Unofficial SXSW 2014 Parties You Should RSVP To

Jay-Z at Austin City Limits Live ACL Live 2012 SXSW
RSVP to many events. Then roll with it. You might end up front and center like this (Jay-Z at ACL Live, SXSW 2012).

SXSW Interactive is one of the most attended conferences of the year for tech and media types, with 30,000 conference participants flooding Austin. But in recent years, the cost of an official interactive badge has gone up considerably and many are attending unofficial SXSW parties and related events that do not require badges. For people who have never attended SXSWi, it’s good to go with a badge at least one year — the depth and breadth of content discussed across hundreds of panels and sessions can be as valuable and high quality as the networking you’ll do. However, it gets redundant year after year. In past years I’ve attended the music portion of SXSW as well — this is incredibly fun and far fewer people spend time in the actual convention center. Why would you with all the amazing day parties and live music showcases across sunny Austin? Here’s a shortlist of unofficial events that I’ve RSVP’d for this year. For more info and discovery of unofficial SXSW parties I recommend Sched.org, do512, and Unofficial SXSW Guide.

Want to meet up in Austin? I’ll be there from March 6-12. Hit me up!

FRIDAY March 7
*ff Venture Capital’s ff MASSIVE 2014 is in Austin featuring their portfolio companies, a slew of panels, two full days of activities, plenty of food and drink, and of course, three evening bashes. Friday/Sat/Sun 1-5 and at night.

FRIDAY NIGHT – Robert DeLong, Octopus Project
Empire Control Room & Garage (606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)
RSVP @ http://ffmassive.com/

*IndieGoGo + Techzulu Cafe
Friday 3-5pm
Indiegogo Tech Cafe (102 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701)
*SPREDFAST SOCIAL BASH
Friday 6-9p
Free drinks, bowling, bands
*STATE OF NOW Cocktail Party
Friday 7-9
Lanai 422 Congress
VOX MEDIA PARTY @ ACL Live
Friday 7-11p (we have the ACL hookup)
Local Natives and other bands
De Nolet Ketel One Party
Friday and Saturday
Wild Cub on Friday 7-1a
501 E. 7th St.
RSVP @ http://2014.do512.com/ketelonedenoletaustin
SATURDAY
*GIGYA GRILL RESTAURANT TAKEOVER
Sat — Monday RSVP here: http://info.gigya.com/sxsw-rsvpster.html

*NY Tech Meetup
Saturday 11-7 / afterpary 4-7 @
The North Door
502 Brushy Street
RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ny-tech-meetup-austin-2014-registration-10545268181

*KIIP NEVER SLEEPS
w/ Biz Markie
7-10p
The Madison, 307 w. 5th
 
TECH COCKTAiL startup celebration
Sat 7-1a @
Old School
401 E 6th Streeet
Lunar Kaleidoscope
w/ the Jane Doze
RSVP @ http://lunar.splashthat.com/
*Suicide Girls Invade Hotel Vegas
Sat 7-3a
Hotel Vegas 1500 E. 6th
SUNDAY
SXSWearables Boozy Brunch 10a-1p

LA TECH CONNECT
Noon – 6pm at
508 Tequila/Pelons (8th & Red River, across from Stubbs – Grail on the patio)
RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-tech-connect-austin-tickets-7056577413

*MEDIA CAMP (Turner/Warner Bros)
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Women in Technology Luncheon
2:00pm – 4:30pm: Media Camp Networking / Alumni Demos
8:00pm – 2:00am: Party with Live Music
Startup Oasis Closing Party
Old School Bar & Grill
7th & Trinity
RSVP @ http://startupoasis.up.co/
MONDAY 
Spotify House
March 10-15
The Onion’s Reload Party
5 – 11pm
Mohawk, 912 Red River
The Hold Steady, Chet Faker, Charli XCX…
No RSVP
TUESDAY
*Sonos Studio (March 11-15, 11am-10pm)
Hype Hotel
505 E 7th
March 11 – 16th day parties/concerts

Wednesday

Noon
Echo / Echoplex Throwdown
Red7
*Lagunitas CouchTrippin’ Party
Noon – 5:30 pm
Cedar Street Courtyard 208 W 4th

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