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.

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. Meaningful, career-enhancing, one-on-one connections are a major part of what makes attending SXSW so valuable.

Each South By® lounge offers unique experiences including relaxing work spots, impromptu meeting areas, networking hubs, photo ops, and more.

Registrant Lounge

Open throughout the Conference and Festivals, the Registrant Lounge located at 99 Trinity St is a convenient and relaxing meeting point for SXSW attendees. Stop by each day for complimentary drinks, food and swag from our sponsors, and to catch a show at the International Day Stage from March 15-18.

Artist Village Gifting 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.

Press Lounge

Open to accredited members of the press only, the Press Lounge is a great place to get work done in a quiet environment, charge your devices, grab a coffee, and network with other media professionals.

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

Kick off your SXSW experience at the Interactive Opening Party. After your first full day of Conference sessions, mix and mingle with other creatives and techies while enjoying live music, an open bar, and special surprises.

Film & TV Opening Party

Drawing fans, filmmakers, and industry reps alike, the Film & TV Opening Party rolls out the red carpet for to celebrate the start to nine days of the Film & TV Festival. The must-attend event welcomes Film & TV registrants 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 celebrate the magic of live music and kickoff of the world-renowned Music Festival. Experience food, drinks, fresh talent, and fresh tunes during live performances.

Film & TV Intermission Party

The Film & TV 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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