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ACL's event permit was approved but wet weather is the new threat

Billie Eilish is playing the festival again this year, likely in the rain. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

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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