Every second week in March, something magical happens in Austin, Texas, “The Live Music Capital of The World.” The most innovative minds, professionals and artists in the fields of music, film, video games, food, technology, public speaking, politics and journalism all travel to Austin for South by Southwest (SXSW), to either collaborate and/or network with one another, give groundbreaking presentations or in the case of CNN anchor and personal mentor Jake Tapper, interview Bernie on stage regarding current events.
 
It’s a city-wide festival full of more artistic value than anyone could ever dream of. Whether it’s painters selling their serene work or performances from over 2,000 bands, any lover of originality and creative process of any art-form, will enjoy every second of it.
 
Of the many aspects of this year’s SXSW, the sheer number of performances and celebrities from various professional fields present was astonishing. From the premiere of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s horror film “A Quiet Place,” to the Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger giving a lecture on the current political landscape and how to run a productive government, the entire event could capture the attention of anyone.
 
Arguably the most interesting speaker at the 2018 SXSW, as usual, was real-life Tony Stark, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Speaking at The Moody Theater to a completely sold-out audience, Musk both gave detailed reports on the progress of his companies, and elaborated on his vision of interplanetary travel followed by colonizing Mars.
 

an image of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (cnn)

Fresh off his launching of the Tesla Roadster into space, Musk told the public about SpaceX’s plan to test their Mars rocket system in 2019; he also took questions from the audience via Twitter and also admitted that his timelines for project completion can sometimes be considered “optimistic” or slightly rushed.
 
Another great part of SXSW were the celebrity appearances from “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman, comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish, and even famed Jedi Mark Hamill, who all made guest appearances throughout the festival.  
 
Even for the frugal Millenials like myself, there was plenty to do without purchasing one of the many event passes. For example, acclaimed folk artists Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, put on incredible shows for free.   
 
Quite like its predecessors, SXSW once again defined exactly what Austin is about. An artistic paradise mixed with a breeding ground of creativity and innovation.
 

Did you go to South By Southwest? Tell me your favorite part on Twitter at @CaptainKasoff.