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Updated: Pocket Gamer's ultimate SXSW 2016 party guide

Updated: Pocket Gamer's ultimate SXSW 2016 party guide

SXSW 2016 will be descending upon Austin, March 11-20, for ten days of innovative thinking and intense networking to create a convergence of technology, music, film, sports, fashion, and gaming, unlike any other.

Pocket Gamer will be at SXSW livestreaming on Periscope all the hottest panel, popup and party action.

Parties galore

Below is a guide of over 100 parties to help you mix it up among VCs, indies, unicorns and the press.

From dusk to dawn, experience rooftop yoga, SoulCycle with Chromeo, Bloody Mary brunches, carnival rides, epic tequila raves, and other unique happenings.

You'll also want to give a listen to this Road to SXSW podcast where long-time SXSW mentor, Brian Zisk, producer of SF MusicTech Summit, provides essential survival guide tips on how to get into sold out sessions, screenings and shows, how to find hidden karaoke, and where to get your first drink.

If you find a party that should be on this list, add it in the comments, tweet it to @contentnow, or email martine.paris@steelmedia.co.uk

FRIDAY 11 MARCH

  • What: Mazda Rides & Inspiration Lounge

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11, 9am - 6pm
Where: Austin Convention Center, 531 E 4th Street, 4th street side Atrium
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04641
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Unique experiences, charging stations, giveaways and free shuttles!

 

  • What: Spredfast Social Suite

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13, 10am-6pm
Where: 200 W Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78701
How: http://lp.spredfast.com/sospredfast-registration.html#Bx9qTGB6kE66isX7.97
Cost: FREE with badge and RSVP
More Info: Bloody Mary & Blow Out bar, freshen up with crafted cocktails, mimosas, manicures and haircuts! Free WiFi and power station too!

 

  • What: Comcast TechSet Lounge

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11-Tuesday, March 15 9:30-6pm (Friday opens 11am)
Where: Austin Convention Center, 531 E 4th, Room 19AB
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04882, https://comcastloungesxsw.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Famed SXHQ tech hangout hosted by Steph Agresta and Brian Solis. You never know who you might meet. Recharge with caffeine and power.

 

  • What: MR. ROBOT Carnival

When: RECURRING Friday March 11 - Monday March 14, 10am - 10pm
Where: 400 Congress Street at W 4th, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.usanetwork.com/mrrobot/blog/mr-robot-blog/mr-robot-is-bringing-a-massive-ferris-wheel-to-sxsw
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: The award-winning USA Network series MR. ROBOT delivers a one-of-a-kind Brooklyn Coney Island experience with a deeply immersive retro arcade, hacker den, photo booth, graffiti wall, custom tee shirt installation, and 100 foot Ferris Wheel. With special appearances by cast and crew Christian Slater, Rami Malek and Sam Esmail

 

  • What: Fast Company Grill

When: RECURRING Friday March 11 - Tuesday March 15, 11am-8pm
Where: Cedar Door, 201 Brazos Street, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.innovationfestival.fastcompany.com/sxsw-influencer-form
Cost: Free with badge
More Info: Meet the editors, cocktails and lunch daily, go behind the scenes of “Shovel Buddies” featuring Bella Thorne, Kian Lawley and AwesomenessTV’s Matt Kaplan.

 

  • What: Mashable House

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12, 12-5pm, Sunday, March 13, 11-2pm
Where: The Main, 610 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://mashhousesxsw16.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Memes, memes and more memes. Sponsored by PepsiCo, Qualcomm, Silicon Valley HBO, Amazon Launchpad, Tattly

 

  • What: Rock Out with Your Chalk Out

When: Friday, March 11, 12pm
Where: Buffalo BIlliards, 201 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://tech.co/tech-co-sxsw-2016-events-parties-2016-02
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Pool pinball, darts, giveaways, beer

 

  • What: Videotape & Unreel Unofficial SXSW Lounge

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 19, 12-5pm
Where: Videotape HQ, 610C N I35 at 6th, Austin TX 78701
How:
Cost: FREE, no badge required
More Info: Free food, booze, WiFi and power stations

 

  • What: SXStyle Fashion House

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13, 12-6pm+
Where: Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
How: http://decodedfashion.com/sxsw
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Fashion and beauty brands connect with the global tech community to discuss wearables, shoppable content and more. Daily salons and cocktails feature Swatovski, Estee Lauder, Coach, Topshop, Curalate, ShopStyle, Under Armour, Toms, Estee Lauder, Westfield, JWT.

