SXSW Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX


    Join fitppl Sunday, March 17th for the 2019 SXSW cleanup from 11am – 1pm! We love SXSW, but don’t love the trash left behind. We’ll meet at the intersection of Rainey and Driskill Street, near the dirt parking lot. Cleanup will be around Rainey Street and downtown. All supplies are provided, just bring a friend. Register here so we have an accurate count: – Help us clean the city!

      Clear your calendar for our annual Bands to Watch Party! Join Austin Monthly and Texas Music for a full-day lineup of bands, including local bands hand-picked by our editorial staff! Admission is FREE WITH RSVP, but you may also be permitted at the door with a subscription to either magazine. Complimentary tastings will be provided by Dripping Springs Vodka and food will be available for purchase from Scholz Garten. **Stay tuned for the official lineup!**

      RSVP here:


        Independent Ear & Friends, Unofficial SXSW is a collaborative FREE event focused on bridging live music entertainment from some incredibly talented artists & bands with education, insight & knowledge in the form of “micro-fireside chats” featuring intriguing entrepreneurs, brands, thought leaders & generally those with incredible stories.

        Live Music Sets From:
        The American Revival
        Julian Acosta
        Brett Newski & The No Tomorrow
        Kathryn Hoxie
        Jon Pattie
        Zealand The North
        Omarr Awake
        & More

        Fireside Chat Guests:
        D Grant Smith (The Growth Farmer)
        Shauna Arnott (Haste and Hustle)
        Scott Barker (Haste and Hustle)
        Jason Fox (Earbuds)
        Grace Presley (YAASWL)
        Vicky Vargas (Artist Manager)

        RSVP at:

        Brand Partners:
        Haste and Hustle
        Keeling Audio
        You Are A Story Worth Loving
        Fresh Horizons
        Lyricology 101

        Media Partner:
        Kadence Digital

        The event will be filmed/live-streamed.

        Follow us & learn more about the event by connecting on social media:

          Take a break from the SXSW festivities to relax and love on some goats!

          Our event will be held on the beautiful lawn at a private residence in South Austin, TX.

          The event is BYOM (bring your own mat), but we will have mats for rent for $5 each if you do not have your own. We will also supply the goats for loads of fun and laughter! We may event have a guest star or two like a potbelly pig or maybe even one of our French bulldogs!

          We will be holding 3 yoga classes. Class times are 10:00 am, and 11:15 am, and 12:30 pm. There is limited space available for each class, so please register early! A ticket is required to attend or observe.

          Class will run about 30-45 minutes with time at the end for pictures with the goats! Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your class time as check in only takes a few minutes and we want everyone to have enough time for pictures with our baby goats! Parking is available on the street in the neighborhood.

          As with all our events, this event is kid friendly! All children must be monitored and children age 5 or older do require tickets.

          All participants are required to sign a liability waiver/photo release before being allowed to participate.

          We will have t-shirts and other merchandise available to purchase and credit cards are accepted.

          **Please note: in the event of bad weather, we will be moving this event indoors or issuing rainchecks. No refunds will be issued**

            Bumble is buzzing this SXSW! The dating, networking, and friend-finding app is popping up in the heart of downtown Austin, taking over local favorite Jo’s Coffee — which means free coffee round the clock for everyone! We’re transforming it into one of our famous, Instagram-friendly Bumble Hives. Stop by each morning for free breakfast tacos, stay and get tips on putting your best face forward from our profile experts, and don’t miss exciting programming that’ll help you make healthy, empowered connections in all areas of your life. Visit for all information.

              Stradigi AI, a leading artificial intelligence solutions provide is sharing one of their latest creations at SXSW with a fully interactive AI-powered café that requires coffee seekers to place their beverage order in American Sign Language (ASL) – only. It’s an interactive learning experience that is only happening @ SXSW – the café (and accompanying interactive booth) can be found at the Fairmount Austin, 5th floor.

              Austin families: Are you ready to ROCK?! And READ?! Looking for some family-friendly live music to listen to during SXSW?

              Rock + Read is an annual music and book fest that takes place on the plaza in The Domain. This year’s event is happening on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This FREE, family-friendly event features live music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Not-Its!, RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS), and Red Yarn.

              In between music sets, kids will delight in stories being read on stage by authors Kat Kronenberg, Jason Gallaher and Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs. Be sure to visit the authors after their readings in the Do512 Family Book Tent where kids can buy their very own signed copy of their favorite book and make a scratch bookmark to take home.

              Recommended for kids ages 0-100!

              Additional activities include:
              Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids – Arboretum will be doing punk rock hairdos
              – Create Bedstock branded pillow cases with MyMusicRxAdvertisement– Ride bikes in the woombikesUSA and Buddy Pegs Bicycle Playground
              – Jump on a Springfree Trampoline Austin
              – Decorate cookies with Baked by Amys
              – Grab a bar from KIND Snacks


              Thanks to Springfree Trampoline Austin for sponsoring the Rock + Read music lineup! Special thanks to our media sponsors: KUTX 98.9, Do512 Family and 365 Things Austin Family. Presented by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and LiveMom.

                Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucy Dacus, Kyle Craft, U.S. Girls, and Red Yarn will perform live for Austin kids and families at the 6th annual MyMusicRx + YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids at the FADER FORT on Thursday March 15.

                The YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids is a family friendly, morning concert that benefits MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). MyMusicRx bedside and online music medicine programs deliver the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country.

                Since 2014, YOU WHO! shows have cultivated a devoted following of more than 2,500 influential Austin moms, dads, and kids, treating them to up-close performances from artists like Shakey Graves, Sara Watkins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Zombies, Best Coast, Heartless “Bathtubs”, Tacocat, Aloe Blacc, and Les Claypool. YOU WHO! has raised nearly $80,000 to fuel MyMusicRx programs.

