ACL weekend 2: Everything you need to know

ACL festival-goers holds up a sign of Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival is here bringing another cool forecast with a drop in temperatures up to 35 degrees!

While festival-goers are putting the finishing touches on their flower crowns, many Austinites are dreading the traffic that will take over the city.

While the lineup mirrors the first weekend, attendees will have more room to frolic and unwind in the shade as organizers opened up more of the park.

Catch a ride 

For thousands of music fans, sometimes the most stressful part of enjoying the festival is finding your way there. To help keep people from driving to the festival and avoid the traffic headache, Honda is offering free rides to ticket holders for both weekends. It is a part of their Hail A Honda program.

Taking some of the headache out of parking downtown, City Stage has a map of available parking. You can even compare parking rates.

ACL has created a dedicated pick-up lot for people coming and going. To find it, they say to follow the signs across the MoPac Foot-bridge.

From zTrip to RideAustin, find out which ridesharing companies can take you to the festival.

  • Ridesharing apps currently operating in Austin
  • zTripBook a ride now or later without surge pricing.
  • FastenTheir drivers must have a clean record and are screened through federal and national records.
  • RideAustinRiders can choose a charity and proceeds from each ride will be donated by Ride Austin.
  • FARE: Take the stress out of planning for ACL, you can schedule a trip up to seven days in advance with this app.
  • WingzBackground checked drivers will pick you up without increasing prices, no matter what (even if there’s an alien invasion)
  • GetMe: Arrive in style. Whether you want to ride a motorcycle or in a limo, numerous options for you to get where you need to go.

Safety tips

Austin police released tips on how to safely park and store your items, what’s the best way to get to Zilker Park and what you’re allowed to bring with you.

  • Anti-theft tips when you park: Make sure you’re hiding items in your car before you arrive to the parking lot. Car thieves will wait and watch where things are being hidden.
  • What you can and can’t bring: No professional cameras, no tripods, no selfie sticks, no glass containers, no weapons, or camping equipment.

Social media surge

When you add 75,000 people to one spot, the demand for wireless data can keep you from Snapchatting as you dance your heart out watching your favorite musician.

All of that texting, posting and tweeting will drain the system. As a result, AT&T says it is rolling out some of its highest capacity temporary antennas ever. There are called “Cell on wheels.” They allow engineers on the ground to automatically distribute data traffic based on the consumption of the crowd.

Last year during the festival AT&T saw a 62 percent increase in the number of people using their network. This year they expect that number to jump.

Austin City Limits 2016 Map (ACL Photo)
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