SXSW Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX


    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. 


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    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. 


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    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. 


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    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!


        Bumble, the female-first social networking app with over 27 million global users, is fueling connections in an exciting new way at the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) conference on March 9 -10. Bumble will curate unique experiences at their Bumble Presents: Empowering Connections activation at Fair Market (1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702), which will also feature two days of speakers, musical performances and powerful keynotes.

        Speakers will share insights on networking, entrepreneurship, healthy relationships, wellness, and more over the course of the activation. Speakers include: Activist and Author Aija Mayrock, Author of Boss Bride and Essence Senior Editor Charreah Jackson, Founder of Bleubird, Co-founder of Mother, and Creative Director/Co-Founder of Two Son James Kicinski-McCoy, Hate Copy, Bumble Sociologist and relationship expert Dr. Jess Carbino, filmmaker and producer Yoruba Richen, Nha Khanh Designer Khanh Nguyen and more.

        Additionally, badge holders and Bumble users will experience a Bio Bar to optimize their Bumble profile and the chance to make the first move with 5-Minute First Dates. Bumble Bizz will host a real-time ‘Elevator Pitch’ – winners will receive a Dell XPS 13, perfect for running your small business in style.

        The daytime event is open to all Bumble Date, Bumble BFF, Bumble Bizz users (ages 18+) and SXSW badge holders. The evening event is limited to SXSW badge holders only.

          This year, INFLUENCES is traveling to Austin with top influencers and advertising executives to educate every media buyer in America about how influencer marketing is changing everything – from how we shop, to how we eat and to what we listen to.

          So far, we’ve spread the good word in San Diego & Los Angeles. And now we’re coming to you, Austin – the day before SXSW Interactive.

          Join us on the rooftop of BaseCamp in Downtown, Austin for a day of killer keynotes, presentations and networking with peers and industry leaders who are shaking up the influencer advertising game. We’ve carefully crafted an incredible lineup of presenters who are prepared to arm you with new strategies, insights and know-how to take your influencer marketing to the next level.

          We have confirmed at least 20 social media influencers to speak with a combined following of over 100 million followers. The influencers are excited to come to Austin to learn what brands are looking for in influencer campaigns as well as share the brand collaborations they have done in the last year. In terms of building relationships with the most sought after influencers and the power players behind their business.

          The 4th Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Don’t miss out on magic, music, food trucks, face painting and more!

          The Lineup:

          Red Yarn at noon

          Magician Black Bert at 1pm

          High Waites at 2 pm

          Cirkus Funk at 3 pm

          Additional activities include hands-on art activities with Creative Action and free face painting.

          Food trucks onsite include Dock & Roll Diner, Taconmaye, Waffle Love, Stony’s Pizza and MOOJO. This event is BYOB. Coolers are allowed for adult beverages & water. No outside food is allowed.

          What: Do512 Family Picnic

          When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

          Time: 11 am – 4 pm

          Where: The Midway, 1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway

          Cost: Suggested $5 donation per family

          Get out and enjoy one last hurrah of Spring Break / SXSW 2018 on Saturday, March 17! Rock + Read at The Domain is a live music and book fest where both kids and adults will enjoy a great lineup of musicians as well as local children’s book authors, who will be reading from their books in between music sets. There will also be hands-on activities for kids of all ages, books signings, giveaways and more at this FREE event!

          The Music Lineup:

          Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
          The Hoots
          123 Andrés

          Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats
          Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
          Sugar Free Allstars
          El Tule

          The Que Pastas
          Red Yarn

          Local Author Lineup:

          Jessica Lee Anderson
          Keith Graves
          PJ Hoover
          Mary Sullivan

          In addition to the live music and readings, kids will enjoy a color your own bookmark craft, jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, a putt-putt game with Top Golf, mini-hockey with Chaparral Ice, giveaways, and more!

          Thanks to The Domain, Springfree Trampoline, and Fetch MD for making this event possible.

          When: Saturday, March 17, 2018

          Time: 3-7:30 pm

          Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin (in between Dicks Sporting Goods and Dillard’s)

          Cost: FREE!

            SXSW Marketplace, a giant pop-up shop in the heart of downtown Austin, is back for a second
            year. Badge holders and general public who register for a SXSW Guest Pass will be able to
            explore a curated selection of 70+ local and national vendors that will showcase clothing,
            accessories, home goods, art, and more. An impressive range of vendors from cities including
            Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and Los Angeles– to name a few.

            For those of you who are not heading out of town during Spring Break, we’ve put together some ideas on the best ways to have the most family fun in Austin during Spring Break 2017!

            Live Music

            It’s SXSW time, which means there are plenty of options to hear some live music in Austin. If you’d like to catch some live music but have your kids in tow, there are several family-friendly options. 365 Things Austin (Family) is a proud sponsor of:

            See more of 365 Things Austin Family’s Top Picks for Family-Friendly (official and unofficial) SXSW events here.

            Where to Eat in Austin

            First and foremost, fuel up one of Austin’s 10 Best Coffee Shops for Families.

            Looking for family-friendly dining options this spring break? Our Kid’s Eat Free list will help save you some cash.

            How about taking a Taco Tour of Austin? Check out the 14 Best Places to Eat Tacos for some inspiration.

            If you opt out of traffic and SXSW crowds, you can always make it a pizza and movie night with these Pizza Delivery options in Austin.

            Eat like a local or eat like a tourist if you’re a local…. here are some Austin restaurants to cross off your foodie bucket list during SXSW. Kristy has rounded up her favorite Favor places for more delivery options.


            Head to the Long Center on Monday (March 13) night for an outdoor screening with Cartoon Network.

            Yee Haw, y’all! It’s time for Rodeo Austin. There’s enough stuff happening at the Rodeo to keep you busy all week long.

            Eat, drink and sing at Musicians for Microcredit while alleviating poverty around the world at Whole Foods in the Domain on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18.

            Road Trip, Anyone?

            Load up the kids in the car to explore 5 Lone Star parks that prove everything is bigger in Texas!

            Day trips are fun, too!

            Outside Adventures

            Parks are always a safe bet for fun for all ages. Mueller Lake Park is one of our favorites. Have you been yet?

            Get out on the water! The Rowing Dock is open all week long for Spring Break fun. Here are more options to kayak or canoe in Austin.

            Pack a picnic and take the kids (and the dog) out for a hike. Here are the Top 5 Tucked Away Hiking Trails in Austin.

            Need more breathtaking views? Climb to top of Mt. Bonnell. Or head over to the 360 overlook, also known as Pennybacker Bridge.

            Sad that you aren’t jetting off to some tropical destination? Take the kids to watch flights take off and land at the ABIA Family Viewing area.

            If you have any train lovers in your family, spring break is the perfect time to hit up all of the trains for kids to ride in the Austin area.

            If you’re a tourist or a local, it’s always fun to take a photo in front of one of Austin’s many murals around town.

            Explore some caves around Austin… maybe you can spot a bat or two, as well.

            Indoor Options

            There is a chance that it may rain at some point during Spring Break. For that reason alone, we have a backup plan for some indoor activities.

            Indoor Rock Climbing is an adventure that kids both big and small will enjoy.

            Put the bumpers up at one of Austin’s many bowling alleys.

            Perhaps art, history and culture are on your radar this week? Be sure to explore one of Austin’s many museums.

            Never fear, there are plenty of Indoor Play Places for fun all week long in Austin.

            Happy Spring Breakin’!