Austinites, as you may already know, Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 weekend number two is upon us and every single person you know is either a) jazzed beyond belief and won’t stop talking about it, or b) planning out how to hole ...
Austinites, as you may already know, Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 weekend number two is upon us and every single person you know is either a) jazzed beyond belief and won’t stop talking about it, or b) planning out how to hole themselves up inside their homes to avoid the horrendous crowds and traffic (and alleged hipsters).
While many will subject themselves to surviving ACL for the weekend, luckily for you there’s an alternative. Allens Boots is happy to share with you our comprehensive list of non-ACL events to check out while you avoid the general Zilker Park area. So get your cowboy boots on and don’t let those crowds or pocket-draining ticket prices scare you from having some jealousy-inspiring funtimes!
Barton Springs Block Party by Tito’s Vodka
[October 11-13, 11 AM-8 PM, 1720 Barton Springs Rd., 21+]
Although fairly close to the crowds of ACL, the BSBP is a great place to recharge and offers refreshments from Tito’s Vodka and Dulce Vida Tequila as well as the Hey Cupcake!, Whole Foods, and Gourdough’s food trucks. The best part is, this event benefits HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) and admission is totally free and – you just have to RSVP.
Miracle on East 7th Street by EMPIRE
[October 4-6 & 11-13, 3 PM – End, Empire Control Room & Garage, 21+]
This slew of awesome shows is a great substitute for attending ACL simply because the crowds will be smaller, the bands just as great (Walk the Moon!), and the MirACLe Passes are a mere $50 compared to whatever astronomical amount Craigslisters and scalpers are asking for ACL passes.
The “Other ACL” – Austin Corn Lover’s Fiesta by Saustex and Hickoids
[October 11-12, All Ages, 21+]
This familiarly-acronymed music festival will be featuring tons of Texas talent at various venues throughout the two weekends such as The White Horse, The Longbranch Inn, Infest, and The Hole in The Wall. There’s no online ticket hubbub to mess with, you just pay a ridiculously low cover at the door and then bask in the air conditioning, cheap beer, and indoor plumbing. Check out their website for more info on age restrictions, locations, line-ups, and cover prices.
Ditch The Fest Fest #5 by Raw Paw
[October 12, 3 PM – 2 AM, Scoot Inn & Bier Garten - 1308 E. 4th St., All Ages]
A truly anti-ACL music and art event at a whopping $5 per person ticket price, Ditch The Fest Fest can’t be beat. Ditch The Fest Fest will be featuring homegrown music and art and have a pretty impressive local and regional line-up. They’re also going to be having dollar-a-minute massages and installations by Cog Dut, Cloud to Ground, CollabnArt, and more. So if you want to get out and see live music without forking over half a paycheck and fighting waves upon waves of hipsters, check out the Ditch The Fest Fest at Scoot Inn!
In conclusion, if you get sick of spending the last ACL 2013 weekend as a house-hermit, know that you have options – check traffic before you go out and you should be just fine. And of course, if you find yourself meandering around South Congress for brunch and shopping to avoid ACL, feel free to stop by Allens Boots South Congress location. Thank goodness Austin City Limits Festival only comes once a year, and that there are so many venues willing to party anti-ACL style!
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