Plus, Austin and Florence, Italy are teaming up.
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🍪 ACL Eats and Sweets
Someone holding an ice cream sandwich in front of the ACL Eats sign.
Skull & Cakebones is a longtime ACL staple.|Photo by Gaby Deimeke for ACL Festival
ACL Music Festival is barreling around the corner — Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8 + Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15 — and we’re already dreaming about the eateries on the 2023 ACL Eats list.

This year’s event has a lot of changes in store.

For the first time in ACL history, cocktails will be available for purchase at general admission bars throughout the park, including the Barton Beach Club Tiki Bar, which will also serve poke bowls from Poke-Poke. Nonalcoholic bar Bar None will also make an appearance.

Another festival first is ACL Sweets, an area dedicated to fulfilling your sweet tooth, including a cotton candy vending machine, plenty of ice creams and popsicles to choose from, and a pancake food truck.

With 50+ food vendors signed on — compared to 39 last year — ACL takes its food scene seriously. Plus, with 25+ market vendors on board, this year’s festival is a veritable shopping destination.

Warning: reading this list might make you hungry. Newcomers are marked with 🔥.

A group of women clinking JuiceLand glasses together.

JuiceLand founder Matt Shook says he attends every single ACL Festival.


Photo by Gaby Deimeke for ACL Fest 2021

ACL Eats:

  • Austin’s Pizza
  • Blenders & Bowls
  • Brotherton’s Barbecue 🔥
  • Burro Grilled Cheese
  • Chi’lantro
  • Come & Take It Fresh Squeezed
  • Cuantos Tacos 🔥
  • East Side King
  • Flyrite Chicken
  • Four Brothers Venezuelan Kitchen
  • Happy Chicks
  • Hawk’s Hot Chicken 🔥
  • Homie Fries
  • Huckleberry 🔥
  • JuiceLand
  • Kababeque
  • Koko’s Bavarian
  • Lambas Indian Kitchen
  • Lonesome Dove
  • Mama Fried
  • Micklethwait Barbecue
  • Mmmpanadas
  • Nacho Dady & Tenders
  • Nervous Charlie’s
  • Pelons Tex Mex
  • RedFin Seafood Kitchen 🔥
  • Salt & Time 🔥
  • Shake Shack
  • Shawarma Point
  • Show Me Pizza 🔥
  • Skull & Cakebones
  • Southside Flying Pizza
  • Steamies Dumplings 🔥
  • Taco Bronco
  • The Cavalier Party & Tots
  • The Original Black’s BBQ
  • Tiny Pies
  • Underdog 🔥
  • Wholly Cow Burgers
A group of women holding up popsicles from GoodPop

Popsicles will be readily available from GoodPop and Picolé.


Photo by Gaby Deimeke for ACL Fest 2021

ACL Sweets:

  • Amy’s Ice Creams
  • Bananarchy
  • Candy Cloud World 🔥
  • GoodPop
  • Holla Mode 🔥
  • JP’s Pancake Company 🔥
  • Mister Softee 🔥
  • Picole 🔥
  • Sno-Beach
  • Tiff’s Treats
  • Tiny Pies
Can’t get enough ACL content? Check out our guide to every Austin artist performing this year, or compare last year’s eats with our 2022 ACL Eats guide.
What type of ACL coverage would you like to see before the festival?

A. More about market vendors
B. Interviews with artists
C. ACL fashion + trends
D. Tips for ACL prep
Monday, Sept. 18
  • The Nature and Spirit of Japanese Gardens | Monday, Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | Free with admission | Learn about the differences between Western and Japanese garden styles from Dr. Molly Ogorzaly, who studied in Oita, Japan for a garden internship.
  • Pearl Jam | Monday, Sept. 18-Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7:30-11 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $162-$620 | See the iconic 90s rock band alongside special guest Inhaler.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • HAAM Day | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6 a.m.-11:40 p.m. | Multiple locations | Free | Catch 200+ live musical acts around the city at this annual event benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
  • Elevate ATX: Women in Business Networking | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Mira Mira Studio, 2505-A E. 6th St., Austin | $35 | Meg Poag, CEO and Founder of Mission Squared, is the featured speaker for this month’s networking event centered on women in business.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Neon Trees | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6 p.m. | Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St., Austin | $30 | See the band’s “The Favorite Daze” tour alongside Laundry Day and Silent Rival.
Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Boerne BierFest | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 1-6 p.m. | AgriCultural Museum & Arts Center, 102 City Park Rd., Boerne | $30-$60 | Head into Hill Country for Boerne BierFest to sample beer from 30+ breweries and enjoy a live auction, art displays, and live music from festival healdiner Gary P. Nunn.*
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News Notes
  • The new Butler Shores Exercise Enhancement project — debuting equipment that supports 100+ different types of exercise — will be unveiled this morning. The public is also invited to join in on a community celebration of the project from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.
  • Free parking along South Congress Avenue is about to become a thing of the past. By the end of October, parking spots along the strip — from Riverside Drive to Oltorf Street — will transform into metered parking. (KXAN)
  • Walk-in-only Italian restaurant Birdie’s, 2944 E. 12th St., is Food & Wine magazine’s 2023 Restaurant of the Year. Recognized for its pasta finesse and wine program, Birdie’s was also recently named on Southern Living’s Best New Restaurants list.
  • The Kendra Scott Creative Center is now open at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Creative Center will serve as an events space, host the hospital’s creative arts + therapy programs, and feature a mini Color Bar where patients and caretakers can design a piece of jewelry for free.
  • Local pastry chef Julie Myrtille has a new French bakery location in the works. The Rose Bakery, located at 10000 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum, will be Myrtille’s second location and open sometime in October. (Eater Austin)
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🇮🇹 That’s amore
The ancient city of Florence, Italy is well-known for its contributions to art and culture.|Photo via Getty Images
This is going to be the start of a beautiful friendship. The cities of Austin and Florence, Italy entered into a “historic” partnership agreement last week.

Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and Florence Mayor Dario Nardella finalized the Protocol of Cooperation Agreement, which Watson said is meant to pave the way for a “dynamic future of collaboration and friendship.”

Through dual initiatives, the accord opens up a pipeline for communication, sharing knowledge, cultural and educational exchange, creating relationships, and encouraging economic growth.

The agreement aligns with Austin’s ongoing goal to boost the city’s global presence through the Economic Development Department’s Global Business Expansion Division.

Interested in learning more about the city’s international endeavors? Read our breakdown of Austin’s Sister Cities.
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While I’m there, I’m going to spend a lot of time by the shore of Lake Superior, eating at the Delta Diner, and possibly making a quick jaunt to Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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