 

  • What: NatGeo Photowalk - YourShotMeetup

When: Friday, March 11, 5-7pm
Where: Congress/W Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-geographic-sxsw-yourshotmeetup-registration-22131643341
Cost: FREE
More Info: Meet up with NatGeo’s Patrick Witty for an evening stroll instagramming SXSW.

 

  • What: SBWeb Happy Hour

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13, 5-8pm
Where: Coyote Ugly, 501A E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-small-business-web-sxsw-tickets-19642533346
Cost: FREE
More Info: Networking with cloud execs over catered cocktails

 

  • What: Drink & Click with Olympus

When: Friday, March 11, 6pm
Where: Chicon Collective, 301 Chicon Street, Austin TX 78702
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-and-clicktm-austin-texas-event-with-olympus-tickets-21653993678
Cost: FREE
More Info: Giveaways, tequila, Brooklyn beer, East Side FIllin Station grub

 

  • What: Vodka & Videos

When: Friday, March 11, 6pm
Where: Videotape HQ, 610 N Interstate 35, Frontage Road, Austin TX 78701
How: https://vodkavideos.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: A battle for fun, fame and the future of tech- a night of hard liquor and wicked videos

 

  • What: SXstyle Happy Hour

When: Friday, March 11, 6-7pm
Where: Westin Moody Room, 301 E 5th, Austin TX 78701
How:http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE05230
Cost: FREE with badge

 

  • What: SXSW Hardware House Opening Party by foundry

When: Friday, March 11, 6-9:30pm
Where: WeWork, 600 Congress, Austin TX 78701
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04625
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Meet up with other CES peers and product press - hardware demos, gadgets galore!

 

  • What: Sizmek Sounds

When: Friday, March 11, 6-10pm
Where: Maggie Mae’s Rooftop. 323 E 6th. Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sizmek-sounds-sxsw-tickets-21459141871
Cost: FREE
More Info: Live music, craft cocktails, rooftop partying

 

  • What: SXsports Kickoff Reception

When: Friday, March 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Half Step Bar, 75 ½ Rainey Street, Austin TX 78701
How: lauren.tietjen@octagon.com
Cost: FREE with badge

 

  • What: Open House Casa Mexico

When: Friday, March 11, 6/7-10pm+
Where: Casa Mexico, 600 River Street, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entradas-open-house-casa-mexico-sxsw-2016-21830885767?aff=eiosprexshreclip&ref=eiosprexshreclip
Cost: FREE
More Info: Titos Vodka, Patron Tequila, Mexican Beer & Food Trucks

 

  • What: ATX Wildfire

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11-Saturday, March 12, 7pm+
Where: Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th, Ausitn TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/atx-wildfire-2016-tickets-18263192701
Cost: FREE
More Info: Band showcase soon to be announced

 

  • What: #ARCAfterDark - Deloitte Digital Party

When: Friday, March 11, 8pm+, Austin TX 78701
Where: Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E 6th
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcafterdark-friday-deloitte-digital-sxsw-interactive-official-party-tickets-21352164900
Cost: FREE
More Info: Live music and free boozing in a future world

 

  • What: SXSW Interactive Opening Party

When: Friday, March 11, 8-11pm
Where: Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces Street, Austin TX 78701
How: Open til capacity
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Live music, open bar, special surprises

 

  • What: Capitol One House - White Denim in concert

When: Friday, March 11, 8pm-Midnight
Where: Antone’s, 305 E 5th, Austin TX 78701
How:http://2016.do512.com/capitalonehousenight1
Cost: FREE

 

  • What: SXSW Film Opening Party

When: Friday, March 11, 10pm-1am
Where: Speakeasy 412 Congress, Austin TX 78701
How:http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04414
Cost: FREE with badge

 

  • What: Obama Fundraiser hosted by Will.i.am

When: Friday, March 11
Where: Hopefully not in the 78701 area
How: https://finance.democrats.org/page/contribute/AustinReceptionMar11
Cost: $250 donation
More Info: DNC fundraiser - Barack and Michelle Obama will also be keynoting SXSW with feature presentations on 3/11 and 3/16.

