Free Date Nights in Austin: December 15-18, 2016

Enjoy a free night out on the town this weekend with caroling, a double screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a one-mile fun run, and a dog ugly sweater contest!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Caroling with the Wild Now at FRYE

Kick off the holidays with The Frye Company and Marie Claire from 5-8 p.m., and enjoy rock ‘n’ roll carols from The Wild Now, hot toddies from Austin’s own 9 Banded Whiskey and light bites, while shopping The Frye Company’s collection of iconic boots and bags, as well holiday retail exclusive accessories including hats, ponchos, scarves and belts. Austin-based Fort Lonesome will be onsite offering complimentary customizations on purchases made during the event, making for one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your holiday list. FREE and open to the public, RSVP to: [email protected] (FRYE, Domain Northside, Domain Building W, 3211 Palm Way, Austin)

Beat the Rush: Panoramic Voices

Beat the Rush is a series of free gallery concerts in which musicians perform in response to the paintings, drawings, and sculptures on display. This month, Panoramic Voices with The Invincible Czars – joined by special guests Jordan Price, Taylor Muse (Quiet Company), and Nakia (The Voice) – return to the Blanton for a rocking holiday extravaganza. The show is FREE and starts at 7 p.m. (Blanton Museum of Art, 200 East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin)

Derailers with Tony Harrison at The Broken Spoke

Who are the Derailers? The Derailers have been featured on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the U.S. President’s Inaugural Ball. The band performed at their friend Buck Owens’ 70th birthday party at Owens’ personal request. A Derailers song was played back to Earth from the first iPod taken into outer space by astronaut Dr. Stephen K. Robinson. They also appear as characters in the Stephen King story “Willa.” Catch them at 6 p.m. for a FREE show! (The Broken Spoke, 3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Movie Night at The Trail of Lights: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Head to the Trail of Lights for Movie Night at the Trail with Austin Parks Foundation! They’re screening TWO versions of the Grinch on the very last FREE night at Austin Trail of Lights.  The 1966 animated How The Grinch Stole Christmas starts at 7:30 p.m. and the 2000 version with Jim Carrey starts at 8:15 p.m. (Trail of Lights, Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Beau Daniels Band at The Rattle Inn

Not only will their original music make you want to dance, you can also join them in singing along to some of your other local Texas Country favorites, “Oklahoma Break Down,” “In My Arms Instead,” and even the classic, “Folsom Prison Blues.” FREE show starts at 9 p.m. (Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Austin Flea Holiday Market at Scholz Garten

The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for the Holidays or any occasion including jewelry, glasswork, clothing, original artwork, paper goods, textiles, bath & beauty products, vintage and so much more! Enjoy live music from Honey Punch and Hilary York. Bonus: FREE Flea Bags filled with goodies to the first 20 people through the doors! People who make donations to SafePlace during the event will be entered to win amazing raffle prizes! Monetary and non-monetary donations will be accepted. (Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin)

StriveGreen Shopping & Champagne

Stop by StriveGreen from 4-7 p.m. to knock out your shopping list with sustainable & ethical gifts. They’ll have complimentary champagne flowing! Who can pass up FREE bubbly? (StriveGreen, 1631 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Dog Ugly Sweater Contest at Blue Owl Brewing

Bring in your pooch (or micropig!) adorned in a holiday sweater to participate in an Ugly Sweater Contest. Blue Owl Brewing will be collecting photographs all day long (12-10 p.m.) and awarding the winner with a Blue Owl trophy and gift certificate. Have fun and compete for a FREE holiday gift! (Blue Owl Brewing, 2400 East Cesar Chavez, Austin)

Austin 10K’r Capitol Run

Austin 10K’r invites you to join us for a unique variety of fun running routes that will compliment your Cap10K training. The Capitol Run is an easy jog on the first mile of the Statesman Cap10K race course with a bonus loop around the Capitol Building thrown in just for fun! Enjoy the holiday decorations along Congress and pose next to a Texas sized Christmas tree at the steps of the Capitol. The FREE race starts at 8:05 a.m. sharp so get there early! (Austin American Statesman Parking Lot, 305 South Congress Ave, Austin)

A  Very ’90s Christmas at The Highball

Come sing and dance to your favorite songs of the last great decade of music! FREE show with ’90s cover band, Zoodust. There is free parking. 21+. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pub Church: Love Your Enemies

At Pub Church, they spark an honest dialogue about a topic that matters deeply to all of us as human beings. Each FREE talk is initially opened up by a smaller conversation between Front Porch director, Dr. Stephen Kinney, and a carefully selected guest speaker from the Austin community, and then opened up to the congregation via a roving microphone.  Throughout this dialogical worship service, live music from an exceptional Austin artist ties our theme together. At the end of the discussion, a radically-open Communion service is always offered. This week’s guests are Tifani Jones Blakes and Bavu Blakes. 5:30 p.m. (Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin)

The Lion and The Pirate Unplugged

In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), Malvern is delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Join in for a fun and friendly FREE afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m. suitable for performers of all ages and abilities. (Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin)

HOPE Holidays at Hope Farmers Market

Take it easy this holiday season with HOPE FM! You’ll be sure to find special gifts for everyone on your list (okay, maybe not Aunt Diane). Head out to HOPE Farmers Market from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for gift shopping, FREE live music, and a sweater swap! The music lineup is 11-12:15 Andrew Noble & guest, 12:30-1:15 Olivia Chacon Flamenco, and 1:30 Raph Shapiro. (HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal Street, Austin)

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