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Originally from South Carolina, Leslie Silver earned her Journalism degree at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and moved to the Big Apple right after school. After six years in the city she was ready for a change of lifestyle and weather and made the move to Austin. Leslie works in hospitality public relations and loves to take her experience of trying top-notch clients around the world and using those experiences to critique spas and restaurants all over central Texas.

Leslie is a Huge dog lover, outdoorswoman, avid reader and has a healthy obsession with the show Parks and Recreation. Though living in Austin for less than a year, she’s already experience quite a lot and can’t wait to learn, explore and write about everything she discovers in the next year.

Planning Your Schedule For SXSW 2013

My absolute favorite time of the year is coming up; no, not the holiday season, not my birthday and not even my favorite official holiday, July 4. It’s South by Southwest(SXSW)!  Last year was my inaugural event and I couldn’t have planned more in advance for it or had a better time.  And, now that I have somewhat of an idea of what to expect for the most part I think this year will even surpass SX 12.

One of the biggest problems (and a great problem to have) is that so many cool things are often going on at the same time.  How I manage this is keeping a good calendar with every single activity you are interested in attending and are on the list for, so you can always try and run by one event after checking out the first one if possible on those busier days.

Meagan Fritts, Leslie Silver and Kathryn Burg enjoying SXSW 2012

Meagan Fritts, Leslie Silver and Kathryn Burg enjoying SXSW 2012 (Photo Credit: Leslie Silver)

If you have an official SXSW badge then you can sign in on the site and add conferences to your schedule that SX keeps for you on it’s site.  It’s a fantastic tool, and the site will grid it for you and you can even pull it up on the SX app.  If you haven’t yet downloaded the SXSW 2013 app, it is a must.  You can sync the app with the site and pull up your saved schedule from there.

Now, those of you without a badge, do not fret! There is so much to do in town for those ten days that doesn’t require a badge that it’s still mind blowing.  Right now, simply Google ‘Free SXSW 2013’ parties and you’ll see so many great options and events you can attend and get on the guest list for right now without needing a badge.

Even if you aren’t sure and doing some last minute planning, I would suggest just heading downtown and between the bars on East 6th and hotels and green spaces around the Convention Center you can surely find some good options.  These don’t just include parties and bands, but food too!  Last year the ‘Today Show’ was passing out fantastic breakfast options (along with cute to-go sunscreens and rain gear) right in front of the downtown Marriott Hotel.  Either way, planners or procrastinators don’t miss out on attending a few events at this year’s SX!

SXSW Opening Interactive Party 2012 (Photo Credit: SXSW)

SXSW Opening Interactive Party 2012 (Photo Credit: SXSW)


WHEN: Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17, 2013

Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701
Ph. 512.404.4000

TICKETS: Please clickhere to purchase badges

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