So you’re in Austin and are still trying to figure out what to do, where to go, and who to see? AND CAN I SEE RYAN GOSLING THOUGH? Yeah, us too. Now that we’ve been a few times to SXSW and Austin in general, we figured we might as well share our expert guide with you.

Tip: Don’t expect to go to absolutely everything because you totally won’t. Trust us. 

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1. The Best Events

The best events are free events. Or $5 events. Those are okay too.

Tuesday:

6:00pm-10:15pm – Make Fuzzy Tracks @ The Key – ft. Run River North, Vandella, French Cassettes, and more

8:00pm-12:00am – Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel – ft. Tokyo Police Club, RAC, The Colourist, Magic Man, Panama Wedding, Desperate Sound System

8:00pm – Burger Records DoLA Showcase @ Hotel Vegas – ft. Gap Dream, Cosmonauts

 

Wednesday:

11:00am-12:00am – Burger Records @ Trailer Space Records – ft. The Lovely Bad Things, Pizza Time, Gap Dream, Cosmonauts, White Mystery, and more

12:00pm – 2nd Annual Hip Hop Pow Wow @ The Eastern – ft. Rejjie Kush, Acid Reign, Mike Theory, Solo Tha Secret, and more

12:00pm – The Pitchfork Day Parties @ French Legation Museum – ft. Coachwhips, Perfect Pussy, Ex Hex, Cashmere Cat, and more

12:00pm – Lawn Party @ Empire Control Room & Garage – ft. Skaters, Ratking, Hunter Hunted, Meg Myers, Papa, Tourist

2:00pm – Filter + Haggar Clothing Co. @ Clive Bar – ft. Chet Faker, Aloe Blacc, Lee Fields and the Exressions, Vintage Trouble, and more

2:00pm-7:30pm – Terrorhythm @ Barcelona – ft. Plastician, Louis Futon, Varsity, Son of Kick, Alexandre, TS2W

3:00pm – Hype Hotel – ft. Albert Hammond. Jr.

6:00pm – Burger Records @ The Constellation Room – ft. The Garden, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, Summer Twins, The Abigails ($10 cover charge)

10:00pm – Burger Records x Vans Showcase @ Hotel Vegas – ft. Gap Dream

 

Thursday:

11:00am-8:00pm – Billy Reid + Weather Up Shindig @ Weather Up – ft. Kurt Vile, Shakey Graves, and more)

11:00am-5:00pm – Filter’s Showdown @ Cedar Street – ft. Skaters, Prides, Jetta, The Colourist, and more

11:00am-12:00am – Lolipop x Burger Records Showcase @ Whip-In – ft. Adult Books, The Zoltars, Mystic Braves, Froth, and more

12:45pm-7:30om – Numerators Presents High Times in High Fidelity @ 3306 Pennsylvania Ave – ft. PUJOL, The Neighbors, Twin Steps, Lust-Cats of the Gutters, and more

2:00pm – Filter + Haggar Clothing Co. @ Clive Bar – ft. Connor Youngblood, Allen Stone, Kurt Vile, Kelis, and more

3:00pm-12:30am – Filter + Doc Martens @ Bar 96 – ft. Skaters, Real Estate, Prides, Parquet Courts, and more

 

Friday:

11:00am-5:30pm – Filter’s Showdown @ Cedar Street – ft. Classixx, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tijuana Panthers, and more

1:00pm-3:15pm – Filter + Guitar Center’s The Sessions @ Starr Building Rooftop – ft. Black Lips, Diamond Youth, Night Terrors of 1927, Papa

12:00pm-7:00pm – Music For Listeners @ El Sapo – ft. Dead Gaze, Honeyblood, September Girls, The Crookes, Triptides, PINS, Traams, DJ Apollo

12:45pm – Converse x Thrasher Party @ The Scoot Inn – ft. Upset

1:00pm-2:00am – Filter + Tumblr’s Tumblr House @ Clive Bar – ft. Dum Dum Girls, Vic Mensa, Mø, 7 Days of Funk, and more

2:15pm – Cusp’s Women In Music Panel @ Rainey Street – ft. Debbie Harry, Amy Corbin, and more

3:00pm-12:30am – Filter + Doc Martens @ Bar 96 – ft. Together Pangea, Perfect Pussy, Temples, Washed Out, and more

 

Saturday:

11:00am-5:00pm – Filter’s Showdown @ Cedar Street – ft. Gardens & Villa, Royal Blood, James Supercave, and more

12pm-11:pm – Spider House Rager @ Spider House – ft. Ty Segall, Coachwhips, The Coup, Ex-Cult, and more)

2:00pm-1:15am – Burger Records BURGERMANIA III @ Hotel Vegas – ft. Holy Wave, Dumb, Big Tits, Coathangers, Dirty Fences, Together Pangea, Gal Pals, Natural Child, The Orwells, and more

 

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2. Where To Eat 

Hut’s Hamburgers 

Round Rock Donuts

Torchy’s Tacos

Whole Foods

Juan In A Million

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Kebabalicious

East Side King

Fonda San Miguel

Uchi

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Via 313

24 Diner

The Best Wurst

Lard Have Mercy

P. Terry’s

 

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3. Where To Shop

Charm School Vintage – the best women’s vintage selection in town, hands down.

Leighelena – the perfect place to find a vinyl, men’s cowboy boots, vintage cutoff shorts, and other knick knacks

Buffalo Exchange – possibly the best Buffalo Exchange on earth. You won’t leave without purchasing something neat.

Goodwill Blue Hanger – one word: cheap.

– Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop – an around-town necessity and possible bucketlist item: rent bikes from Lance Armstrong’s shop

– Waterloo Records – the greatest selection of cds, vinyls, movies, etc. along with concerts, meet-and-greets, and so on.

– Uncommon Objects – the name really says it all.