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The perfect SXSW event space is fun, accessible, and has lots of space for all the amazingness of Austin’s greatest annual music festival. Since Gather Venues has hosted and has been the SXSW venue for companies like Bravo and ShipStation, we know a thing or two about what makes for a great South By experience.

We’ve thought of 4 ways you can make your SXSW experience as a local the best it can be.


Every local knows that it’s near impossible to get into the free parties, both official and unofficial without RSVPing your name on the guest list.

Even if you don’t think you’ll go, why not go ahead and put your name down? You never know what you’ll be feeling. The great part about this music festival is that it can surprise you in the best of ways.


We can never say it too much! Stay hydrated! The weather in Austin in March is a wildcard, sometimes it’s beautiful and sometimes it’s 98°F.

But one thing is certain, the access to drinks you have at any SXSW event space is virtually unlimited, so it’s important to stay hydrated to minimize your hangover – and to stay healthy while listening to music and going to all the interactive events.


The pedicabs are a good alternative to walking, but that can get pricey after awhile. Ride-sharing services are soaring their prices, cabs are like unicorns during SXSW, so sometimes it’s just easier to walk to the next destination than to worry about a car taking you there.

That’s why wearing comfortable shoes is so important, good shoes and hydration is really the local’s secret to enjoying the best of what SXSW has to offer.


As any local will tell you, SXSW turns our town into a bustling metropolitan city and let’s face it, we just don’t have the infrastructure to hold it all for too long. (Our sister company is doing something about that, too!) We love to hate it and hate to love it, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

But the one thing any local will tell you that amongst the out-of-towners and big businesses coming in, the small businesses need your support! We have a ton of great businesses in our neighborhoods of Bouldin Creek and Brentwood, but also all around the city.

Be sure to stop at one (or more!) of the dozens of local breweries on the East Side. Maybe even take a trip up to Burnet to snag some treasure at one of the many vintage shops.

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