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10 Things You MUST Do at Austin City Limits Musical Festival

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ACL lands in Austin for the weekends of September 30th and October 7th. Yes, THIS weekend and next! Whether you are a seasoned festival-goer or this is your first time,  there are some important things to do that can greatly enhance your festival experience. We’ve compiled a list based on many years of fastidious festival-going research. Below are our Must Do’s for Austin City Limits.

1. Attend Austin City Limits Musical Festival.

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Photo: Flickr/Ralph Arvesen

Seriously, it is fantastic. Admittedly, ACL has developed quite a reputation and as a result, the crowd has multiplied over the years. To address the overcrowding, festival goers now have the option of attending one of two weekends. Each has perks — weekend one goers see it first. Weekend two goers sometimes enjoy slightly cooler temperatures. Most of the acts are the same both weekends, although check the line-up closely as a few acts will only play one weekend.

2. Find Your Crowd.

My crowd hangs out toward the back of the audience — in the chair section. Chairs with shade and footrests, preferably. Most of us have bog floppy hats, wine, water, and misting fans. Many of us have brought our children, which means we also come prepared with lots of snacks and sunscreen. I have graduated from the crowd that fights to get up close and personal with the band or within touching range of the stage. If this is your crowd get there early and be prepared to stake your claim. You might also consider bringing a pole with a flag on top so others in your crowd can find you. Be creative, we all enjoy the vibrant and often witty symbols that don each flag blowing in the breeze that quickly becomes part of the skyline.

3. Locate Your Favorite Act in the Schedule.

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