Since 1987, thousands of people flock to Austin to attend South by Southwest festival, or many know it as SXSW. There are three parts to SXSW which is a film festival, interactive festival and music festival.

Dates this year for the festival are March 11th until March 20th. Here is our official guide to have the best time at SXSW.

Purchase an Official SXSW Badge

With this badge, you will be able to skip lines, attend more events and some events require a badge. Yet, if you don’t want to spend a few hundred dollars on the badge and are willing to wait in the lines, you will still have a great experience.

Release of the Line-Up

The lineup for SXSW isn’t announced fully until the weekend before it starts. Some featured speakers that have been confirmed include Tyler Ninja” Belvins, Andrew Zimmern, Julia Cheek and many more. Previous speakers for the festival include 50 Cent, Jonathan Van ness, Diplo and much more. So get ready for a star packed line up!

How to do SXSW Free

Many venues are sponsored which mean a ton of free shows, food and drinks! Make sure you are following SXSW on Twitter to receive up to date info about what is happening and where these free shows are happening.

SXSW is a crazy fun 10-day event bringing out the best of music, film and interactive in what we think is the best city in Texas! If you are attending, comment below what you are looking forward to doing!