 

SATURDAY 12 MARCH

 

  • What: Wanderlust Rooftop Yoga with Live Music

When: RECURRING Friday, March 11-Tuesday, March 14, 9:30am-12:30pm (excluding weekend)
Where: WeWork, 600 Congress, Austin TX 78701
How:https://wanderlustyogaatweworksxsw.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Greet the day with tree pose as the festival folks of Wanderelust join forces with WeWork to calm your mind and enlighten your soul.

 

  •  What: Nap Bus

When: RECURRING: Saturday, March 12 - Saturday, March 19
Where: 405 Colorado, Austin TX
How: https://casper.com/naptour
Cost: FREE
More Info: Just in case you show up into town without a room, you can sleep it off in the Nap Bus.

 

  • What: Media & Entertainment Bloody Mary Brunch

When: Saturday, March 12, 10:30-12pm
Where: Maggie Mae’s GIbson Guitar Room, 323 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-entertainment-bloody-mary-brunch-tickets-20698353332
Cost: FREE
More Info: Attendees expected from The Grammys, BBC, Fox, Time, WMG, Interscope, Weather Channel etc.

 

  • What: A Brunch of Joggers

When: Saturday, March 12, 11am - 2pm, next to W Hotel, Austin 78703
Where: Departs Willie Nelson statue at Lacava & W 2nd
How: https://abrunchofjoggers.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Brunch for those that finish at the Outdoor Voices Shop, 606 Blanco Street, Austin TX 78703

 

  • What: Zendesk Contain Yourself

When: Saturday, March 12, 12-5pm/7pm-2am
Where: Container Bar, 90 Rainey, Ausitn TX 78701
How: https://nvite.com/ZendeskSXSW/contain
Cost: FREE
More Info: Handcrafted coffee, cocktails, DJs, giphy photobooth

 

  • What: Rooster Teeth Digital All-Stars Mix

When: Saturday, March 12, 2-4pm
Where: Connected Yard, 83 Rainey Street, Austin TX 78701
How:https://whatstrendingsxswdigitalmixer.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE with code
More Info: Featuring DJ Curse Mackey

 

  • What: Starry Party

When: Saturday, March 12, 3-7pm
Where: Palm Door on Sabine, 401 Sabine, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starry-presents-happy-interneting-sxsw-interactive-2016-tickets-21676324470
Cost: FREE
More Info: WiFi demos and drinks

 

  • What: Cocktails with Curalate

When: Saturday, March 12, 3:30-5pm/5pm+
Where: Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado Street, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shoppable-content-cocktails-with-curalate-decoded-fashion-house-sxsw-2016-tickets-20857673864
Cost: FREE
More Info: Rooftop cocktails with the speakers from the 2pm Meet The Innovators talk - Lucia Greene, JWT, Brendan Lowry, Curalate, Sid Jatia, Under Armour, Lee Ann Grant, ShopStyle

 

  • What: Mobile Dev Memo Happy Hour

When: Saturday, March 12, 4-7pm
Where: The Brixton, 1412 E 6th, Austin TX 78702
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobile-marketing-happy-hour-at-sxsw-with-mobile-dev-memo-tickets-21599091464
Cost: FREE
More Info: Drinks, bites, beats with AdColony, Supersonics and other mobile marketers

 

  • What: Google for Entrepreneurs and CODE2040 Happy Hour

When: Saturday, March 12, 6pm
Where: Capitol Factory, 701 Brazos, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/google-for-entrepreneurs-and-code2040-happy-hour-tickets-21216921383
Cost: FREE

 

  • What: Take Back Your Internet Party

When: Saturday, March 12, 6-10pm
Where: Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ, 217 Congress, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-back-your-internet-party-sxsw-2016-tickets-5752800782
Cost: FREE
More Info: Privacy / backdoor encryption debate with Congressmen Will Hurd and Michael McCaul

 

  • What: HP’s MIX AT SIX

When: Saturday, March 12, 6-8pm
Where: Swan Dive, 615 Red River Street, Austin TX 78701
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04421
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: AR networking and noshes

 

  • What: Shopgate@SXSW - Watch Warriors v OKC

When: Saturday, March 12, 7pm
Where: Shopgate HQ, 804 Congress, Suite 200, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shopgate-sxsw-ritas-nachos-and-retail-tickets-21465513930
Cost:
More Info: Chow down on gourmet nachos and margaritas as you watch GS Warriors play OKC Thunder.

