The South by Southwest Festival and Conferences (SXSW) take place March 13-22 in Austin, Texas. Once a tiny music festival, SXSW has turned into a massive event that showcases trends in culture and media. Events take place at the Austin Convention Center and other venues throughout downtown Austin. Celebrating the creativity and passion behind the coolest new media technologies, the interactive festival features five days of exciting content and amazing parties from March 13-17. Taking place March 13-21, the film festival explores the art and business of independent film making. The music and media conference showcases musical acts from around the globe from March 18-22.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Austin, our pick for the best hotel, which is still available as I write this post, is the Red Roof Inn Austin -University of Texas at $83 per night. Just a 10 minute drive from the convention center and downtown, this location features redesigned rooms and added amenities such as T-Mobile wireless internet access. Car rentals are also available starting at $32 per day.