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SXSW Free Events

ALL DAYS


SXSW Eco Light Garden Republic Square Park See new installations from Jen Lewin and Houndstooth Studios that play with light, sound and geometry.
SouthBites Rainey Street District Foodie paradise. Hand-picked vendors offer a range of gourmet food trailer eats. Stop by on your way to the next panel or party, showcase or screening.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12


SXSW Spotlight Showcase Esther's Follies The Chris Gethard Show, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Rusty Maples, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Cocos Lovers, Mike Love.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Javelina SUNBEARS!, Sihasin, The Great Wilderness, Lovely Bad Things, WonFu, mr. Gnome.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Palm Door on Sabine Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Adrian Marcel, Kashmere Stage Band's Thunder Soul Orchestra, RonKat Spearman, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, PapaNegro
Hotel Second Play - Bonzie Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Colin Gilmore Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Vikesh Kapor Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Shelby Earl Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Eric Hutchinson Embassy Suites Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - David Ramirez Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Allysen Callery Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Roo & The Howl Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Tim Easton Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Mandolin Orange Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Tori Kelly Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13


SXSW Spotlight Showcase Carver Museum Vaughaligan Walwyn, Frontline Movement, Spec & Vrose, Bizzle, Fedel.
Flatstock Stage Curated by Santa Cruz Guitar Austin Convention Center - Exhibit Hall 4 Sets curated by Santa Cruz Guitar from 4pm-6pm.
Vintage Trouble Outdoor Stage at Butler Park Vintage Trouble will perform a free show at the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park.*
Los Lonely Boys Outdoor Stage at Butler Park Los Lonely Boys will perform a free show at the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park.*
A Jimi Hendrix Celebration Outdoor Stage at Butler Park The Jimi Hendrix Celebration will include Wayne Kramer (MC5), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), Dave & Phil Alvin, Robby Krieger (The Doors), and Perry & Etty Farrell.*
Renegade Craft Fair Palmer Events Center A curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design.*
Flatstock 43 Austin Convetion Center
Exhibit Hall 3
Flatstock 43 will display the works of the world's top gig poster artists.*
Music Gear Expo Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 5
The prime destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados.*
Hotel Second Play - Kyle Andrews Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Jordan Klassen Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - LYS Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - The Magic Numbers Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Starlings, TN Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Northcote Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Good For Grapes Embassy Suites Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Tom Brosseau Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Tim Easton Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - David Ramirez Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Grace London Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Keaton Simons Wyndham Garden Hotel Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Fauntella Crow Wyndham Garden Hotel Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Eric Hutchinson Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Owl Eyes Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Library Concert - Gretchen Phillips & Jo Walston Austin Public Library Artists will perform free shows at the Austin Public Library from 2-3pm.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14


SXSW Spotlight Showcase Carver Museum Norris J, Ethan Kent, Sean C. Johnson, BISHOP RIDGE, Supernova Remnant.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Avenue on Congress Southern Hospitality DJ's, Astrolith, SicksentZ, Sober, Reggie Coby, Eric Dingus.
Flatstock Stage Curated by Gorilla vs Bear Austin Convention Center - Exhibit Hall 4 Sets curated by Gorilla vs Bear from 1:00pm-3:30pm.
Foster the People Outdoor Stage at Butler Park Foster the People will perform a free show at the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park.*
Renegade Craft Fair Palmer Events Center A curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design.*
Flatstock 43 Austin Convetion Center
Exhibit Hall 3
Flatstock 43 will display the works of the world's top gig poster artists.*
Music Gear Expo Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 5
The prime destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados.*
Hotel Second Play - Dana Falconberry Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars..
Hotel Second Play - Great American Canyon Band Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars..
Hotel Second Play - Nive Nielson & The Deer Children Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - The Defibulators Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Harvey Sid Fisher Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Jonah Tolchin Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Eric Hutchinson Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Lisa Alma Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Natalia Clavier Wyndham Garden Hotel Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Maya Isacowitz Wyndham Garden Hotel Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Kyle Andrews Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Library Concert - Kathy Murray & Bill Jones Austin Public Library Artists will perform free shows at the Austin Public Library from 2-3pm.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15


