SXSW 2014 RSVP Roundup: Part 3
Our third batch of RSVPs features some of the biggest parties of SXSW, including the Fader Fort and Hype Hotel, plus several newer events with very solid potential. If you missed our first and second roundups, make sure to swing by the SXSW tab at the top of this page and work your way through the full list of everything we’ve posted so far.
Same drill as always: All of these events should be open to people without badges or wristbands, and all of them require you to RSVP. (There are a few with unclear badge policies that we’re including just in case, just ‘cuz it never hurts to be on the guest list.)
Keep an eye out for the final batch sometime next week, and stay tuned to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more frequent updates. Party on!
Venmo SXSW Happy Hour and SXSW Party
Fri. 3/7 • 6–8pm • Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca St.
Mon. 3/10 • 9pm–2am • Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado St.
Two parties, both with open bars. Get in free with the Venmo app.
De Nolet Austin presented by Ketel One Vodka
Fri. 3/7 and Sat. 3/8 • 7pm–1am • 505 East 7th St.
Free drinks and food from East Side King. Wild Cub headlines on Friday and Caveman on Saturday.
ff Massive 2014
Fri. 3/7 through Sun. 3/9 • 1–5pm • Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 E. 7th St.
Free food, drinks, and games. Panel discussions at 2 and 4pm each day.
Sat. 3/8 and Sun. 3/9 • Noon–8pm • Lanai Rooftop Lounge, 422 Congress Ave.
Free food and drinks, plus guest speakers and demos of Aereo’s streaming TV service.
DirecTV Socials at Clive Bar
Sat. 3/8 and Sun. 3/9 • 1pm–Midnight • Clive Bar, 609 Davis St.
Free drinks and food, panel discussions, and music in the evenings. Aloe Blacc headlines Sunday at 10pm.
The Lawn Lounge @ Hotel Ella
Sat. 3/8 through Mon. 3/10 • 4-7:30pm • 1900 Rio Grande
Free Deep Eddy cocktails, food, and music.
The Buffalo Lounge
Mon. 3/10 through Wed. 3/12 • 2–6pm on Mon.; 11am–5pm on Tue./Wed. • The Avenue on Congress, 408 Congress Ave.
Free food and drinks at this three-day hangout showcasing Oklahoma’s film, music, and interactive industries.
Proper Entertainment Showcases @ Symphony Square
Tue. 3/11 through Thu. 3/13 • 11:30am–Midnight • Symphony Square, 1101 Red River
Three days of free shows with highlights including Talib Kweli, Phranchyze, Zeale, and many others.
The Hype Hotel
Tue. 3/11 through Sat. 3/15 • Times TBA • 505 East 7th St.
Five amazing days of music, free drinks, and Taco Bell tacos. More specifics on lineups and schedule to come.
You’re Here! Music + Interactive Day Show
Wed. 3/12 and Thu. 3/13 • Noon–6pm • Up Collective, 2326 E. Cesar Chavez
Free drinks and food sponsored by Lone Star Beer, Adelbert’s Brewery, Beatbox Beverages, Red Rabbit Donuts, Frank, and Austin Eastciders. Great local band lineup featuring The Eastern Sea, Feverbones, Shivery Shakes, Mother Falcon, and many others. Note — You’ll need to RSVP separately for each day at these links: Day 1, Day 2.
The Fader Fort
Wed. 3/12 through Sat. 3/15 • Times TBA • Pine Street Station, 5th & Waller Streets
Free booze and tons of bands, usually with huge surprise headliners. It’s always packed, so make sure to get there real early or you’ll have to wait in a gigantic line.
Dr. Martens at SXSW 2014
Thu. 3/13 and Fri. 3/14 • 2pm–2am • Bar 96, 96 Rainey St.
The day shows don’t require badges/wristbands, but there will probably be a line, so get there early. Thursday lineup includes Band of Skulls, Chain Gang of 1974, Sir Sly, and Prides. Friday includes Off!, Perfect Pussy, and Invsn. (Headliners of the badge-only night shows are Real Estate and Washed Out.)
Universal Music Group
Thu. 3/13 and Fri. 3/14 • Noon–5:30pm • Palm Door on 6th, 508 E. 6th St.
Really nice lineup for this two-day showcase. Thursday highlights: The Kooks, American Authors, Blondfire, Morning Parade. Friday highlights: Aloe Blacc, Sir Sly, The Colourist, Little Dragon.
Eye in the Sky Presents: The Future of Music Showcase
Fri. 3/14 and Sat. 3/15 • Noon–2am • Shiner’s Saloon, 422 Congress Ave.
This two-day showcase spotlights some of Austin’s best bands (no exaggeration), including The Bright Light Social Hour, Sphynx, Megafauna, Speak, Wild Child and tons of others. If you’re visiting from out of town, make sure to swing by this one.
Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion 2014
Fri. 3/14 and Sat. 3/15 • 10am–10pm • Whole Foods Rooftop Plaza, 6th Street @ Lamar
Well, this is an eclectic lineup: Lisa Marie Presley, Matisyahu, G. Love, Suzanne Vega, Dirty Vegas, Barcelona and several others.
Empire Control Room + Garage SXSW Parties
All week • Times TBA • Empire Control Room + Garage, 606 E. 7th St.
It’s unclear which parties this RSVP covers, since several of Empire’s events have their own separate RSVP lists, but they’re happening on multiple days and they’re free. We’ll update when we know more.
Friday, March 7
Zoho at SXSW 2014: Work Smart. Play Smart.
6–10pm • Minibar, 607 San Jacinto St.
Free drinks, swag, and networking.
Verizon Presents Power My Startup
8pm–2am • Cedar St. Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St.
