Celeste Quesada on Keys to a Successful Austin City Limits Music Festival

Celeste and Adrian Quesada with their girls and the family pup.

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LiveMom is thrilled to be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the fifth straight year. We have listened to all 140 bands and are your one-stop-shop for the biggest music event of the fall, whether you are taking the whole fam or using it as an excuse to get some adult time. Keep up with our coverage of this year’s festival here on LiveMom and over on Facebook, Twitter, our ACL 2014 Pinterest page and Instagram. We’ll be there Weekend One! You can even peruse our schedule.


We sent out a call to our friends who have attended ACL in the past to get their advice on how to make this year’s festival memorable. Celeste Quesada, mama to two little ladies, event producer, Austin native and wife to musician Adrian, who is performing both weekends of the festival as a part of Spanish Gold, answered our call. Here’s what she had to say about ACL:

Celeste and Adrian Quesada with their girls and the family pup. Photo credit: John Leach
Celeste and Adrian Quesada with their girls and the family pup.
Photo credit: John Leach

Austin City Limits is such a world-class music festival! We are lucky to have this event and many other awesome festivals in Austin.

As a wife of a musician and a mother of two, I’ve gone to my fair share of music events with minors…under the age of 8.

The three keys to success in the music festival world are kinda the same as surviving in the wild: Food, Water, and Shelter.Advertisement

  1. FOOD - ACL allows no food brought into the fest. So either be a criminal and hide packaged food in your bra or just bring cash and a credit card. I vote Keep it clean, People!
  2. WATER – Austin City Limits only allows two unopened water bottles and EMPTY water plastic or aluminum bottles. Know this, accept this and HYDRATE. Water is not only good for our children, it keeps our complexions dewy, young and beautiful… like all the kid-less gorgeous college girls bouncing around.
  3. SHELTER - By shelter, I do not suggest bringing more stuff you have to carry on your back, I mean sunscreen. Shelter yourself and your children from the brutal sun.

And similar to our animal friends – you may wish to travel in herds, like the ancient and wise elephants. Take it slow, gather around the smaller baby elephants, and stop at watering holes frequently.

If you think you will trot over from one side of the festival grounds to the other, you are sadly mistaken. Lower your goals of seeing tons of music and hot rock stars, and measure your level of success on just enjoying the day in a fabulous people-watching environment. Plan to see 2-4 bands and call it a day! After all, you do have walk back out into the elements and find your way home.

Remember this: Life is always an adventure with kiddos – pack a sense of humor and don’t leave home without it!

PS: Ain’t nothing wrong with thoroughly reading the ACL rules aka FAQ page to really know the dos and don’ts: http://www.aclfestival.com/festival/#faq-festival.

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About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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