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#CancelACL? Local group petitions festival to shut down for the second year in a row

450,000 people attended ACL 2019. (Charles Reagan Hackleman/ACL Fest)

As the city's COVID-19 situation continues to worsen and area ICUs are at critical levels, Austin City Limits Festival fans have been clutching their wristbands tightly in fear of another cancellation. However, some locals want the festival shut down to avoid a super spreader scenario.


A group called Cancel ACL Fest is using Change.org to collect signatures from others hoping to shut the world-renowned festival down taking place over two weekends between Oct. 1-10 in Zilker Park.

The petition states that holding the festival is no longer safe due to Gov. Greg Abbott's stance against vaccine passports and mask mandates. So far, only 217 have signed the petition over the course of two weeks.

"ACL has no plans to even discuss canceling," the petition reads. "Many people without vaccines will be able to attend, many people will become ill. We must ACT NOW!"

ACL organizers have yet to comment on the petition or announce any COVID precautions to be taken for the festival, though they replaced Stevie Nicks, who left the lineup over COVID-19 concerns, with Duran Duran on Wednesday morning. ACL Radio also announced on Monday that the Aug. 10 and 11 showings of Blues on the Green would be postponed.

ACL's website acknowledges the risk of contracting COVID-19 and there is an "inherent risk of exposure" that attendees accept.

ACL acknowledges COVID-19 risks on its website.

Fellow music festival Lollapalooza, which is also run by ACL parent-company C3 Presents, required either a negative test or proof of vaccination before entering the festival two weeks ago. ACL has not announced if it will do the same.

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

Tito's Handmade Vodka

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.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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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