SXSW 2019 Outdoor Stage - Photo by Hubert Vestil/Getty Images for SXSW

SXSW 2019 Outdoor Stage - Photo by Hubert Vestil/Getty Images for SXSW

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake

The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of charity beneficiary concert events, which are free and open to the public.

About the SXSW Outdoor Stage


The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake is our largest stage and is located at 800 W Riverside Dr.

Past performers at the Outdoor Stage include The Strokes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Patti Smith, The Flaming Lips, Childish Gambino, Bright Eyes, Garth Brooks, The Shins, Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Ice Cube, Beach House, Norah Jones, Cheap Trick, Echo & The Bunnymen, Public Enemy, Ozomatli, Charles Bradley, Iggy Pop, Jim James, Erykah Badu, The Cult, Cold War Kids, Deftones, and more.

The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake is free and open to the public.

Entry Conditions & Site Rules


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The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake event is free and open to the public.


SXSW provides sign language interpreters for the concerts at the Outdoor Stage. All concerts with the exception of William Tyler will be interpreted for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing guests.

Search Policy

All attendees must consent to wanding and/or bag searches as a condition of entry (including re-entry). Entry will be expedited for patrons without bags or with clear bags.

No bags larger than 18 x 13 x 8.5 inches (46 x 33 x 21 cm) will be allowed into the Outdoor Stage site. Leave valuables at home, or secured in your hotel.

Prohibited Items

  • Food
  • Drink (Empty water bottles are allowed, and can be refilled at filling stations)
  • Coolers
  • Pets
  • Glass
  • Umbrellas
  • Chairs
  • Tents
  • Drones/UAVs
  • Professional audio or video recording equipment (unless pre-approved for this show)
  • Video cameras or streaming equipment
  • Sound systems
  • Illegal substances and associated paraphernalia
  • Materials for staging protests
  • Any and all weapons

Exceptions to Prohibited Items

  • Service animals (as defined by the Department of Justice)
  • Medications in original packaging
  • Food and drink items for consumption by children under 5 years of age
  • Small bottles of hand sanitizer or similar person hygiene products

SXSW reserves the right to ask any person(s) to leave or have them removed if they:

  • Are found to be in possession of any prohibited item and refuse to surrender such item to security for disposal.
  • Fail to abide by the SXSW Code of Conduct.
  • Engage in any behavior determined by a City of Austin Police Officer or SXSW Event Organizers to be illegal, immoral or disruptive.
  • Appear to be too intoxicated.

Other Considerations

  • A valid, government-issued ID will be required to purchase and/or consume alcohol, or to access areas that are designated 21 and over.
  • Smoking, vaping or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited throughout the Outdoor Stage event site (per City of Austin ordinance).
  • SXSW may take photographs and/or audio/video recordings at the Outdoor Stage. By attending the Outdoor Stage event, you consent to SXSW’s use of your image, name, voice and/or likeness for any purpose, including in SXSW marketing materials, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised.

Getting There


Transportation Resources

Check out these helpful resource links and learn more information about getting to the Outdoor Stage below.

Walking or Biking

Take the Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge to the main entrance at Riverside Drive and South 1st Street. Bicycle parking is available at the corner of Riverside Drive and South 1st Street. See the City of Austin Bike Map for other options.

Dockless Scooters

A dockless scooter parking area is available next to the bike parking at Riverside Drive and South 1st Street. Please do not leave dockless bikes or scooters outside of the designated area.

Public Transportation

The SXSW Outdoor Stage is serviced by the following CapMetro bus routes within a short walking distance:

  • Route 10
  • Route 801
  • Route 20
  • Route 7
  • Route 803

Find out more and plan your trip at the CapMetro website.

SXSW Festival Shuttles

A free circulating shuttle service runs from Downtown and point south. Let the friendly SXSW Shuttle staff know that you are heading to the Outdoor Stage.


Some area public parking garages are available including the Palmer Garage and 505 Barton Springs. When possible, avoid driving. ADA parking is available at the Palmer Garage.

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