With less than a week before Interactive 2015 starts, we’ve complied a list of some of the best Interactive side parties and badged events. This list certainly doesn’t cover every event happening during Interactive, but represents our picks of where to go from March 13-17. Since Interactive and Music overlap on March 17, we’ve included the events on that day on this list.
The full party calendar listings can be found here, and we’re still adding events as they become announced until the festival begins. All events will be available on our iCal/gCal link so you can add your festival schedule to your phone, and you’ll be able to view the calendar without a wifi connection. A full list of the best day and night parties for the rest of the festival is coming your way this week. Are we missing a party? Contact us to get your event added to the site.
March 13 Events:
Fast Company Grill (Note: runs 3/13-17)
Where: 201 Brazos St., Daily from 11AM – 6PM
About: Fast talks, Co-Work Space, Product Launches, Interactive Experiences from 11AM-4PM, and Happy Hours from 4PM-6PM.
The Boffin’s Lab Powered by Jaguar and WIRED Insider (Note: runs 3/13-15)
Where: Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado Street, 3/13 from 9PM-11PM, then Daily: 12PM-7PM
About: Experience new technology, be among the first to see the all-new Jaguar XE, and check out the customized Boffin Bags curated by tastemakers from the WIRED world.
De Nolet presented by KETEL ONE (Official event, must RSVP yourself, requires address, age and other information to attend).
Where: Fair Market, 1101 East 5th Street, 8PM
About: Crafted cocktails, food by East Side Kings, light installations, and Interactive brand experiences
Lineup: Generationals, Penguin Prison (live), Wrestlers, DJ GetLive!
DailyMotion Events (Note: runs 3/13-15)
Where: Bungalow 92 Rainey St, Daily from 12PM – 2AM
About: Yard games, DJ performances (including @ulovei), food, and more. See their RSVP page for full listing of events for each day.
Umbelmania Party and Concert (Badge priority, get there early)
Where: ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Time: 8PM
About: Kick off Interactive at Umbel’s annual party and concert. Umbelmania is open to the general public, with priority going to Interactive badge holders.
Lineup: Spoon, DJ Chicken George, signature drinks, and fun giveaways.
Mashable House (Note: runs 3/13-15)
Where: 305 East 5th Street, Time: 12PM.- 5PM
About: Mashable is bringing internet culture IRL at the fest. Details are still top secret for this, but you’ll want to stop by.
Austin 360 Rock the Lot (Note: runs 3/13 and 3/14)
Where: Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress, 12PM – 5PM each day
About: 2-day music festival with 12 local bands, food, drinks and activities in your backyard at the Austin American-Statesman.
Lineup: The Dirty River Boys – headline Friday, Shinyribs – headline Saturday, East Cameron Folkcore, Gina Chavez, Big Don, Bidi Bidi Banda (Selena Tribute Band), and The Peterson Brothers.
March 14 Events:
Life Below Zero: Escape the Cold (Note: because you need to select the time to attend this activation, must RSVP yourself for this event, runs 3/13-16, RSVP link here)
Where: 307 E 2nd Street, 11:00AM – 7:00PM
About: Inspired by the top-performing Nat Geo series, Life Below Zero, this event will offer three arctic tents that groups of players are challenged to step inside, connect clues, complete challenges and solve puzzles in an effort to escape the cold conditions you’ll experience inside.
GE’s BBQ Research Center #BBQScience (Note: runs 3/14-16)
Where: 95 Red River, 1PM-6PM Daily
About: Featuring noted experts in the fields of science, food culture, and of course – BBQ. Including conversations with Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ, Questlove, Scott Heimendinger of Modernist Cusine, and sample tastings from Black’s BBQ, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Louie Mueller BBQ, Freedmen’s and our house pit scientist. See the event link for each day’s schedule.
OVRLD Unofficial Showcase
Where: Swan Dive, 615 Red River Street, Time: 1PM-6PM
About: Hosted and presented by Austin-based music blog OVRLD.
Lineup: Pollen, Basketball Shorts, Holy Smokes, SUPER THIEF, Those Howlings, Madd Comrades, Ghostbunny, and more.