Performance by Big Boi, plus free drinks and food.
[This one sold out almost immediately, but the waitlist is open, so go ahead and get on it just in case.]
Saturday, March 8
The Best Little Magazine Party in Texas
4–9pm • Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto
Presented by Texas Monthly, this shindig features a live podcast from 4-6pm and a beer bash / schmoozefest from 6-9pm. The latter is described as “an evening of cold beer, hot queso, BBQ, country music, and high-quality SXSW schmooze.” Sold!
Lunar Kaleidoscope: A Midnight Garden Party
8:30pm til late • CTC House & Gardens, 1102 E. Cesar Chavez
Boasting the best SX party name so far, this eastside bash features music by The Jane Doze, Black Violin, Sean Glass, and Brendan Fallis. It’s also sponsored by Dos Equis, Wine Awesomeness, and Deep Eddy Vodka, so we’re guessing there will be some free drinks in the mix as well.
Sunday, March 9
11am–1pm • Chupacabra, 400 E 6th St
Free margs starting before noon = all that really needs to be said.
11am–1pm • Bourbon Girl, 212 E. 6th St. • Suggested donation of $5–$10
Okay, so this one’s not free — but for the low-low price of five bucks you can score some breakfast tacos, mimosas, brews, and swag at a party that shouldn’t be packed to the gills. Not a bad way to kick off your Sunday.
Brooklyn Brewery Presents: Countryfication
2–10pm • The Grackle, 1700 E 6th St.
Drink beer and watch barnyard animals compete against each other! (Oh, SX.) The festivities include chicken shit bingo, a tortoise vs. hare race, petting zoo (with hedgehogs!), cornhole, something called a “cornbread swap,” and free beer from 2–3pm.
SXSW Free Laser Tag: Freedomland by LincolnLabs
4–7pm • Corner of 7th + Trinity Streets
Words I never thought I’d type: Libertarian laser tag party. (Oh, SX.) Even if you’re not an avid supporter of the Ron Paul Яevolution, grab some free food and celebrate the right to bear (laser) arms.
Lawn Star Comedy & Mixer
4pm and 9pm shows • 1606 E. 9th St.
Free beer and outdoor comedy.
Animal Planet Presents: The Cats Live Here Party
5:30pm • Cedar St. Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St.
Open bar, cat videos, music by The Spazmatics.
Reeperbahn Hamburgers: Interactive Edition
6pm • The German Haus @ Lucille’s, 77 Rainey St.
Free drinks and hamburgers made by REAL-LIFE Hamburgers, y’all. To RSVP, enter the code: HH-VIP-Interactive
Monday, March 10
Swedish Boot Camp Invasion
4–10pm • Threadgill’s, 301 W Riverside Dr.
Probably your best chance of the year to party with a room full of Swedes. Also: “On Threadgill’s we will go all in and have a true Swedish blast!” Awww.
5:30pm doors • Scoot Inn, East 4th @ Navasota St.
Sweet lineup featuring MS MR, Charli XCX, Rich Aucoin, Robert DeLong, and RAC. Also free tribal face painting if you’re into that. You can RSVP through the site or by downloading the free Applauze iPhone app, which may give you an edge if there’s a line at the door.
PlayStation Presents: Battle 4 Greatness with Pusha T
7pm–Midnight • The Vulcan, 418 E. 6th St.
Listen to Pusha T and play PS4 games to win cash and prizes.
Wednesday, March 12
The Lawn Party, presented by Eventbrite and Governor’s Ball
Noon–5pm • Empire Control Room + Garage, 606 E. 7th St.
Lawn games, (free?) drinks, and music by Ratking, Papa, Skaters, Tourist, Meg Myers, and Hunter Hunted.
PledgeMusic Presents #PMAVillage
12:30–6pm • The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St.
Get your dance on with a lineup featuring The Hood Internet, MØ, Goldroom, and others.
Reeperbahn Hamburgers: Music Edition
4-7 p.m. • The German Haus @ Lucille’s, 77 Rainey St.
A second round of free drinks and DAS BURGERS courtesy of those friendly, Rainey Street-lovin’ Germans. To RSVP, enter the code: HH-VIP-Music
Jansport Bonfire Sessions
Time TBA • Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St.
Performances by Kurt Vile, Gardens & Villa, Cloud Nothings, and The Orwells.
Thursday, March 13
Binary Records SXSW Launch Party
Noon–6pm • Javelina, 69 Rainey St.
Fun lineup featuring Ghost Beach, Goldroom, RAC, Le Youth, Lambda and others.
Exploding in Sound Records BBQ at Todd’s Mansion
1pm • “Todd’s Mansion”; address TBA
We don’t know who Todd is or where his mansion is located, but he has free pizza and beer and a bunch of bands playing at his place, so it might be worth paying him a visit.
mtvU Woodie Awards
3–10pm • Parking lot at the corner of 1st St. and Red River
Free food, drinks, and an “epic night of music performances” by Childish Gambino, The 1975, Bleachers, Vic Mensa, and more TBA. This one will probably turn into a gigantic cluster, so plan accordingly.
Friday, March 14
Relive Austin Showcase
Noon–5:30pm • Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. 6th St.
Free BBQ + 2 free drinks if you download the Lively iPhone app. Gary Numan headlines.
Frog Music Licensing Showcase
Noon–6pm • Javelina, 69 Rainey St.
Music by Jon Dee Graham, Leopold and His Fiction, Nakia, Los Texas Wranglers, Crooks, The Painted Redstarts, and Black Books, plus cold-brew coffee by Flat Track Coffee.
Heard about any cool events you don’t see on the list yet? Shoot us an email and let us know!