FREE Date Nights in Austin: July 6-9, 2017

FREE Date Nights in Austin has First Thursday at South Congress Hotel with Brownout, a Solar Power Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, and movie night at Easy Tiger with a screening of funnyman Will Ferrell’s hit Step Brothers.

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Unplugged at The Grove: Shane Smith & The Saints

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 Shane Smith & The Saints 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.

First Thursday at South Congress Hotel with Brownout

The fun continues long after Fourth of July weekend with this month’s First Thursday party, happening at South Congress Hotel from 6-9:00 p.m. While the party is heating up with property-wide drink specials and a live performance by Brownout, hop aboard the Tito’s Handmade Vodka bus and cool off with free sips of their special South Congress Lemonade. Plus, enjoy ice cream scoops by guest chef Dana Cree of Chicago’s The Publican. DJ ulovei and DJ Ben Zink will providing dance jams, too. FREE entry! South Congress Hotel, 1603 So Congress Ave, Austin.

Friday, July 7, 2017

BLVD First Fridays

Join Austin’s most stylish block for BLVD First Fridays, just north of Nordstrom, from 6-9:00 p.m. Featuring live music from Wood & Wire Trio, a FREE photobooth, games, hand and arm massages, SoulCycle bike demos, free beverages, and a free raffle. Thai-Kun food truck will have food available to purchase. FREE entry! BLVD @ The Domain NORTHSIDE, 11700 Domain Blvd, Austin.

Night Drive FREE In-Store at Waterloo Records

Texas based electronic art-rockers Night Drive arrive today with their expansive debut self-titled album via Roll Call Records. Like a synesthesia-induced soundscape found within the vivid worlds of films a la Tron or The Neon Demon, the record is a staggering achievement for the duo. Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, the duo’s modern synth-pop seeks to explore the darker currents of abstract emotion. With infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics, layered over pulsing dance beats, the group create an ethereal electronic world drenched in noir. Night Drive’s self-titled debut album brings to mind the aesthetics of acts like Interpol or The Knife, and is an effort best consumed in its entirety. From the John Carpenter-esque stylings of hazy album opener, “Hyperion” to the urgent synth of “Strange Telepathy” or the slow-burning and subtle “Ghost Craft,” from start to finish, the LP is a textured soundscape and surreal journey through sound. The FREE show starts at 5:00 p.m. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music Under the Star: James McMurty and Akina Adderley

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. Kicking off the 2017 Music Under the Star series is James McMurtry. McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. Opening at 6:00 p.m. is Akina Adderley. Adderley’s exciting new project, The Upper East Side, performs with a neo-soul sound deeply rooted in jazz and tinged with gritty attitude. FREE! Bob Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix

Solar powered racing returns to Circuit of The Americas as the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix (FGSP) visits one of America’s greenest cities from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eighteen college and university teams from the US and Canada will compete in solar powered electric vehicles that they designed and built. This unique engineering competition is powered entirely by the sun and based on innovation, speed, and endurance. The paddock and garages will be open to the public and guests can enjoy exhibits and activities, such as a children’s solar model car building workshop. The event and parking are FREE! Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin.

Uranium Savages, Wild Bill, and The Lost Knobs at The AGBG

Head out to the AGBG for a FREE show starting at 9:00 p.m. with Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs, a high-energy roots rock band from Austin. Heavily influenced by music from Austin’s trademark 70s era, the band combines blues and country with other progressive styles to satisfy the dancers, the rockers, the rollers, and anyone else who hears them play. Then, at 10:30 p.m., Uranium Savages will take the stage. Known for their musical irony and sarcasm, Uranium Savages are a musical comedy troupe that’s funny, crazy, weird, and has been playing in Austin for 40+ years… and not dead yet! The AGBG, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.

Catastica Dance Party with Dead Music Capital Band and Fat Bottom Cabaret

Blowing horns and banging drums from beyond the grave, the Dead Music Capital Band is undying proof that the party doesn’t have to end just because life does. From originals, New Orleans-brass classics, heavy metal, show tunes, movie themes, to Chopin and beyond–it’s all fed through the DMCB brass band organ grinder to produce an outrageously macabre musical party. This is a FREE party and the booty-shaking starts at 10:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Best with Lucas Hudgins at The AGBG

Lucas Hudgins & The First Cousins will be at AGBG for all your honky-tonking needs. Hudgins refuses to call what he does “Classic Country” because he says that makes it sound like it’s gone and Lucas is proof that it’s not. Listening to him sing with deep and smooth confidence, it’s evident how alive and fresh the sound can be. Timeless, that’s what it is. The FREE show starts at 4:00 p.m. The AGBG, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.

Easy Tiger Free Summer Series: Step Brothers

Join in for an Easy Tiger Wine Mixer as they screen the second film in their Free Summer Series featuring funnyman Will Ferrell! In Step Brothers, Ferrell and the fantastic John C. Reilly play two middle-aged losers living at home who become roommates after their parents get hitched. Movie starts around 9:00 p.m. FREE! Easy Tiger, 709 E 6th St, Austin.