Listen, having a platinum badge around your neck at SXSW sure does feel good, but trust us—after many many years of going to basically everything, we know you can still have an amazing time without any credentials. There are a ton of great events that don’t require a badge, and are the perfect way to dip your toes into the mayhem.
Below are the things we’ve put on our short list.
Bon Appetit’s Test Kitchen Pizza Party
When: Tuesday, March 10th
Location: The Carpenter Hotel, 400 Josephine Street
When: March 16th
Time: Day | 1pm-5pm Night | 7pm-1am
Location: Fair Market
When: March 12th & March 13th
Location: Cedar Street Courtyard
The ATXperience Studio with Car2Go
Experience Austin on your terms with Instagram-worthy photo moments and delicious foodie bites at the car2go | SHARE NOW ATXperience Studio. Plus, get an exclusive first look at what the newest mobility joint venture has to offer.
The ATXperience includes:
Austin-inspired bites throughout the day including:
Breakfast tacos + coffee bar from noon – 2 pm and BBQ+BigRed from 3–5
Exclusive swag giveaways
Custom Austin photo sets so you can show off your ATXperience
Evening happy hour from 6 – 9 pm with local ATX DJ
What: Austin-based Bumble is buzzing this SXSW. From Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 17, the dating, networking, and friend-finding app will pop up in the heart of downtown Austin, taking over local favorite Jo’s Coffee on 2nd Street.
In addition to complimentary coffee and free breakfast tacos, Bumble Hive SXSW will feature a range of programming that will help guests create healthy and empowered connections in all areas of their life – all based on Bumble’s new profile badges feature.
On International Women’s Day, modern rap icon Princess Nokia will kick off the first day of Bumble Hive SXSW with a special performance only open to SXSW badge-holders and Bumble users, who will be required to show their Bumble Date, BFF, or Bizz profile in order to enter.
Although Bumble Hive SXSW will be free and open to the public every day throughout SXSW, select evenings (March 8, 12, and 15) will only be open to SXSW badge-holders and Bumble users. Visit bumble.com/sxsw for all upcoming information.
When: March 8th-March 17th
Location: Jo’s Coffee Downtown
All Are Welcome Day Party at Mohawk
When: March 12th
Time: noon – 6pm
Hotel Texas Monthly
When: March 9th-March 16th
Location: 1512 South Congress Ave.
Celebrate International Women’s Day with ATX GALS
When: March 8th
Location: 415 Colorado
SXSW Free Outdoor Stage
When: March 14th-March16th
Location: Auditorium Shores
When: March 9th
Location: Arlyn Studios
Celebrate SXSW With Kendra Scott
When: March 8-March 17th
Location: Kenda Scott Flagship Store
A Brunch of Joggers
When: March 9th
Location: OV Headquarters
South by San Jose
When: March 13th-17th
Location: Hotel San Jose
Waterloo Records Day Parties
When: March 13th-March15th
Location: Waterloo Records
No RSVP needed
When: March 9th-March 11th
Location: Native Hostels