Thank You SXSW 2016 Volunteers! You Rock!

Volunteer Registration for 2017 will be open in November, 2016.

SXSWedu: March 7-10
SXSW Interactive: March 11-15
SXSW Film: March 11-19 SXSW Music: March 15-20

Hello SXSW 2016 Volunteers! It's our 30th Anniversary and we couldn't be more excited to have you be a part of the action! This year we've made it even easier to sign-up, attend meetings and most of all, earn perks. New for this year:

New volunteer types - All-Conference & Music Festival Volunteer

All crews work hours towards perks (no shifts)

New perk requirements

No Conference Crew Walk-thru

Shorter Pre-event Meetings

Easier sign-up process for Out of Town Volunteers

And, more!

Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of our 30th anniversary year. Volunteer, earn perks and attend SXSW!

SXSW 2016 Volunteer Registration is now closed. Please check back again in Fall for information on volunteering in 2017.


The SXSW Volunteer Program mobilizes an army of global volunteers and resources to drive SXSW, its registrants, staff and the Austin community. Our goal is to enhance the volunteer experience from start to finish, so that we continue to offer the best opportunity to contribute to the fun and success of SXSW Conferences + Festivals.

More than 3500 volunteers contribute hours of their time each year to SXSW. Our Volunteers are the faces of SXSW, working in and around the Austin Convention Center or other SXSW official venues; often the first to greet our out-of-town registrants.

If you are interested in signing up, be sure to read through the entire website and then head over to the Register page to get all of the details.

There are 2 different types of crews: All Conference and Music Festival Volunteers. Prospective volunteers should know which type of crew they would like to work on before beginning their registration.

All-Conference Volunteers can schedule hours anytime throughout the 10 days of the SXSWeek, March 11-20, 2016, and be on up to 2 crews. When available, returning All Conference Volunteers may work some of their hours during SXSWedu, March 7-10. All-Conference Volunteers work hours toward a perk of their choice. Click here for more information about working as a All-Conference Volunteer.

Music Festival Volunteers work on ONE crew during the nights of the SXSW Music Festival, March 15-20. Most Music Festival Volunteers must be age 21+. Music Festival Volunteers earn their perks based on the number of hours worked. Click here for more information about working as a Music Festival Volunteer.

Photo by Cris DeWitt