FREE Date Nights in Austin this weekend features several outdoor music series, Friendly Fire Mural Combat, and the 27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival–it’s gonna be a HOT one this weekend!
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Need a good laugh? Gutbusters is back at Hops and Grain this week. While the beer isn’t free, the laughs are! This week’s lineup features fantastic locals and amazing guests: Allison O’Conor, Adrian Frimmy, Eleazar Guzman, Symply Courtney, Carter Anderson, and Jake Rowe. The FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. Hops and Grain, 507 Calles St, Austin.
Presented by 93.3 KGSR, enjoy FREE live music for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. There’s still no cover charge for the best music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin. This week’s much-loved Unplugged at The Grove will feature Rhett Miller at 8:00 p.m. Parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S Lamar Blvd. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
All summer long Flamingo Cantina is highlighting killer latin groups, spanning all types of genres. This week features Latin Dukes, Frederico7, and Manolo Black. FREE show starts at 9:00 p.m. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St, Austin.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Through the release of four LPs and endless touring, the Austin band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock, which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire, and Weezer. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering critical praise. Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2016, adding to their previous 11 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year. Catch their FREE in-store performance at 5:00 p.m. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Enjoy a blast from the past as the Cold Lampin’ crew spins hip-hop beats from the 90s. This is the Next (to last) Episode so catch it while you can! The FREE show starts at 9:00 p.m. Hotel Vegas, 1500 E 6th St, Austin.
Some of you may remember the SprATX Summer Bash last year and you’re invited to this summer’s celebration. There will be tons going on during the event, including live art for Friendly Fire Mural Combat by local artists, MOUF and Jomau. Admission and parking are FREE! Plus, the first 25 people at the door receive Limited Edition SprATX Family Art Pack + Mini Art Kit. There will also be live music and adult beverages available for purchase. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. SprATX, 2400 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
The 60s are alive and well during this night of tributes to some of the most influential artists of all time. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. with tribute bands Strange Days (The Doors) and The Eggmen (The Beatles). Take a trip in the wayback machine and head on out for this FREE show. The Highball, 1220 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
In honor of being the #1 PBR account in the state of Texas, The Buzz Mill and Pabst Blue Ribbon are partnering to benefit the Austin Animal Center from 2-8:00 p.m. A donation to AAC earns you a FREE plate of ribs, and they will be slinging tall boys of blue all day long to wash ’em down. There will also be kiddie pools for all the doggos in town, professional pupper portraits, and doggie biscuits for your buddies. Celebrate the Summer with your four-legged friends by putting ’em back for a good cause. Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin.
Celebrate the launch of Project ATX6’s 2017 campaign with a kickoff showcase from 2:30-7:00 p.m. Presented by HomeAway Vacation Rentals, this showcase and fundraiser will feature four of the six musicians representing Austin’s unique music and entertainment scene that will be traveling to international music festivals this fall. Project ATX6’s 2017 artists are: Mobley, Sisi Berry (of Torino Black), Taylor Wilkins (of Otis the Destroyer), Acey Monaro (of Go Fever), Corey Baum (of Croy and the Boys) and Lindsey Verrill (Little Mazarn). The event is FREE! Yeti Flagship Store and Bar, 220 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is back for its 27th year. Starting at 11:00 a.m., sample hundreds of hot sauces, dine on local foods, and enjoy live music. Get ready to eat the heat! This family-friendly event is FREE to the public with a donation of three non-perishable food items or $5 donation to Central Texas Food Bank. There will also be live music by Mike and the Moonpies, Alesia Lani, Superfónicos, Tiarra Girls, and Carson McHone. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St, Austin.
Swim, run, drive, boat, or hitch a ride with B-DOE Rocks to the KLBJ 93.7 Sunset Concert Series! It’s FREE! The party starts at 5:00 p.m. with live performances by Jackie Venson, girling, and Hunter Sharpe. Ernie’s on the Lake, 5973 Hiline Rd, Austin.
Join Easy Tiger as they continue their Free Summer Series featuring funnyman Will Ferrell! In Old School, three disillusioned 30-somethings try to relive their good old college days by opening a frat house next to their alma mater in this cult comedy classic. Movie starts around 9:00 p.m. Arrive early as seating is limited. FREE! Easy Tiger, 709 E 6th St, Austin.