Information on parking, traffic, and road closures for ACL

From the Austin Parks and Recreation Department:

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department welcomes visitors to the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival, October 2-4, and 9-11, 2015.  The ACL Music Festival takes place on 46-acres of a portion of Zilker Metropolitan Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces.  

The northern portion of Zilker Metropolitan Park, known to Austinites as the Great Lawn, will close September 21 through October 23, for the ACL Music Festival.  This includes 11 days of festival set up, 2 event weekends, a week to remove staging and at least a week for the annual Parks and Recreation Department's post-event maintenance dependent upon weather conditions. 

For information on Austin City Limits Music Festival street closures, affected area maps, shuttle routes, planning your route and parking and transportation options, please visit:

Citywide and Festival Attendee Reminders 
Festival Attendees:
* Use the free festival shuttle to the event site, or bike to the event.
* There is NO parking at the park, and extensive restricted parking areas in outlying areas.  Festival attendees should not drive to the park.
* Check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and get other festival related information at:, or

Parking and Traffic:
* There will be a traffic pattern change on Barton Springs Road for the 2015 year to help further reduce the number of vehicles impacting and causing safety concerns for patron pedestrian foot traffic entering the Festival.
* Barton Springs road will be open for local access only from Lamar to Sterzing.  All non-local traffic will be directed out of the area from Sterzing, to Toomey and Toomey to Lamar.
* There is NO ACCESS further west to Robert E. Lee as in previous years.  The festival will be providing a free shuttle for festival attendees.
* Public safety personnel will be routinely patrolling and towing in the affected areas.

Park Access and Alternate Park Sites:
* Most of Zilker Metropolitan Park will be accessible prior to the festival, and between event weekends, from Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8. 
* Park users can expect a high number of people in the park during festival weekends.
o This includes the Rugby Field, Polo Field, Zilker Playscape, Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Botanical Garden and Austin Nature and Science Center.
* All of Zilker Metropolitan Park and the Zilker Botanical Gardens will be closed to the public during the six festival days only. 
* Barton Springs Pool -  Southgate Parking Lot will be open during the festival weekends and is reserved for pool users only. 
* Access to Barton Springs Pool will be via Barton Hills Drive, Rabb Road or Bluebonnet Road to Robert E. Lee. 
* There will be NO ACCESS to Barton Springs Road and Robert E. Lee. 
* ADA pool parking is available in the Barton Springs Pool – Southgate Parking Lot, or first-come first-served on the north side via the northbound Mopac frontage at Andrew Zilker Road.  Proper ADA tags must be displayed prior to approaching  the area.

Alternative Park Use Areas:
* Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) east and middle lawns will both be open at all times during the festival period.  This will include the opening of the new off leash area on September 25, 2015.
* Butler Park is also open during both ACL Music Festival weekends for park patrons. 
* A park directory is available at:

Road Closures
* Street closures will occur starting at 12:01am Friday through early Monday morning of each festival weekends.
* Motorists should expect delays around the Zilker Park/Barton Springs Road area and throughout downtown.  
* All commuters are to expect higher volume of traffic in the general park area during the overall festival period.  Enclosed please find the highlighted street closures next to Zilker Metropolitan Park
* On event days:
o Barton Springs Road from Sterzing Street to Rollingwood Drive.
o Stratford Drive from Barton Springs Road to Nature Center Trail.
o Barton Springs Road/Lou Neff to Stratford Drive (right lane westbound).

* For a complete list of closures, check
For safety during load-in Stratford Road will be closed on selected days – details are at: 
   Health and Safety Reminders:
* The festival is a smoke free event site and patrons may only smoke outside the event grounds on the street.
* Wear comfortable shoes, clothing and bring personal protective items such as hats and sunglasses.
* Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, there are water filling stations throughout the festival.
* Apply gel or lotion based sunscreen and insect repellent (non-aerosol type).
* Read all of the festival information/FAQs.

In an effort to safeguard the safety and quality of life of Austin residents, the Public Assembly Code Enforcement (PACE) team will be checking that all vendors, merchants and property owners are in compliance with municipal safety codes, including having the required permits during the festival.   PACE will canvass the routes leading to Zilker Park this week and throughout the event. Those found operating without proper permits will be required to close down their operation for the remainder of the event.


The Austin Parks and Recreation Department system is smoke-free.  Violation is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $2,000 pursuant to Chapter 10-6 of the Austin City Code.

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