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A pick’s throw from SXSW

To say that South by Southwest (SXSW) takes over Austin every spring would be something of an understatement — the city and the festival really are interchangeable come mid-March. Since 1987, SXSW has steadily grown into the massive event it is today, with music, film, comedy, and interactive media components. 2018’s festivities will go down between March 9 and 18, with 24 conference tracks to help you identify what you most want to see, do, and experience.

2018 Schedule

How to Register

Tips for Attending +

  • Make your reservation ASAP. Last year, more than 14,000 individual hotel reservations were made during SXSW.
  • Not sure which badge to get? This quiz will help you make the decision.
  • Make a plan beforehand, but be open to spontaneity. You never know who you’ll meet or what party you might score an invite to.
  • Pack comfortable walking shoes. Getting a taxi can be extremely tough, so you may end up walking more than you think.
  • Don’t forget your business cards. The networking opportunities here are incredible.

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Getting There

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is a five-minute walk from the Austin Convention Center, the official venue for SXSW. Other events are spread all throughout downtown Austin, so you’ll be in a prime spot to get to them all.

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Drinking and Dining

As a live music restaurant and bar, Geraldine’s fits into the SXSW landscape perfectly. Fuel up here before you head out for the day, grab a cocktail in the evening, or stop by in between for lunch, dinner, or a bite at the bar.

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Live at Van Zandt

You better believe there is always someone on stage at the Van Zandt, even during the big local events. Check our list of live acts that are playing now.

SXSW Sessions + Activities

Don't forget to join us for Kimpton's famous wine hour, wait scratch that, you're in Austin. Join us for homemade fresh margaritas and Texas IPAs every evening during the happiest hour of the day (5pm to 6pm). Yes, we still pour wine as well!

If you need more information or help planning, our Concierge will tell you exactly what you need for your authentic Austin experience! Shoot us an email: concierge@hotelvanzandt.com