- September 17, 2014

Free Fun in Austin: Date Night Edition (September 18-21, 2014)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove celebrates its LAST SHOW for the season this Thursday with a performance by Jonathan Tyler. A Texas native playing since 2007, Jonathan was awarded “Best Male Vocalist” by the Dallas Observer and his take on The Archies’ song “Sugar, Sugar” is the current theme song for TLC’s hit Cake Boss. Please note, additional free parking is available at Bicycle Sports Shop and at the southeast corner of Barton Springs & Lamar. Show starts at 8pm. FREE! (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704)

Nutty Idol Kasual Karaoke

Starting at 8:30pm and lasting until midnight, Nutty Brown Cafe will be hosting its very own karaoke night, with a contest for prizes being held at at 10pm. 
Join their singing bartender, KC Bruce Newman, and a bunch of other shameless karaoke singers for your favorite songs. FREE!  (Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Highway 290 West, Austin)

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 front men who don’t disappoint. Show starts at 9:30pm. FREE! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey, Austin)

Variety Block Party at The New Movement
Looking for a fun and unpredictable evening? Check out this “anything-goes open mic” night at The New Movement 9:30-11pm. The show is hosted by Terance McDavid and features standup, sketch, and performance art (maybe!). Let the FREE fun begin! (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St, Austin)

Grand Opening Gallery 702
Gallery 702, Austin’s newest destination for collectible contemporary art is hosting a Grand Opening celebration this Thursday with guest appearances by artists, D.K. Richardson, Bobbi Bennett, and Joyce DiBona. The evening will be dedicated to art, drinks, and great conversation. The party starts at 7pm and lasts until about 9pm. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] (Gallery 702, 702 San Antonio Street, Austin)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day Party at Opal Divine’s
Arrr Matey! Grab your lucky eye patch and head over to Opal Divine’s to join their Pirate Day celebration from 7-11:30pm. Included in the festivities will be music from The Swishbucklers, The Jolly Garogers, and Shoulders. Come dressed in your pirate best- there will be $100 prizes for Best Dressed Pirate and Best Dressed Wench Costumes. 
FREE! (Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 3601 S Congress Ave, Austin)

Head for the Hill’s: Sour Bridges

Hill’s Cafe is back again with their FREE Friday music series featuring Sour Bridges this Friday, from 7-9pm. In case you missed their performance at UtopiaFest, here’s your second chance to hear their version of “browngrass.” What’s browngrass you ask? According to Sour Bridges, it’s “like bluegrass, but dirtier.” Enough said. (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress, Austin)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Night Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria
Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend and head out to the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave to catch Kendall Beard play as part of their weekend concert series. You might recognize her from gracing this month’s cover of Rockstar Magazine, or perhaps her American Idol tryout that generated quite a bit of buzz around town. You’re welcome to bring a blanket, chairs, and food will be available nearby. Saturday, from 7-9pm. 
(Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd, Bee Cave) Canceled due to weather. 

The Making of Gone With the Wind
While this might not be at the top of your man’s list, this FREE exhibition is a must-see for avid movie buffs. Celebrating 75 years, you’re invited on a tour behind-the-scenes of the landmark film Gone With the Wind. With costumes, paintings, photographs and more, the exhibit chronologically tells the story of the production through the 12th annual Academy Awards where the film became the first to win more than five Oscars. Hours for the exhibit are 10am to 5pm Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 7pm Thursday and noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. (Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets, 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, September 21, 2014

FREE Museum Day (Multiple Locations)
This Sunday is the 17th annual FREE Museum Day with more than 35 institutions participating. If you’ve ever wanted to check out a new museum or just want to have fun museum-hopping with friends, here’s your chance! For a rundown of all the places you can go, head over here.

KUTX Austin FREE MUSIC SERIES at Uncle Billy’s Brewery & BBQ 
Sunday music series 2-6pm, with DJ Mixer Rogers spinning and live music by Reed Turner at 4pm. Oozing an eclectic blend of Folk/Rock/Americana this Austin-native singer/songwriter is celebrating his sophomore album with a stop at Uncle Billy’s. RSVP for FREE tickets. (Uncle Billy’s Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Road, 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