Free Date Nights in Austin: September 1-4, 2016

Get your Chastushki on at Russian House, check out “stargaze surf-western” music at Waterloo Records, and resist the urge to chuckle at Laugh, Dammit, the only game show where he who laughs last wins!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Russian Folk Festival at The Russian House

Enjoy an authentic, cultural presentation of Russian Folk Dances, Balalaika Music,and Russian Folk Songs/Chastushki all equally represented throughout the performance in authentic Russian style, language and costumes. The festival presents professional musicians Sergey Vashchenko and dancer Katia Trusova. The festival includes FREE dance class and karaoke! From 7-9pm there will be a Balalaika Performance by Sergey from The Flying Balalaika Brothers. Then from 9pm-11pm, enjoy folk dance performances, Russian poems, Russian Chastushki, Folk Dance class, Chorovod, and Folk Music karaoke. (The Russian House, 307 East 5th Street, Austin)

Unplugged at the Grove: Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, and Shelley King

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, and Shelley King, 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)

Gutbusters at Hops and Grain

Need a good laugh? Gutbusters is back at Hops and Grain this week. While the beer isn’t free, the laughs are! This week’s featured comics include Aaron Brooks, Allie Amrien, Andrew Tavin, Arielle Norman, Danny Goodwin, Blake Bowles. The show starts at 8pm. (Hops and Grain, 507 Calles Street, Austin)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Night Get Down with DJ Chicken George at Dozen Street

A big anniversary requires a big guest and they’ve got none other than the legendary DJ Chicken George spinning all vinyl 45 and 12″ grooves! Jeff has DJ’d all over the world and has shared the stage with artists including Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Grandmaster Flash, Biz Markie, DJ Craze, MF Doom, The Neptunes, The Roots, Talib Kweli, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more. They’ll have photographers, a videographer, an extended Sample Knowledge Contest, their monthly vinyl giveaway, and a classic video game contest where you can win some serious $$$. The party starts at 9pm. (Dozen Street, 1808 East 12th Street, Austin)

The Deer In-Store Performance at Waterloo Records

Presented by Real Ale, enjoy a special FREE in-store performance by The Deer at 5pm. Described as transcendental Texas folk and stargaze surf-western, The Deer create psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop. They are at once lyrical and experiential, magnetic and evocative. (Waterloo Records, 600 A North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Marshall Moon at Oskar Blues Brewery

A Texas native, Marshall Moon has been a music fan all his life. He grew up in a cove on Lake Travis, and spent most of his life listening to all kinds of music. Influenced by the songwriting of The Beatles; SRV’s guitar; Dr. Dre’s beats; Sigur Ros’s “epicness”, he began writing songs of his own in high school. This FREE show starts at 6pm. (Oskar Blues Brewery, 10420 Metric 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 ABGB, 1305 West Oltorf, Austin)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Austin Flea at Austin Beerworks

The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Support Local! Shop the Flea! Entrance to the event is FREE from 1-6pm and open to all ages. (Austin Beerworks, 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 150, Austin)

Landers Marshall Duo at Solaro Estate Winery

Head out to beautiful Dripping Springs for the Solaro Estate Winery Labor Day Music Series. There is FREE music by Landers Marshall Duo from 5-7pm. Landers Marshall is an upbeat Americana and popular music cover band from Austin. (Solaro Estate Winery, 13111 Silver Creek Rd, Dripping Springs)

Austin Live & Local featuring Sarah Pierce

The Austin Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau, All ATX, and Keller Williams present a FREE concert with Sarah Pierce this Saturday at The Austin Visitor Center from 1-3pm. Stop by on your way to Lady Bird Lake to soak up these feel good vibes! (Austin Visitors Bureau, 602 E. 4th St, Austin)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Julia Magness at Antone’s

A native Austinite, Julia is a member of The Original Bells of Joy gospel group. Julia is also a songwriter and blues singer. She represented Austin in 2012 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Her band plays a mixture of blues, gospel, rockabilly, and jazz. They are upbeat, and great to dance to! This FREE show starts at 9:30pm. (Antone’s, 305 East 5th Street, Austin)

Laugh, Dammit! at The Highball

Austin’s funniest live game show! Comics Vanessa Gonzalez, Joe Hafkey and Tai Ngyuen try to make contestants laugh – if they can resist, they win prizes! Laugh, Dammit! is inspired by the classic TV game show “Make Me Laugh!” Host David James drives a rotating panel of talented comics as they do everything they can to make contestants laugh. Contestants are snapped up from the live audience. The show’s Vanna is Avery Moore, and she is joined by announcer Duncan Carson. Unless you are one of the show’s longtime fans, you have never seen anything like this before! This FREE show starts at 8pm. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

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