Check Out These Free Date Nights In Austin For Feb. 23 – 26

Free date nights in Austin are here again, just in time for the weekend! Catch an Oscar Watch Party, sign-up for open mic night to test your comedic skills, and head to Tom’s Roasting Company to win fun prizes during Disney Trivia night. It all starts here. Let’s go!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8898 – Club Sounds from 1988-1998

This party started in Manhattan’s east village by a bunch of friends that had an adoration for an era of music that was fun, unaffected, hedonistic, and unpretentious – the club sounds from 1988 to 1998. Devoid of MC’s and fueled by DJ’s in rotation the night was about the debauchery that happens when the beats hit hard, the lights start swirling, and the booze kicks in. now, we’re bringing the party to Austin nightlife with a playlist curated by @ROI33 (Universal Music, Sony Music, TVT), Lambda (Sound Control Records), and QUEENKILLAHBEE. The show is FREE before 11 p.m., click here for tickets. (Empire, 606 East 7th Street, Austin)

Scott Collins at The Driskill

Former Southbound Drive singer/songwriter Scott Collins has been sharing his unique brand of music all over the Lone Star State dating back to 2008. Having toured the US with Southbound Drive, Scott is now branching out to build his solo career. “Scott’s songs sound authentic yet very modern, and he delivers them with a sense of urgency. The music has that mixed-up blend of beats and influences that it seems can only happen in Austin. The songs stay with you, and that’s a good sign.”, Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits Executive Producer. This FREE show starts at 6 p.m. (Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street, Austin)

Disney Trivia Night at Toms Roasting Company

Join us at TOMS on S. Congress this Thursday for a special Disney themed trivia night! We’ll be covering all of the Disney Classics as well as new Disney acquisitions including Star Wars and Pixar. Trivia starts right at 6:30 p.m.  but show up early to grab a good seat and check out some TOMS shoes. All are welcome and prizes for top teams! (Toms Roasting Company, 1401 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Copa Kings at The Highball

It’s been a stressful week! Relax to the sultry sounds of the Copa Kings as they perform a FREE show 8 p.m. at The Highball. The Copa Kings were formed in Austin, Texas, out of a desire to breathe new life into some of the great jazz standards of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. With great reverence, the band brings a unique passion, artistry and flair to the jazz music of this period. Led by vocalist Billy Murphy and arranger/pianist Rob Greenfield, The Copa Kings pay homage to some of our country’s greatest jazz songwriters and performers, including Frank, Billie, Ella, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Ray. (The Highball, 1120 S Lamar, Austin)

Jugglefest Renegade Show

Texas Juggling Society hosts the 24th annual Austin Jugglefest–3 days of juggling, workshops, games, vendors and shows in the heart of Austin’s So-Co district. Join them Friday night for an open stage – you never know what kind of zany hi-jinks will ensue! Note: Some content may not be suitable for young children. Other content won’t be suitable for anyone at all. The FREE show starts at 10 p.m. (The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin)

Dapper Dog Date Night

Dress your dog in fancy duds for their Dapper Dog competition. They’ll have a photo stage and prizes for the dapperest of all. Come in anytime during tasting room hours to enter. The FREE event starts at 3 p.m. and Mission Hot Dogs will be there from 5 to 8 p.m. with traditional and vegan hot dogs to pair with your sour beer tasting. Make it a date night with your special someone or your furry friend (and yes, we know that might be one in the same). (Blue Owl Brewing, 2400 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Two Tons Of Steel : A Texas Treasure at The Broken Spoke

Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of country meets punk. The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble. This FREE show starts at 6 p.m. (Broken Spoke, 3201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin)

Mardi Gras Celebration: Smoke Out Saturday

Smoke Out Saturday will be Cajun-themed with a whole cooked hog served over dirty rice and brews from Abita Brewing Company. Live music all day featuring: Gumbo Ya Ya, Greg Izor & Marco Pandolfi, Greg Izor & The Box Kickers, Gumbo Ce Soir and Boss Street Brass Band. The menu on Fat Tuesday features Louisiana fare: boudin balls and beignets. Bell’s Brewery from Kalamazoo, MI is officially expanding to Texas and Banger’s will be one of the first locations to serve their brews with a 10-tap takeover that evening. Live music from Interrobang starts at 6 p.m. The live music is FREE and the food will be for purchase. (Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey Street, Austin)

Listening Room: Tish Hinojosa

A brilliant storyteller and songwriter, this performance by local favorite Tish Hinojosa is not to be missed! The Washington Post describes her as, “A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery…vivid…touching…pointed…playful…engaging. A a rare gift for melody that’s perfect for Hinojosa’s lovely, relaxed soprano.” This FREE show starts at 9 p.m. (Whip in, 1950 South IH 35, Austin)

Jolie Goodnight and Her Swing Band

Jolie Goodnight is a creative tour-de-force, an international jazz performer in love with all things decadent and delightful. Hailing back to the days of glitz and glamour, Jolie Goodnight has dazzled audiences around the US with steamy fan dances and sensational jazz singing. Although she is hailed as a staggering jazz singer, Goodnight is well known for her dirty blues tunes and surprising audiences with a larger than life voice, a voice that’s been said to “drip from her mouth like sweet molasses.” This FREE show starts at 7 p.m. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin)

Free Dance Classes at Uptown Dance

Everyone welcome! Bring Your Friends! Beginner Classes Only: Two Step at 3:00 p.m., Swing at 3:30 p.m., Salsa at 4:00 p.m., Open Dancing at 4:30 p.m. Everything is absolutely FREE! They rotate partners in class, so no need to bring your own. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the class you’d like to attend to fill out the proper waiver and get to your class. There will be open dance until 4:30 p.m. (Austin Uptown Dance, 8868 Research Blvd, Austin)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hotel Eleven Oscar Watch Party

Evening gowns and tuxes. Bow ties and diamond rings. Award season is in full swing,  walk down the red carpet at 7:00pm for a FREE Oscar watch party. They will be offering wine and beer specials as well as academy award winning snacks. Please note the snacks did not win any Academy Awards this year but they were honored even to be nominated. Fill out a ballot the night of and be entered to win your own Oscar (wine wrapped in gold foil because lets be honest wine is always better then a statue). (Hotel Eleven, 1123 East 11th Street, Austin)

Comedy Showcase at Independence Brewing Company

Spring is in the air, craft beer is on tap, and this fresh and funny line up will make you all wanna be like bunnies. This FREE show is hosted by Emily Howell and starts at 6 p.m. The headliner is Kath Barbadoro (Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle”, Master Pancake), and features Hensley (Host of Drink Up Comedy Showcase, Opened for Steve Rannazzisi), JT Kelly (Sound on Sound Fest, Opened for Kyle Kinane), Leni Mex (Buzzkill at The Buzzmill, Co-Host Nite Howl Showcase), Justin Hicks (FPIA 2016 semifinalist, Chortle Portal), Ashley Overton (Co-Host of Kick Butt Coffee Open Mic, Co-Host of Turnt Comedy Showcase). As always sign up for open mic 6-7 p.m. (Independence Brewing Company, 3912 Todd Lane, Austin)

Rubber Room at The Institution Theatre

Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot? Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many voices in your head? The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment. After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. This is a FREE show and begins at 8 p.m. (Institution Theater,  3708 Woodbury Drive, Austin)

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