The city of Austin is positively BUZZING in anticipation of SXSW 2023. The festival has something for everyone–yes, even your littles! We know that FOMO is so real, so we did the work and broke down some Family-Friendly SXSW events for you!
March 14, Noon – 6pm | FREE
Join us Tuesday, March 14th from noon to 6 PM at the ABGB for GRA’s 16th Annual SX Day Party, (although this year we’re calling it the SouthPie Day Party since it’s on 3.14 which is Pi Day and y’all know how much we love a good pun! So in addition to all of the always awesome and eclectic lineup of local, national and international artists, we’ll be hosting a Pie fight, along with a pie walk and bake-off. Plus The ABGB will have pizza and drink specials all day long. As always, no admission to get in and all ages are welcome!
March 15 to 17 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5
The best concert posters have always captured both the essence of the music they promoted and the spirit of the time in which they were produced. Flatstock provides an ongoing series of opportunities to see fine poster art in person and to meet the artists who created it. The American Poster Institute is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving the poster artist community and promoting the art form. Flatstock provides the American Poster Institute with a way to present poster artists collectively while showcasing the breadth of styles they represent. If you’re interested in exhibiting at Flatstock, learn more and join API. Flatstock is free and open to the public as well as all SXSW registrants.
March 10 through 12, 17 and 18 | Various Times | Kendra Scott Flagship Store, 1701 S Congress Avenue
Kendra Scott is an Austin Moms fave and The Kendra Scott Flagship store on SoCo goes BIG for SXSW. They’re welcoming everyone to join them for exclusive pop-ups, gifts, live music, experiences, drink tastings, and more! No badges required.
Check out the full schedule HERE!
The gates open at noon each day. Always and Forever Free, no wristbands or RSVPs required. Community Concerts at Lady Bird Lake
Thursday, March 16 through Saturday, March 18 | Doors at 2 p.m., Shows from 3 to 7 p.m. | Lady Bird Lake Stage
My family’s fave! The SXSW Community Concerts at Lady Bird Lake is our largest stage at SXSW and is free and open to the public. Located at 800 W Riverside Dr., the Austin skyline serves as the perfect background to special live music showcases. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from local food trucks, and grab a cold beverage in The Beer Garden.
Past performers at the Outdoor Stage include The Strokes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Patti Smith, The Flaming Lips, Childish Gambino, Bright Eyes, Garth Brooks, The Shins, Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Ice Cube, Beach House, Norah Jones, Cheap Trick, Echo & The Bunnymen, Public Enemy, Ozomatli, Charles Bradley, Iggy Pop, Jim James, Erykah Badu, The Cult, Cold War Kids, Deftones, and more.
March 10 through 12 | From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Jo’s Coffee at Hotel San Jose, 1300 South Congress Avenue
Cup of Jo’s on Amazon? Say less! While supplies last, grab a free drip coffee, cold brew, Turbo, Belgian Bomber, or Hot and Iced Tea on Amazon.
Wednesday, March 8 | From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public- The Expo features dynamic, trailblazing organizations, and thought leaders that are changing the game and looking to share their ideas with thousands of education professionals from around the globe.
Saturday, March 11 to Sunday, March 12 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | The Riley Building, 315 Lavaca Street
The interactive experience will take shape inside a multi-story building in downtown Austin with features including Roku City Style Shop, Roku City Rooftop Diner, Roku City Park and Best Buy Home Theater Experience.
Tuesday, March 14 | Stubb’s, 801 Red River Street
No Cover | All Ages
- KUTX The Breaks – Wednesday, March 15 with DreTheGr8, J Rich Tha Don, Kina Love, Skylar T, LHF Lil Ke, J. Mill, Stassney, Skateland, Tribe Mafia and Alesia Lani
- EQ Austin – Thursday, March 16 with Lara Price, Daniel Fears, Nemegata, Grace Sorensen, and We Don’t Ride Llamas
- Austin Music Foundation (AMF) / ATX THE NEXT – Friday, March 17 with Sami & The Engine, Poet Hawkins, The Dead Coats, Jake Lloyd, and El Combo Oscuro
- EQ Austin & Latin Music Coalition – Saturday, March 18 with Michi Sanz, Destiny Navaira, Como Las Movies, Shiela, and Shrt_Lyf
While these are just a few of our fave Family-Friendly SXSW Events, we want to remind you that “Unless specific age restrictions are stated in the SXSW Online Schedule, all SXSW Conference and Festival programming may be attended by properly credentialed persons above the age of 13. Children 12 years of age or younger may attend if accompanied at all times by a properly credentialed adult.”
March 16, Noon – 7pm | @ All the Sudden | FREE
Burgers, records, live performances & more! It’s gonna be a real good one!
March 18, 11am – 5pm | $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5+, FREE for kids under 5
Captain Quack’s and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child presents a Spring break family-friendly showcase and block party.
Have fun-and if we missed any Family-Friendly SXSW Events, let us know!
For tips on bringing the kiddos along, click here!