Austin City Limits Music Festival
Main entrance of the 2005 Austin City Limits
Music Festival in Zilker Park.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival
is an annual three-day music festival
Austin, Texas’s Zilker Park. The Festival
brings together more than 130 bands on
eight stages, including rock, country, folk, in-
bluegrass, and attracts a crowd of about
65,000 visitors each day. Named after the le-
gendary PBS concert series, The festival is
produced by C3 Presents, who also co-pro-
duce the Lollapalooza and Big State festivals.
In a very short time the Austin City Limits
Music Festival has joined Bonnaroo, Lollapa-
looza, and Coachella as the United States’
premier rock festivals.
Crowd at the Austin City Limits Music Festiv-
al with view of stages and Austin skyline.
Concert goers that have three day pass wrist-
bands can leave and re-enter at any time.
Those that have one day passes cannot re-
enter. Allowed items include: Two 32oz
sealed water bottles, umbrellas,
chairs (there is a restriction on how close you
can move the chairs to the stage). There isn’t
any car parking near the festival. Most con-
cert goers park downtown and then take a
free shuttle that
located at Republic
square. Bike parking is available but you
must provide your own locks. Outside food is
not allowed inside the festival, however
vendors provide food and alcohol inside.
Although the average high in Austin for the
last two weeks of September is 88 degrees
Fahrenheit, recently the event has endured
above average temperatures and humidity.
The highs for 2004 during the festival were
96, 96, and 93. In 2005 the were 98, 99, and
108. Temperatures reached 98, 99, and 90 in
2006. ACL has worked with the City of Austin
to install a massive irrigation system to elim-
inate dust concerns during the Festival. In
2006 they also targeted dust patches by put-
ting mulch on them, ending almost all of the
dust problems. Tents and other stations have
been set up and equipped