Free Date Nights in Austin: July 21-24, 2016

Head on out for free date nights this weekend and enjoy cinematic masterpieces, a Record Store Day freebie show, and a workout on the Long Center lawn with a hundred of your (new) closest friends!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Score: Music, Movies, and Mayhem with Casa Loma, Moonsicles, Dead Music Capital Band

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) invites you to an evening of music, movies and mayhem as they debut SCORE!, a first-of-its-kind creative community collaboration featuring vintage films from the archival collection paired with live soundtracks scored by local Austin bands. The FREE flicks kick off at 8pm with the swinging sounds of the Casa Loma Playboys, playing a catalogue of western swing, jazz and jump tunes tailor made to jive with the kitsch-filled clips selected by the archival team at TAMI. The line-up continues with the Moonsicles, a group whose inventive, otherworldly and otherwise ethereal sounds will transport viewers beyond the screen and into an auditory kaleidoscope of kodachrome-inspired melodies melding with the carefully curated vintage reels. The festivities wrap up with the Dead Music Capital Band, a brain hungry zombie brass band blowing horns and banging drums from beyond the grave with an undying dedication to serving up a syncopated soundtrack specially chosen to wake the dead. (Pan Am Park, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin)

Unplugged at the Grove: Griffin House

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Griffin House, 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)

58th Annual Zilker Summer Musical: Shrek: The Musical

The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater may be a little swampy this summer as Zilker Theatre Productions brings the smash Broadway hit Shrek: The Musical to the stage. Nominated for eight Tony Awards and 12 Drama Desk Awards, Shrek: The Musical brings the beloved characters from the popular animated film to life on stage. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. The FREE show starts at sunset, Thursday through Sunday, about 8:15pm. (Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Music Under the Star featuring Quiet Company & Riders Against the Storm

This week’s Music Under the Star FREE concert features Quiet Company and Riders Against the Storm. Through the release of their three LPs and endless touring, Quiet Company has been making a name for itself nationally with energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock sound – called by critics a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. Opening at 6pm is hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm (RAS), a musical movement in Austin that can only be described as historic. Outside food and alcohol is not allowed per TABC regulations, but patrons may purchase beer, soda, and food at the event. (Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin)

KLBJ Summer Sunset Concert Series: Emily Wolfe, Migrant Kids, The Bad Lovers, Summer Salt

Head to the Oasis on Lake Travis for KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series, featuring performances from Emily Wolfe, Migrant Kids, The Bad Lovers and Summer Salt. The music starts at 6:30pm and admission is FREE. There will also be drink specials and a beautiful sunset for your added enjoyment- happy summer! (The Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail,  Austin)

Annual Black and White Party at The Russian House

Get your best Black & White outfit on and join Russian House for their annual Black & White Party! The party starts at 8:30pm with the grand opening of the Black and White art exhibition and sensational photo shoots by art professionals and live music. The Photography art show is by Dallas Burges and acrylic on canvas by Lora Dudnikov. The party is FREE and includes a contest for the best dressed! (Russian House, 307 East 5th Street, Austin)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Big Mega Workout at the Long Center

Attention all boot campers! Leave your weights at home, and join Austinites from all over town for a FREE fierce workout utilizing the grounds and architecture of the Long Center. All you need is a mat (or towel), some water, and yourself! If you’ve driven by the Long Center during the week, you’ve probably seen Camp Gladiator members running, jumping, and getting in shape against the best view in Austin. Now is your opportunity to join in on the fun! Starts at 9:30am! (Long Center, 701 West Riverside, Austin)

Austin Under the Stars

Austin’s Astronomical Society (AAS) brings to the public Austin Under the Stars (AUTS). This special event, FREE of charge, is scheduled from 6pm to 11:59pm.  Joining AUTS for the tenth year in a row are the folks of the Texas Museum of Science and Technology. They will be providing 20-minute shows in their mobile planetarium and will be on hand to answer any questions about their latest exhibits and shows. The event will kick off with amateur astronomers from the AAS providing safe solar viewing and before moving into darker sky observing once the sun sets. Also back by popular demand this year will be micro-talks on astronomy as well as activities for our young astronomers. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce the public, of all ages and experience levels, to the wonders of the night sky. Viewable throughout the evening will be phenomenon of the cosmos including: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn as well as many stars, globular clusters, nebulae. (St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 6500 St. Stephen’s Drive, Austin)

Whitney In-Store Performance at End of an Ear

Swing by End of an Ear at 2pm for a FREE in-store performance by Whitney. Whitney is the project of ex-Smith Westerns guitarist and drummer Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, with a little help from their many friends. The band made their live debut at the Bottle back in March when they opened and played backing band for Jimmy Whispers’ record release. Mr. Whispers has brought these these promising young wizards on as his permanent backing band and says they sounds like “Steely Dan and Van Morrison collaborating” — that is a good thing! Whitney’s mellow-but-tight pop-rock with dashes of psych and R&B has them stirring up Chicago’s DIY scene, so you can bet they’ll have the kids movin’ and groovin’. (End of an Ear, 2209 South 1st Street, Austin)

Off the Wall, Off the Flesh Closing Ceremony at Art For the People

Join AFTP at 7pm for Part Deux, a FREE closing celebration of the eclectic exhibition Off the Wall, Off the Flesh. Enjoy live Painting by Bort & Lena Martin as well as their dynamic display of works by eleven local and regional artists. Come sip on wine chat with some of the artists! Featured artists: Lucas Aoki, Nick Baxter, Bort, Jason Eatherly, Mike “Truth” Johnston, Roshi K, Lena Martin, Nate Pollock, Wendi Ramirez, Daniel Santiesteban, and Hanz Zarate. (Art For the People, 1711 South 1st Street, Austin)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation present Concerts in the Park: Brass

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)

Record Store Crawl with The Wild Now at Waterloo Records

Join a group of wide-eyed vinyl enthusiasts and back-in-my-day crate diggers as they hop from record store to record store enjoying music, beer and fun! While much of the Record Store Crawl events require a pass, this is your chance to catch a FREE show at 5pm with The Wild Now. “With overwhelming support from the local music scene, Taylor & the Wild Now is becoming a household name in Austin, with performances on Fox 7’s Good Day Austin, Balcony TV Austin and Sofar Sounds. This live show promises to be a great way to end your weekend! (Waterloo Records, 600A North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

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