Free Date Nights in Austin (June 30- July 3, 2016)

4th of July weekend is here! Head on out to enjoy FREE date nights in Austin and celebrate our independence with live music, fireworks, and even some patriotic burlesque dancers!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meet Her Hands # 1: Christina Coleman

Presenting MEET HER HANDS, a new summer evening series featuring Austin women artists in a discussion about their work, their inspiration, and their hands, hence their process. The events will be outside on the banks of Waller Creek, the location of Elisabet Ney’s famous salons. In case of inclement weather, the events will move inside. FREE show starting at 6:30pm and refreshments will be served. The first artist featured will be Christina Coleman, whose work comments on gender and race through a variety of media, often using beauty and hair products in concert with more conventional materials. Produced in collaboration with BossBabes ATX, a not-for-profit creative women’s community group. (Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street, Austin)

Fitness on the Plaza: Summer Sculpt

Summer Sculpt: Pilates Bootcamp with Sarah is coming to Whole Foods and it’s better than ever! Created and led by renowned Pilates & Barre teacher Sarah Nelson, you will experience her signature Summer Sculpt. This Pilates Bootcamp combines Pilates sequencing, creative cardio drills, and challenging core exercises. This workout will challenge, strengthen, and tone your entire body. Blue Honey will be providing FREE swag bags for every participant! This FREE class starts at 6:30pm; please bring your own mat and water bottle. Sneakers optional. (Whole Foods Lamar, 525 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Time Out’s 4th of July Kickoff Party with Walker Lukens

Start the long weekend early—and with a bang—with award-winning bartenders from across the world, live music and great food, all hosted by Austin’s newest resource for getting the most out of the city, Time Out. They’ll be pouring complimentary cocktails (featuring local hero Tito’s Handmade Vodka) while local Austin music talent Walker Lukens takes over the stage. Plus, winning bartenders from Time Out’s Bar Awards in Paris, London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles will dream up special cocktails for the night—and be on hand to tell you all about them. There will also be light bites and giveaways. This FREE event starts at 7pm. (3Ten, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin)

Rhythm on Stage- Brazilian Dance Night

Rhythm on Stage is back for its 5th year! It’s a special night as Ballet Austin partners with the Long Center to bring you FREE Brazilian Dance! Head over to the stage at 7:30pm and join Rebekah for a fun night of FREE dance – learning the authentic dance of Brazil! It’ll be a little brazilian Samba and a little Afro-Brazilian to spice up the night. It’s come and go, so stay the entire time and dance until 8:45pm, or stay as long as you’d like! You will love the rhythm and fun of Brazilian Dance! (Long Center, 701 Riverside Dr., Austin)

Unplugged at the Grove: James McMurtry

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is James McMurtry, 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)

Nomad City at Rattle Inn

Enjoy a beautiful night on the outdoor patio at Rattle Inn listening to hard rockers, Nomad City. In a time where electronic music is taking over, and live acts by greats such as Zeppelin, Grace Potter, and The Rolling Stones are harder to come by, Nomad City provides a throwback to such raw sounds with their original tunes and modern hooks.  This FREE show starts at 11:30pm. (Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Courtyard Concerts featuring KP and the Boom Boom

Grab your dance shoes and hightail over to the Lone Star Court for a FREE courtyard concert featuring KP and the Boom Boom from 8-9:30pm. Fronted by UK-born Kate Priestly (KP), the Austin-based band creates a highly innovative and instantly seductive future-soul sound, with hallmarks of R&B, Funk, Jazz, and Hip-hop. KP and the Boom Boom’s high-energy live performances are infectiously dance-able and inspire crowds to shake their moneymakers. After KP’s performance, the Lone Star Court invites you to join us in the Water Trough Bar for Marshall Hood Band from 9:30pm – 12am. (Lonestar Court, 10901 Domain Drive, Austin)

Summer Stand-up and Music Series

Funny Bone Friday! Featuring Steve Cox comedian and master of ceremonies, Comic Steve Farmer and other special guest comics. There will also be music by Black Irish Texas. The FREE show starts at 7pm; 21+ please. (Woody’s Tavern & Grill, 12801 Shops Pkwy # 100, Bee Cave)

Copa Kings Special Patriotic Edition

What better way to celebrate the birth of America than with old school swingin’ live music and some good, ol’ fashioned burlesque by some of Austin’s best dancers? This FREE show starts at 8pm. Swing on by and start your Independence Day weekend dancing the night away! (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Live and Local with Ruby Jane Trio

The Austin Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, All ATX, and Keller Williams present a FREE concert with Ruby Jane Trio this Saturday at The Austin Visitor Center from 1-3pm.  (Austin Visitors Bureau, 602 E. 4th St, Austin)

Lago Vista’s Fireworks at “DARK 30”

Lago Vista, just a quick drive from Austin, Marble Falls and Cedar Park, offers a unique setting for a FREE “Dark 30” 4th of July Celebration. Located in Lago Vista Golf Club and Greenshore Park area at Outpost Trace and Rimrock alongside the shores of Lake Travis, this patriotic celebration offers a fireworks show complete with boats anchored off the shore with their gleaming lights, the stars above, and space to lay out your blanket and family while music abounds. (Lago Vista Golf Club and Greenshore Park, 4616 Rimrock Drive, Lago Vista)

Bastrop Patriotic Festival

The day starts with the Pet ‘n’ Pal Parade at 10am, running through the downtown streets of Bastrop. Food and drink booths open at Fisherman’s Park at 4pm, with some children’s activities as well. Live music begins about 5:30pm, followed by the most speculator fireworks in central Texas at dusk, with music of the Austin Symphonic Band playing in the background. This is a FREE beloved community event held annually the first Saturday in July. (Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow Street, Austin)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Red, White, and Blues at Geraldine’s

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend in style on the pool deck at Geraldine’s and Hotel Van Zandt with their FREE inaugural Red, White and Blues event. The night kicks off with a live concert from Jackie Venson at 8pm, accompanied by patriotic bites and cocktails made by Geraldine’s culinary team including fried chicken with all the fixings and strawberry shortcake. The music is FREE, but if you’d like to stick around for dinner, reservations are needed. The fourth floor pool deck features stunning views of Austin, the event is family-friend and open to the public. (Geraldine’s, 605 Davis Street, Austin)

Leander Liberty Fest with Kevin Fowler

Gates open at 5pm and there will be FREE music by War Horses and everyone’s favorite country boy, Kevin Fowler. In addition to the music, the City of Leander will have a fireworks display at sunset. There will also be plenty of activities and food for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverage, just NO glass. Friendly pets are welcome on a leash. There are 2 Entrances to the festival. Entrance A is located on US 183A South (between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way) and Entrance B is located on Hero Way (between Mel Mathis and US 183A). Entrance B can only be accessed by turning left onto Hero Way from 183A. The Eastbound lane of Hero Way between (old) 183 and 183A will be closed  beginning at 4pm. (Leander)

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