SXSW Spotlight Showcase Carver Museum "big AL" Cherry", 5ive, Dj Pdog, Abandon, HillaryJane.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Speakeasy Terry Poison, Float Fall, Gavin Turek, Go Chic, Fenster.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Cedar Street Courtyard SomeKindaWonderful, Daley, Printz Board.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Palm Door on Sabine Max and the Moon, RATHBORNE, Phonalex, Oh'laville, Matrimony, Larry g(EE).
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Karma Lounge Burgess Meredith, We Met Tomorrow, Vida Boulevard, Oh Mercy, Ages and Ages, Equals.
Flatstock Stage Curated by Anti-Records Austin Convention Center - Exhibit Hall 4 Sets curated by Anti-Records from 1:00pm-3:30pm.
Take Me To The River Outdoor Stage at Butler Park Featuring the Memphis soul legends with stars of today, the lineup includes William Bell, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Booker T. Jones and more!*
Childish Gambino Outdoor Stage at Butler Park Childish Gambino will perform a free show at the Outdoor Stage at Butler Park.*
Renegade Craft Fair Palmer Events Center A curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design.*
Flatstock 43 Austin Convetion Center
Exhibit Hall 3
Flatstock 43 will display the works of the world's top gig poster artists.*
Music Gear Expo Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 5
The prime destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados.*
Hotel Second Play - Good For Grapes Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Streets of Loredo Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Wildflowers Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - The Magic Numbers Embassy Suites Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Neulore Embassy Suites Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Jeff Black Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Lovely Quinces Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Allysen Callery Sheraton Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Nicholas David Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Mighty Oaks Hyatt Regency Austin Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Library Concert - Kalu James Austin Public Library Artists will perform free shows at the Austin Public Library from 2-3pm.
SXSW Eco Light Garden Republic Square Park See new installations from Jen Lewin and Houndstooth Studios that play with light, sound and geometry.

 



PAST EVENTS

TUESDAY, MARCH 4


THURSDAY, MARCH 6


Education Expo Austin Convention Center Celebrating the Central Texas community's hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond.
Digital Creative Job Market Austin Convention Center
Ballrooms A, B, C
Connecting professionals from around the world with cutting edge employers. The destination for innovative thinkers and equally innovative companies.*
Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards St. David's Episcopal Church,
Bethell Hall
Honoring 10 global do-gooders using tech to help others.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7


Digital Creative Job Market Austin Convention Center
Ballrooms A, B, C
Connecting professionals from around the world with 21st century, cutting edge employers.*
Gaming Expo Palmer Events Center Gamers, welcome to geek culture galore.*
SXSW Create City Terrace at the Long Center A celebration of maker, hacker and diy culture that offers hands-on activity for the entire family.
Latinos in Tech Holiday Inn Town Lake Exploring the impact of the Hispanic voice on technology and technology impacted sectors and, in turn, the impact of technology on the Hispanic voice.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8


Gaming Expo Palmer Events Center Gamers, welcome to geek culture galore.*
Gaming Awards Long Center Honoring top new games and game developers.
SXSW Create City Terrace at the Long Center A celebration of maker, hacker and diy culture that offers hands-on activity for the entire family.
Latinos in Tech Holiday Inn Town Lake Exploring the impact of the Hispanic voice on technology and technology impacted sectors and, in turn, the impact of technology on the Hispanic voice.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9


Gaming Expo Palmer Events Center Gamers, welcome to geek culture galore.*
SXSW Create City Terrace at the Long Center A celebration of maker, hacker and diy culture that offers hands-on activity for the entire family.
Latinos in Tech Holiday Inn Town Lake Exploring the impact of the Hispanic voice on technology and technology impacted sectors and, in turn, the impact of technology on the Hispanic voice.

MONDAY, MARCH 10


SXSW Eco Light Garden Republic Square Park See new installations from Jen Lewin and Houndstooth Studios that play with light, sound and geometry.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11


SXSW Spotlight Showcase Dirty Dog Bar Black Books, Driver Friendly, Morning Parade, Pack of Wolves, Not in the Face, Gripin.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Blackheart Daniel Francis Doyle, A. Sinclair, The Abigails, Cool Piss, Lochness Mobsters, Chasca.
SXSW Spotlight Showcase Cheer Up Charlie's Royal Teeth, Ume, The Sour Notes, Night Drive, Grape St.
Hotel Second Play - Gossling Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Roo & The Howl Hilton Austin Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Waylayers Omni Downtown Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Mighty Oaks Embassy Suites Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
Hotel Second Play - Colin Gilmore Hyatt Place Official SXSW artists perform between 6pm-8pm in our hotel bars.
* Open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or on-site at the event. See http://guestpass.sxsw.com for more information.