Mid-March Brings Many Crowds to Austin

March 09, 2017

Let’s face it – no matter how long you’ve lived in Austin, there’s always something to do. The city is teeming with life and attractions that mostly involve food, music, and nature — but that’s just how we do it in Texas.

This month is no exception. With both Rodeo Austin and South by Southwest (SXSW), it’s impossible not to find your niche. After all, this is The Live Music Capital of the World

What are those events you may ask?

In one hand you have the country-themed festival, Rodeo Austin. During March 11-25, this event will host live music performances, rodeo competitions, and one of Texas’ largest carnivals. While SXSW on the other hand, caters to a different crowd. On March 10-19th, spectators from all around come to explore the worlds of film, music, and interactive. So whether it be getting down with country-star Cody Johnson or rocking-out to indie-band The Coconut Kids, your options are endless with their lineups.

But why not both?

SXSW’s 10-day schedule overlaps with 2 weeks of Rodeo Austin, giving you a festival-filled March in Austin — be sure to thank the music gods tonight. So if you’re attending SXSW and feeling a change of scene, slip on those cowboy boots and drive a few miles East to the stock show!

A little more about what these events have to offer:

Rodeo Austin’s live music performances include many up-and-coming artists, in addition to well-known singers such as Josh Turner and one of Central Texas’ local favorites, Randy Rogers Band. Not to mention, bareback riding and team-roping will be on-site to enjoy. I wonder if performer Kenny Rogers will be advising bull riders on “when to hold em and when to fold ’em” before competition? #kennyrogerslyrics

But don’t forget about SXSW. Known for their celebration of the film industry and music, there are plenty of happenings to explore. Their music lineup includes artists from all over, including sounds from Spain and Japan Nite. In addition, there are multiple film opportunities featuring underground productions, release parties and exclusive-only screenings for patrons.


Combined, these events give you a jam-packed schedule (no pun intended). However, if somehow you have spare time to take an adventure around Austin, here are our recommendations:


1. Go two-stepping at Dance Across Texas

Can’t get enough of country? Two-step the night away at Dance Across Texas. You’re going to be putting those boots to good use this week! (p.s if you’re a college student, go on Thursday for a discount. You’re welcome)

2. Kayak at Lady Bird Lake

Take your group, and go on a kayaking adventure at Lady Bird Lake (or, as long-term residents call it, “Town Lake”). This motor-free water source is one of the crowned jewels of Austin, and the perfect place to take a break from the festival activities.

3. Brave it out and skinny-dip at Hippie’s Hollow

Trying to figure out what it means to “Keep Austin Weird?” Well, it Doesn’t get much weirder than Hippie’s Hollow. This clothing-optional location on Lake Travis allows people to swim, chill out, in their birthday suit. Talk about no tan lines, am I right?


4. Sixth Street

End the evening with a (possibly regrettable) night on “Dirty” Sixth. The street filled with bars, restaurants and clubs is sure to give you a night to remember (if you can remember). Not to mention the famous Voodoos doughnuts is located right in the heart of this avenue. Bar-hopping while carrying a box of doughnuts sounds pretty glorious…

5. Catch a heartwarming sunset along Lake Austin

If you want to find the perfect view of Austin to watch the sunset, this is your place. Once you reach the top of Mount Bonnell (or similar nearby hilltops), you’ll be able to see hill country, downtown skyline, and the iconic “Pennybacker” bridge overlooking the Colorado River from a distance. Just be sure to pack some sturdy shoes because it can get a little rocky!

If you’re coming from out of town this month, why not book a room at the lowest guaranteed rate with Hotels for Hope? Spend most of your time mapping out strategy between Rodeo Austin, SXSW and other Austin adventures – Leave the ease in booking a hotel room up to us, and we’ll also make a donation to one of our partner charities.

So be prepared for March in Austin. With all there is to do, it’s definitely going to be a good one!