FREE Date Nights in Austin has it all this week–art, music, comedy, movies, and more! There’s an intimate evening with artist Angel Oloshove at the Ney Museum, this summer’s last Music Under the Star at the Bob Bullock Museum, a pair of rockin’ tribute bands at The ABGB, and a celebration of Austin’s public access television weirdness at Spider House Ballroom.
Thursday, July 20, 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.
This summer salon series features three self-identifying women, Texas-based artists in discussion about their work, their inspiration, and their hands (hence their process). Gather on the banks (yes, literal banks of Waller Creek) of the Elisabet Ney Museum, the former home of sculptor, Elisabet Ney at 6:30 p.m. As the sun sets, attendees will enjoy an intimate exhibition of the Angel Oloshove’s work, a Q&A with the artist herself, and cider provided by Argus Cidery. This event is open to the public and FREE with RSVP. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin.
Head to the Water Trough at Lone Star Court for some great live music from Jaelyn from 7-10:00 p.m. This Texas treasure’s powerful vocals and fun show will make your evening. Sing along – she’s bound to play one of your favorites! You can grab a drink, some tasty bites, and relax next to the pool. Admission and live music are FREE! Food and beverages will be available to purchase. Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr, 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 Kevin Russell 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.
The Austin improv scene is bursting with creativity. It’s a never-ending parade of improv experiments. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only at the FREE Fringe. Show at 10:00 p.m. Get tickets here. The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave, Austin.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Celebrate Matthew Sweet’s brand new album, Tomorrow Forever with a special, intimate performance at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes and ears upon the oddities of Go Go Garcia’s Traveling Music Video Freak Show! Witness, if you dare, the uncommon and peculiar sights and sounds of the 80s, 90s, and beyond–music video oddities of a forgotten era. Have you the stomach to witness a bygone era of eclectic one hit wonders, girl power rock tropes, and further unexplainable phenomena? Then bring your brave soul to Barrel O’ Fun from 6-9:00 p.m. to see the ringmaster of music video eccentricity: DJ Go Go Garcia. FREE! Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St, Ste 120, Austin.
Music Under the Star is a free concert series held each July in the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. The public is invited to experience FREE concerts under the iconic Bullock Museum Star from 6-9:00 p.m. with complimentary garage parking. Bring the whole family, camp chairs, and blankets to enjoy an incredible lineup of Texas artists. Bring non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank. This week’s featured Music Under the Star series artist is Taméca Jones, who spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others. She made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Opening at 6:00 p.m. is Los Coast. Los Coast’s music is a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul. FREE! Bob Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin.
It’s a full night of soul for you to dance to! Join Donovan Keith (Soul Track Mind) and The Funky Feat Band for a night of toe tapping, hip swinging soul with all the fixins’. The party goes from 8-10:00 p.m. FREE! The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Soul and blues singer Candace Bellamy took up singing as a hobby 12 years ago, paying dues in cover bands and musical theater (her role in an R&B version of Porgy & Bess impressed the New York Times). Bellamy utilized the lessons she learned from her songwriting mentors for her EP, Undone, released on May 5, 2017, writing songs about life she had seen and experienced through others. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. FREE! Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St, Ste 120, Austin.
Starting at 9:00 p.m., the Fool Fighters will create My Hero of a tribute. Then, at 10:30 p.m., driven by the breathtaking vocals of lead singer and frontwoman, Julia “Julz” Small, Just Like P!nk will take the stage. Both shows are FREE! The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
A mix of Soul, Pop and Garage tones from the 60’s and 70’s, The Reputations’ members have cultivated their sound by years of individual and collective work in Austin. The Ghost Wolves’ stage show is wild, energetic, and infectious. Bombastic guitar riffs, wild lyrical tales, explosive sing-alongs, scratchy acoustic cuts and slow-burning muddy grooves are delivered with glee. The songs stick in your head like a recurring dream. The Reputations open the show at 9:00 p.m., followed by The Ghost Wolves at 10:30 p.m. FREE! The ABGB, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.
Stop by The Gatsby for Saturday Night Fever at 10:00 p.m. for FREE pizza (while it lasts) from That’s Real Comedy Pizza owner Jimmy Tibbs. The show will be hosted by Coy Hopper and this week’s headliner will be Kelvin Girdy. Kelvin has been featured on BET’s Comic View and has toured all over the world. You don’t wanna miss this show. There will also be performances by Christopher Dillard (host of Nite Howl at Red’s Porch), Michael Priest (Funniest Person in Austin Finalist), Ben Roscillo (opened for Steve Trevino), and more. No cover. The Gatsby, 708 E 6th St, Austin.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Think Austin is weird now? Go back 30 years! “Whoa, That’s Weird!” is a FREE public clip show of Austin Public Access TV shows from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Back in the days before YouTube, if you wanted to be entertained by wildness and weirdness, you just flipped the TV to channel 10. From banana drag queens, to foul mouthed puppets, to death metal bands, Austin citizens have been creating television since 1973. Watch a carefully curated and restored clip show of oddball, off-the-wall Austin history. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Screening at 7:00 p.m. Q&A with former producers in attendance after the screening. Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth 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.
Crack open a Lone Star and chow on a housemade $4 hotdog special as you cheer on Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, costarring John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen. The FREE Summer Series film featuring funnyman Will Ferrell starts rolling around 9:00 p.m. Arrive early as seating is limited. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Movie is FREE! Easy Tiger, 709 E 6th St, Austin.