- November 16, 2016

Free Date Nights in Austin: November 17-20, 2016


Free date nights in Austin this week will have you training for a 10k with a run through downtown, hanging with Robert Earl Keen for a meet and greet at Waterloo, and enjoying local arts during both Creek Show and the East Austin Studio Tour.

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Israel Nash & Bright light Social Hour FREE In-store Performance

Head over to Waterloo at 5 p.m. for a FREE in-store performance by acclaimed Austin-based artists The Bright Light Social Hour and Israel Nash. Their album, a three-song collaboration between artists, Neighbors, is set for physical release of 500 limited-edition copies on 7” vinyl on November 18th (get it a day early at the in-store!). (Waterloo Records, 600 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Waller Creek Conservancy presents Bourgeois Mystics featuring Interrobang, Arc Iris, and Dayeater

Starting at 8:30 p.m. enjoy FREE performances by Bourgeois Mystics, Interrobang, Arc Iris, and Dayeater courtesy of Waller Creek Conservancy, Red River Cultural District, and the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. Electrifying live performances blend participatory “shock rock” theatrics with unmatched musical prowess and raw, unfiltered sonic energy. Doors open at 8:30 and you can check out the lineup here. (Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, Austin)

Waller Creek Conservancy Creek Show

Presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy, Creek Show 2016 is a way to celebrate Waller Creek and bring awareness to the future transformation coming to the creek, trails and surrounding parks. During Creek Show, everyone is invited to experience the creek in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Five art installations (designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects) are the main attractions and can be viewed at any time from November 10 – 19. The installations are all light-based and therefore best viewed at night. They are all located along Waller Creek between 5th St and 8th St. In addition to the ongoing light installations, which are FREE and open to the public, there will be a number of special events. You can go here for more information. (Waller Creek between 5th Street & 8th Street, Austin)

Caring for Camo 4th Annual 1,000 Reasons to Care

Caring for Camo is a non-profit that sends care packages to currently deployed U.S. Troops. As part of it’s FREE 4th Annual 1,000 Reasons to Care event, they are asking the UT and Austin community to come out at 6 p.m. and pack a box! They will have all of the supplies paid for, they just need helping hands to pack everything into a box and write thank you letters for 250 troops. These will be reaching troops right before the holidays, so they know that Austin is thinking about them and appreciates their sacrifice. To sign up to volunteer, you can email [email protected] (Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin)

Wine Tasting at Kelly Wynne

Join Kelly Wynne for an in-store wine tasting session led by Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday. Kelly Wynne has a permanent Champagne Lounge located in the back of the store, where two varieties of Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery wines are normally served for shoppers, but this tasting will show off the full range of the company’s canned wines. After the tasting, enjoy a full glass of your top pick while you mingle and shop! There will also be snacks to pair with the wines, prize filled confetti poppers, and access to the newly launched “Cheers to Us!” Champagne Flute Gift Sets. Additionally, 10% of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. RSVP to [email protected] (Kelly Wynne, Domain Northside, 3211 Palm Way Suite W2.132, Austin)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Robert Earl Keen Signing at Waterloo Records

Twenty-one years ago, Robert Earl Keen, his band, and a few musician buddies played the John T. Floore Country Store, the legendary Texas dance hall and café, and rolled tape on the set. He released the recording (along with a pair of songs recorded elsewhere) in 1996 as No. 2 Live Dinner, and it went on to become one of the storytelling troubadour’s most beloved and best-selling albums. To mark the occasion, Keen invited old and new friends to play the venue again, with Reckless Kelly and Cody Canada and the Departed playing opening sets. And, once again, Keen recorded the set. From 5 – 6:30 p.m., Robert Earl Keen will be making an appearance at Waterloo and signing autographs to celebrate this updated recording. The event is FREE and refreshments will be provided by Shiner beer. (Waterloo Records, 600 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Gallery 701: Naissance Opening Reception

The Long Center and Gallery 701 are pleased to announce the opening of a new visual arts exhibit entitled Naissance at 7 p.m., at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The event is FREE and open to the public—no tickets or RSVPs necessary. Beginning November 18th and running through mid-February, thirty to forty of Austin’s most creative artists will interpret naissance—birth-creation-new beginning. Both prominent and emerging artists will participate, and works from fellows and the present class of Artist INC—a series of workshops dedicated to arming artists with applicable business skills—will be featured. (Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside, Austin)

Friday Night Flix: Dirty Dancing

Friday Night Flix is back! Head over to the Lone Star Court at 8 p.m. for a FREE screening of Dirty Dancing starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. You can also enter to win some awesome prizes, including a free staycation at Lone Star Court, Hotel Sorella in Houston or Valencia in San Antonio, and $50 and $25 gift certificates for the Water Trough! There will also be live music at the Water Trough after the movie. You can register for tickets for this free event here. (Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Drive, Austin)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Cover Letter at Stubb’s

With the energy of a house party, The Cover Letter began forging their name in the Austin music scene in 2013, quickly becoming known for their multi-instrumentation, constant movement and love of performing. Blending an old-fashioned Americana sound with modern indie melodies, The Cover Letter takes folk and twists it into something new, yet somehow nostalgic. This FREE show starts at 10:45 p.m. (immediately following the ticketed Grouplove show). (Stubb’s Outdoors, 801 Red River Street, Austin)

East Austin Studio Tour

Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour is a FREE annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in November. It’s the final weekend, so this event is a must see! Through collaboration with the community, East provides opportunities for the public to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who drive Austin’s vibrant creative culture. For more information and to grab a map of all the participating studios, click here. The tour is both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Various locations, East Austin)

Leo Manzano 3-5-7 Run

Austin 10K’r invites you to join in for a unique variety of fun running routes that will compliment your Cap10K training. The Leo Manzano 3-5-7 Run is a FREE 3, 5 or 7-mile route that travels along beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Come out and meet Olympic Silver Medalist and Statesman Capitol 10K Race Ambassador Leo Manzano. Maps, bottled water, nutritional bars, high fives and selfies will be shared at each meeting. To participate, meet at 8 a.m. at the Austin American Statesman West Lot. Parking is free, as well. (Austin American-Statesman (West Lot), 305 S Congress Ave, Austin)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Austin City Limits Taping: Cinan Winans  St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Austin City Limits is pleased to announce a new taping with rising soul/rock stars St. Paul and the Broken Bones at 8 p.m. Hot off gigs opening for the Rolling Stones and a slot at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, St. Paul and the Broken Bones brings their take-no-prisoners live show to TV for what promises to be a memorable ACL debut. Grammy award-winning gospel sensation Cece Winans will open at 6:30 p.m. For a chance to win FREE tickets to the taping, enter the drawing here by November 17th. (ACL-LIVE, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin)

Backyard Story Night- “It Wasn’t Me!”

The theme for the November storytelling will be “It wasn’t me.” We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Shaggy will make a guest appearance! The event is FREE like always, but they will be collecting donations for the non-profit Partners in Parenting.  Also, SOULumination will be partnering again and providing ASL interpretation of the stories. Hooray! Doors will open at 7 p.m., stories start at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket, a chair, a friend, and an open heart to this sweet event. (Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th Street, Austin)