Austin is having a music moment quite unlike any other time of year, and these happenings are topping the charts. Catch the can’t-miss shows scheduled during the final days of SXSW Music Festival or keep to another Austin music scene tradition on South Congress. Check out the top five things to do in Austin this weekend. For a full list of events, visit our calendar.
Thursday, March 16
Pro Pickleball Association Tour: Austin Showdown
The world’s fastest-growing sport takes center court at Elevation Athletic Club, part of the Hills Country Club. Spectators will get the chance to experience some of the top-ranked professionals in pickleball battle for a coveted prize purse totaling $238,000. Highlights of the four-day tournament include men’s and women’s singles, doubles, and mixed matches. For a full schedule of events and to buy tickets, visit ppatour.com.
SXSW Music Festival
The SXSW Music Festival beat continues with jam-packed final days at multiple venues around Austin. In addition to various surprises and private show access, attendees can expect performances by this year’s showcasing artists including Philadelphia rapper Armani White, K-pop group Balming Tiger, Brooklyn rapper Lola Brooke, and British psych rock band The Zombies. For more information on what to expect and how to participate (including free shows), check out our SXSW editorial series.
2023 South x San José
The parking lot of iconic South Congress hideaway Hotel San José transforms annually into a live music hotspot beyond the downtown SXSW stomping grounds for four consecutive days. Highlights of 2023’s installment of this local tradition include a vendor's market, a daily set list of nonstop musical acts, and fun for attendees of all ages. Dogs are welcome. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit bunkhousehotels.com.
Saturday, March 18
Hotel Vegas Presents the 2nd Annual Honky Tonk Hangover Brunch
Refuel from all of the festival fun with the help of a Texas-sized brunch spread and ice-cold Lone Star micheladas at Hotel Vegas. Guests can enjoy menu items including a brunch burger and Doritos migas, while sipping Lone Star brews and cocktails to kickstart recovery. In true Austin fashion, the brunch will also feature live music performances from Chasen Wayne and Gus Clark & The Least of His Problems. Admission is free and open to guests 21 and up.
Sunday, March 19
Photo courtesy of Pro Pickleball Association
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX presents the 13th Annual Garden Party
Spring fun is aflutter at the return of this special celebration hosted by The Butterfly Bar @ The Vortex. Party activities will include a petting zoo, art activities, planting opportunities, garden-inspired cocktails, and live music. Join in on the replenishment of this nationally certified butterfly sanctuary in anticipation of its new insect residents. Admission is free and open to the public.