De Nolet presented by KETEL ONE (Night 2) (Official event, must RSVP yourself).
Where: Fair Market, 1101 East 5th Street, 8PM
About:Crafted cocktails, food by East Side Kings, light installations, and Interactive brand experiences
Lineup: ASTR, Son of Stan, Nancy Wang (of LCD Soundsystem).
UShip Nerds Who Rock (Private event, we cannot RSVP you for this)
Where: uShip Global HQ, 205 Brazos Street, 7PM-Midnight
About: Follow @NerdsRockSXSW for details on how to win passes to this event
Lineup: The Knocks, Penguin Prison, The Bright Light Social Hour.
The Network Presents: Connected Life Experience w/ Kid Cudi
Where: Stubb’s, 801 Red River St, 8PM
About: Food trucks + more, special entrance for Verizon customers.
Lineup: Kid Cudi, Ishi, and hosted by Billy The Kidd.
Vimeo: Film 4Ever Dance2 Nite
Where:Ironwood Hall, 505 E. 7th St, Time: 9PM-1AM
About: Food + Drinks with Vimeo.
March 15 Events:
House of Bitcoin
Where: Max’s Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto Boulevard, 10AM-6PM
About: The aim of the house is to showcase cryto-currency to the tech industry and public at large at one of the single biggest events of its kind in the US. There will be a series of talks from premier industry speakers and exhibiting some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.
Spotify House (Day 1) (Must RSVP yourself for all Spotify events; need a Spotify account)
Where: 901 E 6th St, 1PM-9:30PM
About/lineup: James Davis, Marian Hill, Centavrvs, Conrad, Amason, Stromae.
Buzzfeed #BFF Clubhouse
Where: BFFClubhouse, 78 Rainey St, Time: 12:00PM – 6:00PM
About: BFF Illustrators doing caractures, the Foodstagram set helping you take the best food photos ever imaginable, Emoji fortune telling, a Vine booth, limited edition BFF totes for the first 200 people, free food from East Side King when you demo Apple Pay with Visa, custom swag when you sign up for Visa Checkout, DJ TJ Mizell, Dark Horse Wine, and Slurpees from 7-Eleven.
Where: The Grackle, 1700 E. 6th Street, Time: 2PM-5PM
About: Brooklyn Brewery is turning the Grackle’s back yard into a good old-fashioned barn party during Interactive session for you to unplug and recharge. Tiny Tails to You will bring their adult petting zoo for all your adorable livestock needs. Bet on the turtle races to win Brooklyn Brewery swag, listen to the down home sounds of the Lost Pines String Band & Bob Appel and enjoy an hour of beers at 2PM.
The Barbarian Group and Percolate present #DRESSCODE
Where: The Mohawk, 912 Red River, Time: 5PM-8PM
About: Free, NO RSVP.
Lineup: Nullsleep, Octopus Project, Mobb Deep, Dan Deacon, Steve Gunn, Fat Tony, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Iceage, and Destruction Unit.
RDIO Party (Note: Must RSVP yourself for this event, RSVP here)
Where: Fair Market, 1100 East 5th Street, Time: 7PM
Lineup: Hearless Bastards, King Tuff, San Fermin, Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim), Twilight Sad, and Quiet Company.
Spredfast & Viacom Velocity present The Social Stag w/ Flaming Lips & Future Islands (Note: Official event, we cannot RSVP for this for you)
Where: ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard, Time: 8PM
About: This is a private event — badges/wristbands — but Spredfast has a contest to enter to win VIP wristbands. Enter here.
Lineup: Flaming Lips, Future Islands.
CrowdTap People-Powered Party (Note: Private event, we cannot RSVP you to this event)
Where: V Nightclub, 409 Colorado Street, Time: 8:30PM-2AM
About/lineup: A private concert featuring MTV Artists to Watch MisterWives and acclaimed mashup duo The White Panda, with DJ Hesta Prynn and Chargaux with sound-activated wristbands, live polls, a GIF booth and more.
March 16 Events:
Spotify House (Day 2) (Must RSVP yourself for all Spotify events; need a Spotify account)
Where: 901 E 6th St, 9:30AM-7PM
About/lineup: SoulCycle x Spotify featuring Ryan Hemsworth, MLKMN and El Dusty, Speedy Ortiz, Buraka Som Sistema, The Vaccines, and Run the Jewels.
