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SXSW Party Picks 2017

Just a few of our top picks from the many parties over the next week!


MARCH 15-18
Waterloo Records Day Party

Catch some of the best bands performing the festival at this free 4-day party at Austin’s favorite record store. Artists do signings after their set!

MARCH 15-19
South x San Jose

The party is filled with music and pop-up shops south of the river. Always and forever free!
On Wednesday, March 15, South by San José partners with Deeds Not Words, Whole Woman’s Health, and Planned Parenthood to raise funds to protect the rights of women, including a radical stitchery pop-up from Feathers and Fort Lonesome.

MARCH 14-19
Gueros Taco Bar + SXSW 2017

Just down the road, you can catch 6 days of music and over 60 bands at the beautiful Guero’s Oak Garden on South Congress. Free. No badges, no wristbands required.

Luck Reunion

25+ miles from the chaos of SXSW on Willie Nelson’s ranch in a city called Luck, a small Western set is the backdrop for a day at a much slower pace. Tickets for this annual event are released in small batches for $75 each. The cost includes complimentary beverages and pretty special day of music.


MARCH 15-18
KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

It’s a beautiful SXSW morning at the Four Seasons! The event is open to the public. Admission is a $10 per adult and $5 per child, with all money benefiting the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Admission includes a breakfast taco, a granola bar, and coffee.

MARCH 15-18
KGSR Live Morning Broadcast

KGSR’s annual morning broadcast is back at the W Austin. For a $5 donation to the Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, you’ll enjoy 4-hours of performances from featured SXSW artists, early morning beer and Bloody Mary specials, and the first 300 guests through the door each morning will receive a complimentary breakfast treat!

Austin City Limits Bloody Mary Morning

If your mornings start a little later, the mix of music + TacoDeli + Shiner Beer + Bloody Marys starting at 10 am may be just your thing. This laid back party is outdoors on the lawn of GSD&M and is free to attend.



ModCloth x Wrangler

The new 2nd Street addition ModCloth mixes with jean brand Wrangler for an open house to launch their new collaborative denim line. You can even get your new denim custom cross stitch embroidered on site by Die Trying TX.

MARCH 10-11
By George Oliver Peoples + Vintage Watch Show

This one is for the guys. By George Men’s Shop on Lamar showcases a special collection of luxury sunglasses & watches for your shopping pleasure!

MARCH 16 – 18
SXSW Marketplace

Local and national brands untie for a unique pop-up shopping experience at the Austin Convention Center. Access to the Marketplace is free to all badge holders and to general public with your free Guest Pass registration.


MARCH 11-14
SoulCycle South Vibes

SoulCycle returns to SXSW, but this year it’s in their new downtown Austin studio.  During SXSW, they will host daily live DJ rides, custom embroidery by Fort Lonesome, aura photos by MOODxMOSS and healthy sips by Juiceland!

Outdoor Voices Brunch of Joggers

For their third year, Outdoor Voices invites SXSW attendees to go for a group jog and start their day #DoingThings. The run ends with a festive brunch by Clark’s Oyster Bar, Tito’s, Stumptown, and Michelob Ultra.

MARCH 10 – 17
Wanderlust Free Park Yoga

Sad news: Wanderlust downtown yoga studio is closing for the SXSW week due to the madness all around. Amazing news: instead, they are host free yoga classes all week at Pease Park! We call this one an overall win.


MARCH 10-14
South Bites

On the corner of of Driskill and Rainey Street, the team at SXSW brings back our favorite festival pop-up trailer park South Bites. Local and national restaurants will sell foods they are known for and many will release new bites special for the week.

Rachael Ray Feedback

The party is celebrating their 10th anniversary at SXSW with an amazing line-up, including Weezer!  This party fills up quick, so get there early. The best part about staying at one party all day – this one is equally about the food as it is the music.

SouthBoiled SXSW

This party may not be free, but it’s worth the $20 for all you can eat crawfish, Smirnoff & Bulleit Bloody Mary Bar and 2 stages of music.

MARCH 10-19
Snap Kitchen x SW

If you are downtown and looking for a healthy snack stop, Snap Kitchen to the rescue! All week, Snap Kitchen will be giving away tasty treats from their partners at their new trailer. Check out the event page for date and times for each giveaway.

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Written by Laura Villagran Johnson

Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Austin Social Planner

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