Free Stuff to Do at South by Southwest
No badge, no wristband, no problem
By Joelle DiPaolo,
3:30PM, Fri. Mar. 3, 2023
Looking to experience the flavor of South By without the hefty price tag? Check out these free, but still SXSW official, events around the city to experience the Festival’s magic sans credentials.
For those looking for more unofficial shows, you can find our daily updated list of day parties and other events. Warning: There are a whole lot of ’em.
Sat 11 & Mon 13, 7am & 9pm
Through this online performance created by Chinese team OXYZ23, musical artists enter different worlds as the exhibit, which can constantly be extended, continues.
Fri 10 – Sat 11, SXSW Center Building This two-day event features conversations with experts and innovators, future food tastings and demos, interactive art installations, and “impromptu dance breaks.” RSVP is required.
Sun 12, 2-7pm, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Professional FIFA 23 gamers representing different MLS clubs battle onstage. Experience live FIFA e-sports and find the ultimate North American FIFA player.
Sun 12 – Mon 13, 6pm
Join three emerging French artists, Le Juiice, web7, and Maxence, for a live VR concert in a variety of different worlds.
Tue 14, Stubb’s
The Diversity Awareness and Wellness in Action group will host UNITY, an evening of Austin BIPOC artists including J Soulja, the Tiarras, Caramelo Haze, Urban Heat, and more.
Tue 14 – Fri 17
Created exclusively for SXSW, this online interactive concert experience draws inspiration from Austin’s very own Sixth Street.
Showcases at the Sheraton BackYARD
Wed 15 – Sat 18, Sheraton BackYARD
Performers take the stage at the Sheraton for four music-filled days. Each night is presented by a local organization and features artists such as Alesia Lani, J. Mill, Grace Sorenson, Como Las Movies, and Michi Sanz, and many more.
Wed 15, 9am-4pm, Convention Center
Austin industry professionals can experience hundreds of global exhibitors showing off their brands, services, and products. Whether in health and wellness, technology, or social good, these products will transport attendees to the future.
Wed 15 – Fri 17, 10am-5pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5
This poster exhibition features a wide array of gig poster artists from around the world. At the exhibit visitors can view the varying art styles, meet the artists themselves, and purchase pieces for their own homes.
Wed 15 – Sat 18, 5pm
This series of shows will feature a second chance to see artists performing at other SXSW events. Lineup still TBA.
Thu 16, 5pm, Convention Center, Flatstock Stage
Ever wondered how Finnish folk music combined with bluegrass, rock, and metal sounds? Steve ’n’ Seagulls brings their unique take from up north to sunny Austin.
Thu 16 – Sat 18, 3-7pm, Auditorium Shores
[Due to predicted inclement weather, the show on Thu 16 has been moved to the Austin Convention Center]
This three-day concert series will feature performers like the Zombies and Thao Nguyen (of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and a whole day’s worth of local brass bands.
Thu 16 – Sat 18, 11am-5pm, Marriott Downtown
This craft and design fair showcases over 100 creative small businesses from across the country.
Find more info for these and other free and open-to-the-public SXSW events here.