 

  • What: WeWork Party

When: Saturday, March 12, 7pm
Where: 600 Congress, 14th Floor, Austin TX 78701
How: https://officialweworkparty.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: BBQ & Lick, 9 Banded Whiskey and more

 

  • What: Fast Company Grill Party

When: Saturday March 12, 8pm+
Where: Cedar Door, 201 Brazos Street, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.innovationfestival.fastcompany.com/sxsw-influencer-form
Cost: Free with badge
More Info: Invite only, sponsored by HP

 

  • What: Brink Salon & Party

When: Saturday, March 12, 8pm-Midnight
Where: Driskill Ballroom, 604 Brazos, Austin TX 78701
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04786
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Meet innovators creating profound impact through deeply immersive documentary storytelling and AR VR journalism.

 

  • What: #ARCafterDark Deloitte Digital

When: Saturday, March 12, 8pm-Midnight
Where: Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E 6, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcafterdark-saturday-deloitte-digital-sxsw-interactive-official-party-tickets-21404550587
Cost: FREE
More Info: Indie music, free drinks, future world of light and sound.

 

  • What: Crowdtap Party

When: Saturday, March 12, 8:30pm-1:30am
Where: Vulcan Gas Company, 418 E 6th, Austin TX
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crowdtaps-people-powered-party-sxsw-tickets-21566026566
Cost: FREE
More Info: Mowgli’s headlining

 

  • What: Chandler and The Bings in concert

When: Saturday, March 12, 9pm-1:30am
Where: Fado Irish Pub, 214 W 4, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sxsw-interactive-party-at-fado-tickets-22191935677
Cost: FREE
More Info: 90s retro band hosts dance party

 

SUNDAY 13 MARCH  (Daylight savings, spring ahead!)

  • What: VEVO House

When: RECURRING Sunday, March 13 - Tuesday, March 15
Where: TBD
How: https://vevohouseatsxsw.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: posting soon

 

  • What: TechBreakfast Showcase by Booz Allen Hamilton

When: Sunday, March 13, 9am-1pm
Where: Revival Public House, 340 E 2nd, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techbreakfast-showcase-2016-presented-by-booz-allen-hamilton-tickets-19326734784
Cost: FREE
More Info: Breakfast with the makers with over 25 speed demos of robots, 3d printing, nanotech and more, plus one-minute shoutout soapbox for any startup.

 

  • What: MDC Speaker Breakfast

When: Sunday, March 13, 10am-12:30pm
Where: W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, Austin TX 78701
How: https://mdc-at-sxsw-2016.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Features tech, media and innovation speakers with Bloody Mary bar and Texas brunch

 

  • What: Hangover Hangout & Recovery Brunch

When: Sunday, March 13, 11am
Where: Chuggin Monkey, 219 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: Open
Cost: FREE
More Info: Gourmet brunch, bloodies, mimosas, yoga, massages, swag

 

  • What: Brooklyn Defender Arcade

When: Sunday, March 13 2-5pm
Where: Waller Creek Pub, 603 Sabine, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brooklyn-defender-arcade-tickets-22134445723
Cost: FREE
More Info: Vintage games, chiptunes, Brooklyn Brewery beers, keep your pint glass

 

  • What: Glyph Launch Party

When: Sunday, March 13 2-8pm
Where: Due Forni Pizza & Wine, 106 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glyph-sxsw-launch-party-tickets-21783787896
Cost: FREE
More Info: VR demos, food, drinks.

 

  • What: Product Tank

When: Sunday, March 13, 2-5pm
Where: Little Woodrow’s, 520 W 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/producttank-drinks-sxsw-edition-5th-annual-tickets-21332291458
Cost: FREE
More Info: Gadgets plus beer

 

  • What: AR/VR AUSTIN 2016

When: Sunday, March 13, 2-10pm (5-9pm open bar)
Where: Vuka, 411 Monroe, Austin TX 78704
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arvr-austin-2016-interactive-experiences-in-ar-vr-vuka-austin-tickets-22177542627
Cost: $16.82-22.09
More Info: Massive VR showcase

 

  • What: The Dolphin Tank

When: Sunday, March 13, 3pm
Where: Dell Lounge at Brass House, 115 San Jacinto, Austin TX 78701
How: https://sbdolphintankmarch13.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Fashion + Tech + Innovation

 

  • What: Sprinklr Penthouse Party

When: Sunday, March 13 5pm
Where: Sprinklr HQ, 515 Congress, Suite 250, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.cvent.com/events/sprinklr-penthouse-party/registration-e6934c4cfe5f48c3bd1c156d54c4c212.aspx
Cost: FREE
More Info: Industry mixologists and top chefs.

