Lounges & Parties

SXSW Events and Lounges provide opportunities to meet and network with other creatives from around the world while enjoying complimentary food and drinks. Meaningful, career-enhancing, one-on-one connections are one of the most valuable aspects of attending SXSW.

Lounges & Parties

NBC Sports Lounge at SXSW 2016. Photo by Merrick Ales.

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About Lounges


SXSW Lounges provide havens for Registrants to relax, recharge themselves and their devices, and provide opportunities to meet and network with industry peers while enjoying complimentary food and drinks. Each lounge is unique in its offerings be it a meditation room, a lounge for getting work done, an afternoon snack spot good for impromptu meeting, or even a place to try out a mechanical bull.

SXSW Podcast Stage

Friday, March 10 – Friday, March 17 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
JW Marriott, Brazos Room
Access: All Badges (Platinum, Interactive, Film, Music)
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Come see the podcast stars of tomorrow at the SXSW Podcast Stage presented by TuneIn. With 40 fascinating podcasts from varying genres spanning culture, sports, comedy, music, film, technology, food, science, inspiration, news, and more. While there make sure to take in National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis’s work.

Registrants Lounge

Friday, March 10 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 11 – Tuesday, March 14 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 18 | 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Brush Square Park
All Badges (Platinum, Interactive, Film, Music)
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Open throughout the Conference and Festivals, the Registrants Lounge is a convenient and relaxing meeting point for SXSW attendees. Stop by each day for a complimentary drink courtesy of our sponsors or for one of our several networking events.

Artist Gifting Lounge

Wednesday, March 15 – Friday, March 17 | 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, March 18 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F
Artist Wristbands Only
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Open to Official SXSW Showcasing Artists only, the Artist Gifting Lounge is the exclusive place to relax, have a drink, and get some swag.

Sponsored by JanSport, TuneCore, MAC Cosmetics, SoundExchange, FanCrater, Symphonic Distribution, HASK Beauty, and Next Level Apparel. Charging stations provided by Veloxity. Portrait studio provided by Trove Agency.

About Parties


From intimate happy hours to high-caliber official opening and closing parties – a bevy of intriguing events awaits.

Check back for more information and additions to our list of 2017 Parties throughout the coming months.

Interactive Opening Party

Friday, March 10 | 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Platinum & Interactive Badges
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Kick off your SXSW experience at the SXSW Interactive Opening Party. Mix and mingle with digital creatives while enjoying live music, open bar and special surprises.

Film Opening Party

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Friday, March 10 | 9:00pm – 1:00am
Platinum & Film Badges
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Drawing fans, filmmakers and industry reps alike, the Film Opening Party presented by Broad Green Pictures and the World Premiere of Song to Song kicks off the 2017 SXSW Film Festival with a bang.

The must-attend event takes place on the Friday, March 10, and welcomes registrants to 2017 SXSW Film while serving as the after party to the opening night film.

Interactive Mix at Six

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Saturday, March 11 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Platinum & Interactive Badges
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The annual Interactive Mix at Six Party presented by Aurasma offers excellent noshes and networking opportunities along with amazing augmented reality experiences and unforgettable interactive giveaways.

Music Opening Party

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Tuesday, March 14 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Maggie Mae’s
Platinum & Music Badges
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The Music Opening Party sponsored by Sensu Music is where the Music Industry meets to kick off the world-renowned Music Festival. Food, drinks, fresh talent, and live performances will be plentiful.

Interactive Closing Party

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Tuesday, March 14 | 8:30pm – 1:30am
Platinum & Interactive Badges
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Get ready for one of the biggest SXSW parties! The Interactive Closing Party presented by Media Temple features massive musical guests that will keep you rocking all night long.

Film Intermission Party

Tuesday, March 14 | 10:00pm – 1:00am
Palm Door on Sixth
Platinum & Film Badges
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The Intermission Party celebrates the midpoint of the SXSW Film Festival on Tuesday, March 14 and is a registrant favorite every year. Come network, discuss festival highlights and plan for the week ahead.

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