This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder & CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
So last week I did this blog post highlighting the 15 SXSW Parties You Really, Really Don’t Want to Miss. And I got a ton of email from you guys saying a) “Thank you, you’re my hero!” and b) “We want more, more, MORE!” It’s not for nothing that SXSW is called “spring break for the tech crowd.” ;)
For the hardcore partier, I’ve put together what I think is the definitive and best List of SXSW Interactive Parties (225+ and counting!). Print this out for ur trip and you’re golden, my friend. And as you can see, there’re a ton of events that don’t even require a SXSW badge. Awesome sauce indeed!
And for the rest of you, here are 15 More SXSW Parties that have the Gary Stamp of Approval. You’re welcome, my little tech monsters! Now go forth and RSVP away. And later this week, when walking down 6th and Congress, if you notice a guy in a black suit, white shirt, red tie (with ads all over it) and a big ‘fro, come on over and say hello! :)
And now (drumroll please), the 15 *MORE* SXSW Parties that you really, really, reeeaaallly don’t wanna miss…
Conduit Corner: Mac n Cheese, Sundaes, Back Rubs & more
Gourmet variations of Mac ‘n Cheese? Ice Cream Sundaes with Oreos Cookie Toppings?? Back-rubs??? I think I may just decide to park my wagon here for the rest of the festival! ;)
Friday (Mar 09), 12 p.m. @ Conduit Corner, 7th and Congress
#Secret_Wine_Party with Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library; Founder, Vayner Media; Author, Crushing It and Thank You Economy)
I can’t say when. I can’t say where. But if you follow @garyvee, All shall be clear!
TaskRabbit Presents: Kickoff Backyard BBQ
Delicious brisket from Franklin BBQ and a special performance by The Lumineers! And its only 100 yards from the Convention Center … short walk, big payoff ;)
Friday (Mar 09), 4:30 p.m. @ TaskRabbit Park, 307 East 2nd St
Back to the Future with AirBnb, Vayable and GetAround
The first 50 people get a SXSW survival pack full of things to sustain you through the next week of parties.
Friday (Mar 09), 7 p.m. @ Madison Nightclub, 307 W 5th St
Get drunk and eat Grilled Cheese with GroupMe
GroupMe was a big hit at SXSW last year, both for its app AND its now legendary grilled cheese sandwiches with a “Poundie” in every bite. You don’t wanna miss this! And to stimulate ur appetite even more, here’s a pic of BrewPR’s Brooke Hammerling holding up a GroupMe grilled cheese sandwich. Rawr! ;)
Saturday (Mar 10), 12 p.m. @ Downtown Burgers, 310 E 3rd St
Blip By Blipwest
Blip.tv (or as the startup is now known as simply ‘Blip’) will be showcasing the first live performance by Web Series legends Red vs Blue.
Saturday (Mar 10), 7 p.m. @ Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 West 4th St
TheDaily Pool Party
Thats right, yo. Its a pool party! With TheDaily, Sonar, RecordSetter and others. Now who’s up for a cannonball?!
Sunday (Mar 11), 3 p.m. @ Ashton Austin, 101 Colorado Street
SkillShare & American Express Party
Hang out with the good folks from SkillShare for some free food, free drinks and lots of skillshares from the likes of Lean Startup Maestro Eric Ries, Union Square Ventures Partner Brad Burnham and Buddy Media Founder & CEO Mike Lazerow. I’m feeling smarter already! :)
Sunday (Mar 11), 5:30 p.m. @ Rusty’s, 405 E. 7th St
Zagat and Google Present Beer-tails, Bites & Blues
Unique beer cocktails, small bites from artisan purveyors, and live music from Bluesqueezebox!
Sunday (Mar 11), 6 p.m. @ Clive Bar (Google Village), 609 Davis St
StyleMusée & Centzy Happy Hour
Well, what better place than SXSW to bring about a truce in the increasingly intense east-coast-west-coast rivalry that is Silicon Alley vs Silicon Valley. And helping ensure a smooth evening will be an open bar, free food and lots of swag!
Monday (Mar 12), 4 p.m. @ Bing Lot, 400 Congress Ave
Warby Parker Citizen’s Circus
Fifteen live bands. Lawn games. Food trucks, Vintage clothing purveyors. Cocktails. Trapeze Artists. Song belters. Victorian Vaudeville. Burlesque performances. Now THATS what I call a party! ;)
Monday (Mar 12), 1 p.m. @ French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St
With the hottest up and coming artists including Austin natives Electric Touch as well as Vonnegutt, DJ Axis Powers, Delon, Gemini Club, Envy Corps, The Jessie Rose Trip and I Fight Dragons.
Monday (Mar 12), 8 p.m. @ Bandpage HQ, 604 E 7th St
Live Band Karaoke! Hosted by Asher Roth and Rooftop Sets by The Hood Internet, Brenton Duvall and Valida.
Monday (Mar 12), 10 p.m. @ The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St
The Great British Breakfast
Admit it, after loading up on nuclear tacos and BBQ briskets all weekend, u might just be pining for a good ol’ fashioned english breakfast, no?
Tuesday (Mar 13), 10 a.m. @ Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 West 4th Street
ENDGAME: Cocktails at the St. Cecilia to Close Down SXSWi with General Assembly and GE
And to put an exclamation point to what should be an amazing SXSW will be an exclusive evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, awesome peeps and more with Brad, Matthew and the General Assembly gang.
Tuesday (Mar 13), 8:30 p.m. @ Hotel Saint Cecilia, 112 Academy Drive