 

  • What: Awesomest Journalism Party Ever

When: Sunday, March 13, 5-8pm
Where: Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E 6th Street
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-awesomest-journalism-party-ever-vi-tickets-21349138849
Cost: FREE
More Info: AP, Fusion meetup!

 

  • What: Irish Startup Wake

When: Sunday, March 13, 6pm+
Where: Palm Door, 401 Sabine, Austin TX 78701
How: https://irishstartupwake.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Whiskey and ham and live Irish music

 

  • What: Flight SXSW Kickoff Happy Hour

When: Sunday, March 13, 6-7pm
Where: Brush Square Park, Registrants Lounge, 409 E 5th
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04746
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Cocktails in the park

 

  • What: Spredfast & NetBase Happy Hour

When: Sunday, March 13, 6-9pm
Where: The Bonnerville, 202 W Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sxsw-netbase-spredfast-happy-hour-tickets-22423006817
Cost: FREE
More Info: For foodies and those that desperately need a free charger

 

  • What: Capitol One House - Third Eye Blind in concert

When: Sunday, March 13, 8pm-Midnight
Where: Antone’s, 305 E 5th, Austin TX 78701
How:http://2016.do512.com/capitalonehousenight3
Cost: FREE

 

  • What: Spredfast Party feat. Chromeo

When: Sunday, March 13, 8pm+
Where: ACL Live at Moody Theater, Social Stage310 W Willie Nelson BLvd
How: http://lp.spredfast.com/sospredfast-registration.html#oJAyxcPkapsJ92PL.97
Cost: FREE
More Info: Food, drinks, swagorama as you bust a groove to Chromeo and friends

 

  • What: Oktoberfest

When: Sunday, March 13, 8pm-2am
Where: German Haus, 77 Rainey, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-reeperbahn-party-tickets-22182626834?aff=ebrowse
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Bavarian bands and beer

 

  • What: IEEE Tech for Humanity Party

When: Sunday, March 13, 8-10pm
Where: Driskill Mezzanine, 604 Brazos, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.cvent.com/events/ieee-tech-for-humanity-official-sxsw-party-2016/event-summary-fcfd9489c2a54a739252ae5356e427ce.aspx
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Body computing, self-hacking and mixed reality explored.

 

  • What: Tech.co Startup Night

When: Sunday, March 13, 8-11pm
Where: Maggie Mae’s, 323 E 6th Street, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-cocktails-startup-celebration-at-sxswi-2016-tickets-19298238551
Cost: FREE
More Info: Hot Pepper Pitch where 20 showcasing startups bite into spicy as they pitch through the burn. Who will survive this insane funding competition? DJ and cocktails sponsored by IBM, .co and the Third Wave.

 

  • What: ff Massive

When: Sunday, March 13, 8pm-2am
Where: Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 E 7th, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.ffmassive.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: ff Venture Capital hosts an evening of interactive installations, catered cocktails and featured performances by Just Blaze, Lucky Chops and Louis the Child.

 

  • What: MashBash

When: Sunday, March 13, 9pm-2am
Where: The Main, 610 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://mashbashsxswi16.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Drink, dance and glimpse into the future

 

  • What: Milkshake & Memes

When: Sunday, March 13, 11pm+
Where: WeWork, 600 Congress, Austin TX 78701
How: https://milkshakesnmemes.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: BuzzFeed Food and friends giving away late night milkshakes to fuel the late night festivities. Expect lots of gifs and memes.

 

  • What: Funny or Die House

When: Sunday, March 13-Monday, March 14
Where: TBD
How: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tracy-morgan-headline-funny-die-869563
Cost: FREE
More Info: Headlining Tracy Morgan + Shake Shack!

 

MONDAY 14 MARCH 

 

  • What: Cardio Party feat. Chromeo!

When: Monday, March 14, 9:30am
Where: Spotify House, 1501 E 6th, Austin TX 78702
How: https://spotifyhouse.com/event/soul-cycle-chromeo
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Get your SoulCycle workout with live DJ set by Chromeo!

