Free SXSW Party Highlights: Friday, March 7
Woohoo — it’s finally here! Here are our picks of the best free parties on Day 1 of SXSW 2014. Have fun out there, kiddos, and keep checking back here and on Twitter throughout the week for more recommendations!
Note: Several of these parties do require RSVPs, and while some of the guest lists have already closed, a few are still open. Also: “RSVP required” = events that we expect to be pretty strict about checking the list. “RSVP requested” = parties that we think are more likely to be flexible about letting people in even if they didn’t RSVP. Cheers!
East Side Escape: A Local Thing
Noon–10pm • 1606 E. 6th St., by Qui • No RSVP required
Live music, art, dance, interactive installations and other fun stuff at this local-friendly party.
Nothing but the Locals
Noon–2am • Swan Dive, 615 Red River St. • RSVP requested; still open
Free local Austin music all day and night.
#UseMeLeaveMe + Adobe Friday Happy Hour
4–8pm • Digital Campground, 1206 W. 4th St. • RSVP requested; still open
Music, drinks sponsored by Atwater Brewery, P Terry’s burger truck, performances by Astronautalis @ 4pm + The Crashing Suns @ 6pm.
Venmo SXSW Happy Hour
6–8pm • Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca St. • RSVP required; now closed
Open bar. Get in free with the Venmo app.
Zoho at SXSW 2014: Work Smart. Play Smart.
6–10pm • Minibar, 607 San Jacinto St. • RSVP requested; still open
Free drinks, swag, and networking.
Spredfast Social Bash
6:30–9pm • Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave. • RSVP required; now closed
Live music by Band of Heathens, free drinks, bowling & more. If you RSVPd, make sure to get there really early to avoid standing in a gigantic line. Badges will get priority.
De Nolet Austin presented by Ketel One Vodka
7pm–1am • 505 East 7th St. • RSVP required; now closed
Free drinks and food from East Side King. Wild Cub headlines.
7:30-10:30pm • Malverde, 400-B West 2nd St. • RSVP required; still open
“Cocktails, conversation & carnitas.” Sold!
Verizon Presents Power My Startup
8pm–2am • Cedar St. Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St. • RSVP required; now closed
Performance by Big Boi, plus free drinks and food. If you want any prayer of getting in, get there no later than 7pm, if not earlier. The line will be insane.
The SpareFoot Party
8pm–2am • The Scoot Inn, 304 E. 4th St. • RSVP requested; still open
A “legendary dance party with a side of networking,” featuring music by Jayceeoh, Caleb Mak, Diamond Cuts, Stripper Boots, and DJ Gatsby. Be on the lookout for free drink tickets.
Do512 Epic Interactive Party
8pm–2am • Empire Garage & Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. • RSVP required; still open
Performances by Robert DeLong and Octopus Project.
Umbel + Vox Media Party Featuring Local Natives
8pm • ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. • RSVP required; still open
This official SXSW party is open to the public, but badges will get priority and we expect it to be pretty crowded — but really fun if you can get in.
Localeur SXSW Kickoff Party
10pm–Midnight • Whislers, 1814 E. 6th St. • RSVP requested; still open
Should be a nice, chill hangout at a great eastside bar. Sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, so there will probably be some nice drink specials (and maybe a free drink or two).