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!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
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)
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)
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-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 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)
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)
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)
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
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)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
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)