You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one… John Lennon
Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was a fun one here! Scott and I had the opportunity to attend the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park yesterday.
It was one of those rare days where the stars align. The weather was beautiful, the music was awesome, and the overall day had a nice flow. We had the chance to visit with Scott’s sister, Betsy, who had come into town to celebrate the festival with a group of friends.
The music line-up included: Jenny Lewis, Spoon, Chromeo, Calvin Harris and closed with the legendary Pearl Jam.
Eddie Vedder covered John Lennon’s famous Imagine. In my opinion, It was the perfect way to end the night.
I will back up a little to recap the day…
Betsy’s in Town
Betsy lives in Minneapolis so we do not have the opportunity to see her very often. She told us a few weeks ago she would be coming to Austin for the ACL Music Festival. She had extra passes for the weekend, and Scott and I were very grateful she took us along to check out the scene. After a morning service at Austin Stone Community Church we came back to our apartment to get ready. Scott gave Betsy a tour of the garage gym, and then we headed downtown.
There was a bit of traffic since the festival has taken over the city, but we found a parking garage and headed to Trace.
I had seen Trace Restaurant featured in a recent issue of Austin Magazine, and it looked delicious. With its locaton near the festival happenings it semed like the perfect spot to enjoy brunch/lunch. We chatted and visited while we waited for our orders at an outside table.
I kept it light and order a salad with grilled chicken plus an iced coffee on the side. Scott and I also shared an apple, beet and carrot juice which was lovely.
We walked quite a bit to get to the festival since it was set up in the main park of Austin. However, it the path to get to the music stages was along the river and the the scenic bits of the park so we did not mind at all.
We had our wrist bands scanned and we were headed on in!
The festival was sprawling and lots of people were wandering around the grounds and and making their way to check out the bands at the various stages.
A break was needed to apply more sunscreen, because the Austin sun was blazing by this afternoon.
Then Scott and Betsy formulated our plan:
Food & Drinks
Austin is known for being a “foodie town” but also one that really focuses on food sourcing and offering healthier options. The fare was definitely above what I have seen provided at typical concerts or festivals. They had standard offerings like pizza and burgers along with tamales and such. It was the first time I had seen anything organic offered at a food stand. I selected a pick two option and went with a pork tamale and a black bean/goal cheese variety.
When it came to beverages there were a few different beers. I have not really been much of a beer drinker since college and nothing caught my eye. I decided to go with white wine and Scott randomly suggested adding coconut water to see how it mixed. I am not usually a fan of coconut water, but it was really nice and refreshing with the wine.
It was obvious that I had never attended a festival before when Betsy whipped out her bag which had everything from hand sanitizer, extra clothes and collapsable chairs. Chairs in a purse! I was super impressed when she showed me these, and they turned out to be pretty comfortable.
Scott and Betsy also decided it could be a workout tool similar to the ab roller and decided to engage in a quick ab session:
We spent the later part of the afternoon and into the evening hanging out and visiting the bands at the different stages:
The last two shows of the night were a tough call because there was Calvin Harris and Pearl Jam to choose between. I listen to Calvin Harris very regularly since he is often featured in my music mixes so we checked him out first. There was lots of fun strobe lights and fireworks, and I showed off my crazy, fabulous dance moves to Scott. Both our phones died around this time so there is no actual evidence, and you will simply have to take my word for it. 🙂
We then headed over to Pearl Jam to fit in a few more songs for the night and say goodbye to Betsy. As we headed out of the park to begin our long journey home, Eddie Vedder was shutting down the weekend with a rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine. It was a great song to finish out the day.
I am off to make some lunch and get some studying accomplished! Hope the rest of your Monday is marvelous!
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