Free Date Nights in Austin has plenty of opportunities for you to get out and enjoy the gorgeous weather! Catch an outdoor screening of Captain America: Civil War, track down traveling live performances during the HONK!TX Festival, or run three miles downtown with Willie’s statue cheering you on. Rather stay indoors? Check out a KISS tribute band, laugh your booty off at Strange Land Brewery’s comedy night, or enjoy a visual art gallery from Art is Cool.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The theatrical adaptation of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” reached three times as many people in America as the original novel, which was the second best-selling book in the nineteenth century after the Bible. Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts Eric Colleary shares insights into the original manuscripts held in the Ransom Center’s collections and traces the fascinating production history of one of the single most important plays in American theatre history. This event is FREE, starts at 4:00 p.m., and is open to the public. Please be aware that the Ransom Center’s Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.
This is Dale Watson as you’ve never seen him before! Special guests, special costumes, and a swing show you can’t hear anywhere else! With a recording career spanning over two decades, Dale is basically a state–heck, national–treasure, rocking roadhouses and dance halls with his signature brand of honky tonk and country swing. This guy is the real deal, and once you’ve seen him, you’ll be back every week. This FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
HONK!TX is a nonprofit, community-driven festival that brings street and brass bands from around the country to perform for free in the public spaces of Austin. Mobile and unamplified, HONK! bands transform everyday locations into spontaneous stages. A range of genres will be represented including a New Orleans second-line brasss, Brazilian, West African, and more. This FREE festival lasts through Sunday. For a full lineup of the schedule and locations, click here. Various locations, Austin.
Art is Cool and Austin Black Pride have joined efforts to bring you a Visual Gallery + Melodic Showcase. Join them from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for an evening of drinks, light bites, vibrant music, and visual gallery by some of Austin’s most talented African American LGBT artists. Their amazing masterpieces represent pop culture, the deep south, stereotypes, lived experiences, and self-reflexivity. The event is FREE and open to the public. Drinks are available for a donation. Dedrick Hamilton House, 912 E 11th St, Austin.
Head over to the White Horse for FREE live music from Huck Johnson & the Jackknives at 8:00 p.m., The Governors at 10:00 p.m., and Mayeux & Broussard at midnight. The White Horse, 500 Comal St, Austin.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Time to let that green thumb shine. In collaboration with Tillery Street Plant Co., Lumber Society will present a class on basic plant knowledge, Texas natives, as well as on-site plant propagation training. Bring gloves unless you want dirty hands. Friends and Allies Brewing will be bringing some tasty Urban Chicken drinking treats. This FREE event starts at 6:00 p.m. Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin.
Do you like cutting edge standup comedy? This lineup is hot and features some of ATX’s brightest comedic stars including Eric Nemmer, Joey Ficken, Joe Tullar, Ashley Overton, Brendan k. O’Grady, and Brett Marie Vervoort. The show is FREE and starts at 9:00 p.m. Strange Land Brewery, 5904 Bee Caves Rd, Austin.
Introducing the HOPE Night Market Final Fridays, operating every last Friday of each month. This FREE event starts at 6:00 p.m. with DJ Gatsby. The New Movement will have Comedic Story Telling at 8:00 p.m., and DJ Gatsby is back at 9:00 p.m. The first 75 shoppers get a FREE ticket for the Hotel Vegas food truck. For a full list of vendors, food trucks, and events scheduled, click here. Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St, Austin.
Tomar and the FCs debuted during SXSW and released their first EP, Day by Day, in October. Deborah Sengupta Stith of the Austin American Statesman selected it as one of her top releases of the year writing, “Williams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat and tears”. Tomar and the FCs opened 2016 with a NYE show at the historic Austin Continental Club and played an official SXSW showcase in March. In June, NPR music selected the FCs to represent Austin for their Tiny Desk Concert series. Check out their FREE show at 10:00 p.m. Stubb’s, 801 Red River St, Austin.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Captain America: Civil War. Please arrive out early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). And be sure to stop by the Community Market and check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that the residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Residents keep 100% of the profits from their sales, helping them to earn a dignified income while doing work they love! The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Austin 10K’r invites you to join us for a unique variety of fun running routes that will compliment your Cap10K training. The Willie Run is a creative 3-mile that intersects Butler Park, crosses Lady Bird Lake, and strolls through the entertainment district of downtown. Take an opportunity along the way to get your photo next to the legendary Willie Nelson statue outside the Moody Theater. The FREE run starts at 8:00 a.m. Austin American-Statesman (West parking lot), 305 S Congress Ave, Austin.
The Austin History Center invites you to an afternoon book discussion with Carol Dawson, Roger Polson and Geoff Appold, authors of the recent book Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department. The book documents the 100-year history of the Texas Department of Transportation, including more than 30 photographs. The creators of the book will share stories about how the project was developed and read selections from the book. A book signing will follow the presentation. The event is FREE and starts at 2:00 p.m. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Austin Music Foundation Artist of the Month Alum, and current AMF Artist Development Program member, Jackie Venson is on a rocket ship to the top of the Austin music scene and beyond thanks to her mesmerizing guitar play and smokey, soulful voice. Having played with some of the biggest names in Austin and traveled the world playing her music, Jackie is a must-see and a treat for those that get the opportunity. Head over at 4:00 p.m. for a FREE show featuring Dan Patrevito, Alicia Adkins, and headlined by Jackie Venson. Independence Brewing, 3913 Todd Ln, Ste 607, Austin.
Blood Spitting! Fire breathing! Giant flashing KISS logos! At 10:00 p.m. catch a FREE show with one of the best KISS cover bands in Texas. Rock and Roll Over is the KISS tribute band. Their mission and promise is to deliver a top flight KISS show, including KISS style guitars, costumes and theatrics, along with the top notch vocals, energy and tight choreography that people from all over Texas and beyond have come to expect from a KISS tribute band fronted by top tier musicians. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Texas Tunes: Keep the beat as you enjoy musical activities, demonstrations, and more. Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day. Go on a rock n’ roll writing tour through the Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibition with a little help from friends at Badgerdog, Shake, rattle, and roll your way through the museum with an instrument you make yourself. Construct a diddley bow and examine how sound works by connecting it to an amp. The museum will be open from noon to 5:00 p.m. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin.
A weekly showcase of local, professional musicians introducing their “side projects” to the Austin music community. FREE from 3- 5:00 p.m. This week’s guest is Pocket Sounds, with Mike St. Clair of White Denim, Okkervil River, Polyphonic Spree and Sam Lipman. Kebabalcious, 7th & Navasota, Austin.