- January 18, 2017

Free Date Nights in Austin: January 19-22, 2017


Does 2017 have you feeling inspired? Check out our free date night picks this weekend for fun classes, live music, and interactive events!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Guy on a Buffalo at The Highball

Calling all viral video fans! It’s a guy! On a buffalo! The super viral videos from The Possum Posse are going to be live on stage! Videos played while the band plays the hits behind it. This FREE show starts at 8 p.m. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Become a More-Involved Literary Citizen

Writing and reading may be solitary acts, but their survival depends upon a thriving, supportive literary community. Now more than ever, we need vibrant conversations about great, challenging books and stories. This panel will discuss the importance of reading groups, book reviews, journals, and literary events and share practical ways to support them.  This is a FREE event starting at 7 p.m. presented by The Writer’s League of Texas (BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin)

General Assembly presents 30 Businesses in 30 Days

Here’s your New Year’s inspiration to get up and hustle, with how to start a service-based small business or freelance career from scratch! Hear from Richelle Oullette about her personal experiment to create 30 businesses in 30 days. Learn how to create and execute a one-page business plan to just get started and tips for overcoming the fear of failure and mitigate perceived risk. Tools to create one-page business plan including the following: how to select a service/product to offer and how to package it to provide value; how to define your ideal client and shaping your personal/business brand; guerrilla marketing tactics: finding your first clients. The event is FREE and starts at 6:30 p.m. (WeWork Congress, 600 Congress Avenue, Austin)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Jackie Venson In-Store Performance at Waterloo Records

Jackie Venson draws on diverse influences ranging from Buddy Guy to Sade to Alicia Keys. Throughout her career, she has supported famed country and southern icons Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and James Taylor. The Austin American-Statesman has hailed her sound as “an astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace.” Come out to Waterloo at 5 p.m. for a FREE performance to hear her live. (Waterloo Records, 1016 West 6th Street, Austin)

ART for all + ALL for Art Grand Opening at Art for the People

Art for the People’s 1st group exhibition for 2017 is ART for all + ALL for Art. Come and view the gallery filled with art that will enhance your room’s view and support Austin Art(ists). Art for the People & Art From the Streets have come together to create this special exhibition of art created by homeless and formerly homeless artists. Enter the fine art gallery and it will give you a different view of Austin’s homeless community. Come and enjoy this inclusive night of art and artists where all are welcome.  The FREE reception starts at 6:30 p.m. (Art for the People, 1711 South 1st Street, Austin)

David Young at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul

David Young is a dynamic trumpet player, bandleader, entertainer and music producer who brings two decades of experience in entertainment. Young’s mission is to make music that will move people and put to use his experience for other artists who wish to do the same. With roots in jazz, classical, popular and soul music, Young’s original compositions reach deep into the musical lexicon to intone melodies altogether familiar and new, exotic and accessible. This is reflected in his eclectic discography and diverse body of work. This FREE show starts at 6:30 p.m. (C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, 2008 South Congress Avenue, Austin)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

KUTX’s Winter Jam 2017 at The AGBG

Kick off the new year with live music! Discover new music that reflects the diverse spirit of Austin at KUTX’s Winter Jam 2017 – a concert showcasing a variety of local music acts, from hip-hop, to country, to indie rock. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the FREE show. The line-up is as follows: 3 p.m. James “Slim” Hand (Texas singer and songwriter), 4 p.m. Tele Novella (Indie psych-pop outfit), 5 p.m. Third Root (Hip-Hop project). (The AGBG, 1305 Oltorf Street, Austin)

Buzz Mill 4th Anniversary with Oak Wilt

The Buzz Mill is throwing down for its 4th Anniversary! Join in the celebration and enjoy some woodsman tomfoolery! There will be Live Chainsaw Carving, Taxidermy Workshop, and a performance by Oak Wilt. The event is FREE and begins at 2 p.m. (Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Road, Austin)

The Peterson Brothers at Lone Star Court

If you haven’t seen this amazingly talented duo, run- don’t walk- to Lone Star Court this Saturday at 9 p.m. They are truly one of the best live acts in Austin right now. Alex, 17, on bass, violin and vocals; and Glenn Jr., 19, on guitar, percussion and lead vocals, are brothers who possess their own uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, funk and rock infused music. This a FREE show and lasts until midnight- enjoy! (Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Drive, Austin)

Kadampa Meditation Grand Opening

Join Austin’s newest meditation center for an FREE open house event from 1-4 p.m. They will be welcoming local businesses, the general public, and new friends to their beautiful new Kadampa Meditation Center. There will also be a FREE 30-minute guided meditation from 3-3:30 p.m. (Kadampa Meditation Center, 106 East 8th Street, Austin)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Articulture Designs: Clothing Swap!

High quality clothes, a little vino and a nosh, lots of fun….and all for a good cause. What’s not to love! The event is FREE, but has a suggested donation of $5, with 100% of donations going to Dress for Success Austin chapter. To participate, come to Articulture Designs between 9-11 a.m. and drop of the clothes you’re donating. Please note, only quality clothes will be accepted. No one has fun sifting through ripped clothes, stained clothes, or just plain awful clothes! Then come back between 3-5 p.m. the same day, and you can take home as many items as you donated. Any left over clothes will be donated to Dress for Success. Any items Dress for Success cannot use will be donated to Goodwill. Wine and light snacks will be provided. While not required, please RSVP here so we can have the appropriate refreshments ready. (Articulture Designs, 6405 Manchaca Road, Austin)

Chinese New Year and Yoga Celebration at Hope Farmers Market

HOPE Farmers Market is welcoming in 2017  with their very special Yoga & Chinese New Year Celebration! There will be yoga all day and The Ecstatic Dance crew will be shaking their bones on over to HOPE for a Takeover from 1 – 2 p.m. Everyone welcome and encouraged to join! Pssst… there might even be a Chinese Dragon to dance with! For a complete schedule, visit here. This is a FREE event and starts at 11 a.m. (Hope Farmers Market, 412 Comal Street, Austin)