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No Smoking at ACL Fest This Year

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Watch out for cigarettes in those crowds. City officials are banning smoking during ACL fest this year.

ACL festival goers who like to enjoy live music with some drinks and cigarettes will have to leave their smokes at home this weekend. Smoking is banned in all city parks because of the drought, and that includes Zilker Park during Austin City Limits.

“There’s a high propensity for fire if there’s any kind of spark out there,” City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) spokesman Victor Ovalle told KUT News. “It’s critical that we continue this ban of smoking and the use of grills in our parks.”

Ovalle says “No Smoking” banners will be put on the stages at ACL. There won't be PARD officers at ACL fest, but C3 promoters will hire security guards who may ask people to leave if they refuse to butt out.

ACL tickets are mostly sold out, but single-day tickets for Sunday are still available. And there are plenty of people hawking tickets on Craigslist.  The seven-day forecast calls for partially cloudy skies and highs in the mid-90s this weekend.

Check out this great hour-long primer on the ACL lineup from KUT’s Texas Music Matters.


Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.