Evening Events and Parties Provide Incredible Networking Opportunities

The 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival will host more than 75 official parties and evening events. What follows is a small taste of these night-time activities. To see a complete list of special events scheduled during SXSW Interactive, please visit these sections of the SXSW day-by-day schedule.

SXSW Interactive Opening Party on Friday, March 7

Start time: 8:00 pm
End time: 11:00 pm
Location: Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road)

Join.me hosts the SXSW Interactive Opening Party on Friday, March 7

Amazing networking opportunities with digital creatives from across the United States and around the world make SXSW Interactive such an incredible event to attend. Get to Austin early because one of the best opportunities to make valuable new connections comes on the very first day of the event.

Join us at the Palmer Events Center on Friday evening, March 7 to get SXSW Interactive 2014 underway with an unforgettable evening hosted by join.me. The Palmer Events Center is just across Town Lake. If you are walking from Sixth Street, plan for about 10 minutes. But why put strain on your feet when you can take one of our free shuttle buses from the Austin Convention Center? These free shuttle buses run late on Friday, March 7 for Opening Party patrons. Stay tuned to this website for complete details.

SXsports Kick-Off Reception on Friday, March 7

Start time: 6:00 pm
End time: 8:00 pm
Location: Chicago House (607 Trinity St)

Octagon hosts the SXsports Kick-Off Reception on Friday, March 7

Come celebrate SXsports with this special kick-off reception hosted by Octagon. Connect with other SXsports enthusiasts over food, drinks and music.

Mix at Six Party on Saturday, March 8

Start time: 6:00 pm
End time: 8:00 pm
Location: Palm Door on 6th (508 E 6th St)

24 Seven is sponsor of the Mix at Six Party for SXSW 2014

Saturday, March 8 marks the first full day of daytime programming at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. The evening of Saturday, March 8 also traditionally serves as one of the most active nights of social events, ranging from low key happy hours to large concerts to informal geek-centric sporting events.

Stay tuned to the SXSW website for more details on all these March 8 evening activities. Whichever of these events you attend, don't miss the Mix at Six Party Presented by 24 Seven at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening. The Mix at Six Party always delivers as one of the top networking events of all of SXSW Interactive. We provide the food and drinks. You bring the business cards and the energy to mingle with hundreds of fascinating digital creatives from across the US and around the world.

Lastly, a word of caution on not getting too crazy with your Saturday evening socializing. Remember that Sunday, March 9 brings the first day of Daylight Savings Time for 2014 -- meaning you lose an hour of pillow time at 2:00 am. Then again, sleep is for wimps at SXSW!

SXSW Fusion Party on Sunday, March 9

Start time: 7:00 pm
End time: 10:00 pm
Location: Palm Door on 6th (508 E 6th St)

Associated Press is the sponsor of the Fusion Party for SXSW 2014
Few other events bring together the Interactive, Film and Music communities in the way that SXSWeek does. Indeed, the amazing mix of industries that occurs in Austin in March allows you to make valuable career-enhancing connections that extend far beyond your traditional network. Even beyond the networking factor, people outside of your industry can expose you to new ways of thinking. In other words, meeting people from communities that you probably don't normally work with enables you to learn new ways to approach the creative process.

Where do these kinds of meetings happen? In our estimation, the SXSW Fusion Party on Sunday evening, March 9. Presented by Associated Press, this get-together is one of the best places to connect with people outside your industry. At the SXSW Fusion Party, the creative worlds of Interactive and Film come together for an incredible evening of cross-fest love. Filmmakers, designers, social media mavens, producers, activists and more converge -- and the results can launch a thousand ships. The SXSW Fusion Party is open to all Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders.

Bonus Round Closing Party on Sunday, March 9

Presented by Video Game Voters Network
Bands presented by Alternative Press
Start time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm
Location: Palmer Events Center, West Canopy

Join the Video Game Voters Network in the “Bonus Round,” a celebration of video games and SXSW featuring live music from Itch and Anamanaguchi courtesy of Alternative Press. All SXSW pass-holding attendees and general public will be admitted to the event.

SXSW Interactive Closing Party on Tuesday, March 11

Start time: 9:00 pm
End time: 2:00 am
Location: Stubbs (801 Red River)

Media Temple is the sponsor of the Fusion Party for SXSW 2014
The biggest, baddest party to close out the festival that ever was and ever will be. The fun gets underway when the SXSW Interactive Awards ceremony concludes and continues until they kick us out. Hosted by Media Temple, this year's party include performances by Method Man and Redman, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, plus a special guest appearance by Aloe Blacc. Click here for complete details on the talent, as well as for information on how to win VIP passes.

Hosting an Evening Event or Party at SXSW 2014

Highbeam Events
Interested in hosting an official evening event or a party? Visit the marketing page or touch base with Katie King for complete details.

Also, visit www.highbeamevents.com for more info on High Beam, the official party planner for SXSW.