Free Date Nights in Austin: September 15-18, 2016

Free date nights in Austin this weekend include eclectic Pop-Ups on the Eastside, a Mermaid Parade in San Marcos, and the 19th Annual Austin Museum Day!

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Eastside Pop-up Nights

They’re back! Join in for a night of drinking, dancing, and shopping under the beautiful Texas sky. Come early at 8pm and enjoy FREE drinks from Brancamenta! Then stay late and dance the night away with DJ Al Lover at 9-11pm and uLOVEi at 10pm-close. There will also be a Fierce Mild Comedy open mic from 7-9:30pm inside Hotel Vegas. This event is FREE (21+)! (Hotel Vegas, 1500 East 6th Street, Austin)

The PreGame Comedy Show

Every week some of Austin’s funniest comedians come to do their best 10-minute sets, and every show has a different lineup! This week’s featured comedians are: Kerri Lendo, Michael Good, Carina Magyar, Silas Harper Siffel, Jesse Hensley, Emily Howell, and Adam Serwa! So come, grab a drink, and laugh your face off with a FREE comedy show from 7:30-9:30pm! (Apanas Coffee & Beer, 11501 Rock Rose #118, Austin)

Unplugged at the Grove: Jimmy LaFave

This week’s featured musician for KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove is Jimmy LaFave, 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)

Austin Latinas in Film

Austin-based non-profit organization Latinitas is putting together an Austin Latinas in Film panel to discuss the current state of Latinas in the film industry, and learn about some of the amazing projects the panelists are working on. This FREE event will include food, prizes, and special guests! Panelists include Elizabeth Avellan-Co-Owner/Vice President of Troublemaker Studios, Sharon Arteaga-Filmmaker and Producer for Republic Ventures Group, Chelsea Hernandez-Editor of Arts in Context (KLRU) and Director of Building The American Dream, and Sandy Avila Ramirez – Latina in Entertainment. The event starts at 6pm. Please RSVP here. (Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street, Austin)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs Official Album release Party

Wild Bill and the Lost Knobs are a high energy Americana rock band from Austin, Texas. Heavily influenced by music from Austin’s trademark 70s “cosmic country” era, the band combines classic country and blues with other progressive styles to satisfy the dancers, the rockers, the rollers, and anyone else who hears them play. Join them FREE for their official album release party at 9pm. Special guest Croy and the Boys play at 10:30pm. (The AGBG, 1305 Oltorf Street W, Austin)

Free Swing Dance Lessons at The Highball

Hollywood Revue and Four On The Floor Dance company bring you FREE swing dance lessons before every Hollywood Revue show. The dance lesson start at 7pm, and the music at 8pm. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Willie Nelson Listening Party at Waterloo Records

Head over to Waterloo Records at 5pm for a FREE Willie Nelson Listening Party. During the event, Waterloo Records will be giving away a pair of day passes to see Willie Nelson at the ACL Music Festival! (Waterloo Records, 600A North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Lonestar School of Music 10 Year Anniversary Party

Bring your whole family to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Lonestar School of Music at 5:30pm. There will be FREE live performances from amazing teachers and their students. You will be blown away by the performances of “tomorrow’s rock stars” as you witness their skills on the drums, guitar, piano and even the turntables. In addition to live music, they will have FREE wings and BBQ and raffle prizes all night long. Everyone is invited to this FREE event! (Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

SMTX Mermaid Parade & SPLASH Festival

Starting at 10am, the downtown parade will feature floats, marchers, music and “all things San Marcos.” Leading the Mermaid Parade is 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! What would a Mermaid Parade be without mermaids? Sirenalia Mermaids will make their debut in the Mermaid Parade! In addition to the parade there will be live music, a craft village, river conservation education, and more! (Downtown San Marcos)

Full Moon Celebration at Art for the People Gallery

Join APG from 7-10pm for a beautiful evening celebrating the Austin Bodies Project and photographer, Doc List. Doc List celebrates the human body in it’s diverse expressions of strength and beauty in his most recent project, The Austin Bodies Project. Come sip on wine, check out our space, and meet Doc List and the beautiful people he photographs. This will be a very special FREE evening with an Acrodance Performance by Sami List and Raymond (Ray Ray) White. Between the art, the acrodance, and the coming together of the fitness world and the art world, it’ll be a great night! (Art for the People Gallery, 1711 S. 1st. St. Austin)
Held downtown at Brazos Hall from 11am-6pm, Summer Show ATX is a FREE premiere craft show jam packed with talented artists, DIY, fun activities for the whole family, swag bags for 50 lucky attendees, and so much more. All while staying cool as a cucumber and out of the hot Texas sun. Come on out and check out the free live demonstrations. There will also be 50 FREE swag bags for the early birds! (Brazos Hall, 204 East 4th Street, Austin)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

19th Annual Austin Museum Day

Spend Sunday Funday at a Museum! From 10:00am-5:00pm, more than 35 museums in the greater Austin area will offer FREE admission and special programming, including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages. Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, a consortium of Austin area museums founded in 1998, Austin Museum Day is a longstanding collaboration among Austin’s cultural institutions that has become a local tradition. Austin Museum Day’s open-house atmosphere creates the perfect opportunity for Central Texas residents to experience for the first time, or to rediscover, the dynamic, high-quality resources at museums in their community. Visit www.AustinMuseumDay.org and download the Austin Museum Partnership mobile app for the latest details about Austin Museum Day, participating museums, and program hours. (Various locations in Austin and beyond)

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