- November 18, 2015

Free Date Nights in Austin (Nov 19-22)



Thursday, November 19, 2015

9th Annual Tree Lighting at Hill Country Galleria

The fun starts at 6 pm in the outdoor amphitheater, with a special performance by 14-year-old Austin native Madison McWilliams. Then, the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes & the Red Rubies take the stage. Studio512’s Amanda Tatom will be on hand to help welcome Santa to the stage and light the big holiday tree! Afterward, a 5-minute firework show will take place, followed by live music by the Plain White T’s! (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)

Movies in the Park: Crazy Carl and His Man Boobs

Join the fun of FREE Movies in the Park at 6:15 this Thursday with Crazy Carl and His Man Boobs. This locally produced documentary explains how Austin got its groove by telling the story of one particular personality, Crazy Carl. Come out and enjoy these crisp autumn nights with friends.  Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are all welcome. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. (Wooldridge Square Park, 900 Guadalupe Street,  Austin)

Creek Show Light Display

Presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy, Creek Show is a way to celebrate Waller Creek and bring awareness to the future transformation coming to the creek, trails and surrounding parks. Five art installations designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects are the main attraction and can be viewed at any time between tonight and Saturday, November 21. Because they are all light-based, they are best viewed at night. (Waller Creek, between 5th St and 8th 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 pm. No cover, drink specials, and killer grooves! (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin)

Lights up! Talent Showcase at The New Movement

Lights Up! is a weekly improv show that features TNM’s newest, baddest, freshest troupes coming out of the conservatory to date. Every month they highlight two different troupes. This week’s troupe: Talent Showcase. Starting at 7 pm, see comedy the way it was meant to be seen! (P.S., it’s also BYOB.) (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca, Austin)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hostelling International Austin presents Lakeside 2-Steppin

Join a night of 2 steppin’ in Peace Point Park on Lady Bird Lake! Dance the night away on an outdoor dance floor to wonderful live music by Ben Rodgers at 7:30 pm and a FREE 2 step dance lesson from esteemed instructor, Campbell Miller at 6:30 pm. Plenty of free street parking. BuzzMill is close by if you are looking for a drink before hitting the dance floor. (Hostelling International Austin, 2200 S Lakeshore Blvd, Austin)

FREE Comedy: In the Treehouse with Chris Castles

One of the longest running FREE comedy shows in Austin. The headliner this week is a natural; the master mind behind “Weird! True Hollywood Tales”, she was featured on Last Comic Standing. LASHONDA LESTER dudes and dudettes! Also slinging zingers, Pat Dean, Michael Malamud, Peggy O’Leary, Eric Nimmer, and Micheal Foulk.  Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. (Austin Java, 1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

FREE Dance Lessons at The Iron Cactus North

Bring your dancing shoes to the Iron Cactus North location for FREE Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba lessons taught by Tony Mogadam of Dance U2. The fun begins at 8 pm and lasts until 1 am. (The Iron Cactus North, 10001 Stonelake Blvd, 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 pm. (C-Boys Heart & Soul, 2008 South Congress, Austin)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

East Austin Studio Tour (EAST)

This is the last weekend for EAST, a FREE, annual, self-guided art event providing the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin’s vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique spaces and local businesses. The tour is available from 11 am – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. (Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101, Austin)

Southpark After Dark: Honey Island Swamp Band

Enjoy these cozy autumn nights at Southpark Meadows during their After Dark concert series. This week’s special guest is Honey Island Swamp Band, a bluesy blend of Southern rock boogie and New Orleans swamp funk you don’t want to miss. The show starts at 7 pm. (Southpark Meadows, 9500 S IH-35, 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. Every week, Duncan Carson presents the best of the best of Austin’s vibrant comedy scene and play host to some of the best visiting comedians in the country. The FREE show starts at 8 pm and doors open at 7:30 pm. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

FREE Dance Lessons at The Oasis with The Brew

The will be FREE live Salsa music by Austin favorite, The Brew from 7:30-10:30 pm, and FREE dance lessons by Dance U2 from 8:30-9:00 pm during the band’s break time. If you’ve ever wanted to try Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, or Kizomba- here’s your chance! (The Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail , 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 pm. (Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin)

Free Taco and Football Sunday

Craftsman is open at noon every Sunday for football. Cheer on your team and score some FREE tacos from Pueblo Viejo, starting at 1 pm (while supplies last). (Craftsman, 2000 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin)