SXSW Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX


If you’re in town for SXSW, it’s the perfect time to think like a local. With the help of our friends at Favor, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best local food and drinks you have to try while you’re in Austin.

Haven’t heard of Favor? They’ll make crossing off the items on this list a breeze! Download the app and they’ll deliver while you’re waiting in line to see your favorite bands.

1. Breakfast Tacos – Veracruz All Natural

Veracruz migas

On a typical Saturday morning in Austin, people wait hours for a taste of these breakfast tacos. And for good reason—they’re the bomb.

2. Pizza Via 313


Who would have thought you’d find Detroit-style pizza in Austin? Thick crust and rich marinara sauce. This is a must try in Austin.

3. More Pizza Home Slice Pizza


Did we already mention pizza? Come on, we know you can’t get enough. If deep dish isn’t your thing, try the city’s thin crust pizza go-to, Home Slice.

4. Smoothies and Fresh Juice Juiceland


Feeling a little burnt-out from awesome showcases and free drinks? Grab a smoothie from Juiceland. It’s the best detox in town!

5. Healthy Prepared Meals Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen Pork

If you need something a little more substantial than a smoothie but you still want to eat clean, Favor will deliver you homemade, healthy meals from Snap Kitchen.

chameleon cold brew

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Waiting in lines during SXSW and mustering up enough energy for Hype Hotel is not possible without iced coffee. Try this local favorite cold brew coffee, Chameleon. We can’t live without it.

7. Late Night Cravings P. Terry’s Burger Stand and/or East Side King


You can’t go wrong with a burger from P. Terry’s or some Thai Chicken Kara-age from Asian fusion food trailer, East Side King to finish off the evening. No regrets.

Happy South by-ing, y’all! And remember, if you make the rookie mistake of forgetting things like sunscreen, or a phone charger, Favor’s got your back.

It’s one of our favorite times of the year in Austin, Texas. Free food, free drinks, live music, and lots of visitors. That’s right – it’s South by Southwest.

You may have noticed a lot of buzz around local Austin company, Favor recently. And that buzz certainly isn’t slowing down for SXSW. They’ve teamed up with SouthBites Trailer Park, dating app – Bumble, and Car2go.

Free deliveries and free swag were plentiful this weekend from Favor, but the fun’s not over just yet. Check out some of the awesome giveaways Favor is doing for the remainder of SXSW.

Monday 3/14

Favor has teamed up with car2go to present you free deliveries. 12 – 2 pm

Tuesday 3/15

Favor has a pretty sweet sponsorship this year with SouthBites Trailer Park. Go check out some of the best local food and while you’re at it, treat yo self to a free massage (on Favor). 6 – 10 pm

Thursday 3/17

Free deliveries once again! Courtesy of car2go and Favor. 12 – 2 pm
Get stamped with tattoos on demand at the SouthBites Trailer Park. 12 – 6 pm

Saturday 3/19

There’s so much barbeque to eat, yet so many sxsw things to do. Get your fill of both, because Favor will deliver you some of Austin’s best barbecue (Salt Lick) from 11 am – 2 pm.

Check out Favor for more information. Don’t miss a beat and follow their sxsw moves on Snapchat – @Favordelivery

You just can’t pull off a successful SXSW 2016 without a special family-friendly tribute concert to David Bowie! As Bowie himself sang in “Starman,” we will indeed “let all the children boogie” at the Scottish Rite Theater on Friday, March 18, 2016!

This show is not-to-miss! The lineup includes:Advertisement

  • Two-time Austin Musicians of the Year Riders Against the Storm
  • Legendary Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, Wee Hairy Beasties)
  • SXSW showcasing band David Wax Museum
  • ACL favorites Barton Hills Choir feat. Charlie Sexton
  • Austin singer-songwriter Nakia (performing a song or two with the choir)/li>
  • Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (doing at least one Bowie song in Spanish)
  • America’s greatest teaching rock band The Deedle Deedle Dees (with Austin native Red Yarn joining in)
  • Dad-and-sons force of nature Rockaroni & Cheese
  • Local family music stars Joe McDermott
  • Groundwork Music Orchestra
  • Laura Freeman’s Hey Lolly Band
  • National favorite The Pop Ups

Each act will do one or two Bowie songs along with a short set of their own numbers. If you come hungry, enjoy local food trucks Emojis Grilled Sandwiches and sweet treates from Flavorlicious.


