Top 2018 SXSW Party Picks

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Meow Wolf Outside

What: Meow Wolf is coming to SXSW this year to present a never-seen-before, never-seeable-after immersive presentation we’re calling “MEOW WOLF OUTSIDE (sponsored by OpenMind).”  Music, virtual realities, and creatures and more.  We don’t know much but we know Austin’s own Shakey Grave’s in going to be part of the collab. 

When: March 9th-March 15

Location: TBD

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Washington State Wine Presents: SXSW Quesoff

What: What is better than Queso? Queso and wine! Enjoy queso by special guests Franklin Barbecue,Emmer & Rye, Mixtli, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ,JuiceLand, Willigan’s Island as well as past Quesoff champs Frank, Cheesus & Austin Facial Hair Club. This Hot Luck pop-up is presented by Washington State Wine.

When: March 13th, 2pm

Location: Southbits Trailer Park, 604 Driskill Street, Austin, Texas 78701

The Block Party Presented by Pacifico

What: Relax next to the poolside with live music, food, and drinks all day Friday, March 16.

The Block Party presented by Pacifico is an extension of Cinderblock’s passion of music videos and sessions but with a really large party twist. Cinderblock will bring incredible talent from Dallas as well as featuring musicians from across the country. Already in the lineup is Rayland BaxterDavid RamirezSuzanna ChoffelMedicine Man RevivalMitchell Ferguson, and Matthew McNeal. Like any other Cinderblock hosted event, the entire party will be filmed by the Cinderblock video crew including – artists’ sets, event recaps, boomerangs and activations, sponsor promos, social, and more.

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For The Foodie: South by Southwest’s SouthBites Female Led Chef’s Dinner

What: SouthBites presents a female-led culinary collaboration at Olamaie hosted by Williams-Sonoma. Ashley Christensen, Sarah Grueneberg, Alex Raij, Ashleigh Martin, and Christina Tosi will collaborate on the dinner menu while highlighting active change within today’s hospitality industry. Tickets include a cocktail hour with passed hor d’oeuvres, and a five-course dinner. Alongside the dinner, Alba Huerta and Carla Rza Betts will be on hand to offer cocktail and wine pairings throughout the evening.

When: March 12th, 1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701 

Location: Olamaie, 6pm cocktails, 7pm dinner

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Your Trivia Brain Could Win You $25,000 During SXSW

What: We know you were probably planning on spending a lot of money during SXSW on drinks, pedicabs, late-night food, Ubers, and more drinks—so we’re excited to tell you that you can actually make some money this year. And maybe even $25,000!

PROVEIT is the trivia app that lets players compete against their friends and random opponents in head-to-head trivia challenges for real cash. And they are making the most of this crazy week in Austin with a big presence around town and lots of chances for you to win.

When: March 8th- March 15th

Location: Austin, Texas

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South By San Jose: Always & Forever Free

What: This is a SX staple. We stop by every year. It’s perfect for one of the days that you want something on the more chill side of things. It’s not right in the mix of everything but within walking distance. It’s a great day party to make sure is on your agenda. 

When: March 14th-March 18th

Location: Hotel San Jose

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Waterloo Records Free Day Parties 

What: Waterloo Records is back with their legendary day parties. They offer four days of live music all day. Their parking lot is closed off and turned into a concert. It is  a great opportunity to see free live music and some the artists even post for photos and sign autographs! 

When: March 14th-March 17th 

Waterloo Records 

KGSR Live Morning Broadcast

What: Calling all you early risers. For a $5 donation to the Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, you’ll enjoy 4-hours of exclusive, live interviews and performances from featured SXSW artists, early morning Bud Light beverage specials and $5 Cinco Vodka Bloody Marys (for guests 21+) and the first 300 guests through the door each morning will receive a complimentary breakfast treat!

When: March 14th-March17th 

Location: ACL Live 

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Sound + Color Presented by M&M’S

What: Check out this line-up. We repeat, check out this line-up. A full spectrum experience of interactive art and onstage music. Show up for the hands-on M&M’S experience and stay for the all-day lineup of fresh new musical acts.

When: March 16th & March 17th

Location: Lustre Pearl, 94 Rainey Street Austin, Texas 78701 


StubHub at Bangers 

What: These guys are back again and know how to party. No wristbands/badges required. So hit up that RSVP get ready to rumble. 

When: March 14th-March15th

Location: Banger’s, 79 Rainey Street Austin, Texas 78701 


The Fourth Annual Puppy Party 

What: If you have any gas in your tank left come March 18th. Go hang out with puppies because puppies are awesome. They will have tons of adoptable dogs from Austin Pets Alive! 

When: March 18th, noon-4pm

Location: Lustre Pearl, 94 Rainey Street Austin, Texas 78701