Each year, we feel pretty lucky to be exposed to so many awesome bands, tech geniuses, gaming creators, speakers, etc. right here in our own hometown during the South by Southwest festival!
For the first year in our memory, SXSW and Austin ISD Spring Break don’t align, which means there are less kid-focused events happening during this year’s festival. But have no fear. There are still some pretty awesome all ages events, and we’re happy to be a part of two geared specifically FOR kids. Take a look at all that awaits, and plan to make some exciting festival memories with the kiddos.
–> Events & Parties Geared Towards Kids:
Parents are encouraged to bring their little rockers out to one of these events that are tailored to families.
— Rock + Read @ The Domain
Saturday, March 16, 2-6 p.m.
Kick off the break with a free kids party packed with live music and children’s books! Enjoy free concerts from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Not-Its!, Riders Against the Storm, and Red Yarn. In between music sets, kids will delight in stories being read on stage by authors Kat Kronenberg, Jason Gallaher and Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs. Do512 Family team will be set up in the Author’s Tent, so be sure to stop by and say “hello”!
— Unofficial SXSW Kid’s Music Showcase @ Thinkery
March 16, 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Head over to Thinkery for an unofficial SXSW event that includes live music for kids BY kids. Oh, and it’s FREE with General Admission! Thinkery is teaming up with local schools to offer concerts in the Events Courtyard.
— Bumble Hive Family Day @ Jo’s Coffee Second Street
March 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bumble is hosting programming all week during SXSW and making the final day a family-friendly experience. They are partnering with new-mom networking app, Peanut! and hosting kid-friendly activities and games. More info here.
— Tomorrow’s Sounds Live @ TOMS Austin
March 17, 10:30 a.m.
TOMS is hosting 4 days of live music and fun at the SoCo shop, but the final day is geared towards kids! Enjoy a family yoga session, music & drum circle. Click here for details about all the happenings this week at TOMS.
–> Official SXSW Free Public Events:
The following events are free to attend with a SXSW Guest Pass. You can get your free Guest Pass online here.
— SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake
March 14, 15, 16, starting at 6 p.m. each night
Free, all ages, outdoor shows will return to the SXSW Outdoor Stage (located at 800 W Riverside Dr.) with three nights of entertainment. Thursday’s headliners are X Ambassadors, Friday features Dungeon Family feat. Big Boi, Goodie Mob, & Organized Noize’s Sleepy Brown, and Saturday features Patty Griffin and Andrew Bird.
— SXSW Wellness Expo @ Palmer Events Center
March 9 & 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This exposition spans the growing world of wellness in today’s culture. The expo will feature four distinct programming spaces: SXSW Wellness Expo Stage, Conscious Conversations, Fitness Stage and SXSW Wellness Circles as well as more than 130 exhibitors.
— Flatstock 69 Poster Show @ Austin Convention Center
March 14-16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock displays the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The show will feature posters of varying styles, colors and techniques for sale by the talented artists who created them. You can stop in, browse and shop for cool concert posters and more.
— SXSW Marketplace @ Austin Convention Center
March 15 & 16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Located adjacent to Flagstock 69, SXSW Marketplace is the spot to get the latest in clothing, accessories, art and more – a collection of pop-up shops at the center of SXSW.
— SXSW Second Play Stages @ Various Austin Hotels
March 8-17, set times vary between 3-8 p.m.
See SXSW Showcasing Artists in some of the nicest hotel lounges in Austin as they play early evening shows between the hours of 3 – 8 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see completely stripped back and intimate performances. Click here for details.
— Community Screenings @ AFS Cinema & Long Center
Enjoy SXSW Film at Community Screenings that take place at the AFS Cinema and the Rollins Theater at the Long Center. Click here for the schedule.
–> Events & Parties for All Ages:
— KUTX Live Broadcasts @ Four Seasons
March 13 – 16, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Wed. – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday
KUTX 98.9 will host their annual early morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons hotel. These shows are a great opportunity to let your kids see some amazing music in a calm environment. Admission is $15 or $5 for children ages 12 & under, all on a first-come, first served basis, and includes a breakfast taco, granola bars and coffee. Check the full lineup here.
