- June 16, 2016

Free Date Nights in Austin: June 16-19, 2016


Free date nights this week include Big Band music on the lawn at the Long Center, a street festival in the 2nd Street District, and swing dance lessons followed by swingin’ concert.

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Unplugged at the Grove: Alejandro Escovedo

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Alejandro Escovedo, starting at 8pm. This is one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome and additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop down the street on South Lamar. (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)

Playpen: An Evening of Brand New Comedy

Proud comedy mommas Nikita Redkar and Elizabeth Spears are delighted to welcome the newest bundle of joy in town, Playpen, featuring a bevy of jokes, sketches, characters, and utter debauchery never before seen to the world. They’re challenging some of Austin’s funniest comedians to dig up all the ideas they’ve written in their dream journals, phone notes, or on their shower walls with fallen hair and share them at this make-or-break opportunity before the acts become full fledged superstars. Or not. Either way, you saw it at The New Movement first. This is a FREE show and BYOB, doors open at 7:30pm. (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca Street, Austin)

Summertime Blues with Ringo Deathstarr

Enjoy Summertime Blues on the patio at Hotel Vegas starting at 7pm.  This month’s featured FREE music is Austin favorite, Ringo Deathstarr and Typical Girls. There will be plenty of drink specials and a vintage clothing pop-up in the back. Start late for the dance party, uLOVEi will start spinning at 11pm. (Hotel Vegas, 1502 East 6th Street, Austin)

Courtyard Concerts featuring Adam Johnson

Lone Star Court continues their 2016 Courtyard Concert Series with a FREE concert featuring Adam Johnson.  In addition to the concert, which starts at 7pm, they’ll have great drink specials all night. (Lonestar Court, 10901 Domain Drive, Austin)

Brian Collins at Rattle Inn

Enjoy a beautiful night on the outdoor patio at Rattle Inn listening to singer/songwriter, Brian Collins. Hailing from the music hotbed of West Georgia, Brian Collins radiates a true southern soul. Humbled by his modest upbringing as the son of two truck-driving parents, Brian exudes passion and love in every corner of his career. The release of his debut album, Healing Highway certified Brian as one of the most promising emerging acts on the country scene. This FREE show starts at 10pm. (Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin)

Third Thursdays at The Blanton

Starting at 5:30pm, Blanton will kick off it’s FREE Third Thursday fun with Beat the Rush, a series of gallery concerts in which musicians perform in response to the paintings, drawings, and sculptures on display. This month’s performer is Graham Reynolds. Then at 6:30pm there will be a screening of The Milk of Sorrow, the Academy Award-nominated film about the legacy of political violence in Peru. At 7:30pm guests are encouraged to participate in a slow-looking tour of the museum. (Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fan Fare Friday at Threadgill’s World Headquarters

Join Family Eldercare for a day of live music, fun, delicious food and a great cause, at the Annual Fan Fare Friday, benefiting Family Eldercare and the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive! Live music lasts all day with on-site broadcasts from KXAN Austin News, KGSR Austin and BOB-FM, as well as fun giveaways, including a trip to Las Vegas, special guests and more! This FREE event starts at 7am. Musicians Joe McDermott and Mr. Will play at 9am and The Wind + The Wave hit the stage at noon. (Threadgill’s South, 301 West Riverside Drive, Austin)

FREE Swing Dance Lessons at The Highball With The Hollywood Revue

Starting at 7pm, learn how to swing dance with FREE lessons in a fun and encouraging environment at The Highball. Once you’ve learned a few moves, stay for The Hollywood Revue at 7:30pm and test out your new dance moves swingin’ to the great crooner hits of the ’50s. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

No Shame at Salvage Vanguard Theater

No Shame Theater is an open performance form where anything can happen and usually does. This anything includes storytelling, theater, dance, comedy, music or any hybrids thereof. Pieces must be original, under five minutes and with minimal technical demands. Also, you can’t hurt the stage or the audience. Sign-ups start at 9:30. The first 15 sign-ups get to perform. Show starts at 10 and is FREE to watch. (Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 East Manor Road, Austin)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

5th Annual 2ND Street Soundcheck

2ND Street Soundcheck is a day of music, food, shopping and fun presented by 2nd Street District. This FREE event features 24 local artists and dozens of options for food, drinks, shopping and more. The music and street festival, now in its fifth year, benefits the Austin Music Foundation and KUTX. The main festival takes place on 2ND Street and spans three city blocks. Starting at 1pm artists include Walker Lukens & The Sidearms, Tameca Jones, Gobi, and Keeper. (2nd Street District,  from San Antonio Street to Colorado Street, Austin)

Summer Solstice Day Party

Celebrate the summer solstice with a FREE rad day party hosted by some rad companies! Starting at 10am, greet the day with a morning yoga class on the rooftop deck of Lamar Union led by Lizzie Aguirre. Then at 11am,  complimentary aura portraits to reveal your inner radiance. *If you’d like to have your aura photographed, you MUST RSVP to that event invite to guarantee yourself a spot! The list will be capped at 60. Portraits will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the event* (Juice Society, 1100 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Live and Local with Zarni

The Austin Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, All ATX, and Keller Williams present a FREE concert with Zarni this Saturday at The Austin Visitor Center from 1-3pm. With a down to earth and charming stage persona, Zarni’s uniquely warm voice wears honest, heartfelt, and fresh lyrics right on the sleeve. The rising Singer/Songwriter, who was born and raised in South Africa, has shared the stage with Mary Lambert, Jillette Johnson, Ari Hest, Liz Longley, Seth Glier, Jenn Grinels, and many more. (Austin Visitors Bureau, 602 E. 4th St, Austin)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Soul of a Musician Series: Tim Easton

The Soul of a Musician Series is a collaboration of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Iron Cactus North providing an intimate musical encounter with some of Austin’s finest musicians in the family-friendly setting of a full service restaurant and bar. More than a concert, the performance provides the audience the opportunity to interact with the artists and discover some of the deeper, more soulful themes of their music. This week Tim Easton will perform starting at 6:30pm. The show is FREE and there is ample parking for everyone! (Iron Cactus, 10001 Stonelake Blvd, Austin)

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation present Concerts in the Park: Big Band

In its 14th summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace starting at 7:30pm.  A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St. (Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin)

Laugh, Dammit! at The Highball

Austin’s funniest live game show! Comics Pat Dean, Ella Gale, Chris Castles and John Buseman try to make contestants laugh – if they can resist, they win prizes! Laugh, Dammit! is inspired by the classic TV game show “Make Me Laugh!” Host David James drives a rotating panel of talented comics as they do everything they can to make contestants laugh. Contestants are snapped up from the live audience. The show’s Vanna is Avery Moore, and she is joined by announcer Duncan Carson. Unless you are one of the show’s longtime fans, you have never seen anything like this before! This FREE show starts at 8pm. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)