SXSW 2016: Events We Think You Should RSVP To
The signal-to-noise ratio during SXSW is pretty low, huh?
To help, we've narrowed it down to a list of our top picks for both Interactive and Music events. The following events are unofficial, subject to free RSVP and unless indicated have not been produced by us. This list will be updated over the coming weeks, so feel free to bookmark it and check back.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
Of Sound Mind: Industry Mixer & Benefit for SIMS Foundation: Hosted by our friends at Glitter Tribe, this music industry mixer features vendors, a raffle, BBQ and ~of course~ mingling.
The Empower A Billion Women Celebration at SXSW — "EBW2020's two days of celebration and innovation with our business expert panels and networking sessions will surround you with thought leaders. Panels over the two days will include: Leading the Movement to EBW, The Opportunity for Women Globally, Protecting Your IP Assets: Critical to Fuel Your Growth, Female Founders Fast Tracking to $100M+, Women and Policy: The Changing Landscapce, and more." The event is free with RSVP.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
GENERAL ASSEMBLY WORKSHOPS: RSVP for free classes covering design technology and business.
THINX Pop-Up Opening Party Co-hosted by #bossbabesATX: Yeah! You read right.
We've teamed up with THINX, the babe biz-wizzes and creators of period-safe panties to toast their Austin arrival for SXSW . Come on out for mingling and fun and F&N gold and whatever (the whatever will be the best part, we swear). Event is free and open to the public.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Create and Cultivate Pop-Up — Join Create & Cultivate for a day of panels and mingling, with reps from The Giving Keys, SoulCycle, Laurel & Wolf and Airbnb. RSVP at the SXSW tab on their site.
Friends & Neighbors Backyard Bazaar w/ THINX — Do you love Austin's creative community? (The answer should be yes.) Friends & Neighbors is hosted an all-weekend pop-up shop during SXSW Interactive, with a special appearance by THINX, the period-safe panties brand of the future.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
SXSWSuperSunday — This mixer/seminar panel, co-hosted by our favorite recruitHER gals, will explore diversity in tech, while touching on industry best practices.
The Barbarian Group x Percolate x Social Code present: Peak Joy — Head to The Mohawk for a day of music and fun before shit hits the fan and everyone comes to town.
Far X Far Out — Featuring Hard Proof and Anabelle Chairlegs, this funky furniture store festival should be a ball. ($10 presale)
B-Scene: Come As You Are — So, the Blanton Museum is hosting a 90s dance party in a sea of 90s art. Yup, gonna be rad.
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Texts From Last Night's Slackerville Kickback — The social media giant, TFLN, is hosting a free mixer, featuring most of our Austin favorites and lady-owned bizniz. With complimentary cocktails by the babe-owned bar Spirits Guide (drinks sponsored by Tito's Vodka), all-you-can-eat tamales, and pop-ups by some of our sassiest vendors (i.e. REALM and eythink), you know we'll be there!
Solstice Presents: Magical Monday SX Edition — A celebration of music and art? Duh, we're in. This showcase at Empire features most of our Austinite favorites, including Magna Carda and Riders Against the Storm.
Spring Black Arts + Business Mixer (Unofficial SXSW Show) — This event is an "opportUNITY" for all business owners and artists of color to mingle in Austin during SXSW. They'll also have local artists and musicians on-deck.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
BABES FEST — #bossbabesATX is launching its national brand. Be there, or be square.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Tumblr's 79 Cents Party — Tumblr's SXSW party is all about bringing awareness to the gender wage gap! (We know this wage gap doesn't reflect the actual wage gap for all women, but they've got Jhene Aiko on the bill, so we're gonna check it out.)
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Sound Dessert Day Party — Local blogger Gillian Driscoll of Sound Dessert will host a number of acts including Yoko and the Oh No's at Stay Gold.
SXSW She Shreds mag X Punctum Records showcase — Featuring a shit-ton of great bands, this collab party lasts three days and will probably blow your socks off.
The Front presents: Into You at ATM Gallery — Also running for three days, this event features performance art, videography and readings. Verbatim: This event will "feel more like a comfortable, cozy environment—an all-inclusive hideaway."
Pop-Up Pulga at the Mexic-Arte Museum — This "eclectic arts sale" will feature a selection of works from Latino/a artists, food, music and installations. The event last three days and does not require RSVP.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
REMEZCLA SXSW 2016 Showcase — Poppin' off at Swan Dive downtown, REMEZCLA plans to stun with a lineup of underground global urban sounds.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Hip Hop Theatre for Hip Hop 4 Flint SXSW ATX Fundraiser — The organizers say it best: "The Austin, Texas arm of #hiphop4flint has been tasked with raising $2000+ of the $80,000 to be raised by 46 cities globally on March 19th, 2016. This will provide water filtration systems for 500 homes in Flint, MI. In April 2014, while the city was under the control of a state appointed emergency manager, their water became contaminated. The toxic water in Flint has made the water undrinkable and put the entire city in a state of emergency. The contaminated water hit the children of Flint the hardest. Some have experienced permanent and devastating health defects from lead poisoning. Over 42 cities are gathering leaders, youth, and supporters in the hiphop community to host an event to collect monetary donations to purchase water filters and receive donated filters to be delivered to Flint. The strength that hiphop encompasses will bring together the community like no other, because hiphop is UNIVERSAL!" Can't make it? Donate here.