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Zilker Park closed, Barton Springs open — and road closures for ACL Fest

Zilker Park closed, Barton Springs open and road closures for ACL Fest

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ACL Fest means closures around Zilker Park. Photo by Charlie L. Harper III

The tell-tale sign of fall has arrived: Zilker Park's Great Lawn is now closed in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Beginning on Monday, the Great Lawn will be closed to visitors until October 26. "This includes 11 days of festival set up, two event weekends, a week to remove staging and at least a week for the annual Parks and Recreation Department's post-event maintenance," according to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

During the festival's run from October 3-5 and October 10-12, expect area roads to be closed beginning at 12:01 am on the Friday before each weekend and running through the following Monday morning.

The following roads will be closed: 

  • Barton Springs Road from Robert E. Lee to Rollingwood Drive
  • Stratford Drive from Barton Springs Road to Nature Center Trail
  • Barton Springs Road/Lou Neff to Stratford Drive (right lane westbound)

The Zilker Botanical Gardens and Austin Nature and Science Center will be closed only on the festival weekends. Barton Springs Pool and the parking lot on Robert E. Lee will remain open for business (or should we say, "swimness") as usual.