One of the world’s great cultural festivals is underway here in our one-of-a-kind city of Austin, and for wining and dining in between South by Southwest experiences you’ve got backYARD at Waller Creek at your easy disposal!
Our outdoor restaurant’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Austin Convention Center and other SXSW venues—easily navigable, too, by the free SXSW Festival Shuttle that loops around from 9 AM to 2:30 AM each day of the event. So come joins for awesome drinks, eats, and atmosphere while you’re soaking up all the stimulating offerings at this Austin mainstay, now in its 31st year.
SXSW 2018: March 9-17
The breadth of SXSW’s arts-and-culture happenings never fails to impress, and the 2018 edition delivers big-time. This year’s SXSW Film Festival features nearly 90 World Premieres amid its many screenings, which take place at the Paramount Theater, the ZACH Theater, the Vimeo Theater, and many other venues around downtown.
And then there’s the world-famous SXSW Music Festival, which as usual is showcasing some of the most exciting names in the business—from the Roots to Austin’s own Shakey Graves. The schedule includes the Puerto Rico Relief Showcase on Friday the 16th (with Andrea Cruz, Los Chinchillos del Caribe, Jhay Cortez, Black Guayaba, Cheryl Rivera, and Balún) and the official festival closing party, the Soul Clap & Dance Off.
The SXSW Comedy Festival, meanwhile, has a whole cadre of funny people on muster, including Aparna Nancherla, Bill Hader, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Offerman, and Rachel Bloom, plus legendary talk-show host Dick Cavett. And a similarly illustrious gaggle of movers, shakers, and thinkers present at the SXSW Conference, which’ll have keynotes by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Melinda Gates, Darren Aronofsky, and others as well as featured speakers such as Spike Lee, Christiane Amanpour, and Keith Urban.
Throw in the many exhibitions the festival includes—the SXSW Trade Show, Spotlights, the Gaming Expo, the SXSW Marketplace, and others—and the wide-ranging networking opportunities of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and you’ve got an awful lot to sink your teeth into.
Join Us in the YARD During SXSW
And speaking of sinking your teeth into things, swing on over to the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol and tuck into the backYARD Bar menu, packed to the gills with expertly prepared, crowd-pleasing Texas-brand fare that’ll help keep those brain cells and dancing feet of yours fueled up for all that SXSW goodness.