Free Date Nights in Austin: August 25-28, 2016

Date nights are back! Come out this weekend and enjoy adult storytime, illegal hootch from the ’20s, and psychedelic honky-tonk before catching the LAST Symphony in the Park of the season.

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unplugged at the Grove: Jackie Venson

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Jackie Venson, starting at 8pm. This is one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome and additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop down the street on South Lamar. (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)

Happy Hour at Ginny’s Little Longhorn: Silo Road

Stop on by Ginny’s for Americana honky-tonk by Austin’s own Silo Road. Their outlaw country influences and local music roots bring an almost wholesome feel to their rule-breakin’ lyrics. The FREE show starts at 6pm. (The Little Longhorn Saloon, 5434 Burnet Rd, Austin)

PATAGONIA- People & Parks Event with Dana Falconberry

Join Big Bend Conservation Alliance and The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal in Texas campaign at Patagonia Austin to help celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service! Dana Falconberry and Medicine Bow conclude their National Park Tour here, with libations by Hops & Grain and The Austin Winery. Stop by to learn more about what they’re doing to ensure more responsible use of our state’s resources, and take home some one-of-a-kind swag. Bring your friends, come on down and share your love of the parks! The event is FREE and from 7-9pm. (Patagonia, 316 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Jack Ingram In-Store Performance at Waterloo Records

Jack Ingram celebrates his eighth studio project, Midnight Motel, with a special in-store performance at Waterloo Records at 5pm. Catch him for FREE, before he hits the road starting with a stop at Gruene Hall September 2nd. Inspired by the music of his heroes Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and many others, Ingram’s latest album is his first album in seven years. (Waterloo Records, 600 A North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Mondo Gallery Presents: The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla

Mondo Gallery celebrates the pulpy brilliance of Francesco Francavilla, New York Times best-selling author, comic book creator, and artist. The solo show will feature all new posters of select comic book covers from iconic publishers including Marvel, DC and Archie Comics. The opening reception is FREE and open to the public starting at 7pm. Drinks provided by Austin Beerworks. (Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe Street, Austin)

Little Mikey and The Soda Jerks

Based in Austin, Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks started in June of 2004. They’ve released three albums of their honky-tonk stylings and are a crowd favorite- especially when there’s craft beer involved! The show is FREE and starts at 8pm. (The ABGB, 1305 West Oltorf, Austin)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Highball’s Roaring ’20s Party: Burlesque and Speakeasy

Flappers, big bands, speak easy menus, and ILLEGAL HOOTCH! Come dressed in your best, throw on some frill dresses or a tie! They’ve got The Copa Kings Big Band playing amazing ’20s inspired toons as well as jazzy standards to get you dancing, swinging, and doing The Charleston. Plus they’ve got Delia Dread and her Flapping Femmes! The best burlesque acts from the ’20s*! The FREE show starts at 9pm. *Burlesque dancers are not from the ’20s. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Slab BBQ & Beer 2 Year Anniversary with Bodega Bruvas, DJ Protege, DJ La D Da, & DJ Info

Slab is turning TWO and they want to party with YOU! The FREE event starts at 11am and will be rockin’ all day with great music, prizes, and giveaways. While the food and drinks won’t be free, they will be dirt cheap! Get $2 BBQ Sammies and $1 Beers from partners Zilker Brewing Co, Karbach, Independence, Thirsty Planet, and Lonestar. (Slab BBQ, 9012 Research Blvd, C4, Austin)

The Ponderosa Aces at The Rattle Inn

Longtime veterans of the Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County CA music scenes, the members of “The Ponderosa Aces” decided to come together to bring you their unique blend of country and rock and “West Coast Psychedelic Honky Tonk.” The Ponderosa Aces have been nominated as “Outlaw Group of the Year” by The Ameripolitan Music Awards and “Pure Country Group of the Year” by The Academy of Western Artists. Their 2016 independent release “Honky Tonkin’ My Life Away” has been nominated as “Pure Country Album of the Year” by The Academy of Western Artists. This FREE show starts at 8:30pm. (The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation present Concerts in the Park: Big Band

LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON! In its 14th summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace starting at 7:30pm. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St. (Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin)

Backyard Story Night- Alter Ego

After nearly three years, Backyard Story Night is still going strong and attracting crowds of the faithful in Austin. This Sunday’s event will be held at the Historic Scoot Inn which gives the evening an even cozier vibe. Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to relax on while you enjoy this month’s adult story time! The doors open at 7pm and the FREE stories begin at 8pm. Check the Facebook page for topic updates here. (Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th Street, Austin)

Salsa Sunday at Woody’s Tavern & Grill

Come out and show off your best salsa moves with DJ David Morales. This FREE show showcases the best in Latin music and entertainment Sundays in Austin have to offer! The dancing starts at 4pm and will be going strong until 9pm. (Woody’s Tavern & Grill, 12801 Shops Parkway #100, Bee Cave)

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