Free Date Nights in Austin has great live music, comedy, and performances for you this weekend! Get a jump start on the festivities and head to Shady Grove on Thursday as they kick-off this year’s Unplugged at the Grove season with Charlie Mars Duo. Other highlights include The Peterson Brothers at Southpark Live, and a special screening of The Passion of The Christ at Community First! Village.
This week’s Free Date Nights in Austin is brought to you by Toybrary Austin. Did you know that Toybrary offers a Parents Night Out every Saturday night?!? For less than the price of a sitter, your kids can have a blast playing at Toybrary while you and your honey enjoy a night out on the town. Plus, they sell child care gift cards that can be used during daytime hours or on Saturday night. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, that sounds like a great gift idea to us!
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Love Blood Orange? Celebrate Austin Eastcider’s newest flavor at their FREE Launch Party starting at 7:30 p.m. To help keep the party going, there will be live music by Billy King and The Bad Bad Bad 8:30 p.m., Unknown Relatives at 9:15 p.m., and American Sharks at 10:15 p.m. You can RSVP here. This party is subject to capacity and will fill up fast, so get there early! Barracuda, 611 E 7th St, Austin.
It’s back! Austin’s much-loved Unplugged at The Grove kicks off with the Charlie Mars Duo at 8:00 p.m. Presented by 93.3 KGSR, enjoy FREE live music for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. There’s still no cover charge, and the best music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin! Parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S Lamar Blvd. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
The FREE show is hosted by the improv comedy/horror act Camp sLaughter and features an all-star cast of improvisers being thrown together and forced to play with each other for first time. Tightrope is expanding to include written, stand-up, and fringe performances in addition to the top-notch improvisation, now including opportunities for writers to test out new material, for improv teams and individual improvisers to play, and for experimental acts to have a home for 7 minutes. The good times start at 8:00 p.m. The Institution Theater Clubhouse, 3800 Woodbury Dr, Austin.
Sound in Sculpture returns for a third year, once again as part of the dynamic, city-wide Fusebox Festival. This FREE event showcases original music composed and performed by UT students inspired by works in the public art collection. Each performance takes place against the backdrop of a site-specific work of art commissioned by Landmarks. Performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Health Learning Building of the Dell Medical School. Sound in Sculpture is a partnership between Landmarks, Texas Performing Arts, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Fusebox Festival. UT Dell Medical School – Health Learning Building, 1501 Red River St, Austin.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Head out to Rainey Street to celebrate The Blackheart’s 5 year Anniversary. There will be FREE hot dogs, live screen printing, and live music by Ricky Espinoza at 9:45 p.m., Harvest Thieves at 11:00 p.m., and Not in the Face at midnight. 21+. No cover. Blackheart, 86 Rainey St, Austin.
O’Brien’s Orchestra and 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Audience Participation Edition! This FREE show will benefit Equality Texas. Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration. Join the fun for guided audience participation, movie heckling, live pre-show and performance, and a very special opening segment just for you. 4th Tap Brewing, 10615 Metric Blvd, Austin.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of The Passion of the Christ. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Stop by the Community Market and check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that the residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Residents keep 100% of the profits from their sales, helping them to earn a dignified income while doing work they love. Event begins at 7:00 p.m. and the movie will begin about an hour later. FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Featuring a slew of Austin artists plugged into a one-of-a-kind, fluid liturgy developed by Front Porch director Stephen Kinney and other closely-tied thinkers and clergy, The Front Porch Easter Vigil kicks off promptly at sunset the evening before Easter (7:55 p.m.). This year, they’ll once again gather at Scholz Garten to witness this unique convergence of brilliant minds and beautiful voices, all raised to celebrate the mystery of death and new life presented to us by the Easter story. RSVP here to let them know you’re coming. Artists include Riders Against the Storm, DJ Chorizo Funk, Body Rock ATX, and more. Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.
The Hill Country Galleria has transformed and is kicking off its annual Saturday Night Concert Series. This week’s guest is Kelley Mickwee. The FREE show starts at 7:00 p.m. and you’ll enjoy special events and offers from participating stores. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Experience the new Southpark Live at the Grove inside Southpark Meadows featuring The Peterson Brothers at 7:00 p.m. This FREE event will feature live music, a play area, and restaurant patios with a view. You can eat, you can drink, you can play, and you can rock. Southpark Meadows, 9500 South IH-35, Austin.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
It’s an Easter-themed Sunday Funday at 4th Tap! Show up at 1:00 p.m. and participate in a FREE Easter egg hunt to win anything from an amazing order of Asia’s donuts to a Lonestar to a Rustic Tap hat. Either way, everyone gets a prize. They’ll even have FREE beer. Get there early! The party lasts until all the eggs are found. 4th Tap Brewing, 613 W 6th St, Austin.
Lucas Hudgins & the First Cousins will be at AGBG for all your honky-tonking needs. Hudgins refuses to call what he does “Classic Country” because he says that makes it sound like its gone. And Lucas is proof that it’s not. Listening to him sing with deep and smooth confidence, it’s evident how alive and fresh the sound can be. Timeless, that’s what it is. The FREE show starts at 4:00 p.m. The AGBG, 1305 Oltorf St, Austin.
Stool Pigeon is ColdTowne Theater’s flagship show, featuring an all-star cast and a different monologist each week. For a whopping $0 (FREE), you’ll enjoy a unique, hilarious show based on true experiences of the guest storyteller. Seriously, folks, there’s no better way to spend your Sunday (unless you’re real rich). Tickets available at the door while they last. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.