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How to Avoid ACL

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Well, it’s here. The Austin City Limits Festival has kicked off at Zilker Park, and thousands of revelers have descended upon Austin. If you’re planning on avoiding the festival entirely, you’ve come to the right place.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the festival is likely to bring in as many as 450,000 attendees to Central Austin, according to estimates from C3 Presents, and traffic closures have already begun.

If you plan on getting anywhere near Zilker, you will likely be sucked into a giant, gnarled web of traffic. 

That may sound like a hyperbolic description of the situation (because it is), but consider this: The city's suggested routes to avoid traffic are Lamar Boulevard and MoPac, two of the most consistently congested roadways in the entire state.

So, with that, let's get to the street closures.

Keep in mind, Fourth Street will also be closed between Guadalupe and Nueces streets, and San Antonio will be closed between Third and Fourth, for Cap Metro's ACL shuttle. 

If you want to both avoid the fest and watch some of the shows, you can stream sets from bands for the first weekend through Red Bull's online livestream, or on the Red Bull TV app.

Or, head over to our sister station KUTX's website and relive weekend one and see exclusive backstage performances. 

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