How to enjoy ACL without going to the festival

No wristband? No worries.

Calder Allen plays to a crowd at ACL 2021.

Calder Allen, who is 19 years old, played at ACL Fest last year.

Photo by Charles Reagan for ACL Fest

We know there’s been quite a bit of ACL-related content coming your way, and maybe we sound like a broken record, but there are plenty of ways to participate even if you don’t have a wristband.

ACL Fest Nights shows — which are held at live music venues around town — let you see the bands you like on the lineup without having to shell out for a weekend pass.


  • Calder Allen | Fri., Oct. 7 | 9 p.m. | The Continental Club | $22+ | Jonathan Tyler will open the show before Austinite Calder Allen takes the stage.
  • James Blake | Fri., Oct. 7 | 9:30 p.m. | Emo’s Austin | $30+ | The DJ will be joined by Airhead & Mr Assister, and Goddollars.


  • Nation of Languages | Sat., Oct. 8 | 12:30 a.m. | Stubb’s Bar-B-Q indoors | $25 | This New York-based pop band is not for the sleepy.

Plan Ahead

  • Spoon | Fri., Oct. 7 | 8:30 p.m. | ACL Live at the Moody Theater | $35+ | Act fast on getting tickets to see this Austin-based band.

Click here to view the full list of night shows.

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