FREE Date Nights in Austin features Rhythm on Stage at the Long Center, a 90s video dance party at The Highball, fun in the sun with KLBJ’s sunset concert series at Ernie’s on the Lake, and more!
Thursday, August 3, 2017
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.
Head over to the stage at the Long Center for a fun night of FREE dance with Ballet Austin – learning the fun music video choreography “It’s Gonna Be Me” by NSYNC! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Music video choreography instruction begins at 7:30 and the dancing goes until 8:45! It’s come and go, so stay the entire time and dance, or stay as long as you’d like. By the time you leave, you will feel as if you have danced in a music video on the big stage. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Signing up ahead of time is not required, but if you do RSVP you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win FREE dance classes. The Long Center, 701 W Riverside, 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 Flatland Cavalry 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.
Indie night is where a ragtag team of improvisers from across the Austin comedy scene, many of whom have never played together before, are thrown together under a coach to create a show that will will never be seen again. The show is not only a little crazy, but FREE. Starts at 8:00 p.m. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr, Austin.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Enjoy all your favorite artists from not too long ago under one roof! Music videos will blast on a giant screen to go along with lasers and glowy things to keep the party going all night long–from “All The Small Things” (blink-182) to “Zombie” (The Cranberries) and everything in between. As an added bonus, Austin’s hottest new boy band tribute PDA will be live on stage during the show to perform your favorite boy band hits. And, yes, the way they dance is divine. It’s a celebration of all things 90s. Dust off your flannel and leave your Tamagotchis at home, it’s a dance party with all the fixins. Starts at 10:30 p.m. FREE! The Highball 1720 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Have you really, always (maybe secretly; maybe not) wanted to buy your favorite Texas Observer staffer a beer? Well, here’s your chance. Join Observer staff, Hops and Grain, readers like yourself, sponsors, and fans of beer to celebrate the launch of Texas Observer’s August 2017 issue. Expect drink specials, food trucks, live Observer t-shirt printing, and a good time. The FREE event starts at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. Hops & Grain Brewing, 507 Calles St # 107, Austin.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Summertime means making a splash and enjoying the sun at the 4th Annual Austin Duck Derby presented by Austin Sonic Drive-Ins! The FREE family-friendly festival will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and feature food, music, and activities in the parking lot near the Austin American-Statesman—and, of course, the signature duck race on Lady Bird Lake. The derby begins at 11:30 a.m. with the launch of more than 15,000 eco-friendly rubber ducks into the water from the Ann. W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Austinites are invited to participate by adopting a duck ($5) to compete in the race. Proceeds benefit the Austin Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation. Ann Richards Bridge, Congress Ave Bridge, Austin.
Live music by Jai Malano and DJ sets from Waikiki Leaks. The FREE show starts at 7:00 p.m. RSVP to guarantee a spot. 21+ only. Weather permitting, so check ahead for updates. Upstairs at Caroline, 109 E 7th 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 6, 2017
August is Austin’s hottest month. Escape the blistering summer temperatures and join Landmarks for a docent-led tour of art in Bass Concert Hall on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features striking examples of postwar and contemporary sculpture from influential artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of Bass Concert Hall on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Open to the public and FREE! Bass Concert Hall, 23rd St & Robert Dedman Dr, Austin
Rock out at Austin’s newest hot-spot, Ernie’s on the Lake. Every other Sunday from April through September, we invite you to Ernie’s for great live local music as the sun sets over beautiful and full Lake Travis. While you’re enjoying the tunes, 21+ can get ice cold Budweiser bottles on special for $3.50! FREE live music kicks off at 5:00 p.m and will feature three glorious acts from all over the Austin area. Swim, run, drive, boat, or hitch a ride out to Ernie’s on the Lake this Summer. Ernie’s on the Lake, 5973 Hiline Rd, Austin.