around the big event. The ACL Music Festival takes place on a 46-acre portion of the metropolitan park.
City of Austin officials have outlined a number of routing options for motorists coming across road closures. For north/south traffic, motorists should take Lamar Boulevard, Mopac (Loop 1) and those traveling east/west are urged to take Cesar Chavez Street. Moreover, westbound Barton Springs, Toomey and Butler roads will be closed off to vehicular traffic from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night of the festival's run.
If you go, you might want to ditch the car entirely. Among the various parking and transportation options are walking, biking and shuttles from Republic Square Park at 4th and Guadalupe streets. For bus information and schedules, visit www.capmetro.org. For additional parking information, visit austintexas.gov/page/parking-spots-downtown.
The official ACL shuttle will operate from Republic Square on both weekends, offering free rides to Zilker Park and the festival. Shuttle service starts at noon on both Fridays and at 11 a.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. The final shuttle returns from the park at 11 p.m. each day of the festival.
Concert goers also can use Capital Metro as a mode of transportation. For a direct route from north or south, the 803 MetroRapid to Barton Springs Station is recommended before traveling west on Barton Springs Road to Zilker Park.
Routes 801 MetroRapid, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 19 and 20 are another option, dropping off riders off within a block of the shuttle site at Republic Square downtown. The routes will operate throughout the festival's run. Be advised that MetroRail is temporarily not running on the weekends. For more information, visit Cap Metro here.
Pedicabs can be hailed downtown, with the pickup/drop-off area is on the northeast corner of Barton Springs Road and Azie Morton Road in close proximity to the festival entrance. Bikes and scooters abound as well, accessible via various apps. Concert goers also can rent a B-cycle and drop it off at the B-cycle station and valet service at Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Street.
Bicycle parking racks are accessible along Toomey Road. Limited secondary parking areas will be along Azie Morton Road and along Stratford Drive. Take note the Stratford Drive area is strictly for personal bicycle parking.
The designated drop-off area for scooters is along Toomey Road, with a limited secondary drop-off area along Azie Morton Road and in Veterans Park between Veterans Drive and MoPac Expressway. Take note, however, that the Veterans Park area is exclusively for dockless bicycle and scooter drop-off.
Ride Share options offer pick-up/drop-off service at three zones along Wallingwood Drive, Lee Barton Drive or Veterans Drive. A taxicab stand will be situated southeast of William Barton Drive.
For more information, visit the ACL website. More detailed information can be found here for Weekend One and here for Weekend Two.
Ahead of the festival, police urged concertgoers to safeguard their personal belongings when leaving their vehicles unattended. For thieves, the ACL Music Festival poses a mother load in practicing their nefarious craft, police suggested.
"Thousands of individuals will be in Austin from October 4-13, 2019, attending the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival," police wrote in an advisory. "The Austin Police Department (APD) Auto Theft Interdiction Project would like to remind citizens that car thieves will be scouting parked vehicles, looking for items to steal while individuals are enjoying the music events.
"They also break into keypad entry and key-less entry vehicles, because owners are more likely to leave their ignition or valet key locked inside. Vehicular crime is a crime of opportunity and by taking away this opportunity, you can minimize the chances of becoming a victim."
For professional thieves, it only takes three minutes to burglarize or steal a vehicle, police said. It takes less than a minute to steal the car if a key is locked inside, police added. "Every year, thousands of people lose important identification documents, money, electronics, transportation, and expose themselves to ongoing identity theft and other types of crime that begin with vehicle burglary or auto theft," law enforcement officials said.
"The APD Auto Theft Interdiction Project programs are funded through the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority to reduce auto and burglary theft in the State of Texas," police said in closing.
Planning ahead for post-festival cleanup, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) released the 2019 Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival closure schedule. Closed to accommodate the upcoming festival, the park grounds invariably require cleanup and repair after the throngs depart.
To those ends, the northern portion of Zilker Metropolitan Park — known to Austinites as the Great Lawn — will remain closed through Oct. 30. This includes 11 days of festival set up, two event weekends, a week to remove staging, and dependent upon weather conditions, at least one week for PARD's annual, post-event maintenance.
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