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5 more unofficial free SXSW events to close out the festival

The Home Slice Pizza photo van has props so you can look like your most delicious self. (Anne Burnett)

As quickly as it came, SXSW is coming to a close this weekend so soak up as much of that festival fun as you can! After a week of live music, film premieres and tech summits showing the best and brightest the world has to offer, the countdown to the end of the fest has started.


But you still have time! No matter if you have a SXSW badge or not, the festival brings activities for everyone. Check out these five free events if you want to get some of the SXSW action.

Dr. Martens at SXSW | 1-7 p.m. March 18

Catch free live music all day at the Container Bar, 90 Rainey St., free tattoos and a collection of elaborate Dr. Martens on display before the festival ends. Friday brings Melts to the stage at 1 p.m., We Were Promised Jetpacks at 2 p.m., W.I.T.C.H at 3 p.m., Bass Drum of Death at 4 p.m., Surfboat 5 p.m. and finally closing out with The Black Angels at 6 p.m.

“Offer Them Comfort. Offer Them Rest” by Desireé Vaniecia | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 18-19

​This art exhibit, based on the poem by author Nayyirah Waheed, documents fear while coming to terms with motherhood. A contemporary painter based in Dallas, Vaniecia’s work focuses on vulnerability, challenges Black stereotypes and gives a striking amount of detail in a small working space. The exhibit is at The LINE Hotel, 111 E Cesar Chavez St.

Flatstock 77 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 18-19

Learn about how the best concert posters are created and meet the artists at a show put on by the nonprofit American Poster Institute. Taking place at the Austin Convention Center in exhibit halls 4 and 5 this weekend, the art form shows the diversity of style, depth of concept and differing techniques. The event is free to the public and some of the posters will be available for purchase.​

Home Slice Pizza photo opportunity | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. March 18-19

Celebrating the in-person return of SXSW, Home Slice Pizza, 415 S. Congress Ave., is offering free photo postcards through its whimsical photo van. Grab a slice, a decorative crown and your closest buds for a pizza-themed photo that will last a lifetime.

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake | 5-9:45 p.m. March 18-19

SXSW is bringing two more days of free, outdoor live music under the stars. Starting on Friday at 5 p.m., you can catch Arizona-based 90’s alt band Jane N' The Jungle, followed by bass-heavy band The Dumes at 6 p.m., energetic Mexico-based rock band The Warning at 7 p.m. before closing off the stage with Sammy Hagar and The Circle at 8 p.m. On Saturday you can catch alternative blues band Houndmouth at 7 p.m., with rock showcase Mt. Joy closing out the stage until 2023.

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