AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin City Limits Music Festival is right around the corner – and organizers said they've taken feedback to make this year the best one ever.
To go with its stacked lineup, this year's ACL Fest will feature some new and improved amenities, including a podcast stage, a merchandise pop-up shop and charging stations.
Let's break down the new things fest-goers can expect to see:
Bonus Tracks Stage
If you need a break from the non-stop music of ACL Fest, you can stop by the new Bonus Tracks Stage, where you can find podcast recordings, interactive wellness events, one-on-one conversations with Andrew Knowlton and special guests and more. See the full Bonus Tracks Stage schedule.
Beer Hall snacks
ACL has partnered with Scholz Garten to offer food in the Beer Hall, including snack-and-beer pairings from Karbach Brewing. The Beer Hall menu includes a "Beer Hall Brat," a pretzel and kettle chips. A vegetarian brat is also available upon request.
Merch pop-up shop
Prior to going into the fest, you can stop at the ACL Fest pop-up shop at Native Hostile. According to ACL, the shop will include "lineup tees, posters, hats and more."
New and improved lounges
This year's fest will feature a new GA+ lounge, with shade, seating, air-conditioned bathrooms and more; an ACL Cares Lounge; improved VIP Deck viewing; pop-up shops in the Platinum lounge; and lawn games in both the Platinum and VIP lounges.
The fest said they've added more screening lanes and expanded all entrances to get music fans into the fest faster. The fest is sponsored by DoorDash this year, so if you're not at Zilker Park, you can have food from ACL Eats vendors delivered to you. If at any time during the fest, you need a question answered that isn't on the information page, you can now chat with the ACL Fest app's Chat Bot. And maybe most exciting of all: there will be free charging stations set up throughout the park this year.
All general admission three-day and single-day tickets for Weekend One, Oct. 4-6, are sold out. But for Weekend 2, general admission three-day tickets and single-day tickets for Friday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 13 are still available.
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