How To Experience ACL Like an Austinite

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We are also going to ACL this year on the second weekend, and we are pretty pumped about it! I’m sure we will be sharing on Instagram & Snapchat during the festival, so make sure to follow along. I’m the most excited about seeing Mumford & Sons!

Today I’m partnering with SkinnyPop to share my tips on enjoying ACL like an Austinite! Whenever I visit a new city I like to experience it through the eyes of a local. f you’re coming into town for ACL this year, I hope this post helps you to experience the festival like an Austinite!

1. Stay near downtown during the festival

If you’re traveling to Austin for the festival I would definitely recommend staying in central Austin. This way you will be closed to Zilker Park for all of the shows, and close to all of the ACL action going in downtown as well. My favorite downtown hotels are the Hotel Van Zandt and The JW Marriott. You can also try to find a deal on or Airbnb.

2. Bike or pedicab to the festival

There’s nothing better than biking in Austin during October. It’s so gorgeous out, and it’s such a fun way to get around downtown. SkinnyPop will also be offering free pedicab rides around downtown, so keep your eyes peeled for them!

3.Dress accordingly

I’m all about being cute, but also being comfortable during ACL. You’re going to be outside in the sun for hours, so you will want to dress the part. I love a good breezy top like this long sleeved one I’m wearing. It’s great because it’s really light weight, but will keep me protected from the sun better than a tank top. I opted for comfy jean cut offs like these, and my favorite comfortable flat booties.

4. Don’t forget the sunblock

I’m a big promoter of sunblock. Just because it’s October in Austin, does not mean the sun has chilled out. It’s still super warm here in October, and the sun is really strong. Make sure to apply sunblock before the festival, and also bring it with you to reapply during the festival. I know that I totally sound like a mom, but don’t forget your sunblock!

5. Stay hydrated

Pack your water bottles, and stay hydrated!

Let me know if there are any tips I left out in the comments. I hope you have an awesome time at ACL!


A big thanks to SkinnyPop for sponsoring this post


  1. Stephanie on October 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to ACL. Sounds like so much fun! Love your top and backpack!

    xO – Steph

  2. Greta on October 4, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’ve been seeing a bunch of snaps from people attending ACL and it looks like such a fun time! Enjoy Mumford & Sons!

    Greta |

  3. Sarah on October 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Skinny pop is one of my favorite snacks sooo good!!

  4. Nicole on October 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I went to ACL 2 years ago and your tips would have come in handy! LOL We had a great experience though and hope to be back again! I guess a great tip if you’re coming out of town like me–don’t wait to book a hotel right before the festival, I would do it waaaayyyy in advance. Also, carry a flashlight because at night it gets really dark in Zilker Park and it’s nice to see where you’re walking since some people are sitting on blankets.

  5. Shelby Back on October 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I’ve never been to Austin, but I heard its awesome! The festival seems like so much fun too!


  6. Jessica Sheppard on October 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I’ve rented city bikes in Austin before…it’s such a fun way to explore the area! Adorable post!!!

  7. Amy H on October 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    We went weekend 1, and had a blast!! You can also bring a camelbak or an empty refillable large water bottle- I highly recommend taking one. They hydration stations were awesome. Also- don’t miss Nothing But Thieves on Saturday if you can get there early enough. They should be put in a later slot, but it was a can’t miss performance for us. (Oh- and the bathrooms this year….AMAZING. Sounds weird to say it, but the improvements made a huge difference.)

    • Lee Anne on October 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      So good to know about the bathrooms!! They weren’t the best last time we went!

  8. Kayleigh on October 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Seriously SO bummed that I couldn’t go this year, the line up was amazing!

  9. Jessica Bradshaw on October 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I went this past weekend and it was a blast!! I hope you have so much fun. Mumford was incredible. Skinny pop is my fave!

  10. Crystal on October 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Cute outfit. I need those booties!!!!

  11. Kasey on October 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I’m so happy I saw this! I’m heading to ACL for the first time next weekend and I can’t wait! Thanks for the tips!

  12. Ruthie on October 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    LOVED this post!! So fun and creative!! Skinny pop is my jam!!

  13. Sandy a la Mode on October 5, 2016 at 2:46 am

    cute couple style! love it!!

  14. Amy Loochtan on October 5, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Adorable, Austin is definitely on our places to visit list!

    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

  15. Mandy on October 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Looks like you guys had a really fun day!

    xoxo Mandy

  16. Erin on October 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Great tips! ACL is so fun and your outfit is perfect. <3
    xoxo, erin |

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