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SXSW: Austin airport music & free rides in town

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Heading to Austin for the South by Southwest (SXSW 2013) music, film and technology conferences and festivals later this month?

If you are flying into town, be sure to listen up when you’re at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on your way in and out of town.


The airport’s year-round Music in the Air  program, now offers 23 live weekly music performances in six different venues inside the airport, with a special series of concerts lined up during the SXSW music conference, March 12-17.


If you’re heading into town from the airport, you have several transportation options: there are taxis and rental cars, of course, including the all-Audi A4 Silvercar service, but the Airport Flyer  bus runs into town every 40 minutes for a fare of just $2.

And once in town, your options for getting around are quite varied. The festival will be running a complimentary bike sharing program for event registrants and will have shuttles running between many venues.

There will also be some interesting free and shared car services operating during the festival, including the free “Catch a Chevy”  service, SideCar (the ride-sharing program is determined to operate despite the city’s cease and desist order), and (according to this WSJ story), a social networking site, will be offering free limo rides from the airport to destinations within 30 miles of downtown Austin.

More details about Travel and Transport at SXSW.

Changi Airport offers free rides on the super slide

October 1st is Children’s Day in Singapore and to celebrate Changi Airport is offering everyone – kids and adults – free rides on the world’s tallest slide in an airport.

Changi Airport Slide

Rides on the one-and-a-half story preview, or kiddie, slide are always free.

But tokens for rides on the four-story Slide @T3 usually require a receipt showing you’ve spent at least $30 in a single airport shop.

From October 1st through 3rd, though, no proof of purchase will be required: all rides will be free.


And here’s some good news: the rules for sliding will change once the Children’s Day free ride promotion is over.

Changi Airport giant slide

Beginning on October 4, 2010, tokens for rides on the big slide will be handed out to anyone spending just $10 at the airport.

You’ll find the entrance to the big slide in Terminal 3, Arrival Hall (Level 1), in the public area.

The entrance to the preview, 1½-story slide is in the Basement 2 area of the airport.

Both slides are open daily from noon until 10:30pm.

Happy Children’s Day!

Vintage postcard kids

(Thank-you Graphics  Fairy)