Free Date Nights in Austin: July 28-31, 2016

Fresh comedy, deep squats, and plenty of craft brews are on tap for this weekend’s edition of Free Date Nights in Austin!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Playpen: An Evening of Brand New Comedy

Proud comedy mommas Nikita Redkar and Elizabeth Spears are delighted to welcome the newest bundle of joy in town, Playpen, and are featuring a bevy of jokes, sketches, and characters never before seen to the world. The doors open at 7:30pm and it is BYOB! (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca Street, Austin)

Unplugged at the Grove: Uncle Lucius

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Uncle Lucius, 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 29, 2016

Free Comedy: Going Away Party

Comedian Martin Urbano is leaving for New York, but before he leaves he decided to put together a fast-paced show packed with some of the best comedians in town. Along with co-host Yusef Roach, the line-up includes Rob Gagnon (Stoned v Drunk v Sober), Maggie Maye (Conan), Pat Dean (Vice), and more! The show is FREE and there will even be cake. Comedy starts at 9pm. (Kick Butt Coffee,  5775 Airport Blvd, Austin)

Little Mikey and The Soda Jerks

Based in Austin, Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks started in June of 2004. They’ve released three albums of their honky-tonk stylings and are a crowd favorite- especially when there’s craft beer involved! The show is FREE and starts at 8pm. (The AGBG, 1305 West Oltorf, Austin)

Deep Eddy and Deep Squats

Nothing says love, like a sweaty HITT workout. At the end of every month, WeWork is bringing in health professionals to help you unwind from the busy week. Starting at 5pm they have the delightful Julia Gytri in to shape the glutes and get a sweat in before the weekend. Prepare for a 45 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class followed by a refreshing Deep Eddy cocktail. Start the weekend off right with a FREE and fun group workout at 5pm! (WeWork, 3300 N Interstate 35, Austin)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Real Ale Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover and Backyard Jam

The Blackheart is proud to host Real Ale Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Tap Takeover and Backyard Jam. This FREE event will feature limited-release and specialty Real Ale Beers, raffle prizes, a meet & greet with the Brewmasters, a BBQ pop-up and live music. The doors open at 3pm, Meet & Greet with the head brewers begins at 5pm, and the live music begins at 9pm with Duel. The night continues with Tia Carrera at 10pm, Eagle Claw at 11pm, Mrs. Glass at midnight, and ends with Chasca at 1am.  Guests are encouraged to come early for prizes, raffles and an opportunity to taste the beers when they’re first tapped! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street, Austin)

Dale Watson with Ben Rodgers at the Broken Spoke

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music. Catch this legendary Austin musician for FREE at 6pm. (The Broken Spoke, 3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

International Day Of Yoga Celebration

Austin’s largest ever International Day of Yoga celebration will be held at the Texas State Capitol south grounds at 6:00pm and will be FREE and open to everyone. Through partnerships with local yoga studios and mindfulness communities, the government of India is sponsoring the event to encourage the practice of yoga. The celebration will be held near the south steps of the Capitol building and will include a yoga asana sequence, a meditation for peace, a yoga dance performance, live music and much more. Attendees are asked to bring their yoga mat and loved ones to celebrate the timeless tradition of yoga. (Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin)

Improv Anonymous: Austin’s #1 Live Theatrical Therapy Show

Improv Anonymous explores the hidden world of shame and how we mere mortals deal with it. Using Interview and Improv, host Paul Normandin will shine some light on the guest’s past discomfort and offer support and hope while finding understanding and unexpected humor. The guest this session is Jeremy Moran, local improviser/filmmaker who regularly hosts his own filmmaker interview program (Moranic Moments). His personal experiences with his own mental health have helped create a style all its own. Host Paul Normandin is the founder of the Improv troupe In Our Prime, a troupe that focuses on real human relationships without fear of the dark places our hearts and minds. This FREE show starts at 8pm. (Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive, Austin)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation present Concerts in the Park: Big Band

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)

2nd Annual VERGE Summer Art Show

This multidisciplinary art and music event, from 2-6pm, will showcase the talents of 25+ local artists, craftspeople and independent local publishers. Artists span all genres and media including, oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, sculpture, woodworking, metalworking, jewelry, ceramics, photo realism, surrealism, abstract, illustration, street art, zines, poetry, fine art publications and more. Live music will be provided by Tommy Cornelision Group jazz quartet, with Tommy Cornelison on flute and guitar, Carl LoSchiavo on Bass, Brian Dunn on drums, and Ben Brajkovich on piano, with guest musician Sammy Epstein on clarinet and saxophone. Refreshments will be provided by Real Ale Brewing Company, Dripping Springs Vodka, Big Swell sparkling cocktails, Busy Bee Yerba Mate, and Beanitos. Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated. A portion will be donated to aid in Aveda Institute’s fundraising efforts to support breast cancer research. (Aveda Institute, 6001 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin)

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