This week’s FREE Date Nights in Austin has a performance at Waterloo Records by Walker Lukens, Rocktoberfest at the Rock Rose Domain Northside, and the longest running arts and crafts festival in the nation–the Pecan Street Festival. Its the first day of Fall on Friday, so get out and enjoy it!
Thursday, September 21
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Local Austin favorite Walker Lukens is celebrating the release of his new album Tell It To The Judge on Modern Outsider. FREE performance starts at 5:00 p.m. with refreshments from Shiner Beer. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. The movie starts around 8:00 p.m., but arrive early for pre-show fun. Prior to showing Wayne’s World, Pease Park Conservancy will be hosting an air guitar contest at 6:30 p.m. Pick your favorite song, put on your best outfit, and rock the stage for your 3 minutes of fame. Prizes will be awarded to the top performers. Please register to compete. FREE! Pease Park – Big Field, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin.
Herbs and Spice is back with another comedy showcase. Join them at 8:30 p.m. for brews, laughs, and lots of FREE fun. This week features talented comedians Kent Juliff, Elizabeth Spears, Rachel Hall, Taylor Dowdy, Chris Hills, and Arielle Norman. It’s hosted by Tyler Groce and Scott Sticker. The Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca St, Austin.
Friday, September 22
Take off your shoes, spread out your picnic blanket, and enjoy family friendly music at the KUTX Live at Mueller fall concert series kicking off this weekend at the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater. Each concert is curated by KUTX Live Music Producer Deidre Gott and Bill Childs, host of KUTX’s Sunday-evening kids’ show, “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.” This week’s featured artists are Sarah Jaffee and SaulPaul. The FREE show starts at 7:00 p.m. Mueller Lake Park, 2016 Simond Ave, Austin.
Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Boss Baby. 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.
Celebrate the first day of fall with Buzz Mill and help kick off the new season as they launch a bunch of new things including: a new fall shirt, a brand new website, new cider in cans, fall coffee drinks, and more. Sour Bridges will be playing a FREE show starting at 8:00 p.m. “Brewed with the best ingredients from the high plains of Texas, the hills of Pennsylvania, and the red dirt of Oklahoma, Sour Bridges is the finest blend of hand clapping, foot stomping Browngrass that Austin has to offer.” Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin.
Saturday, September 23
This juried street festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. Nearly 50 of Austin’s top musical acts will perform on three stages. Thirty food vendors located throughout the festival will offer both indulgent and healthy options. Kid-friendly activities include rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, interactive workshops, street magicians, and more. For a complete lineup of events, click here. The festival runs from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is FREE! E 6th St (Old Pecan St), between Sabine St and San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.
From 3-9:00 p.m. Austin Pets Alive! will shut down Rock Rose in the Domain NORTHSIDE to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with live music, food, beer, and stein hoisting. Admission gets you access to the festival (which is kid and dog friendly) where you can enjoy beer, live music from Mike Kinkead, Zeale, and Southtown playing throughout the day, food tents, a stein hoisting competition, and live graffiti mural art with Austin artists Lucas Aoki and Cody Schibi. Admission is FREE, but donations for Austin Pets Alive! are encouraged. Domain Northside, Rock Rose Ave, Austin.
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. This week’s guest is American Dreamer. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.
Austin-born, Savannah, GA-based singer-songwriter A.M. Rodriguez is bringing his folk-country tunes and Piedmont blues finger-picking back to his hometown for his bachelor party weekend. This is a FREE show from 8-10:00 p.m. followed by party time. Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin.
Sunday, September 24
This juried street festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds. Nearly 50 of Austin’s top musical acts will perform on three stages. Thirty food vendors located throughout the festival will offer both indulgent and healthy options. Kid-friendly activities include rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, interactive workshops, street magicians, and more. For a complete lineup of events, click here. The festival runs from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is FREE! E 6th St (Old Pecan St), between Sabine St and San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.
Spend the last Sunday of the month listening to Jamaican records from the 1960s to 80s with DJ jLa Soul–all on vinyl. The FREE show starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. Hotel San Jose, 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Say Bon Voyage to the Sunset Concert series–this is the LAST show of the season. Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be performances by Nakia & The Blues Grifters, Grupo Massa, and Nic Armstrong &the Thieves. Swim, run, drive, boat, or hitch a ride with B-DOE Rocks to the KLBJ 93.7 Sunset Concert Series. It’s FREE! Ernie’s on the Lake, 5973 Hiline Rd, Austin.