All good things must come to an end and Nickel City is here for you today. Say “so long” to the mother of all festivals by drowning your sorrows in 99 cent Aperol Spritzes. They’ll also have Honky Tonk Vinyl from DJ Bad Boy Croy, free tacos, and Don Julio/Bullet drink specials.
Plus, the first live music performance in the building since it was The Longbranch from Croy and the Boys at 8 p.m.!
It’s the perfect way to get back to normal.
When: Today, March 17th
Time: noon–2 a.m.
1133 East 11th
Austin, Texas 78702
We all love the fun of SXSW, but the city is a mess when it’s all said and done. The good news is, if we all pitch in, it will be back to new in no time. Plus, you are bound to meet a bunch of likeminded locals who you’ll probably want to hang with in the future. Win win!
Join the 2019 SXSW Cleanup on Sunday, March 17 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The group is meeting at the dirt parking lot at Rainey and Driskill. Bring a reusable water bottle and a friend!
Click here to register!
Here’s your perfect Sunday Funday plan—Whisler’s Crawfish Boil, an Austin staple, is back just in time for SXSW. Louisiana Wild will be slinging the mudbugs and the Interrobang Brass Band will liven up the atmosphere. There will be tricked out Bloody Mary’s and cocktails, too.
When: Today, March 10th
Time: noon – 7:00 p.m.
1816 E 6th St.
Austin, Texas 78702
There are a ton of events during SXSW where you don’t need a badge and this is one of them! Come check into Hotel Texas Monthly, which will be right in the thick of things on South Congress all week long.
The national magazine of Texas is producing a pop-up hotel experience, complete with travel concierge, a coffee and beer bar, and provocative conversations. Join Rice Business professors and Texas Monthly for daily panels and live-podcasting about the future of business.
Giveaways + Free Swag • Friendly Service • Free Drinks for Guests 21+
No RSVP required!
When: Today, March 9th
1512 Congress Ave S
Austin, TX 78704
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
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
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
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
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
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
Have fun out there y’all, and be safe!
Since 2012, when the Circuit of the Americas (aka COTA) opened in Austin, fans have been clamoring for some IndyCar action. If you don’t know what that means—IndyCar is the country’s fastest, biggest, and baddest open-wheel racing series, sort of the All American version of Formula 1.
And now it’s finally here! The inaugural IndyCar Classic will take place at COTA March 22-24.
IndyCar Spring Training at COTA
There will also be three other series racing throughout the weekend. Indy Lights, which is the class just basically the minor league of IndyCar where future stars are developing. There’s also the Mazda MX-5 Cup and the return of an old X Games favorite, Stadium Super Trucks, which go off ramps on track at about 70 mph and get some serious air..
On top of all this, Muse will perform in Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday night! The last time they played this venue, tickets sold out fast. Both the 3-day and Saturday-only IndyCar tickets will receive access to the 200 level section and the H-E-B Lawn for the show. Optional pit and seating upgrades are available for purchase, but you don’t need them to enjoy the show. Click here for more info.
Lastly, there will be live music on the Lone Star Stage all weekend featuring local Austin legends like Asleep at the Wheel and Dale Watson to exciting up-and-comers like Jonathan Terrell.
So break out of your entertainment rut and get hip to the fun of IndyCar! It’s a crazy fun spectacle that everyone can appreciate.
Here’s something that will make your day! All pups that come in costume will be eligible for our best dressed contest and judges will be walking around all day so come dressed to impress and don’t forget to “bark for beads!”
This year’s event will be raising funds for Pug Rescue Austin! They will be onsite collecting donations! And, get this, they will also have adoptable pugs here.
Here’s the whole rundown …
THE BIG PARADE
A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade at 4 p.m. will take place in The ABGB parking lot, making one big, fun lap following a Second Line marching band.
Lots of special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim! Think Gumbo. Think Andouille.
King Cake, that is!
Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue at 5 p.m.
When: Today, March 2nd
Time: 2–7 p.m.
1305 Oltorf St W
Austin, Texas 78704
Garrison Brothers’ Bourbon Takeover of Texas is officially underway and it all culminates this weekend.
People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Brothers—because it’s the only brand making a legit, real-deal, puritanical bourbon in Texas. And the brand is spreading the joy of the good stuff with a bunch of great events.
The big finale will be Liberation & Libations, a Texas Independence Day celebration March 2nd on the balcony at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Come watch the parade down below in high style.
The event will bring Texas craftspeople together to highlight the rich and diverse culture of our state. Vendors will include Independence Brewing, Fairweather Cider, Fancy Fluff, Republic Boot Co., Old Enfield Supply, Bearded Buffalo, Weige Knives, Cuvée Coffee, and more. They will also have live music in the form of a “Texas Mariachi” by Parker Chapin!
And hey—some of the beverages and products being served were aged in freshly dumped Garrison Brothers barrels!
Get your tickets before they sell out right here.
When: Saturday, March 2nd
Time: Parade Watch Party 7:30 a.m.–noon | Texas Birthday Celebration 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin Hotel
701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Is your dog currently staring up at you and begging to do something fun? Well, head over to Empire today and the two of you can relax while watching some awesome comedy. In addition to a stellar lineup (Chris Tellez, Chris Cubas, Lisa Friedrich, Adam Hrabik, and Nikita Redkar) there will be professional dog portraits by @thejakevillarreal, giveaways, themed drinks, free treats, pup retail therapy, and more!
RSVP here for a chance to win a free bar tab and it make it all even better. Free for all ages!
When: Today, February 24th
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Empire Control Room & Garage
604-606 East 7th St.