The 19 Parties & Events You Must Attend at #SXSWi in 2014

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At current, I’m approaching party overload as I’m building my calendar of sessions and events I’ll be attending at SXSW. The meet ups and parties are just as important as sessions at South By. It’s a great place to meet up with old friends and meet new ones especially when it comes to niche events. I’m a sucker for smaller venues as I can only handle the loud dance music so many late nights. I guess that means I’m getting old or just getting smarter as I’m in Austin to make business contacts, relationships and further grow my business not just to get drunk and party.

At SXSW, there are parties galore and it’s hard to figure out what’s good and what is bad. Who’s interesting and helpful especially for the HR, recruiting and leadership industries. Well, we’ve got you covered. Really. These parties have the Blogging4Jobs seal of approval when it comes to fun, exciting, and never dull parties at SXSW.

For the first time this year non-SXSW badge holders aren’t excluded for all SXSW events. You can register for a free guest pass to gain access to the SXSW creative job fairs, expo hall and a number of parties. Details by clicking here.

For anyone in the technology, startup and social media space, SXSW is a must. The SXSW Conference is right around the corner. This year the national conference is being held from March 8-12th in Austin and if you haven’t registered yet, get over to and get on it!  Party information is listed below, but if you’d like to stay current with party reminders and new events as they surface, text SXSW to 55678.

SXSW has something for everyone from startups, PR, Marketing, developers, designers, dreamers, and even HR and recruiters.  As with anything, it’s the people you meet and the networking that goes on form being able to relate to people in a conference setting. A very important part of that are the conference parties and after hours events.


My secret to conferences including this year’s SXSW Interactive Media conference is simple.  I try to make it into my room just before 2:00 AM.  I’m not the first to go home from a night out among my friends, and I’m not the last.  I sleep five hours and am up by 7:00 AM and back into the conference folds by 8:30 AM.  I eat, attend sessions, demo products, and meet with new friends, contacts, and old ones.

Around 4:00 PM I am dragging so I wait for my second wind except that it doesn’t happen.  I head back to the house we’re renting this year to grab a couple hours of sleep.  I’m recharged, refreshed, and just in time for dinner and the night life all over again.

Because of the sheer size of SXSW Conference (it’s 40,000+ attendees strong), there is a lot going on especially after hours.  Let me tell you those SXSW parties do not disappoint.


If you have a party, that is not included in this list, leave a comment, and I’ll consider updating the list if you are nice or have money to spend.  Make sure to include a link or phone number so folks know how to register and a location of where to go.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

  •   Big BASHH. Loved this one last year to kick off SXSW. I’ve attended this one when I’ve been in Austin. It’s great no matter when. The Brew Exchange at 706 W. 6th St from 6-11:30 PM. No SX badge required. Register here.
  • Startup Crawl. Powered by the Capital Factory. Capital Factory 701 Brazos St. 5-11:30 PM. No SX badge required. Crawl map available March 1, 2014. Register here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

  • PayPal Social Media Lounge. This is the best place to meet up with other bloggers & social media folks and charge your devices as well as enjoy some food and drink all free. Austin Convention Center starting Fri. 12-6 PM, Sat., Sun., & Mon. 9A-6P & Tues. 9A-5P. SXSW badge required. Register here.
  • #BigGay Kickoff Party. Hosted by the Austin Gay Chamber of Commerce and therepuplic. I also attended this one last year. It was great for dancing and meeting some great new folks. 6-1oPM. Oilcan Harry’s at 211 W. 4th. No SXSW badge required. RSVP here.
  • Oracle Welcome Reception. As a former Taleo super user I’m interested to check out this event. 6-9PM at Waller Creek Boathouse 74 Trinity St. No mention of badge for entry. Register here.
  • Edelman Digital Nightcap 4. I’m on the wait list for this one personally but it looks fun. 9-?PM at the Dogwood 715 W. 6th St. Add yourself to wait list by clicking here.
  • Dice Mingle Meetup. Hosted by Dice. The half day event concludes with a cocktail party. Registration to DiceTru required or so I’m told. 5:30-7:30P. Iron Cactus 606 Trinity St. Use discount code “OpenWeb”. Register here.
  • Jeff Pulver State of Now Cocktail Party. Jeff’s events and conferences are always great. 7-9P. Lanai 422 Congress St. Paid options for entry. No badge required. Register here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Social Siesta. Hosted by Blogging4Jobs. In our 5th year, this event is small & intimate with limited capacity at 175 for HR, recruiters, workplace leaders and friends of the blog. 1-3PM. Malverde 400 B W 2nd. Wait list available or contact blake(at)blogging4jobs(dot)com. Register here.
  • The Awesomest Journalism Party Ever. As a freelancer and professional writer, I’m excited about this event. Organized by Hacks and Hackers. 5-8PM. Palm Door at 401 Sabine St. RSVP here.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Awesome Mac and Cheese Takedown. Who doesn’t love endless mac and cheese from local Austin chefs? 2-4PM at Shangri La at 1016 E. Austin St. Tickets cost $15. This looks amazing. Register here.
  • Buffalo Lounge.  Hosted by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Many other activities outside of social hour listed. Having just moved to the Bay area from way of OKC, I’ve got to support my former local peeps. 6:30-8:30PM. 4th St. and Congress. RSVP here.
  • Cats Live Party. Hosted by Animal Planet. This party is designed for the HR cat ladies at heart who happened to be at SXSW. 5:30P-?. Cedar Street Courtyard 208 W. 4th St. SXSW badge required. Register here.
  • Mash Bash. Hosted by Mashable. This one’s always a great event with lots of loud music, drinks and plenty of dancing. 8P-2A. The Ranch 710 W. 6th St. SXSW badge required. Register here but arrive early or be prepared to wait in line.

Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Bad Coffee Co. Morning Buzz. Free coffee shots of organic cold brew with live music before you start the day. 7:30-9:30A. E. 7th St. No badge required. Register here.
  • RocketFuel Launch Party. This is a new party for me, but it sounds amazing. Includes open bar, music and socializing. 7P-12A. Clive Bar 609 Davis St. SXSW badge required. Register here.
  • Mobile Monday Austin. A great yet unofficial event. Currently wait list but I recommend sending a note to the organizer. 5:30-7:30P. Fogo de Chao 309 E. 3rd St. No SXSW badge required. Register here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

  • SXSWi Closing Party. 8:30P-2A. Performances by 2 Chainz,Pusha T and Method Man & Redman,  Stubbs BBQ 801 Red River St. SXSW Badge required. Sign up for info & how to get VIP pass by clicking here.
  • Honky Tonk Hootenanny. Live music and acts starting Saturday from 3p-12A and continues daily until Saturday, March 15. Trophy Club 6th & Trinity St. No badges required. Register here.

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