Fill up your car and get your dancing shoes ready; South By Southwest is back and you don’t want to miss out on all the action. With festivals for film, comedy, gaming, and music this event is easily the largest and most anticipated event Austin brings to the southwest. SXSW brings in over 900 music acts from all over the world, so it can be overwhelming to know where to go or who to see, but have no fear. We did the research and found the best music, food, and photo ops; all that’s left for you to do is pack your bags.
Houston Halfway point
Four hours down, only three more to go! By now you most likely need a bathroom break and a bite to eat, so here are some of the best stops in H-Town.
Did you really make a pit stop if you don’t have the pics to prove it? These are the most Instagram-able spots in Houston. Say cheese!
• Greetings from Houston, Gelazzi Gelato
• You Are My Sunshine, Thread
• Biscuit Paint Wall, Biscuit Home
• Houston is Inspired Mural, Treebeards Markey Square
Things to eat
Houston has a little bit of something for everyone, from loaded hot dogs to vegetarian buffets. Try these staples for your lunch on your way through the city.
• Killen’s BBQ
• Torchy’s Tacos
• Moon Tower Inn
• Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine
Buc-ee’s pick me up
Don’t forget to fill up your tank before hitting the road! Buc-ee’s has everything you need, but these are the things you can’t leave without.
• World’s Longest Car Wash
• Salt Water Taffy
• Beaver Nuggets
• Beaver Statue Selfie
You made it! So now, what? In a city with as much personality as Austin, you’re sure to find something that’s just right for you. While you festival, get out, explore and be sure to keep it weird. You’ll be calling Austin your second home in no time.
Places to go
There is plenty to do in the great outdoors of Austin. Bring your pup, bring your swimsuit (or don’t), and grab a drink at some of the coolest spots in the city.
• Rainey Street
• Barton Springs
• Red Bud Isle
• Hippy Hollow Park (clothing optional)
You’ve seen these on Instagram, now it’s time to get a photo of your own. Check out some of Austin’s famous murals while you’re touring the town.
• Greetings from Austin, Roadhouse Relics
• You’re My Butter Half, Greater United Austin Building
• i love you so much, Jo’s Coffee
• 6th Street Mural
Places to eat
Austin is home to some of the sweetest BBQ in the south, the best vegetarian brunch you never knew you needed, and the quirkiest food trucks on just about every corner. No need for mom to worry, you won’t be going hungry here.
• Franklin’s BBQ
• East Side Café
• Rainey Street Food Truck Park
• Mother’s Café
• The Mighty Cone
Places to drink
They told Austin to keep it weird, and they delivered with these bars. If the décor doesn’t keep you interested the company and cocktails surely will.
• Lucille’s Patio Lounge
• The Blackheart
• Garage Bar
• Carousel Lounge
Local Louisiana Acts
Louisiana is well represented in this year’s SXSW festival. When you’re out and about be sure to stop in and show your local Louisiana love to these musicians.
• Particle Devotion
• Royal Teeth
• Sweet Crude
• Video Age
• Guts Club
• Brother Dege
• Caleb Elliott
• Rod Melancon
Other Acts to Follow
It is physically impossible to see every music act during SXSW with nearly 1000 bands playing throughout Austin’s city limits. You can highlight your favorites and try your best, but if you’re just looking for some new jams and a good time, try out these other bands playing the festival.
• Walkie Talkie by Palm, PA
• Swoon by Mobley, TX
• Alabaster by Post Animal, IL
• Decrease My Waist, Increase My Wage by Anna Wise, NY
• You Know Me by Thunder Dreamer, IN
• Television Romance by Pale Waves, UK
• Hanging Upside Down by Lime Cordiale, AUS
• Time to Go by The Nude Party, NY
• Come Away by Sons of the East, AUS