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Spring Festival Forum Recap

February 20, 2023
Downtown Spring Festival Forum

Spring festival season is here!

This year, Downtown’s busiest season is expanding to include SXSW, the 2023 Texas Relays and –for the first time ever –the CMT Country Music Awards.

We brought together experts from SXSW, CMT Country Music Awards, Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Special Events, Austin Travis County EMS, Austin Center for Events and Capital Metro to prepare. In case you could not attend, we compiled the information for you here.

View the 2023 Spring Forum Presentation Deck to learn more and find contact information:

  • SXSW
    • Street Closures (Slides 3-13)
    • Vehicle Barricade Access System (Slides 14-17)
    • Parking Passes (musician, festival production) (Slides 18-25)
    • Event & Safety operations (Slides 26-28)
  • Austin Police Department SXSW Overview (Slides 29-39)
  • Austin Center for Events Updates (Slides 40-42)
  • Cap Metros’ SXSW Service Routes (Slides 43-45)
  • Austin Fire Department Special Events (Slides 46-47)
  • Austin Travis County EMS SXSW update (Slides 48-51)
  • CMT Music Award details & schedule (Slides 52-53)
  • Presenters & Contact Information (Slide 54)


We wish everyone everyone a fun and safe spring festival season! Remember, if you see something, say something. Public safety and security are everyone’s responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to local law enforcement.

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