Austin Comes Together: How to Support the ATX Community in Light of SXSW Cancellations

This blog post will be updated as we learn about new benefit events to support those impacted by the cancellation of SXSW.

Donate for a cause:

If you are not wanting to get out in the coming weeks, here are two ideas:
1) Donate directly to Stand with Austin
2) Purchase a gift card to your favorite restaurants/businesses to use at a later date (i.e. you are putting money into their pockets now)

Workout for a cause:

Join Coach Abbie for a $15 class March 15th @ 4:30 PM.
All proceeds will be donated to Stand with Austin
Location: 1212 Chicon St #104
The Urban Lagree team feel tremendously for all those affected by the cancellation of SXSW. The Austin community, small businesses and individuals need our support. This is where YOU come in. All proceeds from class will go directly to Stand with Austin which is helping those most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW. For more information check out their site.

The cancellation of SXSW dealt an intense economic blow to our city. Our hearts go out to those affected by the company\’s recent round of layoffs and to those experiencing a loss of income. Organizations like #StandWithAustin and #BandingTogetherATX are working hard to provide relief to affected communities and we, too, have brainstormed a meaningful way to help.
This Sunday, join LOVE Cycling Studio have gift bags on every bike from local makers like Siete Foods, High Brew Coffee, and Clean Cause. Post-class stretches will also be led by Rise Massage Stretch Wellness.
Location: 507 Pressler St #900, Austin, TX 78703
So come sweat, support local business, and show love to those hit hardest by SXSW’s cancellation. Both this Sunday (3/15) and next Sunday (3/22) LOVE will

donate a portion of proceeds for every bike booked to #StandWithAustin.
We #StandWithAustin and you should too.

Live music for a cause:

Scholz fundraiser event coming up Saturday, March 14 – doors open at 2:30 p.m and the show starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $20 on eventbrite.

Location: 1607 San Jacinto Blvd

Austin Love & Light is back with an incredible seven band line-up to benefit local Austin musicians who have been impacted by the recent cancellation of SXSW. The lineup includes Star Sparks, Beat Root Revival, Western Youth, Dr. Joe, Jonathan Terrell, Melat, and Dossey.

Eat for a cause:


Yelp is all about supporting local businesses, so Yelp Austin is doing our (small) part to help ease the negative economic impact of the current event climate on the city\’s bustling food and beverage scene by promoting a series of BOGO offers at participating businesses below from Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 20.

The schedule: 

Friday, March 13, 2020
Rosarito on E 6th (…)
Buy any tostada and get a shrimp one, courtesy of Yelp!
Opens at 11am

Sunday, March 15, 2020
JNL Barbecue (…)
Opens at 11am

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Cenote on E Cesar Chavez (…)
Buy one 16oz cold brew and get one, courtesy of Yelp!
BOGO offer starts at 10am

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Reunión 19 (…)
Buy any taco and get a chicken taco, courtesy of Yelp!
Opens at 11am

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Churro Co. at their new location on Webberville (…)
Buy one campfire churro and get one, courtesy of Yelp!
Opens at 11:30am

Friday, March 20, 2020
J. Leonardi\’s Barbeque (…)
Buy one chopped brisket sandwich and get one, courtesy of Yelp!
Opens at 11am

-Must check-in to the business on your Yelp app to redeem (bookmark links above).
-Limited offers that are first come, first serve (not first to check-in!).
-Please consider purchasing other menu items outside of the specified offering.

Donate to help Austin gem\’s team:

Flamingo Cantina: SXSW and Covid-19 Relief Fund

The legendary FLAMINGO CANTINA has been Austin\’s home for Reggae, Ska, Latin, WorldBeat, and just about every other genre of feel-good music you can think of since 1991. An amazing 28 year run in a city that in recent years, despite being known as the \”Live Music Capital of the World,\” has seen many long standing venues fall by the wayside.
As owner Angela states so perfectly on their website: \”The Flamingo Cantina is an oasis in the lives of people who support it – a respite from the struggles of daily life, where we can all go to dance, laugh, hear wonderful music, and eat some of Winston’s delicious jerk chicken. \” It absolutely has been that for me, and I know for many others, over the last multiple decades.
The recent double whammy of the last minute cancellation of SXSW, combined with the emerging Covid-19 emergency, have dealt a tough financial blow to many Austin venues, and Flamingo is no exception to that. With shows being cancelled and many folks being asked to steer clear of public gatherings – bills still have to be paid and so do staff who rely on this income. Any help we could provide in the short term would help soften the blow. 
\”I don\’t know what the future will hold but I know these are tough times for many. Anything I can do to give back to a place and a family that have given me more memories, music, and good vibes over the years (and even my cat Marley who was born there 16 years ago) is money well spent in my book.
If you love this place as much as I do, and have the means to chip in to help the Flamingo Family, please do so. 100% of any funds raised will go to their crew.\” – Ryan Parker

Have an event I should add to the list? Drop me a comment below.

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