As an Austin, Texas blogger and social media and SEO consultant, I enjoy going to various conferences and learning new things about the tech industry. Keep reading to get a guide of free SXSW events, parties, and other freebies.
South by Southwest 2017 is March 6-19 in Austin, Texas. South by Southwest is not just a music festival anymore. March 6 is the start of SXSWedu 2017. March 10 SXSW 2017 (interactive, film, and music) begins and March 16 SXSW Gaming starts.
Guide for SXSW FREE Swag, Parties, Events, and More
What is SXSW and What Will I Find There?
During South by Southwest you’ll find Brands & Marketing, Design, Development & Code, Government, Health, Intelligent Future, Style, Tech Industry, Workplace, Entertainment Influencers, Film & TV Industry, Making Film & Episodics, Making Music, Music, Industry, Music Influencers, Touring & Live Experience, CLE, Experiential Storytelling, Food, Journalism, Social Impact, Sports, Startup Village, VR/AR. For many of these, you’ll need a SXSW 2017 pass. PLATINUM BADGE for March 10-19, 2017 costs $1650 and you get Primary Access to ALL Events. The INTERACTIVE BADGE March 10-16, 2017 is $1325, FILM BADGE March 10-18, 2017 is $1325, MUSIC BADGE March 13-19, 2017 costs $1325, and SXSWedu BADGE March 6-9, 2017 will set you back $545.
Yes, you’ll get a lot for your money, but if you don’t want to or can’t spend that kind of dough, you’re in luck.
There are lots of free SXSW events, parties, swag, and more for which you don’t need a badge.
Tips for SXSW in Austin, Texas
Park in East Austin on the side streets east of I35 and walk the few blocks or take public transportation. You don’t want to drive at all through downtown during SXSW. It’s loco.
Carry a comfortable backpack with you. You’ll need to a way to carry water, business cards, electronics, and haul all of your awesome free SXSW swag. I bought one of these Lightweight Packable backpacks.
Bring an extra cell phone battery or charger. Yes, there are charging stations, but they are pretty crowded. Check out the discounted portable cell phone battery chargers here.
Be organized. I created an email folder to save all of my eventbrite tickets and other important information. I also use my Google calendar to keep track of everything I signed up for.
For most of the free events, you’ll need an RSVP. These often sell out quickly. Go ahead and RSVP for everything.
Guide of Free SXSW List of Events, Parties, Freebies 2017 + sxsw 2017 rsvps list
Last year, I did not buy a badge, but still took full advantage of all the SXSW interactive freebies. I plan on doing that again this year. Last year, I learned a lot, networked, and got plenty of free SXSW swag, food, and drinks.
I will try to keep this list updated. If anything of these free events are “sold out” or you learn about another cool freebie, please let me know and I’ll add it.
Most of these events are for the SXSWi or South By Southwest Interactive portion. I will try to update the list with free SXSW music festival or film events as well.
If you are interested in which celebrities will be at SXSW 2017, check out the celebrity list here.
2017 SXSW Freebies RSVP List Guide
FREE SXSW GUEST PASS – this is a free credential that gets you into awesome SXSW events including showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, and more throughout SXSW 2017! This includes access to Flatstock, SXSW Job Market, Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, SXSW Create, SXSW Marketplace, Outdoor Film Screenings: Hype!, Cartoon Network, and Ghost in the Shell, and more.
MAZDA EXPRESS – Free rides. To pick up your Mazda Express wristband, bring your ID to the Mazda Lounge in the Austin Convention Center.
Thursday, March 9 SXSW FREE Events
9th Annual Calm Before the Storm Party 6:30pm at Fogo de Chão 309 E 3rd St
CASA MEXICO SXSW 2017 Mar 9, 2017, 12:00 PM – Mar 12, 2017, 9:00 PM at Mexican American Cultural Center Emma S. Barrientos, 600 River St
SPORTSTECH HACKATHON @ SXSW MARCH 9—10, 2017 3:00 PM TECHSPACE
For SXSW FREE Events March 10, 2017