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Welcome to your Official Austin Weekend Guide
Biking routes and swimming holes, barbecue joints and taco trucks: this is your official Austin guide for The Austin City Limits Music Festival.
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SWIMMING
2201 William Barton Dr

The revered, 68-degree urban sanctuary, enjoyed by lap swimmers, sunbathers and resident ducks. Zilker Park, home to both Barton and ACL Fest: Austin at its most iconic.

424 County Road 404

Time before or after the fest? The 45-minute drive out to Willie’s town is worth it. This lush spot can get pretty crowded, but the pool’s beautiful enough that you don’t notice

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy

At McKinney Falls State Park, Onion Creek rushes over limestone ledges pooling into natural baths. Just 20 minutes from Congress Avenue. Deep Texas history here.

401 Deep Eddy Ave

Spring-fed pool, just a bridge stroll away from festival grounds. After your plunge, walk up the hill to Pool Burger and Deep Eddy Cabaret.

Barton Springs

2201 William barton dr

The revered, 68-degree urban sanctuary, enjoyed by lap swimmers, sunbathers and resident ducks. Zilker Park, home to both Barton and ACL Fest: Austin at its most iconic.

Krause Springs

424 County Road 404

Time before or after the fest? The 45-minute drive out to Willie’s town is worth it. This lush spot can get pretty crowded, but the pool’s beautiful enough that you don’t notice

Upper Falls

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy

At McKinney Falls State Park, Onion Creek rushes over limestone ledges pooling into natural baths. Just 20 minutes from Congress Avenue. Deep Texas history here.

Deep Eddy

401 Deep Eddy Ave

Spring-fed pool, just a bridge stroll away from festival grounds. After your plunge, walk up the hill to Pool Burger and Deep Eddy Cabaret.

Let me tell you man, to hear your song on the radio–we pulled the Plymouth station wagon over, jumped out and cranked the volume.

TOMAR WILLIAMS
TOMAR & THE FCS
TACOS
BREAKFAST
BREAKFAST

Pueblo Viejo

641 Tillery St

The “Don Chago” (beans, bacon, avo) is the AM go-to. Trailer parked at Flitch Coffee.

LUNCH
LUNCH

Nixta

2512 E 12th St

Duck carnitas, chorizo quesadilla, community spirit and cultural verve—all added up to a 2022 James Beard Award.

LUNCH
LUNCH

Las Trancas

1210 E Cesar Chavez St

Mexico City street--style taco truck. Go campechano (steak and chorizo) or al pastor. Open late.

LUNCH
LUNCH

Cisco's

1511 E 6th St

Go for the migas breakfast tacos. Bar seats tempt, but regulars hit the back room. Add biscuits.

Barbecue

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Drinks

BARBECUE

Coffee

LeRoy and Lewis

121 Pickle Rd

L&L’s menu doesn’t sit still, so don’t go thinking it’s all brisket and sausage stand-bys. No matter what, you’re in excellent hands with pitmaster Evan LeRoy.

Franklin

900 E 11th St

Aaron Franklin’s brisket is the only bite in town worth a four-hour wait. Don’t sleep on his smoked turkey, either. Closed on Mondays.

Valentina's

11500 Menchaca Rd

Freshly made tortillas, Mexican-style meats and Austin’s most food-coma-inducing breakfast taco: The Real Deal Holyfield. Worth the 20 minute drive from Zilker.

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

2713 E 2nd St

Local ramen dudes take over a defunct East Austin BBQ joint, light a fire, and bingo, a new mashup of smoky izakaya experimentation ensues. Modern barbecue at its finest.

La Barbecue

2401 E Cesar Chavez St

Meat from a third-generation ‘cue crafter just tastes better, and thanks to a new location, a side of live music now comes with all that delicious smoked meat.

Micklethwait

1309 Rosewood Ave

Most important, this trailer is no-doubt the best quality-to-wait time in town. Sausages change daily, and The Chronicle crowned their beef rib as numero uno.

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COFFEE

Better Half

406 WALSH ST

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Drinks

DRINKS

Coffee

Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd

Cheap beer, longtime barkeeps, Pool Burger Airstream out back—all a frisbee toss from the beloved community pool. Just across the bridge from ACL Fest.

Tiki Tatsu-Ya

1300 S Lamar Blvd

Late-night snacks and wild drinks—Painkiller rules supreme—from the Tatsu-Ya crew. Hit their ramen and izakaya joints to make it a hat trick.

Donn’s Depot

1600 W 5th St

Piano bar strung in Christmas lights no matter the month with a judgment-free dance floor.

Lolo’s

1504 E 6th St

A state-of-the-art wine bar where the bottle shop is small but stellar and the patio is perfect for sipping a glass of orange.

C-Boy's

2008 S Congress Ave

Classic juke-joint where “Soul Man” Sam Evans and Jimmie Vaughan have standing weekly gigs.

Cheer Up Charlies

900 Red River St

An indie, LGBTQ mainstay with stepped-up drinks and shows in the open air, backed by a limestone wall.

Nickel City

1311 E 11th St

Some spots just have it. Antique oak bartop nods to an 80-plus year run before new owners deftly took over in 2017. Whiskey with a side of tots is the move.

Stubb's

801 Red River St

The original Red River live-music bandshell. Post up with a Lone Star at the small wooden bar, stage left, to take in up-and-coming local and blue-chip acts alike.

Kinda Tropical

3501 E 7th St

Former gas station now a buzzy East Side bar with frozen drinks perfect for cooling off post-Zilker.

Central Machine Works

4824 E Cesar Chavez St

Former WWII airplane parts factory turned brewery (full bar and great pizza too) with the best backyard in town.

BIKE RIDES

The Moontower Ride

START AT: W 41ST & SPEEDWAY

Huge lights atop 165-foot scaffolds first cut Austin’s velvety dusk in 1895. Unique in the nation, these moontowers now signal to midnight riders of the urban strange. They say you can read your watch 1,000 feet away by their glow–but who’s watching the time? West 41st and Speedway > West 12th and Blanco Street > Zilker Park

The Murals Ride

START AT: 1720 S 1ST ST

Early start at “Greetings from Austin” on South First, then pedal east to see “Willie for President” on the side of STAG Provisions. Head north on Congress, waving at “I Love You So Much” at Jo’s Coffee, on your way to Daniel Johnston’s iconic “Hi, How Are You?” near UT’s campus.

9th Street BMX Park

900 W 9TH ST

Volunteer riders sculpted the south end of Duncan Park into the “National Trails of Texas.” Not so much a public project as a force of nature, today the place is a pilgrimage, a monument and a legit launching pad.

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