It’s nearly time for one of the nation’s standout music festivals: the Austin City Limits Music Festival over in Zilker Park. Here at backYARD at Waller Creek, we offer fantastic dining and our own live music to complement the concert extravaganza going down not far away, so we hope you’ll come pay us a visit during one (or both) of the festival weekends!


The 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival

This year’s ACL Music Festival takes place on two consecutive weekends in October: Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7thand Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th. It’s a basically unbeatable fall celebration if you’re a music fan.


The festival, which has been around since 2002 and these days draws on the order of 450,000 attendees, is of course associated with the venerable Austin City Limits television series, and some of the very biggest names in music join the proceedings each year.


The Friday headliners for Weekend One and Weekend Two are Paul McCartney (fresh on the heels of the release of his latest album, Egypt Station) and ODESZA. The Saturday headliners include Metallica and Justice. And the two Sundays see Travis Scott and the Arctic Monkeys take the ACL stage at Zinker Park.


The whole lineup, though, is impressive (as usual). Other Friday performers, for example, include David Byrne, Khalid, and Father John Misty, other Saturday performers Lil Wayne, Deftones, and St. Vincent, and other Sunday performers Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and Phoenix.


Besides the main-stage performances, the ACL Music Festival extends its entertainment into the after-hours courtesy of official Late Night Shows spread out at multiple Austin venues—among them Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, just a few steps away from our backYARD restaurant and bar!


Rest of the Fest

A smorgasbord of festival food at the ACL Eats Food Court, the Barton Springs Beer Hall, the Art Market and Silent Disco, the pint-sized fun in the “Austin Kiddie Limits” zone: There’s a whole lot more on tap at the ACL Music Festival beyond the tune-smithing itself.


Fuel Up at backYARD at Waller Creek During the 2018 ACL Music Festival

Here at backYARD at Waller Creek, we serve up homerun Texas-style eats, a rich spread of adult beverages, and our own regular live music outside the Sheraton Austin—all of it within easy reach of both the main ACL Music Festival grounds at Zinker Park as well as the Late Night Show hotspots. So come join us whichever festival weekend you’re attending, and we’ll put the icing on the cake of your Austin City Limits experience!