Austin City Limits

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Music fans - head to Austin,Texas this October for the Austin City Limits Festival, a three-day outdoor festival featuring over 130 bands - and not your run-of-the-mill local garage bands that will never sell more than a few albums, either. This is a can't-miss for music lovers.

Named for the famous Austin City Limits show that airs on PBS, the well-known music fest attracts the Indie scene’s most valuable players.

ACL takes place in the city’s Zilker Park , an oasis of green in the city’s downtown district. Make a vacation of it, and stay in a downtown house or condo near the park where you can enjoy more space to spread out, an easy commute, and proximity to the coolest things to do in Austin. (Our HomeAway team compiled some of their favorite cool Austin things in this slideshow.) Chip in on a rental with a group for the best deal on lodging and have more cash to spend on festival food, merchandise, and, of course, continuous cans of cold Lone Star Beer.

Who Will Be on Stage?

With so many bands, stages and concerts, you need to do your homework! Whatever your era and style of music, you'll find some old favorites and get a chance to hear some bands that will become your new faves. The Austin City Limits 2013 lineup features the following headliners:

  • Depeche Mode
  • The Cure
  • MUSE
  • Kings of Leon
  • Atoms For Peace
  • Lionel Richie
  • Phoenix
  • Wilco

 - and so many more. With two weekends and eight stages, you won't run out of great bands to see during the festival.

What You Need to Know

ACL isn't just for 20-somethings - Austin Kiddie Limits and kid-friendly activities provide fun for families, and exhibit tents, food trailers and the SoCo Art Market and aftershows around Austin make the weekend more than just a music festival. Come see why Austin is the Live Music Capitol of the World at its annual tribute to great music, with a history of giving musicians a chance to make it big.

Update: According to the ACL website, passes for the second weekend are still on sale (as of September 9).

ACL Lodging

Austin is a great city with so much going on beyond the festival. Here's a round-up of our Austin travel guides and vacation rentals and deals for ACL lodging. Stick around for a little longer and enjoy relaxing at the lake and other things to do at Lake Travis, just outside of town. You may even want to book a rental on Lake Travis for a bit before you head back to reality.


ACL Music Festival
October 4-6 and 11-13, 2013
Zilker Park in Austin, TX

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