SXSW: The Last Hoorah


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Though SXSW ends in less than two days, the remaining 48 hours provide more than enough time to squeeze in an entire fix of music, movies and parties. Even better than cramming 10 days worth of festival into two is doing it for next to nothing. Here's how to go wild without going broke:

1. Tweet, tweet. Your phone is practically glued to your hand anyway so you might as well use it to your advantage. Follow the official SXSW twitter account (@sxsw) to stay up-to-date on last-minute additions, venue changes and free surprise shows. From there, search for and follow a few Twitter accounts dedicated to the art of the freebie. @SouthByFreeNOMS is your go-to guide for scoring free food (and booze!) throughout downtown Austin. Dozens of local eateries pass out samples and even full meals at tons of locations around town, meaning the chances of you going hungry (or worse, shelling out $10 for a single slice of pizza) is slim.

2. RSVP ASAP. The only thing better than the never-ending movie screenings, concerts and panels is the unofficial parties. Hitting up unofficial parties sponsored by brands including Tumblr and NBC is a time-honored SXSW tradition. The RSVP is usually free and almost always comes with a buffet of some kind, a drink ticket and, if you're lucky, an open bar. Parties can also include performances by major artists and enough room for you and all your friends to dance. If you still need something to do tonight, hop online and RSVP for the Urban Outfitters Aftershow Party. Download the UO app for guaranteed admission.

3. Be an early bird. Nothing's worse than waiting in line for what's sure to be an awesome show only to be turned away at the door. Room capacity can be a real downer, so show up a little early to make sure you get in. Oftentimes arriving early can yield other benefits as well including scoring free swag courtesy of the PR team, standing upgrades and invites to aftershows. Be nice to everyone-you never know when that scruffy-faced hipster you just spilled your Lonestar on is actually the band's manager.

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