SXSW 2015

Your guide to navigating SXSW in the rain

Your guide to navigating SXSW in the rain

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The rain may have dampened the SXSW mood, but it doesn't mean you can't still have fun and stay dry. Photo by Nicole Raney

Reports of torrential downpours, flash flood watches and potentially canceled events have certainly dampened the SXSW mood, but it doesn't mean that the party has stopped. If you're braving the storm this weekend, here are some last-minute tips for navigating the festival in the rain.

Hit up the indoor venues
Unless you're absolutely dying to see your favorite band at Stubb's, we suggest looking into what the indoor venues have planned for the remaining two days. The Parish, The North Door, St. David's and Austin Music Hall will host shows indoors, just to name a few. Search the SXSW schedule by venue to get a better idea of the offerings this weekend.

Catch a movie
The festival is still screening films Friday and Saturday, with start times as late as midnight. You can watch one of SXSW's buzzworthy movies downtown at the Vimeo Theater, Stateside Theater or the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. There are even screenings at satellite venues such as the Alamo Drafthouse on Lamar or the Marchesa Hall & Theatre, that way you can avoid the hassle of downtown all together.

Seek refuge in the Austin Convention Center
If you need to escape a sudden downpour, you can always find refuge at the Austin Convention Center. While you're there, check out the Music Gear Expo and Flatstock, both of which are open to public until 6 pm on Friday and Saturday. There are also tons of cool panels left to attend. A stop here is also a great opportunity to fill up your water bottle, grab a snack or take advantage of the clean, indoor bathrooms.

Bring extra cash for a good meal
Some of Austin's greatest food trucks have flocked to the city center for SXSW, but nobody wants to eat kimchi fries in the rain. Splurge on dinner at one of those downtown restaurants your friends are always talking about. Hang out inside until the rain stops and get a delicious, much-deserved meal.

Check social media before you go
Whether it's an official SXSW event or a separate festival, visit the event's official Facebook page for any final statements regarding the weather. For instance, the free SXSW music showcases at Auditorium Shore are still green-lit for Friday and Saturday, but festival officials have stated that they will be canceled if there is a risk of lightning. If you don't already, follow SXSW on Twitter and Facebook.