This post is for our local Austin friends who have been locked up at work the past 8 days. Which, at first, was probably pretty nice. You were detoxing from the weekend prior, you were avoiding the drunken masses in the streets, and you were making, not spending, money. But darn it, after a week of hearing the thunderous bass from the neighboring venues and watching everyone else tip back some bottles of brew, soaked in that sweet sweet sun, you want some. You want yours. And you deserve it. You deserve THE BEST of it.

So here we are. You and us. We want to do our part, so here’s a list of free events this weekend for SXSW. It’s not too late! Why are we dong this? Because that’s what people in Austin do, nice things ‘n’ the such. Disclaimer: These may be first come first serve and or require a RSVP. People with wrist bands may get priority. Events may be 21+. Details change so do a little digging for yourself and play it safe. But here’s a start!

 

Friday, 3/18

KGSR Live Broadcasts
When: 6 AM – 10AM
Where: The W Hotel
Drinks & Eats: So we hear! (free)
What: Big names, live broadcast, Bud Light, Fried Chicken

David Bowie Tribute
When: 11AM – 4:30PM
Where: Scottish Rite Theater
Drinks & Eats: No / No BUT it’s a Bowie tribute! Come on, man!
What: Starman

SPIN at Stubbs
When: 11AM – 5PM
Where: Stubb’s BBQ
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: 14th Annual SPIN @ Stubbs feat. CHVRCHES, Deftness, Vince Staples, & more

Morning After Party 10
When: 11AM – 6PM
Where: Front Gate Office
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: Music from Geographer & many more. Titos providing the hangover drinks…

Spotify House
When: 11:30AM – 7PM
Where: 1501 East 6th
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: Neon Indian dj set, Twin Peaks, The Kills, and more

Culture Collide: Guac ‘N’ Roll
When: 12PM – 8PM
Where: The Driskill
Drinks & Eats: Not sure on drinks, guacamole eats!
What: Artsist making guacamole, which may or may not sound appetizing…BUT there should be some free items to collect! AND GUAC!

THE YARD
When: 12PM – 8:30PM
Where: La Barbecue
Drinks & Eats: Yes & maybe (free)
What: Great atmosphere, live music, free drinks.

The Future of Music Showcase
When: 12PM – 2AM
Where: Shiner’s Saloon
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) and probably not
What: Delta Spirt, Black & White Years, Fat Tony, & more

The New Nashville Riverboat Evening Showcase
When: 6:30PM – 10PM
Where: Hyatt Regency, Austin
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) & maybe
What: First come, first serve. 150 spots for a float down the river, live music, free drinks.

Crowd Royal Rumble: SXSW Edition
When: 7PM – 12AM
Where: Black Lagoon Gallery
Drinks & Eats: Free Crown Royal, not sure about the eats..
What: Some sort of Crown Royal promotion

HYPE HOTEL
When: 7:30PM – 2AM
Where: Fair Market
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) & probably not
What: Get your hands on a Hype M wristband, fills up quick. Always great.

The illmore
When: 12AM – 4AM
Where: tracking that down…
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) & Maybe
What: the place to be, if we see you there, we can both count our luck

Nakid House
When: tbd – tbd
Where: “the Trap Castle” …if you can find it…
Drinks & Eats: Apparently there’s an open bar?!? (free)
What: Vague details ^obviously^ but worth investigating

Saturday, 3/19

KGSR Live Broadcasts
When: 8 AM – 12PM
Where: The W Hotel
Drinks & Eats: So we hear! (free)
What: Big names, live broadcast, Bud Light, Fried Chicken

The Morning Buzz
When: 10 AM – 1PM
Where: Cuvee Coffee
Drinks & Eats: Free Tacos & treats, not sure about drinks…(free)
What: Live Music & Tacos. #sold

Rachel Ray’s Feedback
When: 10AM – 4PM
Where: Stubb’s BBQ
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: Great food, music, & drinks…

The Palm Door on Sixth
When: 11AM – 5PM
Where: The Palm Door on 6th
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: Healthy options, eats, drinks, relaxed atmosphere

The Brooklyn Country Cantina
When: 11AM – 2AM
Where: Licha’s Cantina
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: Live music, Brooklyn Brewery, eats & drinks

Altercation Records 2016 BBQ
When: TBD
Where: The Vortex
Drinks & Eats: Yes & Yes (free)
What: Beer & BBQ. Punk Rock music.

HYPE HOTEL
When: 12PM – 6PM
Where: Fair Market
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) & probably not
What: Get your hands on a Hype M wristband, fills up quick. Always great.

SXSW Puppy Party
When: 12PM – 6PM
Where: Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street
Drinks & Eats: Free Titos Vodka, not sure about eats
What: Titos & puppies everywhere! Please drink and adopt responsibly.

Culture Collide: Guac ‘N’ Roll
When: 12PM – 8PM
Where: The Driskill
Drinks & Eats: Not sure on drinks, guacamole eats!
What: Artists (Nada Surf, Neon Indian) making guacamole, which may or may not sound appetizing…BUT there should be some free items to collect! AND GUAC!

HYPE HOTEL
When: 7:30PM – 2AM
Where: Fair Market
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) & probably not
What: Get your hands on a Hype M wristband, fills up quick. Always great.

The illmore
When: 12AM – 4AM
Where: tracking that down…
Drinks & Eats: Yes (free) & Maybe
What: the place to be, if we see you there, we can both count our luck

 

Sunday, 3/20

Sunday Brunch w. Crowded Floor & Friends T
When: 11AM – 2PM
Where: Gordough’s Doughnuts Downtown
Drinks & Eats:
What: RSVP on Facebook, complimentary drinks, more details to follow…

Tacoland Hangover Brunch
When: 1PM – 10PM
Where: Spider House
Drinks & Eats: Not sure about drinks but free Tacos, get there early!
What: Music by Shakey Shakes

 

 

About The Author

Jordan Rosenacker

Jordan Rosenacker is a writer, musician, and creative director traveling the United States. Currently based in Austin, TX most of his great ideas begin with coffee. ​Catch him live ​@JDRosenacker

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