FREE Date Nights in Austin: September 14-17, 2017

This week’s FREE Date Nights in Austin has Seinfeld trivia, an outdoor screening of The Fate of the Furious, a Mermaid Festival, Slamhain wrestling match and, of course, a few comedy shows. You’ve got no excuse not to have fun this weekend!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, September 14

Seinfield Trivia Night at The Rattle Inn

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Who Wants a Dollar Trivia is hosting this Seinfield trivia night. The event is FREE with music at 7:00 p.m., sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., and the quizzy fun begins at 8:00 p.m. There will be drink specials for 21+ and plenty of prizes to win. Grab a team of up to 6, prepare some Black & White Cookies, a Big Salad, and hope the pens are big enough for your man hands. Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St, Austin.

Elysian Brewing’s Capitol Hill Series: Austin at Banger’s Sausage House

Join Elysian Brewing at 7:00 p.m. for a ceremonial tapping of the Cedrela Odorata and toast from Capitol Hill Lead Brewer, Hiawatha Rhyans. All proceeds from Elysian beer sold during the event will go to American Red Cross to support the recovery effort in Houston. There will be performances by Löwin and A. Sinclair. FREE! Banger’s Sausage House, 79 Rainey St, Austin.

Dale Watson and His Lonestars at The Highball

Described as, “The silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser,” by the Austin Chronicle–this is Dale Watson as you’ve NEVER seen him before! Special guests, special costumes, and a swing show you can’t hear anywhere else. With a recording career spanning over two decades, Dale is basically a state–hell, national–treasure, rocking roadhouses and dance halls with his signature brand of honky tonk and country swing. This guy is the real deal! The FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at The Grove: Celebration of Jimmy Lafave – Last Show of the Season!

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 features a Celebration of Jimmy Lafave 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.

Friday, September 15

The Fate of the Furious Outdoor Screening at Community First! Village

Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of The Fate of the Furious. Arrive as early as 7:00 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event. Don’t forget your flashlights, bug spray and wear closed-toe shoes. Dogs on leashes are welcome at Community Cinema movie nights! Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Amy Rosalyn CD Release with Dana Louise at Radio Coffee and Bar

Don’t miss Amy Rosalyn’s CD release party with Parker Georgia, Tom Purcell, and Tommy Bahama. Dana Louise and Raina Rose will be serenading you, as well, and hot dang are they good! The FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

John Wesley Coleman at The AGBG

John Wesley Coleman III incorporates indie rock slack with witty storytelling in his music. Hailing from Irving and living much like a drifter in East Austin, Coleman started engaging himself in a variety of creative activities in the mid-2000s: performing with psychedelic five-piece Golden Boys, doing standup comedy, painting, writing books and movie scripts, and recording solo material. Catch him for FREE starting at 10:00 p.m. The AGBG, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.

Saturday, September 16

San Marcos Mermaid Festival

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the downtown parade will feature floats, marchers, music, and “all things San Marcos.” Leading the parade will be Austin Samba and Las Monas de San Antonio bringing their brand of “radical creativity, fantasy and imagination” to the parade with a sizzling combination of rhythm, dance, movement, color, joy and giant mermaid puppets. After the parade, head over to San Marcos Plaza Park for the Mermaid Aqua Faire. The San Marcos River serves as the beautiful backdrop to this fun filled festival that has something for Merfolk of all ages. Listen to live music throughout the day while relaxing at this FREE event. San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N C M Allen Pkwy, San Marcos.

PWR Presents: Slamhain IV: The Brawl of the Wild

PWR’s Fall Wrestling party is FREE and all-ages, but content may not be suitable for kids, folks! Theodosia {Partyweight Champion} vs. Mrs. Fennenbaum: Highschool Equivalency Match. The Unfrozen Colonial Woman battles the Violent, Disgraced Public School teacher! If Mrs. Fennenbaum wins, she’s the new champion! If Theodosia wins, she’ll get her GED! And keep her championship! The battles rages from 6:30-11:00 p.m. 4th Tap Brewing, 10615 Metric Blvd, Austin.

Saturday Night Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria: Johnny Nicholas

Hill Country Galleria is hosting the Saturday Night Concert Series in the Central Plaza from 7-9:00 p.m., featuring live music from local bands and artists. Guests are welcome to bring their blankets and lounge on the grassy lawn, arrive early to shop and dine at Hill Country Galleria retailers, and even get their meal delivered straight to the Central Plaza. This event is  FREE and swag bags filled with fun items and discounts will be available throughout the event. Sun Radio 100.1FM will be on-site to emcee the event and introduce the band. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Sunday, September 17

20th Annual Austin Museum Day

Explore some Austin area museums that you’ve never been to before–for FREE! The 20th Annual Austin Museum Day is a city-wide celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science. More than thirty-eight museums in the greater Austin area will welcome visitors with special programming including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages. Various locations, Austin.

Stand up, Dammit! Comedy Game Show

Stand-Up, Dammit! is a FREE monthly stand-up comedy showcase featuring the best comics in Austin. This month’s featured comic is the hilarious Ralphie Hardesty. His popular queer storytelling show, Greetings from Queer Mountain, co-hosted by Micheal Foulk, has been shocking and weirding out unsuspecting heterosexual, cisgendered Texans for three years. Ralph has performed on PBS and Ovation (which is a tv station, promise) and is proud to have performed at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the San Francisco Comedy & Burrito Festival, which was delicious. Moms love him. Also performing: JT Kelley, Derek Phelps, Elizabeth Spears, Jasmine Ellis, and guest host Michael Good. The FREE show starts at 5:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Austin Symphonic Band at Zilker Hillside Theater

Audience members are encouraged to picnic and spread a blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Hillside Theater, then watch the stars come out as the band showcases music as big as the great outdoors. Enjoy selections from landmark musicals including Les MiserablesPhantom of the Opera, and West Side Story alongside toe-tapping marches. The FREE show starts at 7:00 p.m. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 Williams Barton Dr, Austin.

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