Free Date Nights in Austin: December 29, 2016 – January 1, 2017

There are tons of options for free dates this week in Austin! After you’ve had your fill of revelry ringing in the new year, join in the Barton Springs Polar Bear Splash and start 2017 with a jolt!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Love and Chaos at The Saxon Pub

Nestled somewhere between the beauty of love and the turmoil of chaos comes a unique sound from Texas artists and long-time co-collaborators, AJ Vallejo and Kendall Beard. The powerful songwriting duo came together to create something new with an undeniable chemistry that carries over into each and every song. Like love and chaos, Kendall and AJ bring different styles to the table and somehow manage to consistently find middle ground as they create beautiful music together. FREE show starts at 6 p.m. (Saxon Pub, 1320 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Derailers with Roy Heinrich at The Broken Spoke

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 9 p.m. for a FREE show! (The Broken Spoke, 3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Joe King Carrasco at Lone Star Court

Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco, creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues, and Latin-tinged polkas. The FREE show starts at 9 p.m. and lasts until midnight. (Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Drive, Austin)

The Jazz Destroyers at The Highball

What would have happened if you had put Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, or other great jazz artists in a time machine and dropped them off in the present day? Come find out! The Jazz Destroyers is a jazz trio in the Austin Metro area specializing in re-imagining popular music in the jazz idiom. The FREE show starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Austin’s Community New Year’s Eve Celebration

Bring in the New Year with a free, fun and family-friendly celebration! Austin’s New Year will transform Vic Mathias Shores into a wonderland of music, art, special performances and of course, Austin’s legendary food favorites. The 2016 event will include three stages, 15 local and regional bands, food trucks, kid’s activities, and multiple art installations. The Lake Stage will showcase: Shinyribs, an American country-soul; swamp funk band, singer-songwriter Ray Wyllie Hubbard; and the young talented blues men, The Peterson Brothers. Get ready to jump up and down with a CAPYAC dance party headlining at the Oak stage; Harvest Thieves bringing Americana and Folk-Rock; and Roxy Roca, an Austin-based, six-piece, southern soul band driven by a horn section and powerful vocals. Capping off the festive evening, the traditional fireworks finale will start at 10 p.m. The FREE event kicks off at 3 p.m., click here to see the full schedule. (Vic Mathias Shores (Auditorium Shores), 900 West Riverside Drive, Austin)

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party at Punch Bowl Social

Have a roaring good time this New Year’s Eve at Punch Bowl Social Austin. The Great Gatsby-themed party kicks off at 9 p.m. and includes music from the ‘20s, lots of fun NYE swag, and a complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. FREE for general admission, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Punch Bowl Social, 11310 Domain Drive, Austin)

Grizzly Hall’s New Year’s Eve Bash

DJ Tetsuo will be spinning the tunes all night to keep the party going. There will be complimentary food (while supplies last) and drink specials all night. FREE champagne toast at midnight! This is a FREE event with free parking- get there early… I’m sure this party will fill up fast! Doors open at 7 p.m.; 21+ only. (Grizzly Hall, 2015 East Riverside Drive, Bldg 4, Austin)

Icenhauer’s New Year’s Eve Party

Join the good folks at Icenhauer’s for a FREE New Year’s Eve Party. There is no cover with a DJ spinning tunes to keep your and your crew dancing all night. Icenhauer’s is also offering a FREE champagne toast at midnight! (Icenahuer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin)

San Jose NYE Party: Le Freak, C’est Chic!

Join the crew at San José in the courtyard from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. as they ring in 2017! FREE to attend! Enjoy live music by DJ Chino Casino and drink specials all night. (San Jose Hotel, 1316 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Barton Springs Polar Bear Splash

Join us for the annual Polar Bear Splash at Barton Springs Pool on New Year’s Day. Admission to the pool is FREE. Save Our Springs will be set up with our commemorative shirts for sale, and free coffee and donuts! Everything is first come, first serve, and we will run out. So, get there early, bring your friends and family to enjoy the inviting 68 degree water, and ring in the new year with the rejuvenating power of Barton Springs. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Group costumes and plunges are always fun! Post your plunge photos with #atxpolarbearsplash2017. (Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

2017 Pfreeze Pflop

Are you brave enough to slide into the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool to kick off your new year? The event lasts until the last brave soul who was in line at 10 a.m. goes down the slide. Arrive early so you don’t miss out! The first 50 people will get a new, long-sleeved t-shirt. No, the pool isn’t heated. Admission is FREE with donation of a canned food item given to benefit local food banks. (Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville)

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