City of Austin Releases Guidance for ACL Festival 2022

The 2022 Austin City Limits Music Fest is returning to Zilker Park October 7-9 and October 14-16. As of Monday, September 26, 2022, much of Zilker Park has been closed off to the public as crews get to work erecting fencing and preparing for the event.  Ahead of the 20220 ACL Fest, the City of Austin has put out some guidance for those expecting to attend.

Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) 

  • Festival setup, which includes safety fencing, will begin on Monday, September 26 at approximately 7 a.m. This park access information page includes a map outlining impacts to the grounds.
  • Be familiar with the 2022 ACL Fest Entry Policy.
  • Visit the ACL Fest Website to learn about bag, water bottles, and other allowed/prohibited items.
  • Pack a refillable bottle and stay hydrated throughout the event.
  • Wear shoes, clothes, and hats that are appropriate for the outdoor environment and weather conditions.
  • Communicate your anticipated whereabouts ahead of time in case cell phone coverage is intermittent at the festival.
  • Ensure your phone is fully charged when you arrive.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Please follow Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Dispose of waste properly. Be considerate of other visitors.

Park Rules and City Ordinances: 

  • Glass and Styrofoam are not allowed on park grounds.
  • No outside alcohol is allowed on site.
  • Swimming in Lady Bird Lake is prohibited.
  • Smoking and vaping is prohibited in City of Austin parks. Violators are subject to a Class C Misdemeanor.
  • Vending at the park site without a permit will result in a $200 minimum fine – a Class C Misdemeanor.

Austin Transportation Department (ATD) 

  • A free shuttle service provided by ACL Fest boards at Republic Square Park and drops riders at the entrance to the festival. Attendees can also ride the shuttle back downtown each evening of the festival.
  • CapMetro: Use the CapMetro trip planner to and from the park – MetroRapid 803 is the best route to get directly to ACL Fest.
  • Hike & Bike Trail: Walk or bike directly to the festival. Bring a light and remember motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail.
  • Bicycle: This bike detour map provides routes around the festival.
  • Micromobility: If you are taking a shared scooter or bike to the event, drop off the device in a designated area before entering the grounds.
  • Rideshare: Pickup and drop-off points will be located near MoPac at Veterans Drive, Lee Barton Drive, and, Wallingwood Drive.
  • There is no parking at Zilker Park or in the surrounding neighborhoods. Parking on the grass or on unauthorized park grounds will result in a large fine during special events.
  • This street closure map provides a full preview of the road closure and lane reduction schedule.
  • Barton Springs Pool remains open. This map shows access routes.

Austin Police Department (APD) 

  • APD will conduct a No Refusal Initiative that will coincide with the upcoming ACL Fest. This initiative will be in effect from October 6 through October 16 and will run daily from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. This initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe by encouraging drivers to make responsible decisions, and to apply for blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to provide a breath or blood specimen as required by law. APD and ATD are continuously focused on preventing lives from being lost on the streets, highways, and waterways of Austin.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, especially in crowds.
  • Keep your phone and ID/credit cards/cash in separate places on your person.
  • Do not keep your phone in your back pocket – phones sticking out of back pockets or backpacks are not secure.
  • Keep property in a secure location (front pocket, fanny pack) or leave at home.
  • Record serial number information for your device and store it separately.
  • Notify on-site security/APD immediately for assistance.
  • Utilize APD’s online reporting site or Austin 3-1-1 (non-emergency) to report theft.
  • Check the ACL Fest lost and found site to report or attempt to locate a lost cell phone.
  • If you see something, say something.

Austin Fire Department (AFD) 

  • Be aware of a large volume of pedestrians sharing the roadway in the area around the festival.
  • If there is an emergency response to the area, please give right-of-way to allow emergency vehicles access.
  • Dispose of smoking materials safely.
  • AFD will be on site to ensure all fire code requirements are met.

Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) 

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  • ATCEMS will provide on-site medical resources at the festival.
  • If you or someone you’re with experiences a medical emergency and can make it to the medical tent, please do so. If unable, call 9-1-1 and provide as many details about where the medics need to go to reach the patient as quickly as possible.
  • Consume alcohol in moderation and avoid using illicit substances.
  • Do not take pills which have not been prescribed to you and legally dispensed from a licensed pharmacy.

Austin Public Health (APH) 

APH recommends attendees limiting close contact to people you know, being fully clothed to avoid skin-to-skin contact with strangers and staying home if you feel sick. Additional guidance can be found on this APH press release.

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