Last week SXSW announced 25 new featured speakers from Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin to Senator Cory Booker, and Veep actress Julia-Louis Dreyfus to pop singer and songwriter Kesha. Lets not forget about Seth Rogan plus the many others listed at the bottom of this post that will also be speaking at SXSW.
Did you know?
I have been attending SXSW as press for 4 years in a row and I did not realize there is an entire SXSW Comedy Festival as well. I went to events by Comedy Central in the past BUT I did not know that there is an entire week of the SXSW Comedy Festival! SXSW Comedy Festival from March 11-18, 2017 includes showcases, live podcast recordings, panels and late night parties. The diverse line-ups featuring rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests. All badgeholders are welcome to all SXSW Comedy Festival events. Wristband holders are also welcome to SXSW Comedy Festival events at select venues. I will definitely be exploring this more while attending SXSW.
The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake features a three-day series of charity beneficiary concert events, which are free and open to the public with a SXSW Guest Pass. It is SXSW’s largest stage with more than 50,000 attendees over three days. The Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake is open to the public with free SXSW Guest Pass.
Visit guestpass.sxsw.com for more information. SXSW Badge and Wristband holders do not need a Guest Pass to attend. Don’t forget to register and get the SXSW Go app so you can sign up to win free prizes during SXSW. The SXSW Go app is available both on Google Play and the Apple store.
The do512.com site is a great resource for free shows and events during SXSW that also includes non-official shows. Registering with do512.com is simple, just sign in using your facebook account and then you will be able to RSVP to events and do512.com will also send you SXSW updates you via email on SXSW before and throughout the festival. If you would like to learn more about do512.com or to start RSVPing click here.
Eventbrite is also a great resource and great app to have on your smartphone during SXSW. Eventbrite has events several different free events that range from SXSW Community meet ups to SXSW shows you can RSVP to before and during the festival. Eventbrite also has events that charge either a cover or you have to purchase a ticket. After you have created an account you will be able to RSVP to all their events posted. Last year I used the Eventbrite app before and throughout the festival and it was very handy, especially if you are at a lame SXSW party and want to attend something better. Click here for more information, to RSVP to Eventbrite events and to create an account.
The SXSW site also has a free official SXSW events however it is not updated for 2017 yet so you will have to keep checking back until they post the events here. There will be more updates this week I am told so stay tuned and can’t wait to see all my fellow SXSW goers, this year is going to be legendary!