SXSW: Where To Go, What To Do, And Who To See

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. 


1. The Best Events

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


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



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



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



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



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



2. Where To Eat 

Hut’s Hamburgers 

Round Rock Donuts

Torchy’s Tacos

Whole Foods

Juan In A Million

Lucy’s Fried Chicken


East Side King

Fonda San Miguel


Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Via 313

24 Diner

The Best Wurst

Lard Have Mercy

P. Terry’s



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.


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