There is more to this Austin culture than just live music. Our diverse population enjoys technology, art, food, and business as well. In order to keep Austin weird in every way, we are doing our part by hosting The Meet Up Austin deep in the heart of East Austin.

AAJF Live is bringing the city together like never before with an event where Austinites and travelers can join intriguing discussions led by industry experts, artists can share their work, and art-lovers can discover pieces that inspire. For all those foodies out there searching for their favorite local cuisine in food truck fashion, there is no need to look further. This event was designed with your entertainment in mind, so even the marketplace has the variety you crave.

You already know we have to give the DJs some love as well. Each day will feature the hottest DJs who will keep that energy going throughout the day. The best food, music, art, and entertainment the city has to offer will be at The Meet Up Austin. Can't wait to see you there!



The Meet Up Austin at SXSW 2018 takes place during the EDU weekend of SXSW 2018.

  • FRIDAY March 9, 2018
  • SATURDAY March 10, 2018
  • SUNDAY March 11, 2018

*complete schedule below



2300 Rosewood Ave Austin, TX 78702
Rosewood Park



Canary Blu
Canary Blu was established in 2013 by a young ambitious, Vibrant fashionista who had an obsession with unique sunglasses. I've always had a fascination with shades and always knew one day it would become more of a passion. We strive to offer the Celebrity inspired frames at a fraction of the costs. We newly introduced our Kids line so be sure and grab the kiddos a pair as well.
Caribreoso (kə•rĭb´rē•ō•sō) Flavour Boutique is a unique blend of Caribbean, Creole and Southern, organic and natural, seasonings, sauces and marinades. From the Smoked Sea Salt Seasoning to the Jamaican Jerk marinade, you can expect a bold blend of flavors in every bottle. All of the products are made in small batches to ensure maximum freshness from production to delivery. Taste the World Without Leaving Home. Whether you’re making a recipe passed down generations or trying something new these products will add another layer of personality to your dish because…NOW YOU'RE COOKING WITH FLAVOUR!
Color Street is a direct sales company that sells 100% nail polish strips. There is a base coat, color, and top coat in each strip, leaving you with an amazing manicure after each application. There are several benefits to Color Street nail polish strips including no cutting or heating, no dry time, and no streaks or smudges. Color Street manicures can last up to 10-14 days, are easy to apply, and very affordable. Our nail polish strips are made in the USA with globally patented technology. Color Street nail polish strips offers lots of design options, and are the perfect way to get a salon quality manicure in a matter of minutes.
Akaimi Davis
Akaimi Davis- mother, grandmother, cancer survivor and artist- seeks to inspire, motivate, encourage and captivate others through her mixed media paintings on canvas, paper and wood. Her primarily Black and Latin American subjects come to life through the use of vibrant color and moving, soul-stirring words. Tattered remnants of books from centuries past, meticulously paired with other vintage found objects, nod towards finding a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Funcre8tions! I know it's a little different name for a jewelry page. But I always loved different. I started with crochet as my hobby and found that I have a passion to make jewelry. I love designing jewelry, so I am following my passion. I would not be successful without support from you guys and my family. I hope you enjoy the jewelry as much as i love designing them.
Beyond Visuals
Beyond Visuals provides face painting, airbrush face painting, airbrush henna, and temporary tattoos for any event or party. We started in 1999 and have grown to offer all kinds of services to all ages.
SeneGence® is a privately owned, network marketing company that is in the business of developing and selling personal care products through an independent sales network. In April 1999, SeneGence started with LipSense® Long-Lasting Liquid Lip Color as its premier product. Initially, only six lip colors, a moisturizing lip gloss and a lip color remover were offered. SeneGence now has a complete line of long-lasting cosmetic colors and anti-aging skincare products as well as accessories and boutique items.


Join the My Way Marketplace at The Meet Up Austin. If you have a product or service, you can become a non-food vendor for three days at The Meet Up Austin for $75 total (non-transferrable). We will supply a tent, 6-foot table, and two chairs. No utilities will be available. Vendor space will be on a first come first serve basis. Apply now with the link below. Space is limited.

Vendor Application

Calling All Artists

We are looking for 10 artists to come and help create Art in the Park. There is no fee to participate. Bring your own tools. Showcase your art work. We will feature you and your finished product in our special Artist of Artist feature story. Join us at The Meet Up Austin at SXSW 2018 for Art in the Park. Create your best work while listening to music and taking the atmosphere at Rosewood Park and Recreation Center March 9-11. We will provide a 4 x 8 canvas.

Artist Application



My Way Market at The Meet Up Austin SXSW 2018

Nerdiversity: A Panel Discussion

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM - Who is Geeks of Color? - REGISTER

The Geeks of Color team will host an icebreaker panel for those who might not know who we are. Brief discussion about our origin story and where we are now and what are plans are for the future. With a short Q&A short meet and greet before the importance of nerd communities for People of Color.

Moderated by - Dorian Parks, founder, Geeks of Color

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Importance of Nerd Communities for People of Color - REGISTER

Nerd communities have always existed and excluded people of color for years. Now is the time to take ownership of your nerdy behavior and shine like you were meant to.

Jordan -Moderator
Dorian Parks, founder, Geeks of Color
Yolanda Machado, Founder, Sassy MamainLA
Camille, ⅓ of Pretty Brown and Nerdy
Matthew Cherry

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Diversity in Comic Books - REGISTER

This panel will be an in depth talk about the importance of diversity in comicbooks and how we need more auticiticate voices writings the stories. with the current writer of the Rise of the Black Panther miniseries for Marvel Comics.

Moderator- Geeks of Color Member, Gabe Gonzalez`
Evan Narcisse
Pretty brown and nerdy

90s DJ Mania in the Park

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - DJ Willtothe - MEET UP

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - DJ SK8- MEET UP

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - DJ P-Funk - MEET UP

Geeks of Color Happy Hour Reception at The Meet Up Austin Encore ATX DJ Party at The Meet Up Austin SXSW 2018


My Way Market at The Meet Up Austin SXSW 2018

Geek & Twitch: Lost and Found in a Gamer's World

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM - The Dorian Parks Show - REGISTER

Founder and EIc of Geeks of Color, Dorian Parks will be tapping the first episode of his podcast which will be about his journey, college, internships and content creation. Followed by a short Q&A. With a special announcement at the end of it.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Women of Color Who Are Disrupting the Entertainment Industry! - REGISTER

This panel will talk about women who are using their platforms to disrupt change in the Entertainment Industry. We will discuss the challenges they've faced, what they think could be done better and advice for other women on how to make change. Moderated by Geeks of Color Member, J’neia Stewart.

Jamie Brodna
Yolanda from sassymamaLA
April Reign
Aniesia Williams

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Building Your Brand - REGISTER

This panel is for aspiring content creators who need advice on how to grow their platforms. There will be a short Q&A after the discussion.

Evelyn from the internets
Matthew Cherry

90s DJ Mania in the Park

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - DJ Brimlo- MEET UP

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - DJ A/C- MEET UP

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - DJ Playbizy- MEET UP



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If you have any questions regarding The Meet Up Austin at SXSW 2018, please check this section of frequently asked questions. If you do not see your question, feel free to send an email to

  • What happens if it rains or there is bad weather? We will still conduct all activities as scheduled for The Meet Up Austin in rain or shine.
  • Will there be alcohol for sale? Yes, you must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol and everyone will be carded prior to receiving a wristband indicating they are 21 or older. You must have a wristband and be 21 or older to purchase alcohol.
  • Can I bring food? No, you may not bring any food or drink into The Meet Up Austin but there will be food and drinks available to purchase at the event.