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The Best Unofficial Events Outside the ACL Gates

Insane traffic, (oddly) warm fall weather, colorful festival attire paired with flower crowns, and stages flooding Zilker with talented musicians on all scopes describes one experience: Austin City Limits Festival.



Although the two-weekend-long festival in October is what all the kids are talking about these days, some people opt out of attending the raging fest. Maybe you don’t like sitting in hours of halted traffic headed to Zilker or sweating your tush off in the notorious 90s Austin fall surrounded by thousands of other sweaty festival-goers. If your endorphins are still recovering from last year’s festivities and you desperately need a break, or if you just want to get out and experience music without trekking to Zilker, a few non-ACL related events just might be the antidote for you. Luckily, Austin does happen to be the Live Music Capital of the World and offers many alternatives during ACL weekend.



To ease your stress even more, we’ve listed a few of them below for you. You can keep an eye out for even more acts around the area once it’s closer to festival season, but until then — kick your feet up, forget about being stuck in traffic, and start planning your own music-filled weekend.



Friday, October 5th

  • John Scofield’s combo 66 ft. Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer, and Bill Stewart @ Mohawk hosted with Utopiafest – 8 pm CST
  • Stella Donnelly @ Mohawk – 9 pm CST
  • The Big Gun Show @ The Little Longhorn Saloon – 6 pm CST
  • The Scientists, Meet Your Death, and Teenage Cavegirl @ Beerland – 8 pm CST
  • Pallbearer and Tribulation @ Barracuda – 9 pm CST

Saturday, October 6th

Sunday, October 7th

  • Miniature Tigers @ Barracuda – 7:30 pm CST

Friday October 12th

  • GUNS 4 ROSES and Walk This Way @ Hanovers 2.0 - TBD
  • Dying Fetus, Incantation Gatecreeper, and Genocide Pact @ Barracuda – 8 pm CST

Saturday October 13th

  • Zombie Ball w/ Assemblage 23 @ Elysium – 9 pm CST

Sunday October 14th

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