SXSW and things to do in Austin, TX early March

  • rowerchgo

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    Feb 20, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    Hey guys'

    Anyone going to South by Southwest in Austin, TX this March 7th-16th? It is a Music/ Film/ IT event that draws over 250,000 people to the city. I'm going for the IT side.

    If not, any recommendations of places to go out near downtown Austin?

    Cheers!
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    Feb 20, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    I'm tempted to go. Still haven't decided yet.
  • rowerchgo

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    Feb 20, 2014 4:27 AM GMT
    you are crazy, there shouldnt be any hotel rooms left in downtown! :-)
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    Feb 20, 2014 4:30 AM GMT
    rowerchgo saidyou are crazy, there shouldnt be any hotel rooms left in downtown! :-)
    There should be rooms 10 - 15 minutes away north of downtown. If not, I can use my company's corporate booking service and schedule a business meeting that is coincidentally the same week as SXSW. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 20, 2014 5:59 AM GMT
    Wow.
    Yeah, I've signed up to volunteer and have a meeting next week, hoping they don't get upset, because I signed up to work more hours than my schedule will allow, but after the Marathon last week, I'm learning quickly.
    --What to do??
    It is out of control; this year, bigger than ever with all the added film locations. I expect the city to go into complete grid lock (reminds me to get the bus schedule down).
    If you can bring your bike.
    as for rooms expect to give up a left nut for the 6.
    Best to lock in on an apartment and just break the lease; cheaper anyway.
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    Feb 20, 2014 6:01 AM GMT
    How's public transport? I hear it's not that good.
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    Feb 20, 2014 6:05 AM GMT
    xrichx saidHow's public transport? I hear it's not that good.

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  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 20, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    I think I'll be there March 16th to the 23rd
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    Feb 20, 2014 6:41 PM GMT
    there is so much to do during sxsw (South by Southwest) Since everything is downtown I would recommend visiting Castro's or Rain (gay club) and if you are feeling hungry go to Home slice Pizza they have the best pizza! icon_smile.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 21, 2014 1:38 AM GMT
    What is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:19 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.

    Honey Child.. you take Buffalo and I'll take Austin anyday!
    I happen to LOVE Austin. I'm a few hours north, in Dallas and love it here too. We tend to go each year to Austin City Limits
    for the 3 day, outdoor concerts on Zilker Park. Always have a blast.
    As for downtown, it's fun to go out to eat and wander around. Who says you have to go drink? There's some fun clubs to go to. It has a college vibe to it and lots of energy. Fun, cool architecture everywhere.
    I wished I had that time off work. I'd love to go!
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    I visited there in March of 2011 to contemplate a possible move. Stayed downtown at the Motel Austin (Cock shaped sign), right on South Congress Ave. It was cool, but not all I thought it would be. Went out to some restaurant on the lake, tried to find Hippie Holler, not too many fag bars. The Hill Country was surprisingly arid and dry for March. Saw the bats, etc. I think they hype the hell outta Austin.

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    Feb 21, 2014 2:34 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.

    Honey Child.. you take Buffalo and I'll take Austin anyday!
    I happen to LOVE Austin. I'm a few hours north, in Dallas and love it here too. We tend to go each year to Austin City Limits
    for the 3 day, outdoor concerts on Zilker Park. Always have a blast.
    As for downtown, it's fun to go out to eat and wander around. Who says you have to go drink? There's some fun clubs to go to. It has a college vibe to it and lots of energy. Fun, cool architecture everywhere.
    I wished I had that time off work. I'd love to go!
    What cool architecture, it is mostly steel and glass boxes along with ubiquitous strip plazas. Zilker Park, other than the murky Barton Springs pool, the rest of that park is mediocre, dull grassland. College vibe, yeah all the UT crowd is down there getting drunk off their asses and making idiots of themselves or fighting. Austin doesn't really have a true downtown core, it is basically a giant, sprawling suburb of a state government building complex. Energyicon_question.gif if you are into drunk college students and rude, belligerent natives than Austin is the right place for you. I am so glad to be gone from that overrated, crappy town. We might lack a exciting gay and music scene, but Buffalo easily tops Austin in terms of architecture, historic neighborhoods, culture, friendly people, great food, and a wonderful four season climate even though this winter was too harsh just like the rest of the northern US.
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    Feb 21, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    I relate to your experience with Austin, only I was positioned in Orlando. It's tough to live in a city that you can't vibe with. I was like Shamu outta water in Orlando. As for Texas,,, it's home sweet home.
    Pretty sure NY is home for you. Glad to see you're happy there.
  • rowerchgo

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    Feb 21, 2014 3:39 AM GMT
    Well looking forward to form my own opinions! :-)

