Our Best Bets for SXSW 2019

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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

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: The Carpenter Hotel, 400 Josephine Street

The Swisher Haus

When: March 16th

Time: Day | 1pm-5pm  Night | 7pm-1am

Location: Fair Market


Flood Magazine FLOOD FEST

When: March 12th & March 13th

Time: noon-6pm

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


Bumble HIVE at SXSW

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

Time: 7am-11pm

Location: Jo’s Coffee Downtown


All Are Welcome Day Party at Mohawk

When: March 12th

Time: noon – 6pm

Location: Mohawk


Hotel Texas Monthly 

When: March 9th-March 16th

Location: 1512 South Congress Ave. 


Celebrate International Women’s Day with ATX GALS

When: March 8th

Time: 6pm-midnight

Location: 415 Colorado


SXSW Free Outdoor Stage

Crowd shots of the SXSW Outdoor Stage presented by MGM Resorts in 2018 at Ladybird Lake

When: March 14th-March16th

Location: Auditorium Shores


The Tito’s Puppy Party

When: March 9th

Time: 1pm-6pm

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

Time: 10am

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



Facebook ArtHouse

When: March  9th-March 11th

Location: Native Hostels


Have fun out there y’all, and be safe!