FREE Date Nights in Austin this weekend features Summertime Blues with Mike and The Moonpies, the 7th Annual Quesoff at The Mohawk, and plenty of outdoor movie nights to enjoy on the patio.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Mike & The Moonpies are the modern face of the outlaw country music movement. From their home in Austin, they carry the torch of their predecessors, while maintaining the originality and independence that the genre is infamous for. The Moonpies, led by Texas born songwriter Mike Harmeier, manage themselves and produce their own albums. While steeped in tradition, they rejuvenate honky tonk and traditional country music and appeal to a wildly eclectic audience. The FREE show starts at 7:00 p.m. Hotel Vegas, 1500 E 6th St, Austin.
Need a good laugh? Gutbusters is back at Hops and Grain this week. While the beer isn’t free, the laughs are! This week’s lineup features fantastic locals and amazing guests: Rachel Streitmann, Brett Marie VerVoort, Kent Juliff, Matt Alvarez, Austen Silver, and is hosted by Nathan Ehman. The FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. Hops and Grain, 507 Calles St, 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 Charley Crockett 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.
All summer long Flamingo Cantina is highlighting killer latin groups, spanning all types of genres. This week features SEFO and Diago y AntoniiTonn. FREE show starts at 9:00 p.m. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St, Austin.
Friday, August 25, 2017
It’s a two-fer and all for FREE! The Indie rock band The Pons starts at 9:00 p.m. with the skill, the attitude, and the talent to make you feel something deep down in your cockels. Next up is Magnifico at 11:00 p.m., one of the most awarded and celebrated tribute acts in Austin. You’ll swear the spirit of Freddie is in the room. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and join the folks at Lone Start Court in the courtyard to watch Dumb and Dumber on their huge outdoor screen starting at 8:00 p.m. RSVP for FREE for a chance to win some awesome prizes: FREE one night stay at Lone Star Court, FREE tee shirts, and a FREE cap. They will also have a happy hour until 11:00 p.m. and a classic burger with fries and a soft drink for just $5 in the Water Trough Bar. The Lucky Strikes will be performing live in the Water Trough at 10:30 p.m. following the movie. Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr, Austin.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
The seventh annual Quesoff, a celebration of all things melted cheese, will take place at 2:00 p.m. Around thirty vendors of all shapes and sizes–restaurants, top chefs, home-cooks, neighbors, brothers, sisters–will all go head to head in four categories: Meaty, Spicy, Veggie and Wild Card. A Best in Show will also be awarded to the overall top queso dish as decided by the esteemed panel of judges. Over the years, the variety of queso on offer has been nothing short of extraordinary, from queso ice cream to tandoori queso to duck mezcal queso. As was the case last year, Quesoff is honored to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank – entry will be FREE with a donation of two canned goods or a $2 donation per person. Also, bags of chips will be available for $5. Mohawk, 912 Red River St, Austin.
All are invited to stop by the Jones Center during Austin Pride for creative art making, music from local queer DJ Mouthfeel, complimentary snacks and signature drinks, and lots of glitter, in partnership with Equality Texas, Out Youth, TGQ Social, and Equality Vodka. This is a FREE, all-ages event that celebrates diversity, individuality, and self-expression in a safe and affirming space. View art in the galleries and dance on the rooftop alongside gay artist Jim Hodges’s spectacular installation With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress). The party is from 8-11:00 p.m. Please note that the rooftop capacity is limited to 300 guests at one time. The Contemporary Austin, The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
Rise up and dedicate an afternoon to joining an army of volunteers for cleaning one of the most beautiful parks in our fair city. All volunteers will earn the coveted Community badge and good feelings in your heart free of charge. Gloves, bags, and trash claws will be provided. Dress appropriately for wading through water, and remember to keep hydrated. Everyone will meet at The Buzz Mill at 10:00 a.m., then caravan to McKinney Falls as one. Volunteers will park at the Smith Visitor Center and conquer the trail between Upper and Lower Falls. The Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin.
Catch the MMA fighter McGregor against Boxing’s best pound-for-pound Mayweather for FREE starting at 7:00 p.m. The tables are first come, first serve and the venue will fill up fast. Kung Fu Saloon, 716 W 6th St.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
The Highball is the finest karaoke performance stage in all of Austin. Pull your friends together, sing your favorite tunes, and party like Monday doesn’t matter! The fun starts at 9:00 p.m. and goes until midnight. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Join Easy Tiger as they finish out their Free Summer Series featuring funnyman Will Ferrell! In Anchorman 2, seven years after capturing the heart of co-anchor Veronica Corningstone, newsman Ron Burgundy is offered the chance of a lifetime: a spot on the world’s first 24-hour global cable news network. Movie starts around 9:00 p.m. Arrive early as seating is limited. FREE! Easy Tiger, 709 E 6th St, Austin. Update: rescheduled for September 3.