SXSW 2015 Official Free Events

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* Open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or on-site at the event. Click here for more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10


SXSWedu Education Expo Austin Convention Center 2:00pm-8:00pm The 2015 SXSWedu Education Expo is a free and open to the public event celebrating the Central Texas community’s hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 12


Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards Ceremony St. David's Episcopal Church – Bethell Hall 7:00pm-9:00pm Join SXSW Interactive for the Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards, honoring 10 community do-gooders who use technology to help others. Celebrate the spirit of community that we think is unique to SXSW.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 13


SXSW Job Market* JW Marriott 10:00am-6:00pm The SXSW Job Market is THE place to explore new career options with cutting-edge employers from around the world. Bring your portfolios and your A-game!
SX Create (Presented by Silicon Labs)* Long Center for the Performing Arts 11:00am-6:00pm Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SX Create.
SXSW Gaming Panels* Long Center for the Performing Arts & Hyatt Regency 11:00am-6:00pm SXSW Gaming provides industry-leading panels which offer insights into the latest trends and cultural movements of the gaming world.
SXSW Gaming Expo* Palmer Events Center 12:00pm-8:00pm The SXSW Gaming Expo hosts the latest and greatest that the gaming industry has to offer. With select programming, exclusive demos, and a premiere esports production, this is one SXSW experience you won't want to miss.
SXSW Gaming Esports Tournament Palmer Events Center 12:00pm-8:00pm Witness what the best players in the world have to offer in a live competition of Ultra Street Fighter IV!
MVMT50 2015 Opening Reception Carver Museum 7:00pm-10:00pm Join us at the intersection of connection and creativity for a night of networking, a sizzling live soul auditory experience and the Top Ten Innovator Awards recognizing African Americans making the biggest impact in 2014.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 14


SXSW Gaming Panels* Long Center for the Performing Arts & Hyatt Regency 9:30am-6:00pm SXSW Gaming provides industry-leading panels which offer insights into the latest trends and cultural movements of the gaming world.
SXSW Community Workshop: Austin School of Film Youth M.A.F.I.A. AISD High School 10:00am-10:00am(3/15) Texas high school students, ages 14-19, come together to create short films in only 24 hours. Visit austinfilmschool.org for more details. 
SXSW Job Market* JW Marriott 10:00am-6:00pm The SXSW Job Market is THE place to explore new career options with cutting-edge employers from around the world. Bring your portfolios and your A-game!
SXSW Community Workshop: Austin School of Film Youth 3D Workshop George Washington Carver Museum 10:30am-12:00pm Participants will use their imagination to create miniature 3D worlds using handmade animation techniques with award-winning Animator, Jeanne Stern.
SX Create (Presented by Silicon Labs)* Long Center for the Performing Arts 11:00am-6:00pm Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SX Create.
SXSW Community Screening: Establishing Shots Satellite Venue: Marchesa 11:00am-12:30pm The Austin Community College Radio-Television-Film Department brings ESTABLISHING SHOTS, a showcase of student films to the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.
General Assembly + SXSW Workshop Programming* AT&T Conference Center 11:00am-4:30pm Produced by General Assembly, the free March 14th workshop programming at the AT&T Conference Center provides in-depth learning on a variety of geek-related topics.
SXSW Gaming Esports Tournament Palmer Events Center 12:00pm-8:00pm Witness what the best players in the world have to offer in a live competition of Ultra Street Fighter IV!
SXSW Gaming Expo* Palmer Events Center 12:00pm-8:00pm The SXSW Gaming Expo hosts the latest and greatest that the gaming industry has to offer. With select programming, exclusive demos, and a premiere esports production, this is one SXSW experience you won't want to miss.
Cultural Placemaking Through Interactive Storytelling Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater 3:30pm-5:00pm Every community has its stories, and Austin's African American Cultural Heritage District is rich in history and culture. Join us for a fun and interactive demonstration of our interactive Discover Heritage Map.
SXSW Community Screenings: Austin Film Society ShortCase 2015 Satellite Venue: Marchesa 4:00pm-5:30pm The Austin Film Society presents ShortCase, an annual short film showcase by AFS members, at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. ShortCase 2015 includes a diverse slate of shorts made by AFS MAKE-level members. Find out more about AFS at austinfilm.org.
Underage@SXSW: No Parties? No Problem! Satellite Venue: Marchesa 6:30pm-7:30pm SXSW creates opportunities for youth and teaches them the skills they need to begin a career creating. Join this panel to learn how several people who took the challenge, got inspired, and started a career.
SXSW Gaming Awards ACL Live at the Moody Theater 7:00pm-9:00pm Join Markiplier and Janet Varney as they host the second annual SXSW Gaming Awards. Celebrate the best games of 2014 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater!
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SUNDAY, MARCH 15


