Lounges & Parties

SXSW Lounges, Parties, and other events 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 a major part of what makes attending SXSW so valuable.

SXSW Registrant Lounge - Photo by Adam Kissick

SXSW Registrant Lounge - Photo by Adam Kissick

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 South By® lounge offers unique experiences like 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.

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Registrant Lounge

Open throughout the Conference and Festivals, the Registrant Lounge located in Brush Square Park is a convenient and relaxing meeting point for SXSW attendees. Stop by each day for one of our several SX networking events and a complimentary drink from our sponsors.

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Artist Lounge

Open to Official SXSW Showcasing Artists only, the Artist Lounge is the exclusive place to relax, have a drink, and mingle with other showcasing artists.

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About Parties


From intimate happy hours to high-caliber official opening and closing parties, SXSW has numerous events you won’t want to miss.

Interactive Opening Party Presented by Reflector

Kick off your SXSW experience at the SXSW Interactive Opening Party Presented by Reflector. Mix and mingle with other creatives and techies while enjoying live music, an open bar, and special surprises.

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Film Opening Party

Drawing fans, filmmakers, and industry reps alike, the Film Opening Party kicks off the 2020 SXSW Film Festival with a bang. The must-attend event takes place on the Friday, March 13 and welcomes registrants to SXSW Film while serving as the after party to the opening night film.

Music Opening Party

The Music Opening Party is where the music industry meets to kick off the world-renowned Music Festival. Food, drinks, fresh talent, and live performances will be plentiful.

Film Intermission Party

The Film Intermission Party celebrates the midpoint of the SXSW Film Festival and is a registrant favorite every year. Come network, discuss festival highlights, and plan for the week ahead.


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