By Ana Flores



Maximize Your 2023 SXSW Experience: Essential Tips and Resources for Attendees

SXSW Attendee Services

Getting ready to attend SXSW? This festival is one of the biggest events of the year, with a variety of activities, events, and performances taking place over the course of several days. Whether you're a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran, there are always new things to learn about how to make the most of your experience at SXSW. Here are some tips and resources to help you prepare:

Plan Ahead

With so much going on at SXSW, it's important to have a plan in place before you arrive. Check out the official SXSW Schedule and make a list of the events, sessions, and performances you want to attend.

SXXpress (South by Express) Passes allow registrants to request priority access to individual Conference Sessions, Music Festival Showcases, Film & TV Festival Screenings, Comedy Festival Showcases, and select parties.

Check Badge Pickup hours before you head out and use this handy Registration Walking Map to get to and from the Austin Convention Center to nearby SX venues.

Stay Organized

Make sure to download the official SXSW GO mobile app to keep track of your schedule, find event maps, browse exhibitors, get event recommendations, and connect with other attendees.

Ride the SXSW Shuttle

With many street closures downtown, as well as heightened vehicle, scooter and foot traffic, we highly recommend considering all other options before deciding to drive.

Keep up with the SXSW Shuttle live tracker and catch a ride on the free circulating shuttle route that runs between the Austin Convention Center and most SXSW venues, ensuring you make it to your event on time.

Browse the Getting Around page for a comprehensive list of transportation services and other resources.

Dress Comfortably

You'll be doing a lot of walking and standing, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Austin weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for a range of temperatures throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated

With all the excitement and activity at SXSW, it's easy to forget to drink enough water. Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up regularly throughout the day.

Pace yourself and take breaks when you need them. SXSW can be exhausting, so be sure to rest and recharge throughout the day.


SXSW is a great opportunity to meet new people and make connections. Take advantage of the networking opportunities available, whether it's attending a panel discussion or striking up a conversation with someone in line for an event.

Open throughout the event, the Registrant Lounge (99 Trinity Street) 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.

Have Fun

Finally, don't forget to have fun! SXSW is a unique and exciting experience, so take the time to enjoy it and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Use Attendee Services Hub resources to you make the most of your experience at SXSW. Have a great time, and we'll see you in Austin!

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By Ana Flores