The show will go on! Fear not about Austin City Limits' cancelation—the City of Austin issued its special events permit yesterday, meaning the festival is certain to return to Zilker through Oct. 10 this year.
The real thing you should be afraid of is the weather. Friday and Saturday of weekend one calls for 77% and 85% chance of rain respectively, which may be inconvenient, but will it put your wristbands in jeopardy?
Most likely not. You're going to want to bring a raincoat and rubber boots but ACL Festival happens rain or shine. Although, organizers decided to cancel the final day of the 2013 fest due to heavy rain, a flash flood warning and pools of water in the park.
That was when ACL was still a one-weekend festival—attendees were refunded a third of ticket prices and that was the first and last time the festival had been canceled, other than COVID. However, rain has soaked ACL fans numerous times.
As far as prepping for the downpour, know that umbrellas, tents and canopies are prohibited. Grab a poncho, clear if you still want to show off your outfit; waterproof shoes or at least some that you don't mind getting dirty, a waterproof cover for your vaccine card, and anything else you might want to stay dry.
Rain is set to start Thursday morning, with a 51% chance, and continue through Saturday evening before dropping down to just a 24% chance on Sunday.
Suffice to say, ACL is most likely going to continue, you just might want to bring a towel.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."