FREE Date Nights in Austin this weekend features a free screening from Blood Bath Theater, a groovy vintage market full of hidden treasures, and plenty of live music shows to catch. Is it a little too hot out there for you? Join the 7th Annual Splash Mob this Sunday to cool off!
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Fingerpistol is a three-time Austin Music Award winning country dance band from Austin, combining tried and true country classics with crowd pleasing originals penned by Fingerpistol front man Dan Hardick. Fingerpistol won’t set their instruments on fire, play guitar behind their backs, or do flying, acrobatic dives into teeming mosh pits, but they will play some fun music, sing some nice harmonies, and keep your toes tapping. The FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Presented by 93.3 KGSR, enjoy FREE live music for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. There’s still no cover charge for the best music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin. This week’s much-loved Unplugged at The Grove will feature Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8:00 p.m. Parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S Lamar Blvd. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Blood Bath Theater is presenting a brand new restored version of the classic, splatter horror comedy, Re-Animator (1985). The print is a 4k restoration and un-cut version offered by Arrow Video. If you witnessed the restored version of Hellraiser at July’s screening, you know it was amazing and there’s no doubt that Re-Animator will come back to life in all it’s gory glory. The screening is FREE and is presented on the huge 25-foot screen at The North Door in a dark and quiet movie watching environment. There will also be giveaways! Doors open at 8:00 p.m., pre-show starts at 9:00 p.m., and the movie starts at 9:30 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Drop by The White Horse at 7:00 p.m. for FREE Two Step Lessons with Dancin’ Austin. Then, boogie with Huck Johnson and the Jackknives at 8:00 p.m. Git some! The White Horse, 500 Comal St, Austin.
In short, Al Lover is a producer from San Francisco, but there’s more layers to his wall of sound then meets the ear. Over the last few years he has gained much notoriety for his melding of contemporary and past garage and psychedelic rock into harsh yet spacey abrasive beats. Influenced as much by The 13th Floor Elevators as DJ Shadow, Al combines crunchy drums, shaky percussion, chopped samples, and layers of textured effects to create an unexplored path for psychedelic music, offering an earthy and loose approach that sounds more like you’re listening to a DMT fueled psych band than a beat made on an MPC. The FREE set starts at 10:00 p.m. Firehouse Lounge, 605 Brazos St, Austin.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Summer Soul Sessions is a music and art showcase benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. The event runs from 3-8:00 p.m. and features Nakia & the Blues Grifters, Continental Drift, and Skymomma. Admission is FREE, but they are also selling exclusive VIP tickets where you will get to meet the musicians and enjoy food from sponsors including Snarf’s Sandwiches, Southside Flying Pizza, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, plus your favorite beers from Oskar Blues. The best part is the proceeds go to helping HAAM and making a difference in the lives on Austin musicians. Oskar Blues Brewery, 10420 Metric Blvd, Austin.
Solstice Presents an Austin City Lights Album Release FREE party featuring David Shabani, Omenihu, Bobby Sessions, and Dre Prince. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and lasts until 2:00 a.m. The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St, Austin.
For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, ZTP will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theatre at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” ZTP’s The Wizard of Oz is offered FREE to the public (donations gratefully accepted) during the six-week run on Thursday through Sunday evenings, July 7 – August 12, 2017. The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your picnic, low-backed chairs, and blankets to get your spot. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Shop from 15 vintage vendors while sipping on complimentary cocktails. The mini market starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 4:00 p.m. Get there early if you want to grab the best goodies. There will be womenswear, menswear, home goods, and accessories. Plus, a live Moonlight Gram DJ set. Admission is FREE! Space 24 Twenty Indoors, 2420 Guadalupe St, Austin.
It’s WAY hot outside, so we’re all ready for the water event of the year, right!? Bring your squirt guns all filled up! Bring water balloons, a water cannon, laser-seeking water grenades, a truck with a freakin’ water tank and hose, or whatever you’ve got! It’s going to be a soakin’ good time all over again. Everyone’s looking for an awesome time, so please don’t be irresponsible or mean. No squirting unarmed people. Don’t start until you hear the sound of the air-horn, that’s cheating 😉 Pro Tip: wear goggles. The FREE chaos starts at 2:30 p.m. and won’t last long, so get there early! 6th & Trinity Sts, Austin.