FREE Date Nights in Austin kicks off with the legendary Dale Watson at Shady Grove Unplugged, a special screening of Man Down at the Paramount, lots of live music, and an Island Style Pig Roast on Sunday. We’re giving you plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend!
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Black Angels will be at Waterloo for a FREE in-store performance to celebrate Record Day and their latest album, Death Song at 5:00 p.m. The Austin-based psychedelic rockers will be playing music from their first full-length album in four years. Austin Beerworks will be on hand providing free refreshments, as well. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd, 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 Dale Watson 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.
ColdTowne Theater presents the 8th annual Austin Sketch Fest, Memorial Day weekend 2017, showcasing the best scripted comedy from Austin and the wilderness beyond. There will be a FREE show at Spiderhouse with Austin’s favorite Mac Blake at 11:30 p.m. Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St, Austin.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Beverly Hills Cop II. Arrive 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). 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. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will begin about an hour later. FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
FREE screening of the movie Man Down starring Shia LeBeouf followed by Mental Wellness Q&A with CSM Christopher Greca, Director Dito Montiel, and mental health experts. Man Down is a movie about U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) who returns home from his tour in Afghanistan to find that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. To attend, RSVP here. Stateside at the Paramount Theater, 719 Congress Ave, Austin.
The Hollywood Revue is the only band in Austin playing tribute to the great songs and great films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The all-star line-up includes Morgan P. Thompson on bass (Asylum St. Spankers, The Skeleton Keys), James Gwyn on drums (Junior Brown, Marshall Ford Swing Band), David Jellema on clarinet (East Side Dandies, Jazz Pharaohs), Jimmie Dreams on guitar (Cyril Neville, The Love Leighs), Brian Rise on vocals and ukulele (Gypsy Tribe, Combo Mahalo) and introducing Kacy Todd as America’s Sweetheart on vocals. The FREE show starts at 7:00 p.m. The Highball, 1720 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Join the Highball for their first ever Blues Night with Nakia and the Blues Grifters. An Austin icon (and “The Voice” alum), Nakia is sharing his soulful Blues band for FREE starting at 8:00 p.m. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret nominee. Nakia and the Blues Grifters appear on the new ALL ATX album Low Down Violet Crown: Austin Rocks the Blues. Nakia recently performed at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival with the Barton Hills Choir. The Highball, 1720 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music by Sour Bridges, specials, and great shopping. The music begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Hill Country Galleria’s Central Plaza. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this FREE show. Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs. Order to go food or delivery from Hill Country Galleria restaurants, and arrive early to ensure you get a free SWAG bag filled with fun items and discounts from the Hill Country Galleria merchants and sponsors. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Kev Bev and the Woodland Creatures brings fresh and future sounds to the funky dance party. The 9-piece Austin based band plays a mixture of Funk, R&B, Soul, Reggae, and Hip Hop inspired original music. Live shows are filled with energetic dance grooves and tight musical compositions. The band’s instrumentation includes: electric guitars, bass, drums, percussionists, keyboards, violin, horns, dancers, animal costumes, and sometimes special guests. The AGBG, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Head out the Volstead at 7:00 p.m. for a FREE island style pig roast with cuisine by Chef Joe Becerra and a DJ set by uLOVEi. There will be a full Tiki drink menu featuring Appleton Estate Rum and Espolon Tequila. Then, at 10:00 p.m. DJ Beatsmode takes over with a 90’s R&B and hip hop dance party. The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St, Austin.
Spend Sunday Funday listening to Jamaican records from the 1960’s to 80’s with DJ jLa Soul. The FREE event starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. There will be drink specials, as well, to help you recharge this Memorial Day weekend. Hotel San Jose, 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin.