10 SXSW side parties worth checking out

Hundreds of parties during SXSW have been announced, and we totally understand if you haven’t been able to keep up. This isn’t our first rodeo, so we’ve rounded up 10 SXSW side parties that we think will be awesome and accessible to the average (re: no official SXSW badge/wristband) person roaming the streets during the fest.

We say accessible, but don’t be surprised if you encounter a line, and plan on arriving a few hours before any big acts you’re trying to see. RSVPs are nice and generate tons of email, but they NEVER guarantee entry.

The Spotify House at 901 E. Sixth St. 

Debbie Harry showed up to perform with the Dum Dum Girls at the Spotify House in 2014. Photo by Jay Janner.
Debbie Harry showed up to perform with the Dum Dum Girls at the Spotify House in 2014. Photo by Jay Janner.

Runs 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sunday, March 15 to Friday, March 20. Highlights include Run the Jewels, ODESZA, Leon Bridges and  Ibeyi.  RSVP.


 

Pandora Discovery Den at The Gatsby, 708 E. Sixth St. 

Fans enjoy the Pandora Discovery Den in 2014. Photo by Jenni Jones.
Fans enjoy the Pandora Discovery Den in 2014. Photo by Jenni Jones.

Runs 2 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 21. Highlights include ODESZA, SZA, Whitehorse. You’ll need a wristband, which you can get (if you RSVP’d) at the Pandora Backyard.


 

Tumblr IRL at Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh St.

Courtney Barnett, shown here at Fun Fun Fun Fest, will perform at a Tumblr IRL party. Photo by Erika Rich.
Courtney Barnett, shown here at Fun Fun Fun Fest, will perform at a Tumblr IRL party. Photo by Erika Rich.

Runs Wednesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 21, various times. This one is new to the fest this year, but worth mentioning. The IRL series combines musical performances with art installations. Features Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett, ODESZA, and more. RSVP.


 

Hype Hotel at Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St. 

Twin Shadow, shown here at SXSW 2011, will perform at the Hype Hotel. Photo by Jay Janner.
Twin Shadow, shown here at SXSW 2011, will perform at the Hype Hotel. Photo by Jay Janner.

Runs 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 21. You need to RSVP for a wristband, and some wristband holders will be admitted to night shows as well. Highlights include Alvvays (Wednesday),  Twin Shadow (Thursday) and ILoveMakonnen (Friday).


 

Music by the Slice at Home Slice Pizza, 1415 S. Congress Ave.

Sweet Spirit, shown here performing at Cheer Up Charlie's in Februray, will perform at Music by the Slice. Photo by Erika Rich.
Sweet Spirit, shown here performing at Cheer Up Charlie’s in Februray, will perform at Music by the Slice. Photo by Erika Rich.

Runs 12 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. This one is a fundraiser for Urban Roots. Highlights include Geographer, Tall Tall Trees, Sweet Spirit. And there’s no RSVP.


 

South By San Jose at Hotel San Hose, 1316 S. Congress Ave.

Buy a beer and enjoy some music at SXSJ. Photo by Arnold Wells.
Buy a beer and enjoy some music at SXSJ. Photo by Arnold Wells.

Begins at noon Wednesday March 18- Sunday, March 22.  Catch a good mix of local and national acts, including Golden Dark Arkestra, the Dodos, the Zombies, Gang of Four, Kaleo, Surfer Blood and the Church. And there’s no RSVP.


 

Waterloo Records day parties at Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd.

Titus Andronicus performs at a Waterloo Records day party during SXSW 2010.
Titus Andronicus performs at a Waterloo Records day party during SXSW 2010.

Runs from 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18-Saturday, March 21. Highlights include Will Butler, Elle King, Ibeyi, Big Data, The Church, Melanie Martinez. And there’s no RSVP.


 

Auditorium Shores stage on Lady Bird Lake

Huge crowds gather at the Auditorium Shores stage on Lady Bird Lake during SXSW 2013. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez.
Huge crowds gather at the Auditorium Shores stage on Lady Bird Lake during SXSW 2013. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

Runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19-Saturday, March 21. Thursday features My Jerusalem, Mac McCaughan, Charles Bradley and Spoon. Saturday is an all-Latino lineup with Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah, Bomba Estereo and Intocable. Friday has not been announced. No RSVP is necessary but you will need a Guest Pass wristband, which you can get around town or at the event.


 

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Max Frost, shown here at ACL Fest 2013, will perform at KUTX live at the Four Seasons. Photo by Jay Janner.
Max Frost, shown here at ACL Fest 2013, will perform at KUTX live at the Four Seasons. Photo by Jay Janner.

Runs from 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. March 18-Saturday, March 21. This ones not free… it’ll cost you $10, but that benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center AND scores you a breakfast taco, granola bar and coffee to kick off your day. Highlights include Emily Wolfe, Max Frost, The Dodos, Delta Spirit, Ibeyi, and Chuck Prophet. And there’s no RSVP.


 

House of Vans at the Mohawk, 912 Red River St.

Batillus performs at House of Vans at SXSW 2013.
Batillus performs at House of Vans at SXSW 2013.

From 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 21. Wednesday and Thursday are Pitchfork day parties, Friday is Windish, Saturday is Fun Fun Fun Fests 10th anniversary. Night shows are open to badge holders first, then you can get GA tickets at the door. Highlights include Courtney Barnett, Alvvays, Will and Win Butler (separately), Badbadnotgood and Ghostface Killah. And there’s no RSVP.


 

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Author: Melissa M. Martinez

Melissa M. Martinez is a content producer for austin360.com and statesman.com. She also writes the occasional story about her favorite hobby, baking!

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