SXSW Gaming Panels* Long Center for the Performing Arts & Hyatt Regency 9:30am-6:00pm SXSW Gaming provides industry-leading panels which offer insights into the latest trends and cultural movements of the gaming world.
SXSW Community Screenings: Austin School of Film Satellite Venue: Marchesa 11:00am-12:30pm A screening of the amazing short films created by first-time filmmakers at the Austin School of Film's Digital Filmmaking for Adults course. Each film is a short narrative film with a five minute max. Films completed in 2014-2015
SX Create (Presented by Silicon Labs)* Long Center for the Performing Arts 11:00am-6:00pm Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SX Create.
SXSW Gaming Expo* Palmer Events Center 12:00pm-8:00pm The SXSW Gaming Expo hosts the latest and greatest that the gaming industry has to offer. With select programming, exclusive demos, and a premiere esports production, this is one SXSW experience you won't want to miss.
SXSW Gaming Esports Tournament Palmer Events Center 12:00pm-8:00pm Witness what the best players in the world have to offer in a live competition of Ultra Street Fighter IV!
#BlackLivesMatter In Austin Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater 1:30pm-2:30pm #BlackLivesMatter has been a powerful call to action across the nation, and a catalyst for communities to band together. Join our discussion relating to the conversation around the value of all lives in our community.
SXSW Community Screening: Rainforest Partnership's Films for the Forest Satellite Venue: Marchesa 3:30pm-5:30pm Films for the Forest (F3) is an annual international short film challenge created by Rainforest Partnership, with a goal to create awareness about the importance of tropical rainforests and threats faced by forests and their communities.
Bikes vs Cars Outdoor Screening Republic Square Park 7:00pm-9:00pm Join us for a special outdoor screening of SXSW World Premiere BIKES VS CARS in Republic Square Park.
Bonus Round Closing Party presented by Star Citizen Palmer Events Center West Canopy 7:00pm-10:00pm Celebrate the end of SXSW Gaming with local kickstarter success story Star Citizen and a special display by NASA.
SXSW Eco Light Garden Republic Square Park 7:00pm-12:00am(midnight) This annual project provides a peaceful escape from the crowd and offers a chance to interact with the latest efficient LED technologies. This year, explore projects from Aerosol Warfare Studios, Barco, Crash Alchemy, Charles Gadeken, Gavvot Productions, Houndstooth, Ink Tank Art Collective, Lumenpulse, and Praxis Creatives.
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MONDAY, MARCH 16


SXSW Gaming Panels* Hyatt Regency 9:30am-6:00pm SXSW Gaming provides industry-leading panels which offer insights into the latest trends and cultural movements of the gaming world.
Andrew Dubon / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
SXSW Eco Light Garden Republic Square Park 7:00pm-12:00am(midnight) This annual project provides a peaceful escape from the crowd and offers a chance to interact with the latest efficient LED technologies. This year, explore projects from Aerosol Warfare Studios, Barco, Crash Alchemy, Charles Gadeken, Gavvot Productions, Houndstooth, Ink Tank Art Collective, Lumenpulse, and Praxis Creatives.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 17


