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Join us for unparalleled discovery, networking, and inspiration at the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas. Once again, this year’s event includes increased access for all badge types marking our continued expansion into a diverse array of opportunities for learning, networking, and discovery.

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2018 Registration Rates & Deadlines


Badge Type Through
Sept. 8
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
Jan. 12
Feb. 9
Platinum $1,150 $1,250 $1,350 $1,450 $1,550 $1,650 Register Now
Interactive $825 $925 $1,025 $1,125 $1,225 $1,325 Register Now
Film $825 $925 $1,025 $1,125 $1,225 $1,325 Register Now
Music $825 $925 $1,025 $1,125 $1,225 $1,325 Register Now

Early registrants benefit from discounted rates, which expire at 11:59pm PT on the deadlines above.

Currently enrolled high school, college, and university students may purchase a discounted SXSW Interactive Badge, SXSW Film Badge, or SXSW Music Badge at the walkup rate of $875 per student.

Attending as a group (10+)? Contact us for more information.

Not sure which badge to buy? Take our Tracks Quiz to find out!

2019 SXSW Limited Presale

Presale closes at 11:59pm PT on March 24.

Lock in the lowest 2019 registration rate and gain early access to SXSW Hotel Blocks approximately one week before registration opens in the summer of 2018.

You will be notified in July with instructions on how to log into your account and access hotel reservations.

SXSW 2019 Presale

2018 Badge Access


Once again, SXSW is offering expanded access to events for all registrants. With one unified conference that spans 24 tracks of programming plus the Cities Summit, we’ll be offering more opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery than ever before.

Music Festival showcases will start on Monday, March 12 while the Film Festival maintains its nine day footprint starting on Friday, March 9.

The Platinum Badge remains your best bet with primary access to all of SXSW. All attendees will receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge type, in addition to enjoying secondary access to most other SXSW events. All SXSW registrants also receive complimentary access to SXSW Gaming.

For the 2018 SXSW season, we’ve developed a suite of tools to help you navigate and access conference and festival events. Explore the Attendee Services Hub for SXSW resources to help you prepare for the adventure ahead.

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Badge Comparison Chart

Secondary Access
Interactive Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Interactive Mentor Sessions & Workshops No Secondary Access
Interactive Festival Events
Interactive Festival Opening Party No Secondary Access
Film Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Film Mentor Sessions, Round Tables, Workshops & Parties No Secondary Access
Film Festival Screenings & Events
Film Festival Exclusive Premieres No Secondary Access
Music Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Music Mentor Sessions, Workshops & Parties No Secondary Access
Music Festival Showcases & Events
Music Festival Exclusive Showcases No Secondary Access
Convergence Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Comedy Festival Showcases & Events
Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Networking Meet Ups
Film Festival SXXpress Passes No Secondary Access
Music Festival SXXpress Passes No Secondary Access
Closing BBQ & Softball Tournament No Secondary Access
Hotel Priority Booking & Assistance
Access to SXSW Social Online Registrant Networking
SXSW Festival Shuttles

SXSW Gaming, SXSW Job Market, Flatstock Poster Show, Registrants Lounge, Spotlights, SXSW Community Service Awards, SouthBites Trailer Park, SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake concerts.

SXSW Materials: Registrant Big Bag, Pocket Guide & Subscription to SXSWorld®.

Interactive / Film / Platinum: BBQ Crash Course (March 9)
All Badges: Taco Meet Ups (March 9 & March 16)

Badge Pickup Information


Pickup your 2018 SXSW badge at the Austin Convention Center in Exhibit Hall 5 from March 8-17 during the Registration Hours listed below by day.

SXSW Badge Pickup will be busiest on Friday, March 9 between 9am – 1pm and Saturday, March 10 morning between 9am – 11am. Other times will usually be less crowded.

Registration Hours

Austin Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 5

The main registration area is located in Exhibit Hall 5 on the 4th Street side of the Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701). Speakers, Sponsors, Filmmakers, Artists, Sales Clients and Media must go to this location for badge pickup.

Thursday, March 8 | 9:00am – 11:00pm
Friday, March 9 | 9:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday, March 10 | 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, March 11 | 9:00am – 9:00pm
Monday, March 12 | 9:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 13 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday, March 14 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday, March 15 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Friday, March 16 | 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 17 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Palmer Events Center – Satellite Location

The satellite registration and badge pickup is located in Exhibit Hall 1 of the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78704) on March 8 and 9 only.

Thursday, March 8 | 9:00am – 11:00pm
Friday, March 9 | 9:00am – 11:00pm

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