 

  • What: Spotify House

When: RECURRING Monday, March 14 - Friday, March March 18, 11:30-7pm
Where: Spotify House, 1501 E 6th, Austin TX 78702
How: https://spotifyhouse.com/the-house
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: SoulCycle to live DJ sets, PlayStation Arcade, DJ Chromecast Booth, nonstop musical performances, catered cocktails, WiFi, power stations

 

  • What: The Onion & AV Club: Manic Monday

When: Monday, March 14, 3pm-Midnight
Where: Barracuda Club, 611 E 7th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-onion-av-club-present-manic-monday-tickets-21464772713
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: 7pm Policia, 9pm Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, full lineup on invite

 

  • What: Fashion Brain Bar

When: Monday, March 14, 4-6pm
Where: W Hotel poolside terrace, 200 Lavaca Street, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-brain-bar-tickets-21317273539
Cost: FREE
More Info: Cocktails and networking

 

  • What: Smores Under The Stars

When: Monday, March 14, 5-8pm
Where: TBD
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smores-under-the-stars-with-bakespacecom-during-sxsw-tickets-17974236425
Cost: FREE
More Info: Hosted by Bakespace

 

  • What: SoDA 2016 Happy Hour

When: Monday, March 14, 5-8pm
Where: Dogwood Austin, 715 W 6, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/waitlistconfirmation/21562736726/9852969/
Cost: FREE
More Info: Digital Society shenanigans

 

  • What: SAP Does Data Margaritas the Patron Way

When: Monday, March 14, 6pm
Where: Hotel Van Zandt Deck, 605 Davis, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sap-does-data-margaritas-the-patron-way-official-sxsw-event-2016-tickets-21389727250
Cost: FREE
More Info: Poolside VR

 

  • What: #MakeTomorrow Happy Hour

When: Monday, March 14, 6-10pm
Where: Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2016-sxsw-maketomorrow-happy-hour-tickets-21780825034
Cost: FREE
More Info: Craft cocktails, tasty bites, live music and recruiters

 

  • What: Mohr Davidow SXSW Startup Mixer

When: Monday, March 14, 5:30-10pm
Where: Concrete Cowboy, 719 W 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://sxswstartupmixer.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE, invite only
More Info: Swish VC mixer to mingle amidst hot tech startups, hosted by Mohr Davidow, Wildcat and Escalate Capital Partners. Rooftop nibbles and elixirs. Surprise musical guest.

 

  • What: SONY mixer

When: Monday, March 14, 7pm
Where: Sony tent, 102 Trinity/Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78701
How: Open
Cost: FREE
More Info: Music, cocktails, demos

 

  • What: Capitol One House - Houndmouth in concert

When: Monday, March 14, 8pm-Midnight
Where: Antone’s, 305 E 5th, Austin TX 78701
How: http://2016.do512.com/capitalonehousenight4
Cost: FREE

 

  • What: Souljah Family Records DJ Battle

When: Monday, March 14, 8pm
Where: Rainey Hookah, 84 Rainey Street, 135, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/souljah-family-records-sfr-dj-battle-tickets-21420498287
Cost: $11.84
More Info: Hottest DJs battle for $1000 prize - 2 turntables, 1 Rane mixer

 

  • What: Berlin Haus

When: Monday, March 14, 8pm
Where: German Haus, 77 Rainey, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/berlin-berlin-interactive-night-german-haus-sxsw-2016-tickets-21635178401
Cost: FREE
More Info: Berlin’s bands and DJ dancing.

 

  • What: Trackd Showcase @ British Embassy

When: Monday, March 14, 8pm-Midnight
Where: Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto, Austin TX 78701
How: https://trackdsxsw.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Check invite for lineup

 

  • What: NOLA Party

When: Monday, March 14, 9pm-2am
Where: Lucky Lounge, 209A W 5, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-downtown-nola-party-at-sxsw-tickets-21499355150
Cost: FREE
More Info: Get your groove on with Big Sam’s Funky Nation

 

  • What: Seth Rogen’s Sausage Fest

When: Monday, March 14, 9:15pm
Where: Paramount Theatre
How:http://2016.do512.com/sausageparty2016
Cost: FREE with badge

 

  • What: Fader Fort Arcade + Music

When: RECURRING: Monday, March 14- Tuesday, March 15
Where: TBD
How:http://www.thefader.com/2016/03/01/the-fader-fort-austin-2016
Cost: FREE
More Info: Emerging tech, gaming and comedy talent showcase sponsored by Prius, followed by 4 days of music programming sponsored by Converse. Follow @fadersnaps on Snapchat.

