Screw spending somewhere between $700 to upwards of four figures for some official SXSW badge or wristband just to get turned down at most of the shows you want to get into because you’re not on some VIP list. The smart and frugal SXSW goer knows that the free, all access day parties and unofficial showcases is where it’s at, and many of the events even provide free beer and food.
Of course you still have to fight through terrible crowds and expensive parking, but one can easily hit up SXSW without spending a dime on badges or admission fees. You just have to know where to go. Besides, all the cool acts are playing the smaller showcases anyway.
So here’s a start of where to find some cool, free showcases with incredible lineups. There’s WAY more where this came from. There are hundreds and hundreds of showcases. So if you know of another cool free showcase, feel free to share it below in the comments.
Grand Ole Austin
Brooklyn Country Cantina
For more info on Brooklyn Country Cantina, check out Saving Country Music’s recent profile on the event.
Conqueroo & Jenni Finley Present: Rebels and Renegades
For more info on the Luck Reunion, check out Saving Country Music’s recent profile on the event.
Bloodshot Records Yard Dog Showcase
NOTE: Only the Yard Dog Day Party is free to the public. The official showcase will require either a badge or an entry fee. The Yard Dog party is always packed, but is always a great time.
American Songwriter & Newport Folk’s Austin Shindig
NOTE: Kacey Musgraves was just added to this event last minute.
Americana Pandora Day Party
NOTE: Only the Day Party portion is free to the public.
RSVP at lafayettelive2016.eventbrite.com to receive free food and drink at this event.