- November 13, 2014

Free Fun in Austin: Date Night Edition (November 13-16, 2014)


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Waller Creek Light Show

As the sun sets on Waller Creek, five site-specific light installations will be revealed. These installations, all created by Austin-based architects and landscape architects, will illuminate Waller Creek in new and exciting ways. See the designs, hear local music and learn more about the future of Waller Creek. This outdoor event is FREE and starts at sunset. There will also be live music starting at 7pm at Empire Control Room & Garage. Acts include Quiet Company, Marmalakes, Ruby Jane, and Calliope Musicals. Entry to Empire is $5 or FREE with RSVP here. (Waller Creek between 5th & 7th, Austin) 

November Wine Walk at the Hill Country Galleria

Love wine? Then you must check out the Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk! Start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map to guide you on the wine walk. Keep your map with you as your ticket for each wine walk stop. Hill Country Galleria shopping bags filled with exclusive offers will also be available to Wine Walk participants. Event is 5-9pm. The event is FREE, but quantities are limited. Get there early to ensure you have time to visit each stop. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX)

Soul Thursdays at The Blackheart with ROXY ROCA and Mrs. Glass

This dynamite duo of bands is still rocking their residency at the Blackheart every Thursday by serving up lots of booty-shaking and feel good soul. These acts are high energy with talented frontmen who don’t disappoint. Show starts at 9:30pm. FREE! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey, Austin)

The Free Fringe at the Hideout Theatre

Looking for crazy, random, free-for-all fun? Stop by the Hideout Theatre for their weekly FREE Fringe improv show. Starts at 10pm and no one knows what will happen when the performers take the stage… not even the performers! Improv at its finest. Reserve tickets in advance to guarantee a spot. (Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Christy Hays at Buzz Mill

Known for her rich and powerful approach to songwriting, Christy Hays is one to watch. Her musical journey started in the Midwest, led her to near isolation in the Alaskan Wilderness, developed its grit in Nashville, and finally fully blossomed here in Austin. Her story plays out in her music as she shares her heartaches and hard-won triumphs. Show is 8-10pm. (Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Drive, Austin) 

Head for the Hill’s FREE Music Fridays

FREE music Fridays are back at Hill’s Cafe. This week features Harvest Thieves from 7-9pm. This alt-country and folk-rock band just finished opening for the Old 97’s at Stubb’s to rave reviews. They’re finishing up their first full length album and will be touring soon. Catch them while they are still here! Show will be inside. (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress, Austin) 

Live Art Battle at Gypsy Lounge

Lots to enjoy here! There will be live art demonstrations as artists battle each other and showcase their talents. Other entertainment includes poetry, comedians, slam poetry, and live music. Donations are encouraged, but the event is FREE. For a full line-up of all the activities visit the event page here. The after-party with two stages of music from 9pm-2am is only $5. (Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E. 6th Street, Austin)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

East Austin Studio Tour (EAST)

EAST is a FREE self-guided art event occurring this weekend and next, 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 exhibition spaces and local businesses. Happenings are also FREE, occurring on the weekends of the tour with varying hours. Visit the website for the lineup of exhibitions as well as the schedule of happenings and select events.

Grand Opening Red Carpet Party at The Gatsby

Prepare for a full day of live music, craft-cocktails, and a taste of the good life. Doors open at 4pm. FREE live music by DJ Bottles, White Ghost Shivers, Larry g(EE), and special guest Ishi. There will also be hand-rolled cigars by Bobalu Cigar Company, fresh shaves on site by SHED Barbershop and Supply, and delicious food by Native Family. (The Gatsby, 708 E. 6th Street, Austin)

Austin Fermentation Festival

Calling all foodies! The Texas Farmer’s Market, Le Cordon Bleu, and Whole Foods are launching the Austin Fermentation Festival to benefit local food and farmers. The FREE event will be held from 11am–4pm at the Le Cordon Bleu Austin campus in the Domain. The day will include a series of fermentation workshops, a community culture swap, fermented foods and product vendors, book sales, food for purchase, fermented beverages, a vegetable farmers’ market, and live music. (Le Cordon Bleu, 3110 Esperanza Crossing Suite 100, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java, 8pm. Headliners include performers seen on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Letterman, and more, 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. These events have been filling up quickly so be sure to get there early! Doors open at 7:30pm. FREE! (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SouthPOP’s exhibition, Austin Graffiti Art: Celebrating Austin’s Street Art and Featuring the “Hope” Gallery on Lamar Boulevard, showcases the photography of Bob Simmons. The goal of SouthPop is to present some of the most visually interesting street art works as pop culture art rather than a public nuisance. Admission to the museum is FREE during regular hours (Thursday-Sunday from 1pm-6pm) through December 20. (SouthPOP, 1516-B South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

At 10:30pm, things heat up at the Continental Club with Dupree, a swinging rock band with roots in swing, blues, ’50s rock, and a little country. FREE! (Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin)

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.