SXSW 2019 ultimate guide

All you need for SXSW 2019, from where to eat, drink and play to the best of the South by Southwest lineup

Elle King at SXSW 2018
Photograph: David Brendan HallElle King at SXSW 2018

Think things to do in Austin and you think SXSW 2019. The sprawling, all-encompassing festival, which covers movies, music and technology, has become one of the most important dates on the Texas capital’s calendar since it began as a rather modest little gathering back in 1987. Today, it’s where some of the year’s hottest films debut, where the most innovative technology is first seen and where some of the most talked-about performances of the music festival season take place. The country’s in-the-know leaders in the creative fields clink drinks at Austin's best cocktail bars, exchange ideas while listening to bands perform at Austin's best live music venues and set the cultural agenda for the year to come.

What is SXSW?

SXSW is a set of film, music and interactive media conferences and festivals held every March in Austin, Texas. The first SXSW was held in 1987 and since then the festival has grown both in terms of attendance and influence: SXSW is Austin’s biggest revenue-producing event and one of the most important gatherings on the nation's entertainment calendar. The event is broken down into SXSW Music (with 2,000-plus acts performing across the city); SXSW Film (with screenings of anticipated movies, panels and workshops); and the increasingly popular SXSW Interactive, which features speakers, panels and pitch competition, SXSW Accelerator.

When is SXSW?

The SXSW dates are March 8, 2019, through March 17, 2019.

Where is SXSW?

SXSW 2019 is held at various venues throughout Austin, Texas. For venues for specific events, check out the SXSW website.

How do I get tickets to SXSW?

Go to the festival’s official website to buy SXSW tickets; tickets will go on sale in the summer of 2018. Registration badges are required for access to SXSW conference, festival and trade show events.

Take a look back at SXSW 2018

Our 10 favorite SXSW 2018 shows
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Our 10 favorite SXSW 2018 shows

We can't stop thinking about these unbelievable acts.

Why SXSW still matters in 2018
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Why SXSW still matters in 2018

It's all about discovery.

What we know about the SXSW bomb threat
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What we know about the SXSW bomb threat

Fans were turned away at the Roots show.

Inside the SXSW performance that put everyone to sleep
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Inside the SXSW performance that put everyone to sleep

Which is exactly what the artist wanted.

Ready Player One is premiering at SXSW
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Ready Player One is premiering at SXSW

Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller has arrived.

27 rising SXSW 2018 acts to have on your radar
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27 rising SXSW 2018 acts to have on your radar

Keep an eye (and ear) out for these talented acts.

We went to the Westworld theme park
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We went to the Westworld theme park

And it was incredible.

Eight ways to maintain your sanity during SXSW
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Eight ways to maintain your sanity during SXSW

Seek solace at these local spots.

This SXSW activation is International Women's Day goals
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This SXSW activation is International Women's Day goals

And you don't even need a badge to access it.

Visit these 10 restaurants to avoid the crowds
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Visit these 10 restaurants to avoid the crowds

Because we are not waiting 45 minutes in line for a taco.

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Where to stay during SXSW 2019

Stay in downtown Austin
Hotels

Stay in downtown Austin

Our top picks for the best downtown Austin hotels.

Best Austin hotels
Hotels

Best Austin hotels

Live in luxury at these top Austin digs.

Cheap hotels
Hotels

Cheap hotels

On a budget? These hotels have your name on it.

Amazing Airbnb homes
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Amazing Airbnb homes

From a garden oasis to a geodesic dome.

Check out our SXSW 2017 coverage

The best acts we saw at SXSW Music 2017
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The best acts we saw at SXSW Music 2017

All the highlights (and a few lowlights) from the fest.

Our 20 favorite photos from SXSW Music 2017
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Our 20 favorite photos from SXSW Music 2017

We snapped some of the best SXSW acts in action.

Lana Del Rey is playing a surprise SXSW set tonight
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Lana Del Rey is playing a surprise SXSW set tonight

Find her at the festival's Apple Music space tonight.

40 rising SXSW 2017 acts to have on your radar
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40 rising SXSW 2017 acts to have on your radar

Check out our playlist of these up-and-coming SXSW 2017 artists.

Film review: Song to Song
Movies

Film review: Song to Song

Premiered at SXSW: Song to Song

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars

SXSW archives

Five acts that broke out at SXSW 2016
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Five acts that broke out at SXSW 2016

Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s SXSW winners

SXSW Music: 6 things we learned from the 2016 festival
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SXSW Music: 6 things we learned from the 2016 festival

Here are the bands that wowed us, the tacos that fed us and the things we learned

The SXSW music lineup: Our 11 picks 2016
Music

The SXSW music lineup: Our 11 picks 2016

The best things to see in SXSW music lineup, from mega showcases to indie gems

The five buzziest movies at SXSW Film
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The five buzziest movies at SXSW Film

If you’re heading to SXSW Film, here are the must-see movies you’ll want to fit in 

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