ACL Event at the Gap

The Austin Arboretum GAP wants to help celebrate the last weekend of ACL with a fun, free event for families.

On Saturday, October 11th, you can stop by the store from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for special events in both the Adult and the Kids and Baby locations!

In the Adult store, there will be food catered by Brio as well as wine tastings. There will also be a guest DJ set by Will from local pop band Shivery Shakes from 1p.m. -5 p.m.!

The Kids store we will have face painting and arts and crafts, such as guitar pick necklaces, to keep the little ones entertained! Cookies, cupcakes and other fun snacks will be provided from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.!

For more info, you can check out their event page on Facebook


Austin Kiddie Limits 2014: Weekend One Highlights

What an amazing weekend! For those of you who attended Austin City Limits Music Festival last weekend, you know how lucky we were to have the most gorgeous weather in our favor. And the crowds were feeling the sunny, happy Austin vibe. What a great time!

The Austin Kiddie Limits (AKL) area was totally happening! There were so many adorable families filling this section of Zilker Park -- and it's no wonder because AKL provided so many amazing activities for children of all ages. Upon entering the AKL zone, you immediately felt like you were walking into a very friendly, cheerful space. The area was decorated with colorful paper lanterns, ribbons, and banners all seeming to say "welcome!"

Kids bounced around with candy-colored hair (courtesy of the Punk Hairdooz tent) catching bubbles, dancing to music, creating art, and just having a ton of fun. Parents seemed pleased to have a little down time in the AKL section, too. Here they could get a break from the crowds and just relax as the kids enjoyed something just for them.


Photo Highlights from AKL:

Were you at the festival last weekend? Or will you be going next weekend? You won't want to miss any of the fun that awaits at Austin Kiddie Limits!


What to Wear to ACL

We recently reached out to one of Austin's most fashionable women, Cheryl Bemis, for advice about what to wear to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. As moms of a certain age, we know that flower crowns and various festival trends are not for us. Thankfully, Cheryl shares some great advice...

ACL: What to Wear (Especially for Moms)

It’s October in Austin so let the list of local events begin! Of course, the premier annual Austin City Limits Music Festival will kick things off this weekend AND then it all happens again the following weekend. Not only will you enjoy some great music but it is also a great crowd-watching opportunity to see some great music-festival fashion.

I have seen some fashion coverage on what to wear to ACL, and while all helpful, it is geared for younger age groups. And we all know, not all the attendees will be in their 20’s and 30’s. There will certainly be some 40’s and 50’s gals who have rocked it out for years (ok decades), and we’re moms and some of us are now enjoying being grandmothers. Despite your place in life, you can still have fun, dress appropriately and be proud of your pictures in years to come.

To help you out, here is some advice along with some advice from contributing Fashionably Austin followers to help guide you for a fashionable weekend.

photo from Ilonka
First, this is not the weekend go shopping in your daughter’s closet. Living your past rock ‘n roll days are best to stay in your memory or in a photograph. Casual and comfort are your biggest friends for a successful wardrobe weekend.

Tops: White tank tops are not recommended. “Because it's probably going to rain, you don't want anything "see through". If it doesn't rain, at least the tank top will be cooler than a t-shirt, said Courtney Carothers. (By the way, no worries about the weather for Weekend One -- it looks like it will be perfect.)

Color: Wearing black will always work. It is the easiest and best way to look chic and age appropriate, did you hear? It is also the biggest trend for Fall. Pair your black shorts or jeans and keep the color going with shoes, jewelry, and hat.

Shoes: Leave the sandals and flip flops at home. Besides stating the obvious about exposed toes, keep them safe from excited music-hopping lovers at the venue of your favorite band. I would suggest cowboy boots or tennis shoes.

photo from Robin Redden

Dresses: I am a huge fan of this category. You can easily take a sundress, pair it with cowboy boots and pair it with a cardigan or jean jacket for evening shows and you are out the door. Maxi skirts are also a fantastic option.

Hats/Sunglasses: Absolutely the best category for the gal over 40. Yes, run and get yourself a kick-butt hat. Cowboy hat in any style, wide brimmed, fun, vintage, any will work. Pair it with your sunglasses (cause you’re going to need them this weekend) and make sure you post a selfie!

photo from Robin Redden

Bags: A cross bag to store the essentials like driver’s license, phone, little cash or a credit card will keep your hands free to applaud your favorite band while keeping things safe.

Make up: Courtney added some great makeup advice: “make-up will melt off and look horrible in your group selfies.” Sunscreen, mascara and some light gloss will be your simple makeup routine for the weekend.

Get ready to rock it out and enjoy a great music festival in Austin...your music AND fashion city for October.

About our Contributor:
In 2013, Cheryl Bemis was named an Austin Fashion Trailblazer at the Austin Fashion Awards. You can check out her website, Fashionably Austin, for the latest news ranging from New York Fashion Week to local events. She is actively involved with the Stiletto Stampede organization and produces their annual Fashionably Pink fund-raising fashion show which features Austin fashion talent. You can also take a peek at her blog, Fashionably Cheryl, for lots of great advice!


What's New at ACL this Year?

