SXSW Music Hotel and Wristband Package

Live outside of the greater Austin-area?
2016 Hotel/Wristband Packages on sale now!

Read below more information on booking a room at a discounted rate with SXSW Housing and SXSW Music Festival Wristband sales for out-of-town music fans at $189. Out-of-town music fans must book a hotel room with the SXSW Housing department in order to purchase a wristband.

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About SXSW Music Wristband Packages | How It Works | Wristband Pickup | The Rules

SXSW 2015 - Photo by Tim Strauss

About SXSW Music Wristband Package

Welcome to the only authorized dealer of SXSW Music Festival Wristbands to music fans living outside the greater Austin area.

Wristbands are usually reserved for local Austinites, but each year, we release a small number of hotel/wristband packages to those living outside of Austin. The hotel/wristband package is a promotional effort by SXSW to give out-of-town music fans the experience of the SXSW Music Festival, which takes place March 15-20, 2016.

A Music Festival Wristband allows access to over 100 stages and thousands of live performances. Admission to all venues is subject to legal capacity. Admission to most venues are subject to minimum age requirements.

Are you an Austin local? Want the full fan experience for SXSW 2016? Leave the traffic and trouble at home! Buy a wristband to access SXSW conference rates at our top hotels and stay downtown.

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How it works

To Make your hotel request:*

  1. Use the "Request My Hotel" button, located at top of this page, to make your hotel request.

  2. Follow the simple steps to complete the hotel request and hit submit.

Note: Please do not hit your browser’s back button while making your request, as it will create an error. If you need to adjust your request, please use the blue "back" button located at the bottom of the hotel request tool.

To purchase your wristband:

  1. Once you’ve made your hotel request online, the SXSW Housing Department will e-mail you coupon codes for each person listed in your room share and instructions on how to purchase your wristbands online.*

  2. Follow the instructions in your email, completing your wristband purchase within 48 hours of making the hotel request.

  3. Housing will verify your wristband purchase and send your hotel confirmation by email.

  4. Get to Austin and check into your hotel.

  5. Bring your room key and photo ID to the Austin Convention Center to pick up your wristband and hit the festival.
    * Guests listed in your room share must be full legal names as this is how the Housing Department will issue their coupons. Guests are required to present their ID to pick up their wristbands.

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Wristband Pickup

  1. Each individual must pick up his or her own wristband and will need to present a drivers license or valid government-issued photo ID to claim his or her SXSW wristband.
  2. The wristband will be fastened on an individual's wrist at time of pick up and may not be removed until the festival is over.
  3. An individual may not pick up a wristband for someone else.
  4. You can pick up your wristband at the Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 5.

Read the Wristband FAQ for more information.

Wristband Pickup Times

Tuesday, March 15 | 9AM - 10PM

Wednesday, March 16 | 9AM - 10PM

Thursday, March 17 | 9AM - 10PM

Friday, March 18 | 10AM - 7PM

Saturday, March 19 | 11AM - 4PM

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The Rules

  1. If you’re an out of town music fan, canceling your hotel room will automatically cancel your wristband purchase(s). Canceling your wristband purchases will automatically cancel your hotel room.

  2. SXSW wristbands ("Wristband(s)") are assigned by name and will be given only to the named individual ("Participant"). A valid government-issued photo ID must be presented in order for the Participant to pick-up a Wristband. No person can pick up a Wristband for or on behalf of another person.

  3. Wristbands will be fastened on the Wristband holder’s wrist once the Wristband is picked up. In order to gain entry into the SXSW festival, the Wristband may not be removed from the Participant’s wrist until the SXSW festival is over.

  4. Tampering with the Wristband (e.g., stretching, tearing, cutting, tapping, etc.) is not permitted. If tampering is evident, the Wristband will be invalidated and confiscated and Participant’s entry to any/all SXSW venues and events ("Events") will be refused.

  5. Wristbands are non-transferable and non-refundable. No exceptions. Lost or stolen Wristbands will not be replaced.

  6. Wristbands are the property of SXSW. SXSW may, at its sole discretion, confiscate Wristbands from any individual or company at any time. SXSW will not replace confiscated Wristbands.

  7. Wristbands are not valid conference credentials and will not afford the Participant access to panels, the SXSW Trade Show, keynote speaker sessions, or other SXSW conference activities, unless SXSW specifies otherwise.

  8. Wristbands guarantee that no cover will be charged at official SXSW Music Festival showcases. Wristbands do not guarantee admission. Admission is subject to legal capacity limits. Many venues reach capacity and SXSW badgeholders get priority entry into all venues.

  9. Participants are not exempt from venue-specific age restrictions. Most SXSW Music Festival venues have minimum age requirements.

  10. Wristbands may not be used as a prize in any form of contest, game, or sweepstakes without written pre-approval from SXSW.

  11. Participants are expected to behave responsibly and to treat each other - and treat the community - with respect, kindness, and compassion. SXSW reserves the right, without refund, to revoke the credentials and the Wristband of any Participant whose conduct is deemed inappropriate, disorderly, or offensive by SXSW, affiliated third parties, or the local authorities.

  12. Photographs and/or audio/video recordings taken at any and all of the Events by SXSW, or others on behalf of SXSW, may include a Participant’s image, name, voice and/or likeness. By attending and/or participating in the Events, each Participant hereby grants SXSW permission to use the Participant’s photograph, image, likeness, voice and statements for any purpose, including but not limited to commercial purposes, without compensation or credit to the Participant, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised.

  13. Each Participant represents and warrants to SXSW that the Participant has full authority to complete this registration on each Participant’s behalf, including full authority to make use of the credit card or debit card presented for payment.

  14. Each Participant understands that participating in the Events is voluntary and may involve certain risks of physical injury, damage to property, and other damages or losses that may be sustained by a Participant. Each Participant assumes all risk of damages, property loss, and personal injury which may occur by participating in the Events.


  16. Each Participant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold SXSW and its officers, employees, volunteers, and representatives harmless from and against any and all claims, demands and all other liabilities, including, but not limited to, costs and attorneys’ fees, made by any third party arising out of or in connection with each Participant’s use of the Wristband, or any Participant’s violation of these Terms.

  17. The Terms will be governed by the laws of the State of Texas, without regard to its principles of conflicts of laws. Each Participant and SXSW hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States federal and state courts located in Austin, Texas and agrees that any such court will be the proper forum for the determination of any dispute arising hereunder.

  18. Each Participant has read, understands, and agrees to the SXSW Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and RFID Policy, which are incorporated herein by this reference.

  19. SXSW reserves the right to make changes to the Terms at any time without notice to each Participant, so please check back and review the Terms from time to time. In the event that any term or provision of the Terms shall be deemed invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, such term or provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining term or provision.

  20. All SXSW wristbands are subject to the SXSW Registration Terms and Conditions.

  21. By purchasing a wristband, you consent to being placed on our SXSW Music email list for news, updates, promotional and other materials from SXSW. You may update or change your e-mail preferences & unsubscribe at the bottom of any email.

For more information about, including hotel transportation information, visit the FAQ.

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Photo by Tim Strauss