Our free outdoor shows will return to the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake (formerly the Auditorium Shores Stage) for SXSW 2016. The venue is located at 800 W Riverside Dr.
The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of charity beneficiary concert events, which are free-to-the-public with a SXSW Guest Pass. It is SXSW's largest stage with more than 50,000 attendees over three days, with shows taking place Thursday, March 17 - Saturday, March 19, 2016. The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake is an all ages venue.
For more information on a variety of sponsorship opportunities at the SXSW Outdoor Stage events, please contact: email@example.com.
The Outdoor Stage is open to the public with free SXSW Guest Pass. Visit guestpass.sxsw.com for more information. SXSW Badge and Wristband holders do not need a Guest Pass to attend.
2016 SXSW Outdoor Stage Lineup
Thursday, March 17
Gates Open at 3:00PM
Friday, March 18 - Update: This showcase at the SXSW Outdoor Stage has been canceled due to severe weather. Coheed and Cambria will not be rescheduled.
Saturday, March 19
Gates Open at 12:00PM
What Not To Bring
Absolutely no food*, drink*, coolers, pets*, glass, beach umbrellas, chairs, tents or weapons allowed on premises of the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake. Personal umbrellas, under 17" in diameter, are allowed.
*Exceptions: food and beverage items made only for consumption by children under 5 years of age is permitted. Guide animals and wheelchairs are permitted.
Registrant Hospitality Area
SXSW Music and Platinum Badge holders can show their badge credentials for admission to the private Registrant Hospitality Area. Bleacher seating and complimentary beverages will be available to registrants in the Registrant Hospitality Area.
Park and Ride
Registrants and SXSW Wristband holders can catch the SXSW Festival Shuttle from Austin Convention Center to the Outdoor Stage throughout the day. Find out more on out Shuttles Page or track the shuttles in realtime online.
Capital Metro offers several routes that will get you within steps of the Outdoor Stage. Download to CapMetro App to plan your trip, buy transfers or to see when the next bus arrives.
Parking and Public Transportation
There are several parking options available nearby, but they fill up fast. Early birds can find parking at the Palmer Event Center garage. After 5:00PM, you can find other pay-to-park options at One Texas Center garage (505 Barton Springs). Rates vary and these options fill up quickly so consider alternate modes of transportation. Please do not park in residential neighborhoods as you may be towed.
For park and ride options, parking is available after 6:00PM (Monday through Friday) and all day on Saturday in the Capitol Complex. Garages/lots may be pay-to-park ($7-$20) or free of charge, depending on the day. Parking may also be available in the Capitol Visitors Garage for a fee (by the hour) during the day.
Parking options in the State Capitol Complex area are easily accessible to Capital Metro routes to the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake. Several routes run close to the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake including the 801 / 803 Metro Rapid lines, routes 1, 5, 7, 10, 20 and 30. Plan your trip at capmetro.org.
Biking and Walking
Those coming from downtown can take the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge across the lake and access the Concert Site from the West side. Bike parking is located on both sides of the venue so be sure to bring your lock. The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake is also located on the Hike and Bike trail and is within walking distance of many hotels, restaurants and neighborhoods. Ride your bike in or catch a bus to a nearby location and enjoy the scenery, ambience, and hospitality of South Austin on your way to the show.
2016 SXSW Outdoor Stage Sponsors
Photo taken during Spoon's performance on the Auditorium Shores Stage at SXSW 2015
Photo by Tye Truitt