This weekend’s free date night picks celebrate the vibrant arts community that makes Austin such an amazing place to live. The annual Fusebox Festival is here and happening all weekend at various locations across the city, South Congress will be bustling with activity from 6-10 p.m. with their First Thursday block party, and the KUTX Music Series starts this Sunday with award-winning Migrant Kids performing at Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Fusebox Festival is part performance festival, part film festival, part music and visual art festival, part culinary and social event, part public art project, and everything in between. The festival is truly a multi-track experience, much like the world we live in. But, it’s more than just a reflection of our times. The festival is built on a deep belief in creating space for the unexpected, for discovery, for experimentation, and creativity. This FREE festival takes place ALL WEEKEND at various locations. To take part, visit the website here for exhibition and event listings, to RSVP, and to show your support! (Various Locations, Austin)
Come together with your fellow Austinites at the First Thursday street party on South Congress. While you’re there, stop by the backyard at TOMS for live music, drinks, and more. The event at TOMS is from 6-8 p.m., but the First Thursday fun on South Congress lasts until 10 p.m. To attend, send an email to [email protected] to reserve your space, or feel free to stop by the store to sign-up. (TOMS Roasting Company, 1401 South Congress Ave, Austin)
Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome. Music starts at 8 p.m. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Enjoy a swinging good time being serenaded by the crooner sounds of the ’50s. This FREE show starts at 8 p.m. and the party lasts until 11 p.m. The Copa Kings were formed in Austin, out of a desire to breathe new life into some of the great jazz standards of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. 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 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)
Saturday, April 9, 2016
This is one of the first performances of the season for the Austin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Local and Live Music Series. This week’s featured performers are the modern-day country duo Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Each performance will provide the audience with a closer, more intimate experience with the artists, who will usually be playing solo or acoustic sets. Music from 1-3 p.m. (Austin Visitor’s Bureau, 602 East 4th Street, Austin)
Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with FREE live music, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. This week’s featured artist is Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars, an Americana/bluegrass band hailing from Montana. Bring your blanket to lounge on during the show. Browse the vendors, order to-go food and have it delivered to your spot on the lawn! (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Want a refresher before you see the Finding Dory sequel that hits theaters this June? Head on out to TOMS on South Congress for an outdoor showing of Disney Pixar’s classic, Finding Nemo. The movie starts at 8 p.m. and there will complimentary cocktails and chocolate treats – yum! To attend, send an email to [email protected] to reserve your space, or feel free to stop by the store to sign-up. (TOMS Roasting Company, 1401 South Congress Ave, Austin)
Join KUTX every Sunday from 2-6 p.m. for FREE live music on the outdoor patio at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. DJ Mixer Rogers will be playing music from 2-4 p.m. and then local bands will kick things off at 4 p.m. This week’s featured artist is Migrant Kids. Migrant Kids were named Best New Band by the Austin Chronicle, Band of the Month from The Austin Music Foundation, and they are currently up for a Black Fret grant. All Things Go has categorized Migrant Kids’ music “in that sweet spot between rock and pop…with simmering post-rock riffs and a pounding backbeat[s].” (Uncle Billy’s, 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin)