Register for the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festivals

July 28, 2017 Jordan Roberts

Join us for the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas for 10 days of collaboration with creatives working towards a more connected future. Register to attend and book your hotel to begin your SX adventure and help us write the next chapter of SXSW.

From March 8-17, experience an event packed full of showcases, screenings, conference sessions, exhibitions, tacos (so many tacos), workshops, networking events, mentor sessions, and so much more. Dive into the latest programming announcements below and

The Conference recently revealed more Keynotes – U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner with Acreage Holdings Chairman and CEO Kevin Murphy; a Keynote Conversation with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon Music’s Nathan Brackett; award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter T Bone Burnett; investor and author Roger McNamee with WIRED Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson; and Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher with a special guest. Featured Speakers joining the 2019 lineup include multi-faceted artist David Byrne; actress, producer, and director Elizabeth Banks; actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke; actress, activist, and philanthropist Amber Heard; producer, songwriter, and musician Nile Rodgers; futurist and best-selling author Brian Solis; food expert, actress, and best-selling author Padma Lakshmi; Gemini co-founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and many more.

Rolling out the red carpet for the Film Festival, 100+ Features and Episodic Premieres have been announced for the 2019 lineup including Jordan Peele’s Us as the Opening Night film. Feature highlights include The Beach Bum directed by Harmony Korine; Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde; The Garden Left Behind directed by Flavio Alves; Pink Wall directed by Tom Cullen; and Untitled Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy directed by Jonathan Levine, to name a few. Episodic premiere highlights include David Makes Man directed by Michael Francis Williams; Shrill directed by Jesse Peretz and Carrie Brownstein; What We Do In the Shadows directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement; and more. The second wave of Film announcements included Festival Favorites, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Episodic Pilot Competition, Title Sequence Competition, and Music Videos. Plus, the world premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Pet Sematary, directed by Kevin Kölschand and Dennis Widmyer, will close the 2019 Film Festival.

Flipping the tape over to the Music Festival side of announcements, the third wave of 300+ Showcasing Artists includes DC punk group Priests, Swedish rapper and Sad Boys frontman Yung Lean, buzzy Australian singer-songwriter Angie McMahon, alternative R&B singer/producer Kevin George, Domino Records electro pop producer Georgia, and soulful bedroom pop performer Omar Apollo, South Korean rapper Jvcki Wai, and many more. New additions to the Music Festival lineup continue each week leading up to the event in our Weekly Roundup series.

Browse all confirmed 2019 programming on the online SXSW Schedule. Read on for more information about the SXSWeek® programming schedule, badge access, booking your hotel, and more.

Programming Overview

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. As an essential destination for global professionals, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

SXSW Conference (March 8-16)
The conference program provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, network, and advance their careers. With one unified conference that spans 25 tracks of programming, experience compelling Keynotes, Featured Speakers, panels, sessions, workshops, book readings, podcasts, and more.

SXSW Interactive Festival (March 8-12)
Playing host to a variety of evening networking events, the Interactive Festival also holds numerous esteemed competitions and award ceremonies honoring some of the tech industry’s most important innovators and cutting-edge companies. Have a game-changing tech startup? Learn more about SXSW application categories.

SXSW Film Festival (March 8-16)
Celebrating raw innovation and emerging talent, the Film Festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented alongside its smart, enthusiastic audiences during its nine-day event footprint. Ready to premiere your own film? Film submissions are open through October 18.

SXSW Music Festival (March 11-17)
Featuring a variety of new, developing, and established Showcasing Artists, the Music Festival brings together 2,000+ artists across all genres. Dive into a curated mix of performances across Austin with artists, industry professionals and fans from around the globe. Want to take the stage? Showcasing Artist applications are open through October 25.

SXSW Comedy Festival (March 8-16)
Running simultaneously with the Interactive, Film, and Music Festivals, the Comedy Festival presents uniquely diverse programming of comedic performers, showcases, and events. Catch rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests all SXSWeek® long.

Exhibitions (March 8-16)
Beyond the festival scope, SXSW hosts many different world-class exhibitions that connect creatives across all industries. Applications for all SXSW Exhibitions are now open – explore all the available exhibition opportunities to position your forward-thinking company in front of thousands of creative professionals this March.

Coming later in the season, a suite of event resources will be released to help registrants prepare for the adventure ahead including the online SXSW Schedule, official mobile app, and more event navigation tools. In the meantime, view the 2019 SXSWeek® Timeline for a general breakdown of our daily programming schedule.

Badge Access

All attendees will receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge type, in addition to enjoying secondary access to most other SXSW events. There are four SXSW Badge types: Platinum, Interactive, Film, and Music. Badges are tied to three access types:

  • Primary: admitted first
  • Secondary: admitted second, after primary line
  • Convergence: one line where all badges have equal access

The Platinum Badge remains your best bet with primary access to all of SXSW. If you have an Interactive, Film, or Music Badge, you have primary access to the respective Conference tracks and events of your badge type, plus secondary access to other tracks and events outside your badge type, giving you the chance to experience more of what SXSW has to offer. All SXSW registrants also receive complimentary access to SXSW Gaming.

Explore 2019 registration rates and deadlines at and use the Badge Comparison Chart to find out what each badge gets access to.

Click to View the Badge Comparison Chart
Primary Access Secondary Access
Interactive Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Interactive Mentor Sessions & Workshops No Secondary Access
Interactive Festival Events
Interactive Festival Opening Party No Secondary Access
Film Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Film Mentor Sessions, Round Tables, Workshops & Parties No Secondary Access
Film Festival Screenings & Events
Film Festival Exclusive Premieres No Secondary Access
Music Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Music Mentor Sessions, Workshops & Parties No Secondary Access
Music Festival Showcases & Events
Music Festival Exclusive Showcases No Secondary Access
Convergence Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Comedy Festival Showcases & Events
Trade Shows & Exhibitions
Networking Meet Ups
Film Festival SXXpress Passes No Secondary Access
Music Festival SXXpress Passes No Secondary Access
Closing BBQ & Softball Tournament No Secondary Access
Hotel Priority Booking & Assistance
Access to SXSW Social Online Registrant Networking
SXSW Festival Shuttles

To help you get started, we’ve created the 2019 SXSW Badge Quiz. Based on the interests you select, the quiz will suggest the badge that will help you get the most out of your SXSW experience. Take our quiz to find out which badge best suits your needs.

Take the Badge Quiz


Download the SXSW GO mobile app for iOS and Android to sync your online schedule with your mobile device, so your info will always be up-to-date. Plus, get schedule recommendations based on favorited events, networking contacts, and more.

Learn More

Book Your Hotel

After you register, make hotel reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel. In 2018, the typical SXSW attendee using SXSW Housing’s contracted hotel rates saved between 35%-50% compared to online travel agencies and direct bookings.

Rooms during March go quickly, so be sure to check the Hotel Availability page and enter your dates to see all available hotels, room types, rates, and amenities. Read our Tips to Book Your Hotel including booking for an individual, large groups, and payment policies.

Hotel Availability Page

Join Us for SXSW 2019

Register to join us this March! Already registered? The Attendee Services Hub is your guide through SXSW resources to help you prepare for the adventure ahead. Once you are registered, dive into the suite of tools we have created to help you navigate and access conference and festival events.

Currently enrolled students may apply for a special discounted rate – more details here. And groups of 10 or more can save big with Group Registration rates.

To stay in the SX know, sign up for SXSW Event Updates and read SXSW News for announcements, deadline reminders, programming features, and beyond throughout the 2019 season.

Follow us in all the usual social spots for daily updates – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Register Now

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