2018 Rider Guide: Austin’s tech, film, and music festival

March 7, 2018 / Austin

Make your festival experience an enjoyable one knowing that your ride to the heart of the action—or away from it—is just a tap away. We’re providing some rider and eater pro tips to make navigating the festival as easy as possible, as well as, a curated list of things to do while you’re in Austin.

Pro tips for riding during the big festival

Live Location Sharing

To connect with your driver more easily, you can enable an extra icon on your driver’s map indicating where you are for the pickup. Switch the feature on/off by using the toggle in the bottom right of the map screen. Learn more about Live Location Sharing.

Pickup Points Downtown

Due to road closures around downtown, your Uber app may suggest pickup points away from roads that are closed to through traffic. This is designed to make it easier to connect with your driver.

Pickup points around Sixth Street
Pickup points around Rainey Street
Pickup points around the Austin Convention Center
Pickup point at The Long Center

Uber Beacon

Some drivers will now have a digital icon on their dashboard so riders can easily locate them. Riders choose a color in-app and the Beacon changes to match. Learn more about Uber Beacon.

Pro tips for eating during the big festival

Order local foods on Uber Eats

If you’re tired of waiting in lines, ordering with the Uber Eats app is the perfect way to try local restaurants in between your festival activities. New to Uber Eats? Use the promo EATLOCALATX for free delivery on your first order.*

Food delivery downtown

Be aware of road closures downtown. Provide Delivery Instructions when placing your order, so your driver can easily find you. Click here for more information about eating with Uber Eats during the festival.

5 things to do in Austin during the big festival:

Visit Lady Bird Lake: This section of the Colorado River runs through downtown and provides visitors with picturesque views of the skyline. Whether you rent a kayak or take a morning walk on the trail before your day begins, you’re sure to enjoy the scenery in the middle of the city.

Enjoy a patio night: Austin restaurants pride themselves on their food, drinks, and patios. If the weather permits, we highly recommend requesting an Uber trip and heading to any patio and enjoy cold drinks with good company.

Take a photo by a mural: From graffiti parks to walls of street art on South Congress Avenue, art is all around the streets of Austin.

Go Two-steppin’: Iconic dancehalls around downtown offer visitors an authentic Texan experience with traditional country music. Boots recommend, not required.

Escape to the Central Library: Newly built in 2017, this 5-story downtown library offers a rooftop with 360 views of Austin, a technology “petting zoo”, and plenty of quiet nooks to meet, work, or grab a power nap.

*This discount code EATLOCALATX expires on 3/19/2018 at 11:59pm. Limited to first time Uber Eats users. Discount applies on one (1) order. This discount does not cover food, drink, or tips. To be eligible for the discount, users must apply the code in the Uber Eats app before completing their order.