 

TUESDAY 15 MARCH

 

  • What: Music City presents Bay Area Showcase

When: RECURRING Tuesday, March 15-Wednesday, March 16, 11am+
Where: The Jackalope. 404 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-city-sf-presents-bay-area-showcase-day-one-at-sxsw-tickets-21320694772
Cost: FREE
More Info: Bay Area Bands, lineup in invite

 

  • What: SESAC Showcase

When: Tuesday, March 15, 12-6pm
Where: The Side Bar, 602 E 7, Austin TX 78701
How:  http://www.sesac.com/Events/Event_News_Details.aspx
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Open bar, food, bands

 

  • What: SXSW Awards Pre-Show

When: Tuesday, March 15, 4-6pm+
Where: Second Bar + Kitchen, Green Room, 200 Congress, Austin TX 78701
How:https://preampsxsw.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Drinks and appetizers with speaker guest speakers Scott Carlis, VP Digital, AEG

 

  • What: Killem Collective Showcase

When: Tuesday, March 15, 5pm-2am
Where: Roosevelt Room, 307 W 5th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/killem-collective-presents-non-stop-sxsw-unofficial-tuesday-march-15-tickets-21638607658
Cost: FREE
More Info: Texas, Georgia, Cali indie bands

 

  • What: SXSW Music Opening Party

When: Tuesday, March 15, 6-9pm
Where: Maggie Mae’s Rooftop, 323 E 6th Street, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.sxsw.com/music/networking-events/parties
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Artist rumors always epic, worth the long queue, get there early!

 

  • What: SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

When: Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
Where: Hilton Downtown,Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor Austin TX 78701
How: By invite only
Cost: FREE
More Info: Emcee Brooke Van Poppelen

 

  • What: SXSW IBM Party

When: Tuesday, March 15, 7-9pm
Where: VInce Young Steakhouse, 301 San Jacinto, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sxsw-ibm-cognitive-commerce-studio-marketers-night-tickets-22171661035
Cost: FREE
More Info: Checkout IBM’s Watson marketing analytics over catered cocktails.

 

  • What: Mazda’s Hype Hotel

When: Tuesday, March 15, 7:30pm-2am
Where: Hype Hotel, 1100 E 5th Street, Austin TX
How:http://hypem.com/hotel/2016/
Cost: FREE with badge or wristband
More Info: Check invite for lineup

 

 

  • What: SXSW Interactive Closing Party

When: Tuesday, March 15, 9pm-Midnight
Where: Stubb’s, 801 Red River Street, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/networking-events/parties
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: You’ll need your jump the line pass for this one!

 

  • What: SXSW Comedy Closing Party

When: Tuesday, March 15, 10:30pm-1:30am
Where: Ironwood Hall, 505 E 7th
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_OE04603
Cost: Free with badge
More Info: Lineup posting soon

 

 

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH

 

  • What: CultureCollide House

When: RECURRING Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 12:30pm-2am
Where: Container Bar, 90 Rainey, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.culturecollide.com/container2016
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Three days of epic music sponsored by theGuardian, Slacker, Lyft, Hard Rock Hotels, JanSport, and OXFAM. Lineup on invite includes Polica, Tacocat and Silent Disco DJ Battle. Grub while it lasts.

 

  • What: FLOODfest

When: RECURRING - Wednesday, March 16 - Saturday, March 19
Where: Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W 4, Ausitn TX 78701
How:http://2016.do512.com/floodfestdayone2016
Cost: Free with badge
More Info: Vince Staples, MSTRKRFT, Peaches, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Deap Valley

 

  • What: Guac n Roll

When: RECURRING Wednesday, March 16 - Saturday, March 19, 12:30-7pm
Where: Southbites, 604 Driskill, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.culturecollide.com/guacnroll/thanks#.VtP8Pbzrnrk
Cost: FREE
More Info: Real musicians making real guacamole, taste the action

 

  • What: SXSW Speakeasy Music + Tech

When: Wednesday, March 16 1-3pm
Where: Isla, 208 W 4th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speakeasy-musictech-mixer-sxsw-tickets-22365209945
Cost: FREE
More Info: Open bar - in association with FLOODfest at Cedar Street Courtyard sponsored by DTS & Flood Magazine

 

  • What: Pandora Discovery Den

When: RECURRING Wednesday, March 16 - Saturday, March 19, 1:30-8pm-2am
Where: The Gatsby, 708 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://pandoradiscoverydensxsw.splashthat.com, pickup wristband at Pandora Backyard, adjacent to the Gatsby on the east side of the building
Cost: FREE, badges get priority
More Info: 4 days with 30+ bands featuring MSTRKRFT, YACHT, Louis the Child..plus food!

