Before we dip into the egg nog and let visions of sugar plums dance in our heads for the holidays (and by sugar plums, we mean BBQ tacos), take a stroll through the latest SXSW 2020 programming announcements and then make plans to join the world’s brightest creatives in March – register through Friday, January 17 and save.
Deep in the heart of SXSW, there is a lot to discover across the world’s of tech, film, music, art, and the city itself. From Austin’s historic theaters and music venues to stretching out for some sun at Zilker Park, SXSW is the premier destination for global thought leaders (and warmer weather) each March.
So after we sing a few bubbly bars of Auld Lang Syne (bonus points to anyone who actually knows all the words) – the New Year kicks off with big announcements for SXSW 2020! In January, we’ll roll out the red carpet for the Film Festival lineup, plus more Conference Keynotes and Featured Speakers, Music Festival artists, various awards finalists, career development and networking opportunities, and much more.
Cozy up by the fire, turn your holiday spirit up to 11 with the SXSW Holiday Playlist, and begin planning your 2020 SXSW adventure in Austin, TX from March 13-22.
Explore Confirmed Programming
Each year, our Keynotes check all the boxes for discovery, inspiration, and professional growth at the SXSW Conference. Previously announced Keynote speakers include Bumble CEO and Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd and Blackstone’s Global Head of Growth Equity Jon Korngold in conversation with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King; songwriter, musician, and founding member and the creative force behind Pink Floyd, Roger Waters; director, producer, and writer Erin Lee Carr; Managing Partner at Brentwood Growth Partners and former President and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé; and musician, singer, songwriter, visual artist, and actress Kim Gordon.
Featured Speakers include T Bone Burnett, Troy Carter, The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen chefs, Sophia Bush, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Roxane Gay, Tommy Hilfiger, Kwame Onwuachi, Nile Rodgers, Phoebe Robinson, Robert Rodriguez with Cheech Marin, M. Night Shyamalan, Nicole Wong, and Shoshana Zuboff – to name only a few of the influential speakers taking the stage in March. Also added as the SXSW 2020 Opening Speaker is psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and nationally recognized journalist Lori Gottlieb.
Spanning 22 Tracks of Conference programming, browse over 600 sessions curated from PanelPicker® with the help of the SXSW community. Plus, Mentor Sessions featuring a multitude of industry experts ready to give one-on-one advice to you this March. Take a closer look at sessions related to tech, music, film, culture, and other topics on our Conference news feed.
With nearly 500 Showcasing Artists from 50+ countries announced so far for the SXSW Music Festival, we’ve still only just begun. Dive into round one and round two of confirmed artists including Wire, Beabadoobee, Otoboke Beaver, Nasty Cherry, The F16’s, Jucee Froot, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Arlo Parks, HTRK, Monophonicos, Quinn Christopherson, and more. Discover all the ways to listen to the vast lineup of SXSW 2020 Showcasing Artists in our handy Listen Up guide.
Beyond the Conference and Festivals, SXSW hosts many different world-class exhibitions that connect creatives across all industries. Browse exhibitors for the SXSW Trade Show and Wellness Expo. Stay tuned for more announcements related to exhibitions, lounges and parties, meet ups, and more to take your discovery a step further this March.
Keep your eyes on SXSW News throughout the season for programming updates, features, and tips for navigating the event.
Choose Your Own SXSW Adventure
It’s never too early to start planning for March and the SXSW Schedule is your guide to finding events aligned with your interests as well as discovering something new. Simply log in with your SXSW account username and password to start building your personal schedule or create a new account.
Browse confirmed programming by Conference Keynotes, Speakers, Tracks, and Sessions, as well as Music Festival Artists, Exhibitions, Lounges, Special Events or “Everything” for the bold explorers. As you explore, add events of interest to your Favorites now and as the details become available, your personal schedule will be automatically updated. Exciting January announcements mean more Schedule updates so be sure to check back then for even more.
SXSW first timers or seasoned veterans that need a refresher can explore the Attendee Services Hub for helpful information from activating your badge to event navigation tools and more. Hint: the SXSW GO mobile app is where it’s at – download today to begin.
See You Next Year
Holiday gift? New Year’s resolution? Register by Friday, January 17 to experience all this exciting programming and more during 10 days of discovery this March 13-22, 2020 in Austin, TX. After you secure your SXSW Badge, book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for great rates.
Don’t forget, a group of 10+ can save $500 or more per badge off the walk-up rate when you go through our Group Registration form. Currently enrolled students may also apply for a special discounted rate.
Whether you are traveling home or to a galaxy far, far away – the entire SXSW fam wishes you a safe, relaxing, cookie-filled, happy holiday season. We’ll see you back in 2020 with more exciting programming announcements!
Zilker Park Holiday Tree in Austin, TX – Photo by Jordan Roberts