If you're a seasoned attendee of ACL, you might be surprised by a few new changes this year. Check out the new things to expect at the festival this year:
ACL CASHLESS: For the first time ever, you can use your wristband to make on-site purchases including food, beverages and commemorative merchandise. After activating your wristbands online, you can securely connect a credit or debit card, create a unique 4 digit pin to make safe, cashless transactions throughout the park. You can also visit the ACL Cashless booth onsite for activation help.

AUSTIN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL CHEFS SHOWCASE: The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival will be taking over one booth in Austin Eats to present a rotating cast of incredible local and  regional chefs including father & son team, Jack and Bryce Gilmore (Jack Allen's Kitchen and Odd Duck); Andrew Wiseheart & Ben Edgerton (Contigo & Gardner);  David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen); Alexis Chong (Sway);  San Antonio's Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group); and Fort Worth's Blaine Staniford (Grace.)

ACL FEST LIVESTREAM: If you can't make it to Zilker Park, you can still enjoy the ACL experience via the Livestream. The Livestream will happen during Weekend Two, and will feature two channels of live performances and exclusive behind the scenes interviews and content. The stream will be live October 10-12 from 2-10 pm CT each day, and for those who want to re-live the fest, it will be available on demand for 60 days after the festival.  Check it out at,!


Top Food Picks for ACL 2014

When I'm seeking a candid, well-informed opinion about food in Austin, I immediately think of Melanie Haupt. I've enjoyed reading her honest assessments of the local food scene over the years in her frequent reviews for the Austin Chronicle. Melanie is a blogger and freelance writer focusing on food criticism, up and coming dining culture and historic Austin foodways. Melanie is also a member of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance and Foodways Texas. In 2013, she published her first book, Historic Austin Restaurants: Capital Cuisine through the Generations.

So when Melanie agreed to give me her top picks for what to eat at the upcoming ACL Music Festival, I knew she'd have the best advice.

Now, if you're new to ACL this year and wondering why anyone would actually seek opinions on what to eat at a festival, it's because the Austin Eats food court actually includes quite an impressive lineup of fare from truly great Austin restaurants. No mediocre hot dogs, turkey legs, and endless options of greasy fried things. Not here! The menu choices at ACL include some of the most delicious bites in Austin.

So without further ado, and with many thanks to Melanie for her suggestions, I present you with...

Top Food Picks for ACL 2014:


  • For kid-friendly eats: P. Terry's hamburger

  • For cooler temps and super hungry bellies: meatball sub from Southside Flying Pizza

  • For pure deliciousness: pork tomatillo tamale from Tamale Addiction

  • For when you don't mind getting messy: Sloppy nachos from Salt Lick

  • For the morning after an overindulgent night: peachy green smoothie from JuiceLand

  • For dessert: Ice cream cakewich from Skull and Cakebones (weekend 1); ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus (weekend 2)

Curious about what else is on the menu at ACL's Austin Eats? Check out all of the food choices and pricing here



Austin Kiddie Limits Spotlight: Tor Hyams

I recently got the chance to talk with music producer, Tor Hyams, the man behind Austin Kiddie Limits as well as the creator of the Kidzapalooza stage at the famous Lollapalooza festival.

Tor first got started with children's music when he wrote and produced the CD, A World of Happiness, with an amazing lineup of artists such Lou Rawls, Perry Farrell, Lisa Loeb, and Debbie Harry. When he was on set of the music video for one of the songs from that album, he started talking with Farrell about the idea of Kidzapalooza, which he's now been producing since 2005. And this is also now his 8th year at Austin Kiddie Limits.

When deciding which musicians to book for the Kiddie Limits stage, Tor noted that he seeks out music that will appeal to both grown-ups as well as kids. He's quite aware of the children's music scene already, but he'll also take time to listen to new cds, watch videos, and reach out to those kids entertainers that seem like a good fit each year.

In addition to being in charge of the lineup at Kiddie Limits, Tor will also be performing with Peter DiStefano (of Porno for Pyros fame) in a family-friendly show mixing the best of classic rock with forward-thinking experimental jams.  

Peter DiStefano & Tor's Austin Kiddie Limits Schedule:
  • Sun., Oct. 5th, 2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 12th, 2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
Tor was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer a few questions for us...

Why do you like performing for kids?
Tor: Kids have such a carefree abandon. I like their ability to be so honest. With kids you can give a really authentic performance because kids smell bullshit a mile away. Peter has said that the kids stage is the one thing at the festival that is not about commerce -- it's about the music.

Do you have any albums with Peter?
Tor: No, no albums yet.

For someone who has never seen you and Peter play before, how would you describe your show?
Tor: We are the most unprepared and unrehearsed act you'll find in all of ACL.


Will you be performing any other shows while you're here in Austin?
Tor: Yes, on Saturday we have a show with a lot of the others from Kiddie Limits.
(Tor will be playing at the Hush Hush Music Bash on Oct. 4th at The Domain. This event is free and open to the public.)

Besides being at the festival, what else do you like to do when you're in Austin?
Tor: Eat! And ride around on a scooter from Austin Moto.

Which artists are you most looking forward to seeing at this year's festival?
Tor: You know, I've kind of seen it all (having done Lollapalooza and ACL for years). But I am looking forward to seeing Avett Brothers, Trombone Shorty, Ralph (of Ralph's World), Steve Songs and Elizabeth McQueen.

For more info about Tor, you can check out his website and keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter.


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