Things to Do this March in Austin

Unofficial and Alternative Events during SXSW Week

Although the official 2020 SXSW Conference & Festivals has been cancelled by the City of Austin, Austin will still play host to hundreds of unofficial events during March 13-23, 2020. Coinciding with Spring Break, visitors this March can expect to experience Austin's iconic live music scene, along with world-class film and art, cutting edge innovation and unparalleled food and nightlife. Discover the heartbeat of Austin in our local music venues, bars, restaurants and small businesses; and get to know the hospitality industry staff who make it all happen.

Live Music Concerts and Events

There are tons of ways to experience live music in Austin this March. Many unofficial parties and concerts are still taking place throughout the city, so keep up with some of the hottest events here. And find a more complete list of events and shows on our Event Calendar.

Music Venues

Austin is filled with music venues from classic live music joints to up-and-coming hot spots, much like the artists playing in them. There are more than 250 live music venues that feature everything from rock and blues to country and jazz every night of the week. Discover a full list of venues here with our Austin Music Venue Guide

Entertainment Districts

Downtown Austin
As hoppin’ during the week as it is on the weekends, this a bustling area of commerce, cuisine, cocktails and the Capitol is a melting pot of finance and fun, as well as philanthropic conservation. In addition to opportunities for retail therapy, the arts scene is alive and well in  with galleries and museums at nearly every corner.

East Austin
Arguably the fastest growing neighborhood in Austin, the eclectic eastside is where old meets new and fresh eateries and boutiques are popping up like wildflowers. Dig a little deeper and discover rich history and culture everywhere you look. No matter what type of cuisine, atmosphere or activity you’re looking for,  has it.

Rainey Street
Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars reign supreme on Rainey, the increasingly popular tucked-away street. Day or night, you’ll find relaxed bar-goers strolling from bar to food trailer to bar again, often with their dogs in tow looking for a kicked back sip and a bite.

Red River
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of live music coming from some of the hottest stages in town, all spanning a three-block radius in Austin's . Nightclub heavy, droves of concert-seekers mill the streets, dipping into watering holes for Lone Star beers while waiting for the lights to dim and shows to begin.

Sixth Street
 is distinctly Austin. With its colorful and bustling array of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, it’s a sure bet for experiencing local characters and the vibrancy of the city.

South Congress
This vibrant neighborhood south of Lady Bird Lake is a must-stroll for visitors and a popular hangout for locals.  oozes homespun character and boasts the story of Austin’s yesteryear in its boutiques and eateries.

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Shows & Events

For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website.

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