How DMC Does ACL Fest



Welcome to Austin, y’all. Live music capital of the world! If you’re in Austin this weekend, odds are you’ve heard about ACL Fest. For the next two weekends, Zilker Park is going to be bopping with non-stop music across 8 different stages from over 100 featured artists, big and small. Word on the street it that this year, ACL has (yet again) added even more fun to the mix. The silent disco is back, the food cart line-up has expanded, and there are even more Camelbak water stations around the park this year! Hydration hell yeah!!

ACL Fest is such a scene. Everyone in our office has been buzzing about it for weeks now, planning their schedules for music, food and even what their going to wear. I’m sure a few people (Parker) have even already prepped and polished their Instagram captions too. It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how… so prepare yourself to have the best jam packed weekend of October. Here’s how:  


ACL is undoubtedly a prime photo op for you and your girl gang. Don’t let this stress you out though, wear what you’re most comfortable in! Also, peep this graphic Kelly made to help you keep your festival best from straying down the culturally appropriative path. And don’t forget to download the ACL Fest app so that you can personalize your schedule, check out this year’s festival gear, and memorize the stage set up days in advance. Be the friend in your ACL troup who is in the know (and thank me later).


My favorite part of ACL is the music. This year, I’m most looking forward to seeing Justice, David Byrne and the great Sir Paul McCartney. And of the smaller caliber acts: Moses Sumney, Big Thief, Noname and Blood Orange. An eclectic group of artists make up most of my top 10 — what about yours? Who are you most excited to see this weekend?


The second best part of ACL is the food! Seriously, ACL Eats is my favorite stage. This year, in addition to the food court on the north side of the park, ACL is adding food vendors to a food court on the south side of Zilker too! Austin is such a foodie city and the all star cast making up these food courts exudes this thoroughly. Mighty Cone, Amy’s Ice Cream, Wholly Cow Burgers and Fries, Austin’s Pizza, Bananarchy, the Ruler of all that is good and vegetable in Austin Juiceland… I could go on! You guys, trust me when I say you need to plan your meals wisely. I know that the music perpetually calls, but you can and should totally make time to refuel your weary dancing bodies. You won’t regret trying out any of these local Austin vendors.   

Other sweet spots to take a break from the masses and music are the ACL Wine Lounge and Beer Hall. In past years, my friends and I have made the wine lounge our designated meet up spot. Not a bad place to regroup, chill out in the shade and wine down in between shows (also a great backdrop for pics!).

There’s also the silent disco — the strangest looking event, but most unique beat happening under the Tito’s tent for sure. It’s fun to partake, but equally as fun to stand by and watch people slip on their headphones and get down to music only they can hear.

Other tips for making your ACL weekend everything and more:
  • Drink water
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Bring ibuprofen, just in case
  • Don’t forget your inflatable couch thing
  • Activate your wristband before you arrive at the park
  • Go cashless! Link your credit card to your wristband so you can worry about one less thing
  • If you’re bringing a bag, make sure its size is ACL approved
  • Ride your bike to Barton! It’s fun and eco friendly!
  • If you’re going to try and get to the front for your favorite closing act, go before you go!
  • Be safe and aware of your surroundings
  • Take full advantage of all things Austin, TX before and after the festival
Be safe + Have fun!
Happy National Lazy Day

Happy National Lazy Day

Happy Friday everybody! I am so happy she’s finally arrived. Friday is my homegirl, my trusted bestie who never fails to come through at the end of a long, hard work week. She lifts my spirits. Her presence is a present. I know that once Friday rolls around, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Many of you may not know this… but a very special form of our friend Friday is upon us. Today is in fact a national holiday! A holiday for the movers and shakers like ourselves. A holiday for those who put in work all year long, even on Fridays. Today is national lazy day. A day dedicated to kicking it – old school, new school, don’t even go to school today because on lazy day, your only job is to do absolutely nothing!  

Okay, maybe not nothing. But the closer to lifelessness you can get, the better. Find your zen, align your chakras and do some cleansing ohms. Then light some candles, lie down on your couch, and don’t move again until it’s Saturday.

If you’re like me, sometimes taking a true load off can be a difficult task. But, no buts! Put down that pesky email chain, look away from the load of laundry sitting in your closet. And instead, channel your energy into this list of lazy day activities that I hope will inspire you and keep you busy being idle:

  1. Put on your favorite XXXL t-shirt (and go ahead, take off your pants)
  2. Start streaming your current Netflix binge (mine is and always will be Mad Men — queue swoon as I fall upon my fainting couch and dream about Jon Hamm for the rest of the afternoon) and don’t stop, even when Netflix asks, “Are you still watching?” Yes, Netflix, yes I am.  
  3. Grab some snacks — these days, I’m constantly munching matcha lattes and veggie straws. Guilty pleasure foods are also welcome! There’s no discrimination on my couch.
  4. Which brings me to my next tip — call in take out, pronto. Whether you’re craving pizza, chinese, or maybe even sushi, thou shalt not lift a finger today, except for the one that is dialing in your dinner order.
  5. Put on a face mask or paint your fingers and toes.
  6. Read a book or throw on a record. Maybe even do a crossword puzzle — you can still stimulate your brain while your body lies limply about.
  7. Attach a long string to the light switch on your wall so that should you need any extra light, all you have to do is pull.
  8. Make your cat rub your feet — you deserve it! Plus, everyday is his lazy day, it’s the least he could do.
  9. Take a long, hot bubble bath. Try and stay in until you’ve refilled the hot water at least three times and your fingers and toes resemble raisins.
  10. Go to bed early! After a full day of lounging, it’s understandable that you’d be pooped. Crawl from the couch to your bedroom, snuggle up with your pillows, and drift into the deepest slumber you’ve had in weeks. When you wake up tomorrow, you’ll be asking yourself what year it is. And more importantly — when will the nation be scheduling its next declared lazy day?

How heavenly does this day sound? You know what, I’m giving you permission to go ahead and turn this lazy day into a lazy weekend if you want. Like I said before, you deserve it! And so do I. Bye!


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