S2E14 Premiere Parknership: A Conversation with C3 Presents COO Emmett Beliveau

In today’s episode, Austin Parks Foundation’s CEO Colin Wallis talks with Emmett Beliveau, the Chief Operating Officer of C3 Presents. In case you didn’t know, C3 creates, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, and events across the globe. This includes world-renowned music festivals like Austin’s own ACL Music Festival, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Bonnaroo in Tennessee and many more.

For over 15 years, C3 Presents and Austin Parks Foundation have worked together to bring ACL Music Festival to Zilker Park. ACL Fest fans have generated over $41.6M for Austin’s drastically underfunded parks system. With these dollars, APF is able to fund community-initiated renovation projects in parks, trails and green spaces across our city.

Colin and Emmett talk about the history of our partnership as well as some memories, including the infamous Dillo Dirt incident. They talk about the challenges presented by a global pandemic and the steps taken to ensure festival-goers are safe moving forward.


  1. Tickets are on sale NOW for Party for the Parks at ACL Music Festival! Help us raise $300,000 for Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces. Did we mention that the Black Pumas are performing? Get your tickets and more information at party.austinparks.org!
  2. Volunteer events are back! Check out Austin Parks Foundation’s event calendar for available volunteer opportunities in a park near you. We can’t wait to help our parks with y’all!
  3. Did you know APF has a merch store? Visit shop.austinparks.org to get some awesome gear or apparel for your next park adventure!
  4. Want to help shape the future of Zilker Park? Your opinion matters! Check out the Zilker Vision Plan and let your voice be heard.

Music & transitions provided by Honey Son. Check out his music on Spotify and YouTube!

The Austin ParksCast is a production of Austin Parks Foundation. More information about the work we do to improve parks, trails and green spaces for every Austinite at austinparks.org.