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.
Pandora Discovery Den at The Gatsby, 708 E. Sixth St.
Tumblr IRL at Ironwood Hall, 505 E. Seventh St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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