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2022 ACL Music Festival: What to know before you go

What can you bring? How do you get there? Who's playing at what time? Here are those answers and more.

AUSTIN, Texas — It's that time of year again: The 2022 Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16 at Zilker Park.

Before you head out to the fest, there's a lot of information you'll want to brush up on. Below, we broke down the answers to some frequently asked questions about ACL Fest.

Who's playing and where?

On both Fridays, the top-billed artists will be The Chicks, SZA, Nathanial Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Billy Strings. Carly Rae Jepsen will play only on the Friday of Weekend 1, and Phoenix will play only on the Friday of Weekend 2.

P!nk, Flume, Lil Nas X, and Diplo will be top-billed on both Saturdays, while Death Cab for Cutie will play only on Saturday of Weekend 2. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kacey Musgraves, Paramore and Zhu will be top-billed on both Sundays, while Lil Durk will play on only the Sunday of Weekend 1.

Learn more about the daily schedules.

Not sure where the different stages are located? Check out the festival map below:

Credit: ACL Fest

What's the weather going to be like?

Weekend 2 will be slightly hotter and more humid than Weekend 1. Both Friday and Saturday will bring afternoon highs in the low to mid 90s, so remember to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!

The final day of ACL is when the forecast gets more interesting. A strong cold front will sweep into Central Texas late Sunday or early Monday morning, and confidence is increasing that rain will be a factor for Sunday evening as the final acts of the festival go on. 

Remember: Umbrellas are prohibited, so you might want to pack a poncho!

RELATED: ACL Weekend 2 Forecast: Dry on Friday and Saturday, rain potential for Sunday

Entry and bag policies

There are three entrances to the festival, with options to approach Zilker Park from the north, east and west. From the north, you can walk or bike across the pedestrian bridge under MoPac to approach the festival's Lady Bird Entrance. From the east or west, you can approach on Barton Springs Road to reach a festival entrance.

The gates are open noon to 10 p.m. both Fridays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays.

To enter the festival, you must have your wristband. If you are unvaccinated, the CDC encourages you to bring and wear a mask, but there is no local requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test results, vaccine card or vaccine record for entry to the festival. 

If you bought a ticket and test positive for COVID-19, you can get a refund. Here's how.

The festival has a clear bag policy, and bags allowed in are limited to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Clear bags must be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches. You cannot bring backpacks with multiple pockets. 

Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 4.5 inches by 5.5 inches don’t have to be clear but can’t have more than one pocket. 

All bags will be searched before entry. You may leave and re-enter the festival up to two times per day, but you will have to go through security checks each time.

What can you bring inside ACL Fest?

Outside food and drink is not allowed, with some medical exceptions. Hydration packs are allowed and don’t have to be clear but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.

You can bring baby strollers, frisbees, chairs, binoculars, blankets, sheets, towels, point-and-shoot cameras without detachable lenses, empty reusable water bottles, personalized hand sanitizer and sunscreen in non-aerosol containers that are 3.4 ounces or less.

You may also bring totems, but they must be less than 7 feet tall and less than 1 inch in diameter. They must also be made of light material such as swim noodles, foam type material, cardboard tubes, fabric, light plastic, balloons, aluminum and/or blow up items.

You cannot bring aerosol containers, coolers, any and all professional audio recording equipment, professional cameras, drones, hammocks, glass containers, illegal substances, outside food and beverage, umbrellas, pets, selfie sticks, skateboards, scooters, bikes, wagons, carts, tents, weapons, explosives, fireworks, large chains or spiked jewelry.

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How to get to ACL Fest

There are many ways to get to the festival, but there will be no parking at Zilker Park or the surrounding neighborhoods. Pavemint has partnered with ACL Fest to help assist attendees with parking.

Take a shuttle

There are free shuttles that you can board at Republic Square Park at the corner of Fourth and San Antonio streets that will drop you off outside the Barton Springs West Festival Entrance. When you're ready to leave, you can hop back on for a return trip in the same spot. Shuttles run from Republic Square starting at noon on Friday and starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend.

Bike or take the bus

Bike parking is available on Stratford Drive after crossing the MoPac Pedestrian Bridge. Additional bike and scooter parking will be located on Toomey Road at Sterzing Street and on Azie Morton Road. MetroBike staff will also host a MetroBike valet at their Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Street station, guaranteeing users a place to dock their MetroBike.

Capital Metro offers serval bus routes that operate frequently near Zilker Park. Check out the MetroRapid Route 803 or other options.

Take a rideshare

You can also take a rideshare to the festival. When you're getting ready to go to the fest, type "Austin City Limits Music Festival" or "Zilker Park" into the app as your destination. This will update your drop-off to the nearest drop-off point around the festival.

In order to request a ride to leave the festival, you must first exit the fest and walk away from Zilker Park to get outside of the restricted are. You will be able to request a ride as normal once you've crossed Lady Bird Lake, South Lamar Boulevard or the MoPac frontage road.

Credit: ACL Festival

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Can a wristband be replaced?

Wristband replacement is subject to verification of the order. If you need a replacement, you need to bring your wristband, order confirmation and a government-issued ID to the box office. There is a $25 wristband replacement fee.

How to find a lost item

Before the festival starts, you can register your information here and ACL will contact you if your item is turned into the lost and found during the festival. 

Once the festival is underway, you can go to the main guest services booth during festival hours, or check here to search for missing items or post an alert so the festival can contact you when your lost item arrives.

If you'd like to keep your items safe without having to tote them around, there are lockers available to rent.

What can you get to eat at the fest?

ACL Eats can be found between the Barton Springs Beer Hall and the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage. More Eats can be found behind the merch building and near the Barton Springs east entrance and the Bonus Tracks Stage. Check out the full list of food vendors.

RELATED: ACL Eats: The food lineup every festival-goer has been waiting for

What is ACL Fest Nights?

The festival experience continues away from Zilker Park during ACL Fest Nights. 

From Oct. 5 through Oct. 15, folks will be able to check out artists at different music venues around Austin. Check out the 2022 ACL Fest Nights lineup.

RELATED: Here's a look at the lineup for this year's ACL Fest Nights

Tips for your best fest

Many of us here at KVUE have been attending ACL Fests for years. Here are some tips we swear by to make the most of your time at the festival:

  • Be smart about shoes. The ground can be uneven and often muddy – and however much walking you think you'll be doing, there will be more. Sneakers are the best choice and preferably ones you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! And don't forget your sunscreen. Even though it's technically fall, you can definitely still get a sunburn.
  • Have a loose plan of where you want to be and when, but know that things happen! Sometimes what you're not planning to do is the coolest thing you do.
  • Be aware that it takes longer to get to the stage you're trying to get to than you probably think it does. If you want a closer spot for a set, head over at least 30 minutes beforehand.
  • Keep a screenshot of the lineup in your phone for easy access.
  • For most wristbands, the bathroom situation is port-o-potties. Hand sanitizer is encouraged. 
  • Keep your phone in your front pocket or in a bag you plan to keep very close to you. Phone theft is no joke during ACL Fest.
  • If you want merch, make that one of the first things you do. Things will sell out, and they'll sell out fast. The bigger the artist, the more that is true.

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