When I tell people sxsw is my favorite week of the year in Austin, I get met with a mixed response. Some love the hustle and bustle that is Austin for 10 days and fully embrace the crazy, while others not so much and high-tail it out of town as soon as possible. If you are on the side of embracing the crazy, I tend to not create a schedule but instead pick an event in a fun part of town knowing if the event is sold out or too crowded, we can go somewhere and people watch (or join a drum circle like we did last year at The Little Yoga House). We compiled a list of top picks for a family friendly SXSW experience and will be updating over the next week so check back soon!
KUTX Live at Four Seasons is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the show, which includes a breakfast taco, KIND granola bar and bottomless coffee, is $15 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit HAAM, an Austin-based non-profit organization that provides local musicians with access to affordable health care, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
Kid-friendly activities and games at the Bumble Hive SXSW at 242 Congress Ave. Meet other parents and get to know the match-making app for moms. Schedule below! All Day: Free coffee
7AM – 9AM: Free breakfast tacos
10AM – 3PM: Family day!
Looking for some family-friendly live music to listen to during SXSW? Rock + Read, the annual music and book fest, is back at The Domain on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This FREE, family-friendly event features live music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Not-Its!, RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS), and Red Yarn.
In between music sets, kids will delight in stories being read on stage by authors Kat Kronenberg, Jason Gallaher and Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs. Be sure to visit the authors after their readings in the Do512 Family Book Tent where kids can buy their very own signed copy of their favorite book and make a scratch bookmark to take home.
ACL Radio SXSW Live Broadcast at W Austin
March 13-15, 6 am – 10 am
March 16 8am-12pm
Join ACL Radio for its annual SXSW Live Broadcast at the W Austin benefitting Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. With a $5 suggested donation at the door, enjoy a morning full of exclusive live interviews and performances by featured SXSW artists from Austin and beyond. Artists include X Ambassadors, The Strumbellas, Patty Griffin, and more to be announced. Arriving early has its perks: The first 300 guests through the door each morning will receive a complimentary breakfast treat prepared by W Austin’s culinary team.
SXSW is back for three nights of music on the lawn at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake. These performances take place on SXSW’s largest stage and are open to all SXSW Badges, Wristbands, and is free to the public with the free SXSW Guest Pass.