    Going to stay in a hotel that's 2 miles from downtown, should be a good workout walking to the events!
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    Feb 21, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    What is up with you and hating Austin. You probably had a bad experience but that doesn't make it a bad city.
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    What is up with you and hating Austin. You probably had a bad experience but that doesn't make it a bad city.
    What is up with you guys spreading all this propaganda about how great Austin is when the total opposite is the truth. It is a lousy city and the shittiest seat of government in the US. It is a city of marginal personalities, arrogant assholes, ugly suburban sprawl, and third world urban infrastructure. I also experienced a lot of homophobia and xenophobia in this horrendously overrated town. It is also a very racist city as well. The cost of living is too high for such a mediocre, banal town that has long, harsh, humid summers and no real urban core. There really is no such place as "downtown Austin" Stop spreading bold faced lies about how awesome and great Austin is to everyone on here. Austin just plain stinks like shit and that is the absolute truth.
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    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    Based on your many, many, negative posts on everything you seem like such a miserable person on the inside. I'm sorry you're so lonely (and hurt) man. I've been there before and I know it truly sucks and can be tough to muddle through. Maybe if you start over and focus on the positive things and what you can control, it will help change your perspective on life. It worked for me and has done wonders for my quality of life. Good luck.
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    Feb 22, 2014 3:48 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    Based on your many, many, negative posts on everything you seem like such a miserable person on the inside. I'm sorry you're so lonely (and hurt) man. I've been there before and I know it truly sucks and can be tough to muddle through. Maybe if you start over and focus on the positive things and what you can control, it will help change your perspective on life. It worked for me and has done wonders for my quality of life. Good luck.
    FYI, I have a fairly decent perspective on life. My experiences in Austin doesn't mean that I am unhappy or bitter or any of that nonsense. Far from it, when I broke out of Austin and moved back home to Buffalo, my life changed for the better. The only bad situation up here is my low income/ job situation. Otherwise things are perfectly fine. I don't know where you get that I never focus on positive things. There was nothing really positive to focus on in Austin so that throws that idea out the window.
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    Varus said
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    What is up with you and hating Austin. You probably had a bad experience but that doesn't make it a bad city.
    What is up with you guys spreading all this propaganda about how great Austin is when the total opposite is the truth. It is a lousy city and the shittiest seat of government in the US. It is a city of marginal personalities, arrogant assholes, ugly suburban sprawl, and third world urban infrastructure. I also experienced a lot of homophobia and xenophobia in this horrendously overrated town. It is also a very racist city as well. The cost of living is too high for such a mediocre, banal town that has long, harsh, humid summers and no real urban core. There really is no such place as "downtown Austin" Stop spreading bold faced lies about how awesome and great Austin is to everyone on here. Austin just plain stinks like shit and that is the absolute truth.


    you really need to get over yourself.
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    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    Based on your many, many, negative posts on everything you seem like such a miserable person on the inside. I'm sorry you're so lonely (and hurt) man. I've been there before and I know it truly sucks and can be tough to muddle through. Maybe if you start over and focus on the positive things and what you can control, it will help change your perspective on life. It worked for me and has done wonders for my quality of life. Good luck.


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    Feb 22, 2014 9:14 PM GMT
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob said
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    What is up with you and hating Austin. You probably had a bad experience but that doesn't make it a bad city.
    What is up with you guys spreading all this propaganda about how great Austin is when the total opposite is the truth. It is a lousy city and the shittiest seat of government in the US. It is a city of marginal personalities, arrogant assholes, ugly suburban sprawl, and third world urban infrastructure. I also experienced a lot of homophobia and xenophobia in this horrendously overrated town. It is also a very racist city as well. The cost of living is too high for such a mediocre, banal town that has long, harsh, humid summers and no real urban core. There really is no such place as "downtown Austin" Stop spreading bold faced lies about how awesome and great Austin is to everyone on here. Austin just plain stinks like shit and that is the absolute truth.


    you really need to get over yourself.
    No, you guys need to wake up and smell the coffee.
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    roadbikeRob said
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob said
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    What is up with you and hating Austin. You probably had a bad experience but that doesn't make it a bad city.
    What is up with you guys spreading all this propaganda about how great Austin is when the total opposite is the truth. It is a lousy city and the shittiest seat of government in the US. It is a city of marginal personalities, arrogant assholes, ugly suburban sprawl, and third world urban infrastructure. I also experienced a lot of homophobia and xenophobia in this horrendously overrated town. It is also a very racist city as well. The cost of living is too high for such a mediocre, banal town that has long, harsh, humid summers and no real urban core. There really is no such place as "downtown Austin" Stop spreading bold faced lies about how awesome and great Austin is to everyone on here. Austin just plain stinks like shit and that is the absolute truth.


    you really need to get over yourself.
    No, you guys need to wake up and smell the coffee.


    I don't drink coffee it stains your teeth. You can keep moving from city to city but if your personality is crap then expect nothing to change from the people around you. Though your pay check might look nicer.
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    Feb 22, 2014 11:01 PM GMT
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob said
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob said
    Varus said
    roadbikeRob saidWhat is there to do in Austin during the SXSW Festival. Other than going out and getting drunk every night, absolutely nothing. I used to live in Austin, it isn't all what it is cracked up to be. I am so glad to be away from that unfriendly, expensive, overrated town on the Colorado River and I-35.


    What is up with you and hating Austin. You probably had a bad experience but that doesn't make it a bad city.
    What is up with you guys spreading all this propaganda about how great Austin is when the total opposite is the truth. It is a lousy city and the shittiest seat of government in the US. It is a city of marginal personalities, arrogant assholes, ugly suburban sprawl, and third world urban infrastructure. I also experienced a lot of homophobia and xenophobia in this horrendously overrated town. It is also a very racist city as well. The cost of living is too high for such a mediocre, banal town that has long, harsh, humid summers and no real urban core. There really is no such place as "downtown Austin" Stop spreading bold faced lies about how awesome and great Austin is to everyone on here. Austin just plain stinks like shit and that is the absolute truth.


    you really need to get over yourself.
    No, you guys need to wake up and smell the coffee.


    I don't drink coffee it stains your teeth. You can keep moving from city to city but if your personality is crap then expect nothing to change from the people around you. Though your pay check might look nicer.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with my personality. I have a pretty optimistic view on life in general. It was Austin and its unfriendly natives that made living very lonely, so I left that miserable, shitty town on I-35 and the Colorado River.