Networking Opportunities Abound at SXSW Interactive Special Events and Parties

Fusion Party 2014. Photo by Merrick Ales.

Just as beloved and invigorating as the programming at SXSW Interactive are the many diverse special events that take place around downtown Austin for SXSW registrants. Be sure to check back in the upcoming months for an updated offering of networking events and parties for you to enjoy.

SXsports Topgolf Challenge SXsports
Thursday, March 12
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Topgolf Austin
2700 Esperanza Crossing
Kick off your SXSW experience with the SXsports Golf Challenge at Topgolf! Entertainment meets competition on this Thursday evening before the festival officially begins. Tee off with fellow attendees for a night of music, food, and drinks at the driving range.
Additional registration required. Please email for more details.

SXsports Kick-Off Reception Presented by Octagon SXsports Kick-Off Reception Presented by Octagon
Friday, March 13
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Half Step
75 ½ Rainey St
Join fellow SXsports enthusiasts and Octagon for the SXsports Kick-Off Reception! Food, drink, fun and games await.

SXSW Interactive Opening Party Presented by Dyn 2015 SXSW Interactive Opening Party Sponsor
Friday, March 13
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Pool Terrace at the JW Marriott (111 Congress Ave)
The party to start them all, the infamous SXSW Interactive Opening Party is a not-to-miss event and the ideal way to get into the SXSW groove.

SXSW Mix at Six Presented by Aurasma 2015 SXSW Mix at Six Sponsor
Saturday, March 14
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Lanai (422 Congress Ave)
The ultimate networking mixer serves up food, drinks and lots of business cards.

SXSW Film + Interactive Fusion Party presented by Syfy & Philips
Saturday, March 14
Location: Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St.
Experience entertainment in an immersive new way! Get an exclusive look at Syfy’s highly anticipated drama The Expanse, set to a “lighting track” that matches the action on screen with Philips Hue bulbs’ connected lighting experience.

SXsports Fight Night Presented by UFC SXsports UFC Viewing Party
Saturday, March 14
9:00pm - 1:00AM
Location: Liberty Tavern in the Hilton Hotel, 500 E 4th St.
UFC hosts an exciting night out at SXsports with an exclusive live event viewing party. Watch Women’s Strawweight champ Carla Esparza and Men’s Lightweight Champ Anthony “Showtime” Pettis defend their titles. Welcome to the Show! Drinks are on us.

SXsports Selection Sunday Party presented by Turner Sports Sunday, March 15
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant
Join Turner Sports on Selection Sunday for the unveiling of the 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket. Watch championship action all day and catch the reveal of the bracket live at 5PM. Don’t miss Turner Sports analyst Steve Smith who will be on hand to lend expert advice as guests make their picks.

SXsports Overtime Party SXsports
Sunday, March 15
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Clive Bar, 609 Davis St.
Celebrate the last few hours of SXsports at the Overtime Party. Meet sports executives and fans while enjoying complimentary beverages at one of Rainey Street’s most popular bars, Clive. Close out the second year of SXsports with a bang!

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Presented by PwC
Tuesday, March 17
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hilton Downtown Austin, 6th Floor
A celebration of digital creatives and their work with food and drinks followed by an entertaining show and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Come see who goes home with a coveted SXSW Interactive Award!

SXSW Interactive Closing Party Presented by Media Temple 2015 SXSW Interactive Closing Party Sponsor
Tuesday, March 17
9:00pm - 12:00am
Location: Stubb's (801 Red River)
It's the last hurrah of the festival and we don't do it quietly.

Interested in hosting an official evening event or party? Visit the Marketing page or touch base with Katie King.

Visit for more info on High Beam, the official party planner for SXSW.

Fusion Party 2014. Photo by Merrick Ales.