- January 20, 2016

Free Date Nights in Austin (January 21-24, 2016)


Need an evening out on the town? From free comedy to free concerts, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for Date Night this week!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Third Thursday at Blanton Museum of Art

Held the third Thursday of every month, Third Thursday at the Blanton offers music, art talks, and special programs, all for FREE. This Thursday’s schedule: Yoga in the Galleries, 12 p.m. Yoga in the Galleries, 12:30 p.m. Perspectives: Erin Horan, 5:30 p.m. Beat the Rush: Justin Sherburn, 6:30 p.m. Perspectives: Donald Moffett and Jim Lewis, 6:30 p.m. ARTiculamos, 7:30 p.m. Slow Looking tour. (Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin)

Triplane Comedy Show

Austin comedy captains Kath Barbadoro, Joe Hafkey, and Mac Blake have started up a new FREE show, Triplane! The lineup for their 8 p.m. show includes Avery Moore, Martha Kelly, Chris Tellez, and Andrew Clarkston. (Companion, 908 E 5th St, Austin)

Throwback Thursdays with Jack Burton Trio

Come throw back a drink while JB3 plays your favorite throwback tunes and original music for booty shakin! Starts at 8 p.m. No cover, drink specials, and killer grooves! (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin)

The Free Fringe at The Hideout

The Austin improv scene is bursting with creativity. A never-ending parade of improv experiments. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only at the FREE Fringe. Show at 10 p.m. Get tickets here. (The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor: An Artic Monkey’s Tribute featuring The Mardy Bums

Come celebrate the 10th anniversary release of Arctic Monkeys’ debut album, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” played in its entirety at Spider House Ballroom, performed by the Mardy Bums (not the actual Arctic Monkeys). Here’s the lineup for the show: The Mardy Bums 11 p.m., R.C. Cat 10 p.m., Kidlat Punch 9 p.m. FREE show, doors open at 8 p.m. (Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street, Austin)

Mike and The Moonpies at The AGBG

Mike and the Moonpies are the modern face of the outlaw country music movement. From their home in Austin, Texas, they carry the torch of their predecessors, while maintaining the originality and independence that the genre is infamous for. The Moonpies, led by Texas-born songwriter Mike Harmeier, manage themselves and produce their own albums. FREE show starts at 9:30 p.m. (The AGBG, 1305 West Oltorf, Austin)

The Weekly Stomp: Comedy at Cenote

Weekly comedy open mic every Friday from 8-10 p.m. Sign-up is FREE and starts at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Montgomery Wayne and Tiffany Stepp. (Cenote, 1010 East Cesar Chavez, Austin)

FREE Comedy: In the Treehouse with Chris Castles

One of the longest running FREE comedy shows in Austin, this week’s featured comics include Chris Tellez, Peggy O’ Leary (NYC), Tyler Harris, Blake Bowles, Danny Palumbo, and special guests. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. (Austin Java, 1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Jitterbug Vipers at C Boys Heart & Soul

The Jitterbug Vipers specialize in a beloved cult jazz offshoot called “viper jazz,” a screeching U-Turn back to the party where jazz music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of improvisatory musicianship. This musical heritage pulls from the cherished musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and Slim Galliard. Show is FREE and starts at 6:30 p.m. (C Boys Heart & Soul, 2008 South Congress, Austin)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Modern Outsider Records 5 Year Anniversary Spectacular ft. Moving Panoramas, The Calm Blue Sea, Dana Falconberry

Help the good folks at Modern Outsider Records celebrate 5 years of making music with special performances by the Moving Panoramas at 11:15 p.m., The Calm Blue Sea at 10 p.m., and Dana Falconberry at 9 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m, FREE. (The AGBG, 1305 West Oltorf, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy at Austin Java Parkway

Founded in 2012, SURE THING has grown to become Austin’s most popular and acclaimed stand-up showcase. This week’s comics include Michael Good, Adam Hrabik, Peggy O’Leary, and Pat Dean.  The FREE show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Psychedelic Soul Sundays with Jack Burton Trio and Hilary York

Head on over to C-Boys for groovy psychedelic soul that will surely put you in a good mood for Monday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Jack Burton Trio performs 7 p.m. and Hilary York at 10 p.m. FREE show! (C Boys Heart & Soul, 2008 South Congress, Austin)

Super Soul Sundays with The Nightowls

Every Sunday, Icenhauer’s hosts the Nightowls – Austin’s own 10-piece soul band that was recently named one of the “Best New Bands of the Year” by Austin Chronicle and the Austin Music Awards.  They play a unique blend of vintage and modern soul music that results in a high-energy, foot-stomping performance. This FREE show is 3-6 p.m. (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin)

Open Mic Hosted by Kacy Crowley

Can’t get enough of the weekend? Catch a FREE late night open mic hosted by Austin’s own Kacy Crowley at 10 p.m. (Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin)