Calling All SX Softballers!

Written by Sam Carolan | Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

SXSW BBQ and Softball Game - Stephanie Schultz The 28th annual South By Southwest Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the closing social event of SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm, Sunday, March 16, at Krieg Fields. It’s an authentic Texas spread, with all the trimmings (vegetarian options, too) prepared by Austin’s own Ruby’s BBQ, with complimentary beer and beverages.

A tradition since year one, the day offers bleacher seating, three rounds of entertaining softball, and a great chance to catch up with other registrants in a relaxed setting while making plans for Sunday night’s closing showcases. You’ll find details and directions in your program book when you pick up your badge.

If you’re only interested in beer and barbecue, just show up on the 16th with badge in hand. But it you want to play for the highly coveted SXSW Championship trophy read on…


Email with your first and second choice teams no later than March 1st, or sign up in person at the Player Registration Table on the 4th floor of the Convention Center on March 13th or 14th from 1pm-5pm.

Print Media
Mixed Media
Record Companies
Clubs/Talent Buyers

(SXSW staff and SXSW volunteer teams will be filled from within.)

Any SXSW Music or Platinum registrant may sign up to play in the SXSW Softball Tournament. Performing artists with performing artist wristbands can sign up and play as well - one player per band, please. There are three rounds of games: quarterfinals, semifinals, and a championship game that starts at 4pm, with live announcers and an all-hands rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

We recommend you bring your own glove if you have one, but we have a lot of loaners as well, which are available for sign out with proper ID.

Still have questions? Shoot us an email at

Hope to see you there!

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Schultz