- August 13, 2014

Free Fun for Date Night (August 14-17, 2014)


Thursday, August 14
KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is back this Thursday with a performance by Crooks. This outlaw country band has people talking. Fans include Texas Monthly who raved about their wide appeal, “Crooks is also reaching underground rock and roll fans with a rueful, hard-edged, and authentic country sound that also flirts with bluegrass, garage, Tejano, mariachi, and Southern rock.” Please note, additional free parking is available at Bicycle Sports Shop and at the southeast corner of Barton Springs & Lamar. Show starts at 8pm. (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704)

Improv Zero: Free Intro to Improv Class
Interested in taking an improv class? Want to test drive it first? Head out to The New Movement 6:30 to 7:30pm this Thursday for a FREE Improv class. They will walk you through beginner exercises and bullet points of what comprises an improv education with their conservatory. They go over the basics of what makes improv unique and you get a chance to meet the teachers. Grab a few friends, try it out, and stick around for the fun shows afterwards. (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St.)

W Austin’s ON DECK Series
Escape the summer heat with FREE access to the WET Deck Thursdays this summer, during their ON DECK series. From 5:00pm til sunset, relax and enjoy music from the W house deck DJ. Show up early (between 5-6pm) to enjoy complimentary bites from TRACE, and chair massages from the AWAY Spa. Click HERE to RSVP. (W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca St.)

Friday, August 15

Nutty Brown Cafe: Patton Sparks Band
As part of the KOKE FM FREE Concert Series at Nutty Brown Cafe, The Patton Sparks Band will be playing 7-10pm. This gritty Southern Rock band has been playing venues around Texas for several years and has developed a strong grass roots following. They’ll be sharing new songs from their recently released second EP, “Love, Texas, & Me”. (Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Highway 290 West, Austin)

Live at Waterloo: Ruthie FosterA soul singer who crafted her art in Texas churches, Ruthie Foster is celebrating her new album “Promise Of A Brand New Day” with a FREE in-store performance at Waterloo Records. The concert starts at 5pm and is presented by Sun 100.1 Radio and Shiner. For more info visit here. (Waterloo Records, 600A N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703)

Saturday, August 16

Four on the Floor is instructing FREE swing dance lessons this Saturday at 9pm featuring Snorky’s Rhythm Kings. RSVP here. Get there early to learn some new moves, and show off what you got in front of a live band at 10:30pm. (Swan Dive, 615 Red River Street, Austin, TX)

Sure Thing: Austin’s Free Comedy Show
SURE THING is a FREE weekly showcase at the original Austin Java, every Saturday at 8pm. Headliners include performers seen on Comedy Central, Conan, Letterman, and Funniest Person in Austin Winners, as well as the city’s best comics on the rise, plus special out-of-town guests. Hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. This week, Funniest Person in Austin Winner Mac Blake headlines the show with Caroline Bassett, Tafazdwa Gwaze, Atlanta’s Brian Emond, and Denver’s Kristin Rand. Doors open at 7:30pm. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin, TX 78703)

Cruise In: Dick’s Classic Garage (San Marcos)
Cruise In to Dick’s Classic Garage from 5pm – 8pm for a FREE classic car show and live music by Boswell. Free museum admission starts at 5pm and live music starts at 6pm. (Dick’s Classic Garage, 120 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666) 

Buzzmill Jamboree: Possessed by Paul James
Known as “The Fort” by its regulars, Buzzmill is one of the most unique coffee houses Austin has yet to experience. They proudly serve locally roasted coffee and one-of-a-kind bootleg liquors from their woodsy, beaver-lovin “fort”. Celebrate local while singer-songwriter Paul James takes you on a FREE lyrical journey with his soulful storytelling at 7pm on Saturday. (Buzzmill, 1505 Town Creek Drive, Austin, TX 78741)

Texas Summer Nights Masquerade Party

Sponsored by Do Stuff Austin and New to Austin, this is a FREE event and great opportunity to make new friends at the Chicago House. Starts at 9pm and DJ Law-Sun will be spinning the night away. If you don’t have a mask handy, no worries- masks will be available at the event for $1. Click here to RSVP. (Chicago House, 607 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701)

Sunday, August 17

Hotel San Jose Presents: Reggae Night
This Sunday, from 3:30 – 6:30pm, head to Hotel San Jose for a FREE 
Classic & Deep Rocksteady, Reggae, and Dub apun by  DeeJay jLa Soul. ALL on vinyl. (Hotel San Jose, 1316 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704)
Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park: Woodwinds 
If you haven’t had a chance to catch the Austin Symphony at the Long Center, you’re running out of time to enjoy this FREE musical treat. August is the last month for the event so pack up your sweetheart, a yummy picnic, and head over the Long Center lawn at 7:30pm for a little bit of romance. Free parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St. Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $7. (Long Center, 701 W. Riverside)

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The 56th annual Zilker Summer Musical: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! – Saturday is the LAST PERFORMANCE! One of the greatest cowboy/farm girl love stories of our time, the classic tale will be brought to life in all its musical, dance, and sing-along glory at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, Thursday thru Saturday at 8:30pm (through August 16th), and is always FREE. (Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704)

Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children’s lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she’s not scheming “glama” world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. Connect with her at glamaLIFE or on Facebook.