South by Southwest (SXSW) is the busiest and one of the most expensive times to come to Austin but if you find flights/lodging within your budget for mid March, it’s a ton of fun!

There are free parties all over town thrown by digital brands, record labels, alcohol companies, MTV, etc. You’ll get free food and drinks.

We recommend using the RSVPster service to RSVP you for a lot of the free parties: