Though it's still a couple of months away (October, to be exact), people around the world are already gearing up for this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. In honor of this month's travel theme, we talked with Beth Krauss, who's the Media Relations Manager for the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. She gave us some great insider ACL travel tips—for those familiar and new to the festival!
Beth says the the best bet when traveling to Austin during the festival is to get a downtown hotel or one near campus, which tend to offer quick and easy access to the festival. She also recommends that folks stop by the Visitor Center on Sixth Street to find out where to go when they're no longer on festival grounds. And her biggest and most favorite tip is to encourage people to visit the new website to buy the festival's three-day pass at a discounted rate.
Beth's ACL insider tips:
- Use the festival planner at aclfestival.com to plan which bands you want to see. It will help you avoid conflicts with friends over where to go. Also, food and drink lines are shorter during big-name artist's sets, so if you know when there's one you won't mind missing, it will be a great time to grab some grub.
- Bring a bandana. When it gets late-afternoon hot, you can pour cold water on it and wrap it around your neck or head. It's like a mini-air-conditioning system.
- Drinks. You're allowed to bring in two sealed one-liter bottles of water, but that's it. It's a good idea to freeze your water bottles the night before the festival—your water will stay colder, longer. As for booze, there's plenty of beer and wine on site. Avoid it until the sun goes down. You'll last longer (i.e. won't be partied out already when the headliners come on), save money and be less likely to dehydrate.
- Don't just put on sunscreen and deodorant, bring them with you. Just trust me on this one.
- Wear or bring your swimsuit—Barton Springs Pool is just a few steps away.
- Dress comfortably Knowing you may be in the front row in Jack White's direct line of sight, it's tempting to bust out your most stylish attire. But this is not the time. You'll probably be sitting on the ground at some point (and Jack White can't see you that well, after all)
- Park near an entrance to the Hike & Bike Trail and take the trail to the festival if you must drive. It's much nicer than walking along a crowded sidewalk.
- Bring cash. The on-site ATM lines are crazy long, and the fee's like $6.