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Austin City Limits Tickets - All the Info

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Article Summary

  • Tickets for Austin City Limits usually first occur with an early bird sale a few weeks after the festival occurs in October.
  • Presale is the cheapest time to buy tickets.  For ACL 2017 presale was $240
  • The general sale occurs typically in Aprilwhen the lineup is announced
  • Weekend 2 of Austin City Limits is at a higher sellout risk than Weekend 2, so if you want to go the first weekend don’t wait too long on purchasing passes

From humble roots, Austin City Limits has grown to be one of the most well-known festivals in the country.  Now stretching over two full weekends of October, hundreds of thousands of people visit Austin each year for the festival.  People visit for the quirky Austin culture, the good Texas BBQ and the outstanding music lineup.  Austin City Limits over the past five years or so arguably has the best music lineups year in and year out of any music festival.  Due to all of this, the tickets to Austin City Limits have become a hot commodity.  Here we will discuss how much tickets are, how you can snag some, and more.  This is your ultimate guide to getting Austin City Limits tickets.

How much do Austin City Limits Tickets Cost?

For 2017 Austin City Limits has already had their early bird tickets.  These early bird tickets were $240, which is slightly more than in previous years.  In years past the early bird tickets were $225.  This is as cheap as you can buy tickets for Austin City Limits from ACL themselves.  The main reason the tickets are slightly cheaper at this point is no music lineup has been announced so you are putting your faith in the ACL Gods and that they will deliver a music lineup to your liking.

If you don't purchase during the presale the passes don't rise too much: for Austin City Limits 2017 3-Day GA passes were $255. Here is how much each pass is for Austin City Limits in 2017:

  • Austin City Limits 3-Day GA: $255
  • Austin City Limits 3-Day VIP: $1,100
  • Austin City Limits Platinum: $3600

What are the fees with an Austin City Limits pass?

God bless Austin City Limits as they have no fees with their passes whether you buy presale or during the general sale. This is unheard of in the music festival business.

ACL Payment Plan

Is there a payment plan for Austin City Limits tickets?

Yes.  The Austin City Limits layaway / payment plan can be selected while inputting your payment information. It breaks up your ACL passes into 3 payments: 40% on the day your purchase passes, 30% a month later and the final 30% two months later on July 4th. We have a full article on the Austin City Limits payment plan you can read here.

When Do Austin City Limits Tickets Go On Sale?

The first week of May is generally when Austin City Limits puts their tickets up for sale. For example, in 2017 Austin City Limits announced their lineup and tickets would be released on May 4th, 2017. In 2016 ACL had their ticket sale on May 5th. In general it feels like these dates move up every year but currently it is in early May.

How do I get Austin City Limits Tickets?

If you are set on going to Austin City Limits I highly suggest you sign up for updates at Austin City Limit’s official newsletter.  You can signup by going to their homepage here. Once you signup for the newsletter you will get emailed updates automatically when tickets go on sale.  Once the lineup is announced, tickets will go on sale shortly after.  You can buy tickets at the official Austin City Limits page on the day tickets are available.  This is the only place to buy tickets that are guaranteed to be authentic and not counterfeit.  You will have options to buy both GA and VIP passes for Austin City Limits.

Does Austin City Limits Sellout?

It depends on which weekend you want to go to.  If you are planning to go to Austin City Limits Weekend 1 then you need to be on top of your game. In 2016 the festival reported that weekend one sold out in record time.  However, this is not Coachella sell out times.  Coachella sells out within hour or two.  Austin City Limits, even on its record sellout time, had tickets go on sale on a Thursday morning and were sold out by Friday afternoon.  So if you are going to go you should figure it out quickly, but you don’t need to be on Austin City Limit’s with 4 different computers trying to get into a waiting room.  If you want tickets to Austin City Limits you can go on the website the day tickets go on sale and definitely get them.  If you are fine with going to weekend two you have plenty of time to buy tickets generally.  Even last year, which was a record year for Austin City Limits, did not have weekend two sell out for months.

What types of passes does Austin City Limits offer?

Like most festivals, Austin City Limits offers general admission passes and VIP passes. There are actually three level of passes as there are two VIP options. What you get with each pass is described below.

General Admission

  • One commemorative RFID-enabled wristband
  • Over 110 performances on 8 stages from 11am to 10pm
  • Food from over 35 award-winning chefs & restaurants including vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options
  • Shop official band merch, festival merch, and specialty items from dozens of art vendors
  • Sponsor areas with giveaways throughout the park
  • Autograph signings with official ACL artists
  • Bars & concessions throughout the park with ACL Cashless availability
  • Water stations with free refills
  • Secure lockers on-site with charging capabilities
  • Access to complimentary Official Festival Shuttles provided by ACL Fest
  • Children 10 & under allowed in free with access to Austin Kiddie Limits


  • Daily VIP Ticket with Access to VIP Grove
  • Dedicated Festival Entrance Lane
  • Gourmet Happy Hour from Local Restaurants
  • Catered Lunch and Dinner
  • Mini Spa Treatments
  • Shade & Relaxed Seating (without stage view)
  • Air-Conditioned Flushable Restrooms
  • On-Site Concierge & Locker Services
  • VIP Parking Pass with Purchase of 4 VIP Tickets (for 3-Day VIP Tickets only)
  • Access To All Areas Available to General Admission


  • Access to Luxury Air-Conditioned Platinum Lounge
  • Platinum Viewing Areas at Main Stages
  • Dedicated Festival Entrance
  • Catered Lunch and Dinner
  • Air-Conditioned Flushable Restrooms
  • Platinum Golf Cart Transportation
  • Platinum Off-Site Hospitality Lounge
  • Platinum Shuttle Transportation from Downtown Austin to The Festival Entrance at Zilker Park
  • On-Site Platinum Concierge Services
  • Complimentary Lockers with Mobile Charging for Each Guest
  • Exclusive Festival Merchandise Gift Bag
  • Access To The Guest Lounge, All Areas Available to VIP & General Admission

Are VIP Passes to Austin City Limits worth it?

Common question, complicated answer. A lot of this depends on your budget and the type of experience you are looking for at ACL. I personally don't think so, but it does vary from person to person. We have a full article on the Austin City Limits VIP experience, which you can read here.

What about single day tickets for Austin City Limits?

Austin City Limits is offering single day VIP passes for the 2017 festival on May 4th, when all the tickets go on sale. To participate you need to have an Amex and participate in that presale. If you don't have an Amex don't fret - Austin City Limits usually releases single day passes at both the GA and VIP level in the summer time. For example, Austin City Limits 2016 released single day passes for both GA and VIP on June 16th, 2016. ACL priced them at $100 for GA and $450 for VIP.

When do my Austin City Limits passes ship?

Austin City Limits begins shipping wristbands out on September 1st usually, so you should have it with plenty of time to spare before ACL. 

Are Austin City Limits wristbands waterproof?

A surprisingly common question: yes the wristbands are fully waterproof. You can shower with them, go in the pool, sweat, do the dishes and any other water related activities and your wristband will be just fine.

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