8 Best SXSW Events, Picked By The Experts

March 11, 2015

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Best SXSW Events

8 Best SXSW Events, Picked By The Experts

SXSW is upon us once again. There’s a million panels, events, showcases, mini-fests, and parties to go to. Sifting through everything can be overwhelming. Take a look at the top picks from SXSW experts.


SXSW #ATXfoodcrawl

ATX Food Crawl at SXSW

Jane Ko“Shameless plug but I’m thrilled to host the 3rd Annual ATX Food Crawl with 365 Things To Do in Austin, Food Coma King, and the Austin Convention Visitor’s Bureau!” – Jane Ko, Editor of A Taste of Koko

RSVP for the secret food map for the best eats at SXSW and dine like the locals. Post your food pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #ATXfoodcrawl and you could win a pair of weekend passes to Austin Food & Wine Festival, and restaurant gift cards!

RSVP ➜ ATX Food Crawl
RSVP ➜ ATX Photowalk


Waterloo Records

Waterloo Shows

365 Things To Do Austin

“I’m excited for the free Waterloo shows. The lineup this year is really good.” – Kristy Owen, founder of 365 Things To Do In Austin

Notable performers include Americana artist Ryan Bingham, Canadian indie pop band Alvvays and veteran Australian rockers the Church. Other notables on the lineup include singer-songwriter Elle King, haunting Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler who has a new solo project out.

Check out the line up ➜ WaterlooRecords.com



Strange Brew IIII

Albert Smith
“One of the biggest and best annual parties is back for 2015! We will be taking over Hotel Vegas + The Volstead on Monday, March 16th from 2pm – 2am. Want to pre-game? Use Drizly to get beer, wine, and liquor delivered to your doorstep. Use code ‘DO512’ for a free delivery!” – Albert Smith, founder of Unofficial SXSW Guide & General Manager at Drizly


RSVP ➜ Strange Best IIII


Localeur Party

Localeur’s Birthday Party

Joah Spearman

“Localeur’s Birthday Party! SXSW is always our time to celebrate a year of growth in our community of locals. Last year we were in only 5 cities during SXSW 2014 and in 2013 we were only in Austin. Now we’re in 12 major U.S. cities with major expansion plans set for this year! Our investor and favorite DJs in New York (MICK) and Austin (@ulovei) will be DJing and Tito’s will be supporting with local cocktails!” – Joah Spearman, Co-Founder & CEO of Localeur


RSVP ➜ Localeur’s Birthday Party




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“Seeing the fashion and tech community come together for the first year of SXstyle at the JW Marriott!” – Kelly Krause, Head of SXSW Interactive Press & Publicity

Exploring the complex ties between fashion, art, culture, and technology, SXstyle will feature five days of panel sessions, networking opportunities, and evening events touching on topics like wearable tech, 3D printing, innovative design, the future of retail, virtual sizing, and more.

More info ➜ SXSW SXstyle
Access: Platinum, Gold and Interactive


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Neiman Marcus Make Some Noise

Jennifer Sinski

“I’m really excited about the Neiman Marcus MAKE SOME NOISE event at 78 Rainey Street on March 18-20. I like that this event has great bands and DJs, but also features panels and discussions with women in business, music, fashion, art, and other areas — it’s an example of brands finding ways to do more than just the usual show during SXSW.” – Jennifer Sinski, co-founder of RSVPster.com


RSVP ➜ Make Some Noise at Neiman Marcus


RZA Keynote

RZA Keynote

Dan Gentile

RZA is a multi-Grammy® award-winning producer, BAFTA nominated film composer, recording artist and actor. He is a prominent figure in hip hop music and the creator/producer of the Wu-Tang Clan. RZA has scored for filmmakers Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Mann and Quentin Tarantino. – Dan Gentile, staff writer at Thrillist


More Info ➜ RZA Keynote
Access: Film Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge



GE Global Research’s BBQ Research Center

Hayden Walker

“I’m looking forward to the GE Global Research’s BBQ Research event. Because I love BBQ and I can’t wait to try SPUN ice cream!” – Hayden Walker, Editor of Austin Food Magazine

The event features noted experts in the fields of science, food culture, and of course – BBQ. Including conversations with Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ, Questlove, Scott Heimendinger of Modernist Cusine, and sample tastings from Black’s BBQ, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Louie Mueller BBQ, Freedmen’s and GE’s house pit scientist.

RSVP ➜ Eventbrite



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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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