What: LMNO SHOW Presents All The Children Boogie: A Family-Friendly Tribute to David Bowie

When: Friday, March 18 , 2016, from 11 am – 4 pm

Where: Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street

Cost: FREE! No SXSW badge required, subject to capacity limits.

Thanks to Springfree Trampoline for generously sponsoring this one-of-a-kind, family-friendly David Bowie Tribute Concert.

Mark your calendars to attend YOU WHO Rock Show for Kids, the fourth annual daytime concert benefiting MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association, on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Austin families are invited to rock out with:

In addition to the lineup, there will be a pre-show kid’s craft zone and giant owl mascots.


Tickets do tend to sell out for this show – it’s recommended to purchase in advance. 100% of ticket sales will help MyMusicRx deliver the healing power of music to kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses, including locally at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs as this event takes place in an outdoor tented area.

When:    Thursday, March 17, 2015. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  

Where:   Main Stage at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse, 1101 E 5th Street (between San Marcos and Waller), Austin, TX 78702. LIMITED parking is available at 5th & Waller.

Cost: Advance tickets are $20/adults or $25/day of show. Kids 10 and under are FREE but do require a $0 ticket. A VIP family-of-four-pack is available for $120 and includes complimentary breakfast, concert t-shirts, raffle tickets, and a special swag bag filled with sponsor gifts. Tickets are available online at concerts from national recording artists complete the MyMusicRx experience.

Mark your calendars for March 20, 2016, from 1-5:30 p.m. to attend one last family music showcase to close out Spring Break / SXSW 2016!


Rock + Read is a FREE book and music fest happening at the Domain’s Amy Donovan Plaza. Both kids and adults will enjoy a great lineup of musicians with local author storytimes and related activities happening in between sets in the BookPeople Storytime Tent.

The Music Lineup:

Local Author Lineup:

Additional activities include Easter crafts for the kids, jumping on one of the Springfree Trampolines that will be set up throughout the Domain II, and local vendors!

Thanks to The Domain, Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Springfree Trampoline for making this event possible.

When: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Time: 1 – 5:30 pm

Where: 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, The Domain, Austin

Cost: FREE!

Register to win a VIP bag stocked with swag and snacks! 100 lucky winner’s will receive bags that will be available for pickup on-site during Rock + Read.

Looking for something fun to do with kids during Spring Break? It just so happens that this little festival called SXSW is going on at the same time with loads of family-friendly events taking place – many that do not require a badge! We’ve narrowed down the list to include some of our favorites that you won’t want to miss.

SX Create

Friday, March 11 – Sunday March 13, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

SX Create is a 3-day event at the Palmer Events Center where attendees can learn about new technologies that are changing our future, and what today’s innovators are making with those inventions. Technologies showcased in past years range from 3D printing to drones to biohacking. Suitable for older children.

Youth Animation Workshop

Saturday, March 12, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Kids interested in animation will love this hands-on workshop, where they’ll learn stop-motion techniques with animator Jeanne Stern. Your $10 entry fee includes a pizza lunch, snacks, and beverages for the duration of the workshop. Attendance is limited to 18 students, and open to ages 10-18 years old.

The PowerPuff Girls Horn Sweet Horn

Monday, March 14, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fans of the PowerPuff series will love this event, which includes a parade and a screening on the Long Center Terrace of new episodes from the series.