 

  • What: StubHub House

When: RECURRING Wednesday, March 16 - Saturday, March 19, 2pm-Midnight+
Where: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, Austin TX 79701
How: http://www.culturecollide.com/stubhub2016
Cost: FREE
More Info: Amazing lineup on invite includes Mike Snow, POLICA, The Kills, Deap Valley, and the Strumbellas.

 

  • What: Showtime Roadies House

When: RECURRING Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2pm-Midnight+
Where: Clive Bar, 609 Davis/Riney, Austin TX 78701
How: http://www.culturecollide.com/showtime
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Appearances by Roadies stars Luke Wilson & Carla Gugino. Music lineup on invite includes midnight shows for White Denim and the Head and the Heart.

 

  • What: Event Professionals Meetup

When: Wednesday, March 16 2-3pm
Where: ACC Austin Suite, 531 E 4th Street, Austin TX 78701
How: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2016/events/event_PP55190
Cost: Free with badge
More Info: Mix it up with the people that make the parties!

 

  • What: British Music Embassy Showcase

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2-6pm
Where: Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd Austin TX 78701
How :https://www.eventbrite.com/e/british-music-sxsw-presents-tickets-21678931267
Cost:FREE
More Info: A secret gem

 

  • What: Sony Music & The Orchard Texas Two Step

When: RECURRING: Wednesday, March 16 - Thursday, March 17, 3/4-6pm
Where: Pelons, 508 Tequila Bar, 802 Red River/8th, Austin TX 78701
How: https://texastwostep-2016.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Ping pong, photo booth, tequila, Fortuna Pop DJ sets and more!

 

  • What: MTV Woodies 10 for 16

When: Wednesday, March 16, 4pm
Where: TBD
How: https://1iota.com/show/516/MTV-Woodies-10-for-16
Cost: FREE
More Info: All day music festival - 2015 artists included Fallout Boy, Tove Lo and Robert DeLong.

 

  • What: ODESZA in concert

When: Wednesday, March 16 5-6pm
Where: Gatsby, 708 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How:http://blog.pandora.com/us/announcing-the-4th-annual-sxsw-pandora-discovery-den-lineup
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Pandora Discovery Den artist showcase

 

  • What: No Parents No Rules Rave

When: RECURRING: Wednesday, March 16 - Thursday, March 17, 7pm-2am
Where: Rainey Hookah Lounge & Bar, 84 N I35 Frontage Road, Austin TX 78701
How: https://noparentsnorulessxsw2016.splashthat.com
Cost: FREE
More Info: Dope beats by Austin’s Best Damn Party.

 

  • What: Mischief B2B Sessions

When: RECURRING, Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18 8pm-2am
Where: Craftsman, 2000 E Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78702
How: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mischief-b2b-sessions-tickets-22223613426
Cost: FREE
More Info: Hosted bar by Deep Eddy Vodka and Red Bull, DJ lineup on invite

 

  • What: Robert DeLong in concert

When: Wednesday, March 16 9-10pm
Where: Gatsby, 708 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How: http://blog.pandora.com/us/announcing-the-4th-annual-sxsw-pandora-discovery-den-lineup
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Pandora Discovery Den artist showcase

 

  • What: GRiZ in concert

When: Wednesday, March 16 10-11pm
Where: Gatsby, 708 E 6th, Austin TX 78701
How:h ttp://blog.pandora.com/us/announcing-the-4th-annual-sxsw-pandora-discovery-den-lineup
Cost: FREE with badge
More Info: Pandora Discovery Den artist showcase

 

  • What: Mike Snow in concert!

When: Wednesday, March 16, Midnight-12:40am
Where: Banger’s, 79 Rainey Street, Austin TX 78701
How:http://tinyurl.com/j2mxyzf
Cost: FREE
More Info: StubHub’s headlining performance plus homemade sausages and 100+ beers on tap

 

  • What: The Yard

When: RECURRING, Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18
Where: 902 E Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
How:http://www.itstheyard.com/rsvp-2016
Cost: FREE, all ages

 

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Tech reporter Martine Paris covers trends across mobile, games, AR VR, wearables and IoT, the intersection of emerging tech, music, video and culture, and how to get featured, funded and monetized. You can typically find her at shows with a mic in her hand interviewing industry's leading voices. Follow her @contentnow.

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