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All the best ways to navigate downtown Austin traffic during ACL Music Fest 2019

All the best ways to navigate downtown Austin traffic during ACL Fest

Austin City Limits Festival ACL Fest 2017 Weekend Two Flags
Roads will be closed off before, during, and days after the festival. Photo by Shelley Neuman

It's that time of year again. Austin City Limits Music Festival is back with two weekends of awesome lineups — and lots of traffic.

ACL Fest runs from Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6, and Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13, but those won't be the only times and dates traffic will be restricted throughout downtown Austin and around Zilker Park. To help residents navigate the changes, the City of Austin has issued an outline of what roadways and paths will be closed (or partially so), when, and for how long. 

Road closures:

Azie Morton Road

  • from Barton Springs Road to Barton Hills Drive — October 4 from 11 am to 11:59 pm 
  • from Barton Springs Road to Barton Hills Drive — October 5 and 6 from 8 am to 11:59 pm 
  • from Barton Springs Road to Barton Hills Drive — October 11 from 11 am to 11:59 pm 
  • from Barton Springs Road to Barton Hills Drive — October 12 and 13 from 8 am to 11:59 pm

Barton Springs Road

  • westbound from Azie Morton Road to Stratford Drive — now October 3 from 9 am to 3 pm 
  • from Sterzing Street to Rollingwood Drive — October 3 at 9 pm through October 7 at 6 am
  • from Sterzing Street to Rollingwood Drive —  October 10 at 9 pm through October 14 at 6 am
  • eastbound from Azie Morton Road to Stratford Drive — October 14 and 15 from 9 am to 3 pm
  • westbound from Azie Morton Road to Stratford Drive — October 14 from 10 am to 3 pm

FM 2244

  • partially between both Mopac Expressway service roads — October 4 at 10 am through October 6 at 11:59 pm
  • partially between both Mopac Expressway service roads — October 11 at 10 am through October 13 at 11:59 pm

Mopac Expressway Service Road

  • from FM 2244 to Barton Springs Road — October 4 at 10 am through October 6 at 11:59 pm
  • from FM 2244 to Barton Springs Road — October 11 at 10 am through October 13 at 11:59 pm

San Antonio Street

  • from West Third Street to West Fourth Street — October 4 at 7 am through October 6 at 11:59 pm
  • from West Third Street to West Fourth Street — October 11 at 7 am through October 13 at 11:59 pm

Sterzing Street

  • partially from Barton Springs Road to Toomey Road — October 4 through 6 from 8 am to 11:59 pm
  • partially from Barton Springs Road to Toomey Road — October 10 through 14 from 8 am to 11:59 pm

Stratford Drive

  • from Barton Springs Road to Mopac Expressway Bridge — now through October 3 from 8 am to 6 pm
  • from Barton Springs to Nature Center — October 3 at 9 pm through October 7 at 6 am
  • partially from Barton Springs Road to Nature Center Trail — October 10 from 8 am to 6 pm
  • from Barton Springs Road to Nature Center Trail — October 10 at 9 pm through October 14 at 6 am
  • from Barton Springs Road to Lou Neff Road — October 14 through 17 from 9 am to 6 pm

Toomey Road

  • partially from Sterzing Street to Jessie Street — October 4 through 6 from 8 am to 11:59 pm
  • partially from Sterzing Street to Jessie Street — October 10 through 14 from 8 am to 11:59 pm

West Fourth Street

  • from Guadalupe Street to Nueces Street — October 4 at 7 am through October 6 at 11:59 pm
  • from Guadalupe Street to Nueces Street — October 11 at 7 am through October 13 at 11:59 pm

ACL Shuttles
This free shuttle departs regularly departs from Republic Square Park all weekend long. Find more information here.

Alternative routes
The city suggests taking Lamar Boulevard or Mopac/Loop 1 to travel north and south, and Cesar Chavez Street to move from the east to west around the city. While these roads won't have active closures, it also means they're likely to be jammed, so plan accordingly. 

Capital Metro
CapMetro's MetroRapid and high-frequency routes theoretically run every 15 minutes. Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 19, and 20 drop passengers off within walking distance of the park or the ACL shuttle stop. 

And note: MetroRail is not currently running on weekends. Find more information on how to plan your trip here.

Walking, ride-hailing, or biking
If you must drive, take note of the closures above, or consider biking, ride-hailing, or walking. These Zilker-area and bike reroute maps illustrate pathways, drop-off points, and more information to get around town swiftly and safely.