                MyMusicRx has served more than 180,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals across the country including through a local in-hospital concert partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center. In 2018, MyMusicRx will launch its bedside service at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. To ensure long-term, sustainable program growth, CCA has assembled a local advisory board comprised of community members and executives from leading Austin businesses and firms. Proceeds from ticket sales will support MyMusicRx’s local programs.

                Santa Fe-based immersive art collective Meow Wolf left quite an impression yesterday at their Fractallage party when the organization made their first foray (outside their origin film release this week) into South by Southwest (SXSW). The group spent most of the night Monday evening transforming Empire Control Room and Garage into a Meow Wolf satellite installation complete with visual art, immersive activities (tube dating by Tinder for example) both inside and outside the venue while a roster of exceptional DJs entertained the crowd and set the mood for a surreal (and completely satisfying) experience.  

                We entered the venue through the Seventh Street side gate to find a bevy of tapestries and colorful banners artfully arranged over the exposed to the air space outside the Garage where Gold Room was performing. The chill-wave sounds being produced perfectly set the mood as fans slowly bopped along to the infectious beats while warm sunlight streamed into the garage and onto the languid audience milling about Empire’s backyard. 


                A post shared by j.smith (@bildings) on

                The backyard was an entirely different story albeit, fit nicely alongside the performance space adjacent to the decorated patio that featured Tinder Tube Dating (yeah, we don’t know either) using “Experience Tubes.” The exercise pokes fun at how we connect on social media versus real life. Light blue carpeting had been laid over the ground with colorful pillows and foam-stuffed couches to create a kind of chill-out area from space is the only way we can describe it. EVERYONE was smoking pot out there. 


                A post shared by Greg Ackerman (@g_ack) on


                Inside, an indoor exhibit had been set up. A man in a captain’s uniform stood near three oversized buttons inside the foyer to the Control Room. He explained (while in character) that the buttons controlled the lighted serpent affixed to the ceiling. Folks were invited to press the buttons to change the lighting sequence and music being piped into the room. Actors in costume milled about portraying sentient beings from another planet trying to suss out people and their actions while visiting the mysterious Earthlings. Costumes included LED lights that responded to the music being played. A giant, fantastic lighted “barnacle” held up the far wall of the Control room and held flowers in which touching the metal wire stamens activated the glowing lights in the display. High tables and seats along the wall allowed visitors to sit and absorb the peaceful environment Meow Wolf created. 


                A post shared by april (@fest_bestie) on


                We sat outside earlier chatting with staff who talked about working with the organization and their aggressive growth plans (which includes Austin.) Danny, a gentleman who works with sound and audio for Meow Wolf stated he’d been working for the New Mexico trendsetters since 2014 and felt blessed to be a part of something so cool. He was exceedingly kind as was each staffer who arrived in Austin with the collective as if a directive had been handed down that said Meow Wolf employees can only project happiness upon the world. Perhaps that is the credo of Meow Wolf? To project happiness. We know the perma-grin plastered on our faces while we were at Meow Wolf’s Fratallage installation was about as real as you get. Meow Wolf is pure joy. 

                  On March 12, five fabulous female entrepreneurs from around the globe will be honored as guest speakers at Kelly Wynne’s second annual SXSW #BOSSLADY panel and shopping party at her Domain Northside store. The event will run from 6:30-9pm, with the panel (moderated by Kelly Wynne) starting at 7pm. These entrepreneurs and their items will be featured in store that are exclusive to this Kelly Wynne event, and will not be sold anywhere else. The following female entrepreneurs will be:

                  May Designs (Austin) –
                  May Designs will be launching a Kelly Wynne collaboration for Spring. They will have tumblers in Kelly Wynne’s custom printed multi python print, which will be sold in store and on May Designs site through Spring. May Designs will also be offering the Kelly Wynne prints as a customization option on their website for customers to select for any product – notebooks, tumblers, iPhone cases, etc. Stay tuned for pricing and more details!

                  Lexicon of Style (New York) –
                  Alexandra Dieck’s NEW pastel silk scarves match the Kelly Wynne spring collection perfectly. This is an extension of the Fall collaboration of Kelly Wynne prints on Lexicon of Style scarves! Learn how to wrap these scarves around your handbag for an added touch! $45-65. Alex Dieck is a popular beauty/fashion blogger making a name for herself in the industry.

                  Taelor Fisher (Dallas) –
                  Taelor painted 5 beautiful pieces inspired by the Kelly Wynne Pastel Principles collection (launched earlier this month) which will be displayed and sold exclusively at the Kelly Wynne store. Price range $1500-2100.

                  Susan Standeffer Designs (Tuscaloosa) –
                  Shop Susan’s popular geode studs, feature drop earrings and co-designed custom leather on gold cuffs with the Kelly Wynne signature leather in store. Price range $75-$125. We regret to inform you that Susan will not be able to attend the panel, but we hope you are still able to enjoy her featured products.

                  Lauren Huddleston (Dallas) –
                  Lauren will be offering jewelry pieces inspired by the Kelly Wynne Pastel Principles collection, tassels combined with playful stones. Price range $60-125.

                  Daily Natives (Austin) –
                  Shop Daily Natives popular tees at this pop-up at the Kelly Wynne store with a custom tee co-designed saying “BOSS LADY” with their signature heart for the “O.”Price range $30-45. You won’t want to miss this special edition tee!
                  Between these ladies, Kelly Wynne is looking forward to an incredible SXKW #BOSSLADY event. We hope that your readers will be in attendance and be able to get their hands on some of these very special, exclusive items that Kelly has worked with incredible women to offer!