SXSW Gaming Panels* Hyatt Regency 9:30am-6:00pm SXSW Gaming provides industry-leading panels which offer insights into the latest trends and cultural movements of the gaming world.
William Harries Graham / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Big Phony / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Jenn Grant / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Colin Gilmore / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Spotlight Showcase: Shilpa Ray, Surly Gates, Comrade Question, Ocellot, Kay Odyssey Red Eyed Fly 7:00pm-2:00am This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
Riot Act Showcase: Moving Panoramas, Abram Shook, The Lowest Pair, Tom Brosseau, Jess Williamson, Natalie Prass, Shivery Shakes Cheer Up Charlie's Inside 7:00pm-2:00am This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
No Play Showcase: Bitter Birds, Sweet Spirit, In the Whale, Dead Leaf Echo, The Sour Notes, Population, New York City Cheer Up Charlie's Outside 7:00pm-2:00am This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
SXSW Eco Light Garden Republic Square Park 7:00pm-12:00am(midnight) This annual project provides a peaceful escape from the crowd and offers a chance to interact with the latest efficient LED technologies. This year, explore projects from Aerosol Warfare Studios, Barco, Crash Alchemy, Charles Gadeken, Gavvot Productions, Houndstooth, Ink Tank Art Collective, Lumenpulse, and Praxis Creatives.
Mandolin Orange / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 8:00pm-8:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18


SXSW Community Screenings: Austin School of Film's Youth M.A.F.I.A. Screening Vimeo Theater 11:00am-12:30pm A super special screening of all films & animations created in SXSW & ASoF's Youth partnership events: M.A.F.I.A & 3D Animation Workshop. All films completed by students ages 10-19 years old.
The Accidentals / Hotel Second Play Stage Sheraton Hotel 5:00pm-5:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Annie & Kate / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
VIMES / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Jessie Frye / Hotel Second Play Stage Sheraton Hotel 6:00pm-6:45pm A great opportunity to see this wonderful pop/rock singer songwriter in the Sheraton Hotel Lobby Bar.
Hamish Anderson / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
The Accidentals / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Fraser A. Gorman / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 7:00pm-7:45pm Great opportunity to see this new signing to Courtney Barnett's own Milk Records label in this Intimate Happy Hour performance
Jess Williamson / Hotel Second Play Stage Omni Hotel 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Kingdom Experience Showcase: Gospel, Positive Values Hip-Hop and More PromiseLand Church 7:00pm-11:00pm This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
Peter Bibby / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 8:00pm-8:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 19


Music Gear Expo* Austin Convention Center EH5 11:00am-6:00pm The Music Gear Expo has become the key destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados at SXSW.
Flatstock 48* Austin Convention Center EH4 11:00am-6:00pm Hosted by Tumblr and presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock 48 displays the works of the world's top gig poster artists. Swing by for artwork and stay for the Flatstock Stage, featuring official SXSW showcasing artists curated by record labels, gear companies and bloggers.
Auditorium Shores: Lineup TBA* Auditorium Shores 3:00pm-10:00pm The Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of free-to-the-public, charity beneficiary concert events with the beautiful Austin skyline serving as the backdrop. It is SXSW's largest stage with more than 50,000 attendees over three days.
Delaney Davidson / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 6:00pm-6:45pm A rare chance to see this amazing New Zealand singer songwriter in an intimate setting.
Doug Seeger / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
O amor existe / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Dawn & Hawkes / Hotel Second Play Stage Sheraton Hotel 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Kingdom Experience Showcase: Gospel, Positive Values Hip-Hop and More PromiseLand Church 6:30pm-11:00pm This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
Ryan Corn / Hotel Second Play Stage Sheraton Hotel 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Sam Morrow / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Levante / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 7:00pm-8:45pm Levante is going to be BIG. See her now while there's still a chance to catch her in a bar. Not to be missed.
The Grahams / Hotel Second Play Stage Omni Hotel 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 20


