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ACL Festival still awaiting special events permit from the city

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world attended ACL 2019. (Charles Reagan Hackleman)

As Austin City Limits wristbands get ready to ship out, Austin city officials confirmed that they have yet to approve the October festival for its special event permit on Wednesday.


KXAN reports that ACL may need to change its COVID-19 safety guidelines in order for the show to go on—the city updated its requirements in late August for event permits on city property, saying large events must acquire a negative test from all attendees, regardless of vaccination.

The festival's website still states that fully vaccinated attendees "may show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination instead of proof of negative test."

Earlier this week, the city denied the permit for the 40th annual Pecan Street Festival, which was scheduled for Sept. 18-19. This is the fourth time the Pecan Street Festival was canceled.

Amid artist Stevie Nicks dropping out of the festival due to COVID concerns, there have been calls to cancel the festival again with #cancelACL. Though COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiked this summer, the seven-day moving average for cases has been on a steady decline since late August.

The city only has authority over events on city-owned land, like ACL at Zilker Park, which is why other large events are unaffected by the permit restrictions.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway