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.

Lounges & Parties

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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 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.

Registrants Lounge

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

Artist Gifting Lounge

Open to Official SXSW Showcasing Artists only, the Artist Gifting Lounge is the exclusive place to relax, have a drink, and get some swag.

About Parties


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

Check back for more information and additions to our list of 2018 Parties throughout the coming months.

Interactive Opening Party

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

Film Opening Party

Drawing fans, filmmakers, and industry reps alike, the Film Opening Party kicks off the 2018 SXSW Film Festival with a bang. The must-attend event takes place on the Friday, March 9 and welcomes registrants to SXSW Film while serving as the after party to the opening night film.

Interactive Mix at Six

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The Interactive Mix at Six Party presented by Cogeco Peer 1 offers excellent noshes and networking opportunities along with amazing experiences and unforgettable interactive giveaways.

Music Opening Party

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The Music Opening Party presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is where the music industry meets to kick off the world-renowned Music Festival. Food, drinks, fresh talent, and live performances will be plentiful.

Interactive Closing Party

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Get ready for one of the biggest SXSW parties! The Interactive Closing Party presented by Media Temple features massive musical guests that will keep you rocking all night long.

Film Intermission Party

The 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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