FAQs - Rally at the Capitol
Updated: Feb 17
Now is the time to start planning your trip to #WomensMarchATX - Rally at the Capitol.
Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ NOON
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas
Plan to get there at least an hour early (11 a.m.) and give yourself time to park and assemble.
What to Bring
Comfortable shoes and a lawn chair. Expect to be standing for the duration of the event. Snacks and water. We will have a water station at the event, but it's always a good idea to bring your own water too. No food or drinks are permitted to be sold on the Capitol, so bring snacks.
Bring Your Poster
Get creative! The Capitol does not allow sticks on posters, so just bring the poster and your enthusiasm. Remember to share your message on social media. #RallyTheVote
Rain or shine, we will rally! The current forecast is partly sunny in the 60s, but this is Austin, y'all. Bring a rain poncho just in case. (Umbrellas will block other people's view). If there is a weather emergency (like extreme weather) announcements will be made over the loud speakers directing people what to do, and updates will be posted across our social media as well. For day of rally updates, follow the us on social media.
For day of schedule updates, follow us on social media
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Gather on the south steps of the Capitol
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Speakers and Programming. Check out our Facebook page to see all the speakers and their bios. A blog post will be coming soon as well.
Coming from I-35
Take exit 235A to 15th Street or 234C towards 11th-12th Street/State Capitol
Coming from Loop1/Mopac
Take the exit toward Enfield Road, follow Enfield Rout to 15th Street
Street parking is limited and competitive. There are many parking lots around the Capitol and they will charge to park, so please bring money for this. Here are two parking lots for any overflow traffic.
One Texas Center
ABM PARKING SERVICES
505 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Link: http://www.austintexas.gov/otcparking Visitors are required to enter and exit the garage by way of the north side (Haywood Ave. side) only.
Austin City Hall
ABM PARKING SERVICES
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
Vehicles may exit onto Lavaca Street or Guadalupe Street. Vehicles may only enter from Guadalupe Street.
Coming from out of town? Please let us know so we can coordinate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line BUS. Tracy Samson from our team is coordinating. Please list the main contact person, the best phone number to reach you, an email address and about how many people are expected on the bus.
Drop off on Brazos and 12th. They will be having police move the buses along so drop off can be done quickly. Buses can park at Trinity between 12th and 15th Streets and San Jacinto between 13th and 14th Streets.
Where is the accessible parking at the Capitol?
Street parking is limited and competitive. Vehicles properly displaying on official disabled parking placard or disabled parking license may park at parking meters in the Capitol Complex for free at any time. Parking in the Visitor Parking Garage is recommended (1201 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701).
Is there a spot for the disabled or elderly to sit at the rally?
Yes. There is a roped off section near the front of the stage for those with physical disabilities (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, deaf). Space is very limited. Regular seating is not available. Please see site map below.
Where are the Restrooms?
Public restrooms are inside the Capitol, where you will have to go through security screening. We will also have porta potties on the north and west side of the Capitol. See site map.
Are there wheelchair accessible (WCA) bathrooms?
Yes. Public restrooms are inside the Capitol, which may be entered from the North side. We will also have wheel chair accessible potties set up at the West side near 12th/Colorado.
Will there be ASL volunteers?
Yes. ASL volunteers will be standing near the speakers.
Where can I get a commemorative T-shirt?
You can order your merch here: https://womens-march-atx.myshopify.com
We are expecting a lot of people. Have a buddy! Find or form an affinity group so you stay together. Be aware of your environment. Practice phone safety - watch where you are walking instead of your phone so you don't trip. If you are taking a selfie, find an area to the side so you don't get bumped by other people walking. This is a legal (permitted) and peaceful march and there will be police, fire and EMS professionals on site to keep us safe.