The Onion & AV Club Present: Manic Monday (sponsored by TGI Fridays)
Where: Red 7, 611 East 7th Street, Time: 4PM – 11PM
Lineup: Wooden Wisdom: Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie, East India Youth, Son Lux, Courtney Barnett, METZ, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hamilton Leithauser, Hippo Campus, Real Estate, and The Inventors.
Must Meets Tech Fest (Note: Must RSVP yourself to this)
Where:Swan Dive, 615 Red River Street, TIME: 8:30PM – 2:00AM
About: Presented by Set.fm, Everfest, Grabbit, JamFeed, Solstice Live and Eye in the Sky Collective
Lineup: Drew Davis, Les RAV, LEV, Wonderbitch, FLAVOR RAID, Ft. Hood, Resonant Frequency, Chipper Jones, Zeale Rapz, The Octopus Project, and CAPYAC.
March 17 Events:
Spotify House (Day 3) (Must RSVP yourself for all Spotify events; need a Spotify account)
Where: 901 E 6th St, 9:30AM-6PM
About/lineup: SoulCycle x Spotify featuring Gorgon City, VÉRITÉ, BØRNS, Ryn Weaver, Gorgon City, and Odesza.
UBERPONG vs TOMS
Where: TOMS Austin, 1402 South Congress Ave, Time: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
About: Uberpong and TOMS Austin are hosting an all day ping pong extravaganza with awesome giveaways. Uberpong is also celebrating the launch of its two apps — the Custom Paddle Editor and Ping Pong Map.
No Play Music Official Showcase & Day Party
Where:Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River, Time: 11AM – 2AM
About: Free, all ages, massive lineup. See the full listing here.
StubHub Music Experience – Day 1 (as part of #CultureCollideonRainey)
Where: Clive Bar, 609 Davis Street, Time: 12PM – 6PM
About: Limited RSVPs for day party, badge/wristband for night events.
Lineup: Portugal. The Man, Future Islands, Charles Bradley, The Mowgli’s, Surfer Blood, Catherdrals, The Delta Riggs, The Lonely Wild, and Irontrom.
The Take-Off Tour (Day 1)
Where: Thirsty Nickel, 325 E 6TH Street, Time: 2:00PM- 5:00PM
About: Live music, Interactive Jamstik booth, giveaways, and more. See the Facebook page for full details.
The Colorado Music Party (Day 1)
Where:The 512, 408 E. 6th Street, Time: 3PM-2AM
About: Great bands from Colorado — see the RSVP link for full lineup.
DJ51 Launch Party
Where: The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue, Time: 7PM-2AM
About: Playlist themed cocktails with Cachaça 51 mixed by NYC’s Milk & Honey’s Gil Bouhana and party DJ mix by downloading the DJ-51 app to be a part of the collaborative event playlist.
House of Vans: Night 1
Where: The Mohawk, 912 Red River, Time: 7PM-2AM
About: All are welcome to House of Vans at the Mohawk day parties and night showcases. Every day party is FREE and open to the public with priority entrance given to badge-holders and wristbands followed by public guests. For night showcases, priority entrance is given to badge-holders followed by guests with general admission tickets available to purchase at doors (TBD) on the night of the show at The Mohawk. There is no official House of Vans RSVP and RSVP through presenters does not guarantee admittance. All shows are subject to capacity; please arrive to venue early.
Lineup: Angel Olsen, Hudson Mohawke, more TBA.
Hype Hotel: The Syndicate’s Conflict Of Interest
Where: Fair Market, 1100 East 5th Street, Time: 8PM-2AM
About: Badges & Wristbands priority, more information here.
Lineup: Spoon, Odesza, Milo Greene, San Fermin, Amason, Parlour Tricks, and more.
Media Temple Closing Party (Note: Official event, badges, we cannot RSVP you to this event)
Where: Stubb’s, 801 Red River Street, 8:30PM-1:30AM
Lineup: Z-Trip, Ludacris and TV on the Radio.