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Heading to South by Southwest for the first time? First, I suggest you read our South by Southwest 101 page, which goes over all the basic information you need to know about South by Southwest. You can find that article here. This article isn’t going to go over the same, generic information about South by Southwest. This is our insider tips page, things I wish I had known before going to South by Southwest for the first time. Think of this as passing information/pro tips to the next generation of South by Southwest first timers. I hope after reading this and our South by Southwest 101 article you are absolutely, positively 100% ready to head off to South by Southwest and have a blast.
There’s almost an overwhelming amount of things to do at South by Southwest. There are obviously lectures, musical artists, movies, and more. There are over 4,000 things to go see at SXSW! You don’t want to get to South by Southwest and have no idea what you want to go see. Do your research and figure out what is important for you to see. At the same time, don’t schedule too much to do. You aren’t going to end up doing everything you plan, but that’s ok. Part of the fun of SXSW is getting to wander and see something you didn’t really plan on seeing.
SXSW hands out a lot of swag over the course of the events. Make sure you leave some room in your suitcase for all the SXSW goodies you are going to get to bring home with you from Austin.
SXSW has an app that you can download for free to your smartphone and it’s pretty outstanding. It let’s you schedule what you want to see, view maps of the area, see who is attending your event, and a lot more. It is definitely worth a download.
SXSW has a huge variety of events – everything from networking opportunities to some great concerts. This means you need to pack a suit so you look like a real adult, and some comfortable sneakers for the times you are going to be on your feet a lot. Be sure to pack everything you will need for the events you are planning to attend.
SXSW in held in Austin, which is great for a lot of things but transportation isn’t one of them. If you are staying in downtown Austin you should be able to walk everywhere, but still have a plan for how you are going to get around, especially if you aren’t in downtown Austin. Most of the big hotels in Austin will be within walking distance of SXSW so you should have no problems.
Texas in March can be hot and humid or cold and rainy. Make sure you check the weather before heading off to Austin for SXSW.
South by Southwest (SXSW) can be a little intimidating: there is just so much going on. Even writing this article I am a little overwhelmed: there’s obviously a ton of music, educational talks, tech talks, and on and on. South by Southwest has evolved into a massive event lasting weeks now. It’s not your normal event you simply purchase passes for and attend. This article is going to try to clear up everything you need to know with South by Southwest tickets: how much they cost, how they work, when they go on sale, and do you even need a badge. Let’s start with the basics.
One of the main advantages of getting an official SXSW badge is access to official SXSW Housing and Travel. This is basically Austin hotels offering discounted rates for people who are attending the actual convention. Hotels offer discounted rates for stays beginning March 14th and last through the entire convention. If you have a badge this is the best way for you to book your SXSW hotel – it is highly unlikely you find better rates at the participating hotels through Priceline, Hotels.com or another travel website. The hotels are still expensive through South By Southwest, but it is better than if you were booking on your own. So in summary if you have a badge snag your hotel through here, if not then you have some work to do to find a deal
So admittedly it’s harder to find a deal for SXSW if you don’t have a badge. Here is my biggest advice if this is your situation:
If you are going to South By Southwest you should take some time to properly plan what you are going to bring with you. Knowing a few small, key items to bring can make a huge difference in your SXSW trip. This is our definitive guide on everything you need to bring with you to Austin for SXSW to have a blast.
Note: SXSW does offer lockers if you do want to bring a lot of stuff with you and your hotel is far away – it’s a nice option if you want to bring rain gear or other necessities just in case.