AUSTIN (KXAN) - It is not difficult to drop piles of cash on a hotel, food,drinks and shows surrounding South by Southwest. But theworld-renowned festival is easy to enjoy even for those in afinancial crunch.
"All the wristbands and badges are taken over so all the freepeople are left taking what we can get," said Bryan Ray.
Cheap and short lines is the name of the game for Bryan. Manyturn to unofficial SXSW guides for less expensive options. Dozensof bars, clubs and shops open their doors to the public free ofcharge and provide a long line-up of bands.
Thursday thru Saturday no cover is required for the nightlyconcert series at Auditorium Shores. Fans can cruise over on a bikefor free and hassle-free parking in a secure, fenced-in areaprovided by Bicycle Sport Shop.
For another sweet deal, look for the madCakesmobile. The local bakery will be set up Friday and Saturday on 4thand Trinity St. from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. giving away 700 freecupcakes each day.
"People didn't believe you at first, you'd say 'free cupcake'and they'd be like 'whatever' and keep walking," said DonovanMiller with madCakes.
The freebie we first spotted on Twitter was nolie, but by 5 p.m the dessert was wiped out. A half eaten cupcakewas all that was left of the new double chocolate chip and vanillaconcoction they were serving called "fusion." It was a tasty way topromote new software thatruns Windows applications on a Mac.
To cash in on more deals before South by Southwest ends Sunday,one tip is to search for "free food SXSW" on Twitter.
Sub-freezing temperatures are forecast to continue in many areas through Sunday morning. Combined with an overrunning moisture pattern and upper level disturbance, some light freezing drizzle or sleet may form Saturday into Sunday morning.
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Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.