South by Southwest 2020 is taking over Austin soon. Thousands will swarm the city to attend the massive interactive, film, music, and art festival, which will dominate the Texas capital from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22.
Learn how to navigate the sprawling, multicomponent conference and festival like a pro, whether you’re an out-of-towner visiting the city or a local leaning into the frenzy — or looking to avoid it completely — with Eater’s ultimate guide to all things related to food and drink during SXSW.
There are must-visit restaurants, crucial breakfast tacos, perk-ya-up coffees, and late-night dining near the SXSW epicenters. Keep track of announced speakers and panels (hello, D.C. chef Kwame Onwuachi and the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen crew), movies with deep food themes (like the story of an African-American son’s journey to becoming a master sommelier, among others), fancy dinners featuring nationally recognized chefs, free food events, and all of those over-the-top immersive experiences.
Likewise, Eater gathered the best of the best guides for exploring the ridiculously strong food and drinks scene in Austin, from barbecue to tacos to breweries to bars. For those looking to get away from anything SXSW, there are restaurant and bar recommendations far from the festival epicenter, as well as trip suggestions.
Keep informed, eat and drink wisely, and, most importantly, enjoy.
- All Coverage of SXSW [EATX]