This conflagration of DIY goodness brings more than 185 of today’s brightest indie makers from across the Lone Star State and beyond to SXSW – with hands-on workshops, live music, food, booze, and more. Thu.-Sat., March 13-15, noon-8pm. Free.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Cattle-roping and bull-riding, livestock contests, carnival fun, and kid-friendly events are just a few of the things putting you in a countrified mood. Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, the Temptations, and Willie Nelson are some of the many headliners. Go online for a complete list of events or to buy tickets and just follow the big, gleaming belt buckles. March 1-16. Fairgrounds. $8 ($5, kids); carnival, $38 (includes fairground); rodeo & concert: $37-175 (includes fairground).
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker, 512/854-4900
You might have heard of it. In fact you probably won't be able to avoid it as every venue and square foot of open space is filled with bands you've probably never heard of. Seriously, check your couch, there might be a musician there. However, if you can find parking (or take a train or bus or bike) there's some of the best people watching in the world right here this week. There's also a good chance you'll run into a party that doesn't require any kind of credentials and still has great performers playing. Through March 16.
Nathan James, Austin's one-man booking machine who turned our annual Pride into a destination fest is getting back to his roots, curating the art of rock. Not simply posters and marketing designs, but visual art created by artists associated with rawwwwk, like: Nicole Steen (The Pop Tarts), Inger Lorre (The Nymphs), Christy Kane (Hazard County Girls), Jarboe (The Swans), Jeormie Journell, Jill Emery (ex-Hole), and more. March 6 to 15, 7pm.
Romani Gallery, 1900 E. 12th