— Austin City Limits Radio Live Morning Broadcast @ W Austin
March 13 – 16, 6 -10 a.m. Wed. – Fri. & 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday
For a $5 donation to the Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, you’ll enjoy 4-hours of exclusive, live interviews and performances from featured SXSW artists at the W hotel. The first 300 guests through the door each morning will receive a complimentary breakfast treat. Click here for the full line-up.
— Waterloo Records Day Parties @ Waterloo Records
March 13-15 12 – 7 p.m.
Waterloo Records annually hosts free all-ages shows that are open to the public, no wristbands required with autograph signings after the shows. Click here to check out this year’s lineup.
— South X San Jose @ Hotel San Jose
March 13 – 16, starts at 12 p.m. each day
South By San Jose (SXSJ) is an annual festival concurrent with SXSW Music Festival in which the hotel parking lot is transformed into a live music venue with bands, local vendors and concessions. The event is always free and open to everyone. Click here for this year’s lineup.
— 9th Annual Lucy’s South by South Austin Fried Chicken Revival @ Lucy’s Fried Chicken
March 13 – 17, 12 – 7 p.m.
This annual series of day parties at Lucy’s South Austin location features 28 homegrown talents and favorite touring Americana bands in the world. No badge or wristband needed! Kid and family friendly.
— Sun Radio Sessions @ Shady Grove & Hula Hut
March 12-15, 8 -11 a.m. at Shady Grove and 2-6 p.m. at Hula Hut.
Entry with a $15 donation to the Sun Radio Foundation. Enjoy performances from The Strumbellas, Hayes Carll, Flora Cash, Kelly Willis, The Band Of Heathens, Shinyribs, Jamie Lin Wilson, Carson McHone, Walker Lukens, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Pat Byrne, and more to be announced. Hosted by Sun Radio’s Kevin Connor. Click here for more info.
— Wanderlust Yoga’s Free Outdoor Classes @ Republic Square Park
March 8-16, times vary
Wanderlust Yoga will be hosting a free yoga class each day from Friday, March 8th – Saturday March 16th with music by DJ Alfa Leone! This will be a great opportunity for the Austin community to reset and recharge during such a busy time in Austin. Click here for schedule.
— Peelander Fest 2019 @ Spider House Cafe & Ballroom
March 15, 12 – 7 p.m.
It’s the 10th Anniversary for Peelander Fest! This free show is for all ages with music from Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Charlie Bell, of course Peelander-Z, and many more. Plus food from East Side King.
— South By SoLa Block Party @ NadaMoo
March 15, 1-5 p.m.
This vegan ice cream shop is hosting a block party that’s free and open to the public. They’ll have shop specials, a special SXSW-themed menu, tunes from DJ Troller & free food & drinks from some favorite Austin brands. Note that there is no on-site parking, and public transportation is encouraged.
— Y’all Fest @ St. Elmo Brewing Company
March 15, 12 – 11:45 p.m.
12 hours and 10 bands at this free show for all ages, rain or shine. They’ll be raffling off baskets to raise funds for the Girls Empowerment Network.
— Plum Creek Sound Presents: Live From The Hills With Love @ Dripping Springs
Saturday, March 16th, 1 – 8 p.m.
Israel Nash opens the gates to his Hill Country ranch to host this 4th annual party. Plum Creek Sound Presents: Live From The Hills With Love. Now entering it’s 4th year, Live from the Hills with Love presents performances from Israel Nash, Jonathan Tyler, E.B. The Younger, T. Hardy Morris, Tyler Ramsey, Carson McHone, Kyle Emerson, Western Youth, and features a dedicated kids area, artisanal merchants, delicious food and drinks, and pop-up performances throughout the day. Tickets are $26 GA / $10 Kids (Ages 3-16).
There are just so many fun things to do! We can’t wait!