Here's a little secret that visitors may not be aware of: you don't have to spend a fortune on a wristband to have a blast getting down to live music during SXSW week. In fact, there's plenty of free fun to be had right here in Austin's South Congress neighborhood. We've picked out some free events that are a great choice for anyone who wants to party and experience some genuine local South Austin flavor, while avoiding long lines and massive crowds.
Lucy's Fried Chicken Revival
The self proclaimed "tastiest day party of them all," Lucy's on South Congress will be serving up cold brews and fried chicken at their tenth annual free party. The event runs from noon to 7 PM, Wednesday through Sunday; with five solid days of good music booked, this neighborhood party might make you forgot all about the real South by Southwest. Featured bands include Sweet Crude, Fastball, The Sexton Show, Barfield, and Western Youth with Jaimee Harris.
Full schedule: https://www.lucysfriedchicken.com/music-events/revival/
South x San Jose
Another neighborhood tradition, South x San Jose is returning for it's twenty first year. The free event will be held "rain or shine" on March 18 through 21 in the Hotel San José and Jo’s parking lot. While musical acts have not yet been announced, the event is sure to feature plenty of great live music along with local vendors.
Day Parties at the Continental
The historic Continental Club has been running on South Congress since it opened way back in 1955, and has seen numerous legendary performances over the years. Although evenings are reserved for official SXSW showcases, the good news is that they are hosting several free unofficial day parties during SXSW week which are sure to be a good time. Check out Rare Clover day party with Whitney Rose on March 17, Patricia Vonne's Latinapalooza with Mariachi Las Coronelas on March 18, Raul Malo day party with Whitney Rose on March 19, AMG day party with Brendan Kelly on March 20, and Mojo's Mayhem on March 21 with Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquors.
Full schedule: https://continentalclub.com/austin/