Do512 Family Picnic

Tuesday, March 15, 1:30 to 7:00 pm

This family-friendly event features live music and entertainment from Magician Black Bert, Mayeux & Broussard, Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures, Buyepongo, Hard Proof, and Folksongs & Puppets w/ Portland’s Red Yarn. Free admission subject to space.


Toms One X One (A.M. and P.M.)

March 15-19, 10 a.m. – noon and 5-8 pm

Bring the family out to Toms on South Congress for tunes, crafts, music lessons and more daily from 10 am – noon. Come back in the evening for One X One P.M. for live music for all ages. FREE!



Family Music Meltdown

Wednesday, March 16, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

365 Things Austin Family Top Pick! The third annual free family-friendly concert at the Pan Am Hillside in East Austin includes a stellar lineup of artists, activities for the kids ranging from trampolines for jumping to science activities with the Thinkery. Food trucks will be available but picnics are welcome.

KGSR Live Broadcasts

Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday, March 19, 6:00 am to 10:00 am (Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

The Avett Brothers, Chvrches, Borns and Bob Schneider are just a few of the musicians performing at this annual SXSW event. The first 300 guests to arrive will enjoy a free breakfast while listening to live broadcasts by official SXSW artists at the W hotel in downtown Austin. Performances will be held in the Great Room on the 2nd floor of the W. Your $5 donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation of Central and South Texas gets you entry.

KUT Live at the Four Seasons

Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday March 19, 7:00 am to 11:00 am (Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Head over to the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin for a series of short sets and interviews with 16 of the hottest acts of SXSW this year. Entry fee is $10 for everyone 3 and above, which benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Included in the $10 admission is a breakfast taco and bottomless cup of coffee.

South by San Jose

Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday, March 19; times not available yet

The San Jose hotel’s parking lot is transformed into a 5-day music festival with free live music, local vendors, and concessions.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken Revival

Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20; noon – 7 p.m. daily

Head over to Lucy’s Fried Chicken on South Congress for five days of lip-smacking fried chicken, ice cold drinks and an unbeatable line-up of the very best of Texas and Americana music! Free, open to the public and family-friendly.

MyMusicRX You Who Rock Show for Kids

Thursday, March 17, 10 a.m. – noon

For the fourth year in a row, Austin families are invited to rock out at the FADER FORT Presented by Converse. 100% of ticket sales will help MyMusicRx deliver the healing power of music to kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses, including locally at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Advance tickets are $20/adults or $25/day of show. Kids 10 and under are FREE but do require a $0 ticket. A VIP family-of-four-pack is available for $120 and includes complimentary breakfast, concert t-shirts, raffle tickets, and a special swag bag filled with sponsor gifts. All tickets include a pre-show kid’s craft zone, giant owl mascots.

Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion

Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19; times not available yet

This 3-day event takes place on the roof of Whole Foods downtown, right next to the playground!  The family-friendly all-ages music festival features over 30 performers.

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake

Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19; times not available yet

This SXSW official event is a series of free outdoor concerts for all ages at the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake (formerly Auditorium Shores). Tip: It can be crowded, and the only food allowed in are food and beverage items for kids under 5 years of age.

SXSW Gaming Expo

Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The SXSW Gaming Expo is a 3-day event at the Austin Convention Center where gamers can meet celebrities, watch live gaming tournaments, learn about new games in the market and the history of old ones, play a variety of games, and compete in a tournament, and have some fun at a cosplay tournament. Suitable for older children.


All the Children Boogie

Friday, March 18, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

365 Things Austin Family Top Pick! All the Children wiil surely boogie at this free tribute to David Bowie! Local kid favorites such as Joe McDermott and the Hey Lollies will be playing both their own songs and those of David Bowie, as well as an amazing lineup of local and national bands.

Girls Rock SX Day Show

Friday, March 18, 11:00 am to 9:30 pm

Stop into Cherrywood Coffeehouse for this all-day show featuring female performers. The outdoor area is a great place for kids to play while you relax and take in the music.

