The SXSW Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament is free to all SXSW Platinum and Music Badges. The general public are welcome to attend and BBQ tickets are available for purchase.
Barbecue & Cold Drinks
Enjoy an authentic Texas barbecue spread with all the trimmings (vegetarian options as well). Platinum and Music registrants can claim one free meal and receive free sponsor beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options), but you MUST bring your Platinum or Music Badge to claim your meal and free beverages.
Film Badges, Interactive Badges, and general public guests can purchase a $20 BBQ plate. Note: For insurance reasons, we cannot sell beer to non-registrants; however, you’re welcome to bring your own (no glass containers, please).
Note to Showcasing Artists: If you chose the Registration Packet, your Artist Packet envelope gets you one free barbecue meal. Be sure to bring your packet with you.
Play in the Softball Tournament
Any SXSW Platinum or Music registrant can sign up to play in the SXSW Softball Tournament. Performing artists with SXSW Artist Wristbands can sign up and play as well. One player per band, please.
There are two rounds of games: semifinals at 1:30 and a final that starts at 3pm, with live announcers and a rendition of, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." We recommend you bring your own glove, if you have one. Loaner gloves can be borrowed at the field with an ID.
Sign up here if you’re interested in playing on a team. Online sign up will remain open until Friday, March 17 at 5pm CT, or until team rosters have filled.
If you’ve missed the deadline and you are still interested in playing, arrive at Krieg Field (517 S Pleasant Valley Rd) on Sunday, March 19 by noon to be added to the standby list.
Be sure to explore our Softball Rules including play check-in information below.
The Barbecue and Softball Tournament will be at Krieg Fields (517 S Pleasant Valley Rd), about a 10-minute drive from downtown and 15 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
SXSW will run a shuttle van between the fields and the Hilton, Fairmont, and JW Marriott downtown hotels. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes or so.
With advance notice, we can also take you directly to the airport from the field. Check in with the crew at Player Check-in upon arrival at the field.
If the weather looks "iffy" on Sunday morning, call the SXSW Softball Hotline, (512) 467-7979, to find out whether the game is on or not.
If there is rain, barbecue will be served 1-4pm or until it runs out, at the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion (2101 Bergman).