Welcome to Austin everyone visiting for the SXSW madness. If this is your first time or you are looking to experience a few Austin eats & things to do while hanging out this week then this SXSuggestion guide should help. These are some of the local favorites things that you must see or try while enjoying Austin. Some of them make for great instagrams while others will make your mouth water. One thing is for sure, you don’t need a badge to explore Austin! And since SXSW happens downtown all of these things are within walking distance of downtown.
SXSW is here and it is in full swing. The city is just alive with energy and excitement surrounding this week and the unknown adventures that lay ahead. Knowing the basics can be overwhelming even for Austnites, so this guide will hopefully help you has we get started on the ultimate Spring Break.
Space Chimp Media has put together this cool infographic guide to the madness that is SXSW. Hopefully this will help you navigate the craziness & serve as a guide. Click the image to see the whole thing!
As many of you know the Baylor Street Art Wall is one of my absolute favorite spots in this town. I stop by almost weekly to reflect, take it all in and see what has changed since my last visit. When I learned that they were doing an event during SXSW I was immediately intrigued.
Yesterday they buffered the wall and today a over 30 artists will help with Texas’ biggest mural installation. Let me tell you, standing at the bottom of the mural with clean walls under the gray sky was oddly eerie. Today will be a completely unique experience and a great way to appreciate art and Austin at the same time.
They will also have a shuttle from downtown to the event.
When: today, March 10th
Time: noon – 7:00 p.m.
Baylor Street Art Wall
11th Street & Baylor
Happy SXSW, let the week of wildness begin. 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 three-day 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.
When: Today 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9th noon – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10th noon – 8:00 p.m.
Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Spring Road
Austin, Texas 78704
Photo by Whit Scott.
SXSW is doing its annual call for volunteers. This is your chance to be in the middle of the action. They need volunteers for all sorts of positions. Each year, more than 3,000 volunteers make the event happen.
You can volunteer on the Conference Crew or the Production Crew. The responsibility and perks are very different for each, so check out which one is more up your alley.
Depending on the number of hours you volunteer, you can earn a SXSW film, interactive, or music wristband. For more information on the conference crew, visit http://volunteer.sxsw.com/conference/perks/. For information on the production crew, visit http://volunteer.sxsw.com/production/perks/. Either way, it’s a sweet hook up. There are openings for all sorts of positions from transportation, photographers, greeters, all the way to a charity golf tournament volunteer. It’s a great experience and opportunity!
This is one of the coolest volunteering gigs in town.
If you want to volunteer, you need to register online and attend the volunteer call today or Tuesday the 29th.
When: today, January 19th & Tuesday, January 29th
Time: today, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29th: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
The South First Food Court is celebrating SXSW with their own festival! They’ll have live music, food, vendors, kids activities and more.
They’ve put together this “anything goes” event as an alternative to the craziness that is happening downtown. This festival is celebrating the uniqueness and vibrance of the neighborhood.
Some of my favorite food trailers will be on hand serving up the good stuff, including Blue Dog Pizza, Bufalo Bob’s Chalupa Wagon and this week’s trailer Tuesday, Osaka Soul. All these trailers are completely different and very good, so you’re sure to find something that sounds good to you.
Here is a schedule of events for today and tomorrow: http://www.sxso1st.com/schedule-of-events.html
When: today, March 16 – tomorrow, March 17
South First Food Court
603 W. Live Oak
Austin, Texas 78704
KGSR has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for their SXSW Live Broadcast this week. If you’re looking to spend a few mornings enjoying some great SXSW music, entertainment, live interviews and performances, this is your stop.
You can watch as KGSR broadcasts live with SXSW artists all morning. The first 300 guests will get a breakfast snack to enjoy.
This is an event that is open to the public — no special SXSW wristbands or badges needed.
Here is the schedule of the broadcasts:
6:30 My Jerusalem
7 Amy Cook
7:30 The Lumineers
8 M. Ward
8:30 Ben Kweller
9 Michael Kiwanuka
9:30 Bob Schneider w/ The Tosca String Quartet
6:30 Elle King
7:30 Jimmy Cliff
8 Rhett Miller
8:30 Blitzen Trapper
9 Ingrid Michaelson
9:30 Delta Spirit
6:30 ZZ Ward
8 Walk The Moon
8:30 Nada Surf
9 Tom Morello
9:30 Charlie Mars
10am: James Mercer of The Shins
8 Kat Edmonson
8:30 Yellow Ostrich
9 Ben Howard
9:30 Ed Sheeran
10:30 Citizen Cope
Admission: Suggested donation $5 (proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation)
When: today (March 14 – Saturday March 17)
Great Room at the W Hotel
200 Lavaca Steet
Austin, Texas 78701
With all the excitement of the ACL line-up being released yesterday, I thought it was a good time to feature a cool event that the Austin History Center has put together to honor the other big music festival in Austin.
This year was the 25th year of SXSW. This exhibit is a look into how far the now massive festival has come since its fairly humble beginnings. It gives you an in-depth, multi-media look at SXSW’s history, complete with pictures, posters, audio and video clips.
Those that love the festival will enjoy this exhibit.
When: now – July 31
810 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Where do I even start – South by Southwest is a three part – a interactive, film, music festival city wide takeover every year in March. As well as one of the luckiest times to call yourself an Austintie because as far as things that are Austin this is it. Today marks the start of the 2010 SXSW Festival, I hope you are ready.
It is one of the largest music festivals in the nation bringing in people from all over the world. Shows are everywhere from bars downtown to Auditorium Shores. SXSW started in 1987 and is now the highest producing special event for the Austin economy.
The city overflows with things going on. It is not just music and film, the city comes alive with everything – there really is something for everyone. I happen to be excited about The American Apparel Factory Flea Market, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=363185902145!
Another list item that you must take part in before you can call yourself and Austinite. For those of you who watched the Real World Austin – the cast’s job was to make a documentary on a band during SXSW.
I am not an expert at all so please those that have pointers – must see shows, parties, ect. leave comments to help fill me in.
Their website is a good place to start as far as an overview. iPhone users download their app, http://wristband.sxsw.com/node/4415 to make things easier on you. It is your go to place for the schedule, maps, news, ect.
For a schedule visit, http://my.sxsw.com/schedule?&logged_in=false.
Trivia Fact: Twitter was launched in 2007 at SXSW! The tipping point for Twitter’s popularity was the 2007 SXSW, during the event usage went from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000!
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