Peelander Fest

Friday, March 18, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Peelander-fest hosts a free, all-ages show, all day at the Grackle on East 6th. Acts from as far away as Japan will be performing at the show, which ends with a performance by the headliner, Peelander-Z.


Rock + Read

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

365 Things Austin Top Pick! Close out spring break 2016 with the last free concert in our SXSW family music series! The music will be on the lawn at the Domain and storytime will be in the BookPeople tent closer to Dick’s Sporting Good. Kids and adults of all ages will hear favorites such as the Que Pastas and Mister G, enjoy storytime with local authors reading their own books, a craft-making station, and trampolines for shedding that extra energy.

About the author: Amy Hardison moved to Austin in September of 2001.  She was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, home of the first and second battles of of Manassas during the American Civil War, and sadly, Lorena and John Bobbitt.  After graduating from William & Mary in Virginia and a 15-year career working mainly for startups, Amy took a break from full-time work to focus her family.  She and her husband Michael have 2 children – Ruby, 5 ½, and Max, almost 2.  Amy enjoys traveling with and without her children, cooking new foods and trying new restaurants, competitive swing dancing, and learning new ways to keep her son Max from destroying her house.

Win a VIP bag for your family at the 3rd Annual Family Music Meltdown happening at Pan Am Park on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 3-7 pm.

Join the fun with other Austin families at the third annual Family Music Meltdown! The amazing lineup includes TWO Latin Grammy winners (Mister G and Lucky Diaz) along with the 2015 Austin Chronicle Musician of the Year, Gina Chavez!Advertisement Thanks to Springfree Trampoline, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Lineup Includes:


Activities include:

  • Hands-on science activities with the Thinkery
  • Trampolines courtesy of Springfree Trampoline
  • Austin Humane Society will be doing crafts with the kids (and they’ll be bringing some dogs who are adoptable)
  • Craft stations

Food and drinks will be available from Rosarito’s Food Truck and Uncle Louie G’s. Blankets, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome!

What: Family Music Meltdown

When: Wednesday, March 16, from 3 – 7 pm

Where: Pan Am Park’s Hillside Theater, 2100 E. Third Street, Austin

Cost: FREE!

Register to win a VIP bag stocked with swag and snacks!

In less than a week, South by Southwest (SXSW) will begin for the 28th year in Austin. The once tiny, independent music festival has mushroomed into an Interactive, Film and Music behemoth that spans 10 days a and draws thousands of attendees from all over the world. While there are hundreds of parties and events planned, our preview includes a handful of suggestions on where to find great live music during SXSW.

Our love of Austin knows no bounds, which is why there are a plethora of local bands performing in the lineups below. We made sure to include shows that do not require a badge or wristband and happen at some of our favorite spots in town. If you are visiting Austin for SXSW, make sure to schedule at least one event with Austin acts on the bill. Our musicians are some of the finest in the world.

For the most complete list of SXSW parties and official showcases, visit’s SXSW page. Fans can RSVP to many SXSW events directly from the Do512 site.

strang brew

Strange Brew 4 – March 16 – Hotel Vegas / Volstead Lounge

The Strange Brew event books a great lineup every year because it is curated by music blog, Covert Curiosity and Do512. If anyone knows good music it is these guys. Bop English (White Denim side project), Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo and Roger Sellers are just some of the artists listed. NYC under-18 thrashers, Unlocking the Truth will be there too. The party takes place at Hotel Vegas and The Volstead on Austin’s East side. RSVP for free entry and get there early; this one always fills up fast.

He^RD & PayPal Music Tech Mashup - March 17 - Empire Control Room

He^RD & PayPal Music Tech Mashup – March 17 – Empire Control Room

On Tuesday He^rd and PayPal are hosting the Music Tech Mashup with a list of bands that is a virtual who’s who of Austin Music at Empire Control Room. Gary Clark Jr., Shakey Graves, Wild Child Hard Proof and Chipper Jones are just a few of the many bands on this bill. This is the first of several opportunities fans will have to sample some of the quality bands Austin has to offer.

