We get it: Rent in Austin is sky high and it’s not letting up anytime soon. You’d rather buy five tacos a day from Torchy’s than pay $1500 for a badge to get you into places you usually go for free during the rest of the year.
But, there are plenty of fun events over the next two weeks that do not require a badge. In fact, the five events below should suit just about anyone’s tastes while going easy on the wallet…
The Pre-SXSW Startup Crawl is on March 10! President Obama comes in on March 11, so why not catch a few brews the night before MoPac and I-35 are shut down? Over 40 startups are participating in this free crawl, so not only will you be able to meet tech’s best and brightest, you’ll get a few free drinks (and some appetizers) in before the madness.
Maybe another panel on “the future of digital” isn’t up your alley. Maybe you’re not into the movies, or SXEdu. Maybe you want to learn how to help people? Luckily, Urban Co-Lab has an event Sunday, March 13, just for you. Learn about social impact in Austin from some of the movers and shakers doing some social good in the city, all while listening to good tunes and munching on tacos.
There’s gotta be a few of you from Houston reading this. There’s probably a few more of you that read the Texas Tribune on a regular basis. Probably the majority of you like free booze and free Mexican food from Maudie’s. That’s why the Tribune’s event “How High is the Water: Visualizing Houston’s Vulnerability to Possible Storms” might be just for you. Sit back, drink some tequila, and learn about the NASA satellite technology at a cool startup space that’s making a big impact on Texas’s largest city.
Sixth Street got you broke? Want to experience a new culture without leaving the city? The German Haus has you covered. Try some German-style BBQ while listening to some of Berlin’s best bands at the grand finale of SXSW Interactive! Maybe you’ll even be able to drink out of “Das Boot!”
Having experiencing this event firsthand, I can tell you it’s one heck of a good time. The Downtown Development District of New Orleans hosts this event at the Lucky Lounge, complete with some of The Big Easy’s best funk and soul musicians. Plenty of booze will be on tap as you bring in SX Music with an event that won’t have you waiting three hours in line.
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