Free Date Nights in Austin (February 18-21, 2016)

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dale Watson & His Lonestars

This is Dale Watson as you’ve never seen him before! Special guests, special costumes, and a swing show you can’t hear anywhere else! With a recording career spanning over two decades, Dale is a state treasure, rocking roadhouses and dance halls with his signature brand of honky tonk and country swing. This guy is the real deal, and once you’ve seen him, you’ll be back every week. FREE show from 8-11 p.m. (The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin)

3rd Annual Hand Drawn Records Battle of the Bands at Brass House

Omarr Awake hosts the 3rd annual Battle of the Bands presented by Hand Drawn Records, live at Austin’s renowned jazz lounge, Brass House. Nightly winners move on to an unofficial South-By showcase on March 17th, where the finalists compete for a chance to be included on this year’s Hand Drawn Records’ compilation record! Past Hand Drawn Records compilations have been nominated for numerous music awards, and are released nationally for FREE. The “battle” voting is 50% audience ballot voting, and 50% judge voting. So, come join the fun from 8 p.m. to midnight, and vote for your favorite! This week’s battle is between Castile King at 9 p.m., Pussy Factory at 10 p.m., and Sefo at 11 p.m.  (Brass House, 115 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin)

Triplane Comedy Show

Austin comedy captains Kath Barbadoro, Joe Hafkey, and Mac Blake are starting up a new FREE show, Triplane! The lineup for their 8 p.m. show includes headliner Emma Arnold (Doug Loves Movies), Aaron Brooks (Bounce House), Katie Pengra (The Buzz Kill), and Mike Wiebe (Altercation Punk Comedy Tour).  (Companion, 908 E 5th St, Austin)

Third Thursday at The Blanton

Join in for art and activities at the Blanton’s Third Thursday! Admission is FREE and the museum stays open through 9 p.m. for a variety of exciting public programs. The schedule is as follows: 12 p.m. Yoga in the Galleries; 5:30 p.m. Beat the Rush gallery concerts; 6:30 p.m. ARTiculamos Spanish language tour; 6:30 p.m. Perspectives: Tom Lee on The Crusader Bible; 7:30 p.m. Slow Looking tour. (Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin)

Throwback Thursdays with Jack Burton Trio

Throw back a drink while JB3 plays your favorite throwback tunes and original music for booty shakin’. Starts at 8 p.m. No cover, drink specials, and killer grooves. (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey St, Austin)

The Free Fringe

The Austin improv scene is bursting with creativity. A never-ending parade of improv experiments. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only at the FREE Fringe. Show at 10 p.m. Get tickets here. (The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Especial para el Día de los Enamorados Special Valentine Movie Night

In collaboration with Freestyle Language Center, enjoy an engaging evening of romantic comedy, refreshments, and discussion to follow. There will be a special screening of Sin Hijos (No Kids) at 8 p.m., an Argentine romantic comedy about dating, life, and single parenthood.  This FREE event begins at 7:45 p.m. RSVP here. (Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales Street, Austin)

The Hollywood Revue at The Highball

The Hollywood Revue is the only band in Austin playing tribute to the great songs and great films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The all-star line-up, from 7-10 p.m., includes Morgan P. Thompson on bass (Asylum St. Spankers, The Skeleton Keys), James Gwyn on drums (Junior Brown, Marshall Ford Swing Band), David Jellema on clarinet (East Side Dandies, Jazz Pharaohs), Jimmie Dreams on guitar (Cyril Neville, The Love Leighs), Brian Rise on vocals and ukulele (Gypsy Tribe, Combo Mahalo), and Kacy Todd as America’s Sweetheart on vocals. (The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin)

The Weekly Stomp: Comedy at Cenote

Weekly FREE comedy every Friday from 8-10 p.m. Hosted by Montgomery Wayne and Tiffany Stepp. (Cenote, 1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin)

Free Comedy: In the Treehouse with Chris Castles

One of the longest running FREE comedy shows in Austin! Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m. The room hits capacity at about 50 people, so be sure to be early for good seats, or any seats at all. (Austin Java, 1608 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Good Set Comedy Show at 4th Tap Brewing Co-op

This will be their first show, and it’s FREE to check out! To kick off, Good Set Comedy Show will be featuring a bunch of very funny comics, including Danny Palumbo (Funniest Person in Austin 2015, Oddball Fest), Martin Urbano (opened for Chris Kattan), Allie Amrien (SF Sketchfest), Andrew Murphy, Evan Eggers (Laughing Devil Comedy Fest, Stairwaytoevan.com), and Zac Brooks (Cap City Comedy Club regular). Show at 8 p.m. (4th Tap Brewing Co-op, 10615 Metric Blvd, Austin)

’90s Flashback Party with ZOODUST

Zoodust is a ’90s cover band that plays a top Alternative Rock hits from the ’90s, including Third Eye Blind, Fastball, Barenaked Ladies, Oasis, Sugar Ray, Sublime and Weezer (just to name a few). “The Z” was forged in 2009, by an incredibly music-savvy group of artists; each of which has extensively toured on a national level. Zoodust puts on a show just like the original bands would have – a one hundred percent live performance with instruments. They pride themselves in providing excellent crowd interaction, sing-alongs, and banter that will keep everyone laughing and dancing in a surreal flashback to the not-so-distant past that is the ’90s. Show starts at 10 p.m. FREE!  (The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Yellow Jacket Social Club 5th Anniversary Party

Get a little crazy at Yellow Jacket’s 5 year Anniversary party! There will be a mechanical bull from 1-5 p.m., with a Bull Ride contest for prizes from 2-3 p.m. JD Clark plays from 5-6 p.m., a Motörhead cover band from 8-9 p.m., and DJ Lee Brooks from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. FREE stuff will be given away all day! (Yellow Jacket Social Club, 1704 E 5th Street, 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. This week is jam-packed with these talented comics: Arielle Norman, Brendan K. O’Grady, David McQuary, Eric Krug, and Robert Segovia.  The FREE show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Super Soul Sundays with The Nightowls

Every Sunday, Icenhauer’s hosts The Nightowls – Austin’s own 10-piece soul band that was recently named one of the “Best New Bands of the Year” by Austin Chronicle and the Austin Music Awards. They play a unique blend of vintage and modern soul music that results in a high-energy, foot-stomping performance. This FREE show is 3-6 p.m. (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey St, 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 p.m. (Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin)

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Heather Schuck
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. SHOP online at Glamajama and enter FREEFUN for 20% off.