Empire just remodeled the outside stage (garage) for SXSW and the improvements already made inside the venue are considerable. This party is free with RSVP and features a few national acts: Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One), Daedalus and London Souls among others.

 Lagunitas CouchTrippin' - March 18 - Container Bar

Lagunitas CouchTrippin’ – March 18 – Container Bar

The Lagunitas Brewing Company put together a stellar national lineup for their Couch Trippin’ party at Container Bar in the Rainey Street area on March 18. One of our favorites, Delta Spirit returns to SXSW with soul singer, Charles Bradley, Heartless Bastards and garage rocker, King Tuff. This lineup has actually toured four cities: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle and Minneapolis before winding up in Austin.

RSVP at the Couch Trippin’ Eventbrite page for free entry.

Waterloo Records Day Parties - March 18-20 - Waterloo Records parking lot

Waterloo Records Day Parties – March 18-20 – Waterloo Records parking lot

Austin’s best-known record shop, Waterloo Records is hosting three days of shows in their parking lot with a full slate of bands to see. Their SXSW lineups are always solid and this year is no exception. We recommend checking out psych-rockers, Moon Duo if you did not catch them at Strange Brew 4. Other notables include Elle King, Ryan Bingham, METZ and Australia’s The Church.

No RSVP, badge or wristband required for these shows.

Auditorium Shores Shows - March 19-21

Auditorium Shores Shows – March 19-21

The largest crowds at SXSW will be the free Auditorium Shores shows on March 19-21 because of the fantastic lineups, skyline views and easy access. There is an all-Latin roster Saturday and Ryan Bingham headlines an Americana oriented evening Friday but we think the best option is first. Thursday features Austin bands, My Jerusalem and Spoon bookending performances by Mac McCaughan and Charles Bradley.

Fans do not need a wristband or badge but need to pick up a guest pass. You can register for a pass and find pick up locations at the SXSW Guest Pass page. Wristband and badge holders do not need a guest pass. Gates open at 3 p.m. Set times and more details are in the first link above.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons - March 18-21

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons – March 18-21

For the early risers, public radio station, KUTX is hosting four mornings of bands, breakfast tacos and coffee in the ballroom at the Four Seasons beginning March 18. Schedule highlights like Quiet Company at 8 a.m. March 19 or The Bluebonnets featuring Kathy Valentine at 7 a.m. March 20 will make getting up early worth the effort. Tickets are $10. The event benefits Seaton Shivers Cancer Hospital. The full schedule and more details can be found on the KUTX website.

This article was brought to you by guest blogger, local music guru Greg Ackerman. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google + to keep up with the latest music information around town.

Fun is sure to be had at this year’s Meltdown with live music and entertainment for the entire family.

It’s spring break week in Austin, Texas. It also happens to be SXSW time! Want to be a part of the fun? Come on out to the 2nd Annual Family Music Meltdown.

The entire family can rock along with  Ralph’s WorldGina ChavezBig DonThe Que PastasThe Not-Its! and Koo Koo Kanga Roo!

Free and open to the community.

We’ll be updating the page Family Music Meltdown with more details as we get closer to the event.

When: March 18th

Time: 3:00 – 7:30 pm

Pan Am Park
2100 E. 3rd Street
Austin, Texas

And it rained and it rained. But that’s not going to stop the SXSW fun. The SXSW Gaming Expo is one of the many events during SXSW that is free and open to the public.


This expo presents a hand on gaming experience with product demos presented by the ultimate in gaming, Nintendo. This gaming expo is dedicated to the future of gaming, across mobile and console and shows that gaming is everywhere and there is something for everyone.

The expo activity that has me the most excited is “Karting Reimagined” which is a life-sized verison of Ninetendo’s Mario Cart, it’s pretty rad.

Admission: free

today, March 9th noon – 8:00 p.m.

Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Spring Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo Credit: SXSW

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