Springtime in Austin means festival season is in full bloom. Every weekend in April plays host to a special event, which means planning ahead to use alternative transportation can save you from wasted time and frustration as roads close and detours abound to accommodate each fest. Here are some helpful tips for your weekend ventures.
Austin Reggae Festival April 19-21 at Auditorium Shores
- Shuttle: hop onboard for free at 3rd & San Antonio (next to the Austin Music Hall)
- Bike: there will be plenty of bike racks to keep your bike safe.
- Bus: use the Capital Metro trip planner to get to the event from wherever you are in Austin.
- MetroRail: get downtown with the Capital MetroRail, which runs until midnight on Friday and begins service at 4:00 pm on Saturday. Unfortunately, the MetroRail does not run on Sunday.
- Carpool: ride with friends and take a short walk over to Auditorium Shores from a number of parking garages: Austin Convention Center (2nd & Brazos), Austin City Hall (Cesar Chavez & Guadalupe), One Texas Center (Barton Springs & South First), The Hyatt Regency (208 Barton Springs), The Embassy Suites (300 S. Congress). More details here.
- Bus: Capital Metro’s 350 bus will provide accelerated service, running every 15 minutes between Mueller and Highland Mall. Free parking is provided at these bus stops: Travis County Tax Office (5501 Airport Blvd) and Hoover’s Inc. (5800 Airport Blvd)
- Bike: plan ahead to use pedal power to get to the fest with these helpful tips AND better yet, join The ACA’s social ride to the grounds from the Downtown Farmers’ Market at Republic Square Park! (BONUS: everyone who rides their bike to Earth Day and parks it with Bike Austin will get a $10 gift certificate to Whole Earth Provisions!)
- Carpool: parking at Mueller is $7/car, so make the most of it by traveling with friends or family.
Eeyore’s Birthday April 27 at Pease Park
- Shuttle: a free shuttle will run all day to the park from 1650 Colorado, where you can park for free at state parking garage “E” and lot 3 on Colorado between 16th & 17th Streets. Handicapped parking and special needs buses will also be available at this location.
- Bus: Capital Metro’s 338 Lamar/45th route drops at MLK, a short walk to/from the park.
- Walk or Bike: The Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail is a great way to get to and from Pease Park.
- Bus, walk, bike, carpool or use car sharing like car2go to head to these downtown spots. Like SXSW, this is a hop-around event, which will make driving inconvenient. For assistance with planning your trip use CapMetro Trip Planner, Dadnab or RideScout.
- Bus: use the trip planner to get dropped off downtown and/or at Butler Park (next to the Long Center).
- Walk, bike, carpool or car share to get between the two locations.
Austin Psych Fest April 26-28 at Carson Creek Ranch
- Shuttle: a shuttle will run between Hampton Inn and Carson Creek Ranch from 12 pm – 4 pm and 11 pm – 3 am throughout the weekend. Weekend shuttle passes are available here.
- Bus: will not stop at the venue, but bus route 350 runs just down the street from the shuttle stop.
- Carpool: save money, reduce traffic, and socialize on your way to Austin Psych Fest. The Fest recommends Erideshare.com, but it’s always a good idea to plan with friends and fill up your car to simplify your trip.
With all the events coming up, we’ve only skimmed the surface! How are you getting around to Austin’s events? Go ahead and share your tips in a comment below.