Music Gear Expo* Austin Convention Center EH5 11:00am-6:00pm The Music Gear Expo has become the key destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados at SXSW.
Flatstock 48* Austin Convention Center EH4 11:00am-6:00pm Hosted by Tumblr and presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock 48 displays the works of the world's top gig poster artists. Swing by for artwork and stay for the Flatstock Stage, featuring official SXSW showcasing artists curated by record labels, gear companies and bloggers.
Auditorium Shores: Lineup TBA* Auditorium Shores 3:00pm-10:00pm The Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of free-to-the-public, charity beneficiary concert events with the beautiful Austin skyline serving as the backdrop. It is SXSW's largest stage with more than 50,000 attendees over three days.
O'Conqueror / Hotel Second Play Stage Omni Hotel 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Paper Aeroplanes / Hotel Second Play Stage Sheraton Hotel 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Mandolin Orange / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
The Lowest Pair / Hotel Second Play Stage Omni Hotel 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Jessie Frye / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton Hotel 6:00pm-6:45pm A great opportunity to see this wonderful pop/rock singer songwriter in the Hilton Liberty Tavern.
Levante / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 6:00pm-6:45pm Levante is going to be BIG. See her now while there's still a chance to catch her in a bar. Not to be missed.
Vandaveer / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Chris Mitchell / Hotel Second Play Stage Sheraton Hotel 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Sam Morrow / Hotel Second Play Stage Omni Hotel 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Call Me Lolla / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton Hotel 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Kingdom Experience Showcase: Gospel, Positive Values Hip-Hop and More PromiseLand Church 7:00pm-11:00pm This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
Ben Caplan / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 8:00pm-8:45pm The wonderful Ben Caplan. Don't miss this one.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 21


Music Gear Expo* Austin Convention Center EH5 11:00am-6:00pm The Music Gear Expo has become the key destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados at SXSW.
Flatstock 48* Austin Convention Center EH4 11:00am-6:00pm Hosted by Tumblr and presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock 48 displays the works of the world's top gig poster artists. Swing by for artwork and stay for the Flatstock Stage, featuring official SXSW showcasing artists curated by record labels, gear companies and bloggers.
Auditorium Shores: Intocable, Bomba Estereo, Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah* Auditorium Shores 12:00pm(noon)-10:00pm The Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of free-to-the-public, charity beneficiary concert events with the beautiful Austin skyline serving as the backdrop. It is SXSW's largest stage with more than 50,000 attendees over three days.
Auditorium Shores: Daytime Showcase TBA* Auditorium Shores 3:00pm-10:00pm The Auditorium Shores Stage on Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of free-to-the-public, charity beneficiary concert events with the beautiful Austin skyline serving as the backdrop. It is SXSW's largest stage with more than 50,000 attendees over three days.
Sam Morrow / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
Sarah Bethe Nelson / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Demi Louise / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
The Bros. Landreth / Hotel Second Play Stage Hilton 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Quiet Life / Hotel Second Play Stage Hyatt Regency 7:00pm-7:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists.
Kingdom Experience Showcase: Gospel, Positive Values Hip-Hop and More PromiseLand Church 6:30pm-11:00pm This official SXSW Music showcase is free and open to the public.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 22


The Accidentals / Hotel Second Play Stage Champions Bar @ Residence Inn 6:00pm-6:45pm Stripped back Happy Hour performances from SXSW Showcasing Artists
SXSW Music Closing Party: NY Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off Palm Door on Sixth 7:30pm-2:00am Using nothing but R&B, rock and roll and soul 45s, Jonathan Toubin is bringing his best-known party, the New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off, back for the SXSW 2015 Official Closing Party. Arrive early to see the opening acts before Toubin hits the stage.
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