Free Date Nights in Austin (June 9-12, 2016)

This weekend’s free date night picks include plenty of live music under the stars, fresh new comedy, and a gallery opening for a local artist!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Unplugged at the Grove: Harvest Thieves

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Harvest Thieves, starting at 8pm. This is one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome and additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop down the street on South Lamar. (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)

SHDW Gallery presents The Works of Miguel Rangel

SHDW Gallery presents the abstract arts of Austin-based contemporary artist, Michael Rangel. The FREE reception starts at 8pm and there will be complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be limited edition prints available for purchase. Be sure to RSVP here, subject to capacity. (SHDW Gallery, 4709 Red Bluff, Austin)

The Holy Child at Javelina

Grab your dancing shoes and join in for a Dance-all-Night party at Javelina Bar on Rainy St. in downtown Austin. The Holy Child will be performing from 10:30 to 12:30 featuring new tunes, and the good ole favorites their Austin fans all know by heart. Admission is FREE! (Javelina Bar, 69 Rainey Street, Austin)

Playpen: An Evening of Brand New Comedy

Proud comedy mommas Nikita Redkar and Elizabeth Spears are delighted to welcome the newest bundle of joy in town, Playpen, featuring a bevy of jokes, sketches, characters, and utter debauchery never before seen to the world. They’re challenging some of Austin’s funniest comedians to dig up all the ideas they’ve written in their dream journals, phone notes, or on their shower walls with fallen hair and share them at this make-or-break opportunity before the acts become full fledged superstars. Or not. Either way, you saw it at The New Movement first. This is a FREE show and BYOB, doors open at 7:30pm. (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca Street, Austin)

Courtyard Concerts featuring Jaelynn Penner

Lone Star Court continues their 2016 Courtyard Concert Series with a FREE concert featuring Jaelynn Penner.  This Texas treasure’s powerful vocals and sweet fiddle will make your evening, so come out and sing along! In addition to the FREE concert, they’ll have great drink specials all night. (Lonestar Court, 10901 Domain Drive, Austin)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Made In Austin: Music Makers

General Assembly, KUTX, and The Austin Chronicle present Made in Austin’s closing night by celebrating one of the city’s most undeniable differentiators: Music. Austin has always been a place for revolutionary sounds. Starting at 5pm they’ll have a discussion with some of the city’s most influential music proponents and creators, about what makes the Austin music scene unique. Hear from those who helped build the scene and those who are propelling it forward. We’ll close the night and the week with a FREE concert from one of Austin’s best up and coming local acts. (Antone’s, 305 East 5th Street, Austin)

Summer Kick-Off Bash at SPRATX

Summer time is almost here and SPRATX is kicking the season off with an EPIC party bash from 6-10pm. The first 50 guests will receive a FREE swag pack! The pack includes gifts from Jameson Whiskey, Art Primo, and SprATX. Adult beverages provided by Jameson Irish Whiskey and Lonestar. FREE Sno Cones from 6-8pm by Ninja Sno. There is free parking in surrounding neighborhood streets (please don’t block driveways!)(SPRATX, 2400 East Cesar Chavez Suite #316B, Austin)

Brian Hughes at Rattle Inn

Enjoy a beautiful night on the outdoor patio at Rattle Inn listening to singer/songwriter, Brian Hughes. Straight from the heartland of Oklahoma, his honest blend of pop and country will leave you wanting to know more about this mysterious stranger. This FREE show starts at 11:30pm. (Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin)

Woody’s Summer Stand-Up & Music Series

Get ready to laugh till it hurts with funny man Steve Cox as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. He’ll welcome to the stage comedians Jared Walls and Ethan Moore. There will also be live music from Nashville’s Jerry Oliver. This FREE night of music and comedy starts at 7pm and lasts until 11pm. (Woody’s Tavern and Grill, 12801 Shops Pkwy, #100, Austin)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Global Wellness Day at The Four Seasons

Four Seasons Austin in partnership with lululemon (6th and Lamar) is hosting a FREE guided trail run from 8-9:30am on Lady Bird Lake. Come join in for a 45 min all levels run to celebrate Global Wellness Day followed by a short meditation.  The first 50 to RSVP here will receive a FREE yoga mat! (Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin)

Don Leady’s Rockin’ Revue at Gruene Hall

Make a day trip to Historic Gruene Hall for a rockin’ good time with Don Leady and his band. A veteran of the Austin roots rock scene, Don has developed a wild array of eclectic musical interests. His own style of Swamp Rock to various other roots music styles like jazz, blues, vintage rock and latin. This FREE show starts at 1pm.  (Gruene Hall,  1281 Gruene Hall, New Braunfels)

Manor Threat Comics Release Party w/ Hex Dispensers, Burnt Skull, and Ghost Knife

It’s a party to celebrate the release of Manor Threat: Snakepit Comics 2013-2015. They’ll have complimentary refreshments and you’ll be entertained by the sounds of the Hex Dispensers, Burnt Skull, and Ghost Knife. It’s FREE, and it’s over by 10pm! (Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River Street, Austin)

Saturday Night Concert Series featuring Dawn & Hawkes

Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with FREE live music! The music begins at 7pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. Bring a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. This week’s featured artist is Dawn and Hawkes. While this duo may have joined talents through pure happenstance, the electricity and pure harmonies they produce are nothing short of magical. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)

Hot Texas Swing Band at Central Market Westgate

Have a swinging good time at Central Market with the Hot Texas Swing Band. This FREE western swing show starts at 6:30pm and ends at 9pm. Dancers welcome! (Central Market Westgate, 4477 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Meet the World of Ferrari and FREE Canadian Grand Prix Watch Party

Come join Ferrari of Austin and the Ferrari Club of America to view classic and new Ferraris, talk to the owners, and view a live broadcast of the Canadian Grand Prix in the Velocity Lounge at the Circuit of the Americas.  This is a great opportunity to get up close to the legendary Italian cars of Enzo Ferrari.  The event is FREE from noon-4pm.  Parking is also free in Lot A. Food, beverages, and karting are available for purchase. (Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin)

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation present Concerts in the Park: Woodwinds

In its 14th summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace starting at 7:30pm.  A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St. (Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin)

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