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W Austin Insider Guide to ACL

You will thank us later. W Insider, Donna, shares the tips & tricks on how to survive ACL.



Hit up Luxe Apothetique, located in the 2nd street shopping district, to find the perfect bohemian chic outfit. This trendy boutique has a variety of options to create the perfect look. I always love adding some flare to my outfit to stand out among the large crowd. This year's festival trends will include bohemian chic dresses, high wasited shorts, flower crowns, choker necklaces and colored sunglasses. 


You bought a ticket for a reason. Don't miss your favorite acts. Download the Official 2016 ACL mobile app to plan out each day. The app let's you know what stage and what time each artist will go on. Stay in the know with schedule changes, fun giveaways, and emergency information (just incase). Check out every artist you can. Who knows, you mind find a new favorite. I'm currently obsessing over the Austin synth-soul vocal group Keeper!


Don't mess with Texas heat (no pun intended). To survive ACL, bring a refillable water bottle to fill up at water stations. Don't let the cooler mornings fool you. Keep your skin hydrated -- bring lots of sunscreen and reapply through out the day. Also, one of the special traditions at ACL is to bring a flag and pole to stake into the ground to identify your base camp – the more creative the better!



Take advantage of the FREE shuttle that picks up on the corner of 4th & Guadalupe at Republic Square Park, just two short blocks from W Austin. The shuttle runs from the entrance to the festival from 11 AM -10 PM. Parking can get expensive fast. If you're staying downtown, this is the best route to take. Don't lie. You won't be able to drive after having too many Deep Eddy cocktails.


Austin is known for our legendary food trucks and an abundance of great dining options. The dining options at ACL this year are on point. Check out Bananarchy, Micklethwait Craft Meats, & Tamale Addiction. My personal favorite is Juiceland. They offer a special juice just for ACL goers called “Fun Punch”. Mix it with a shot of Deep Eddy from the bar and you'll be all set. 


Stay up later and pull an all nighter. Keep the party going at one of the Official 2016 ACL Fest Late Night Shows at some of the best music venues Austin has to offer. The second weekend of ACL, you can find me over at The Parish jamming to Oh Wonder. Check out all the shows at C3concerts.com/latenight, and get your tickets now before they’re gone!


Get your week back on track before the 'real world' starts again. Grab a breakfast taco and a Topo Chico (Austin’s go to hangover cure) from Papalote which is conveniently located in Zilker Park, the same neighborhood as ACL. 

If that doesn’t do the trick, schedule an appointment with Hydrelief for a IV Hangover Infusion. Can't move? No problem, they will come straight to your hotel room. I personally, recommend the Professional Hangover Infusion which includes a Super B Booster Shot.

Ready, Set, Go!

Always here to help, have questions? Email me at donna.savage@whotels.com