This week’s FREE Date Nights in Austin includes a Meet the Brewer night at Whole Foods, an outdoor screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a Puppy Party at Waterloo Icehouse, and a Mega Workout with Camp Gladiator at The Long Center.
Thursday, September 28
Whole Foods Market is partnering with Texas Craft Brewers Festival for a FREE Meet the Brewer event series leading up to the festival. From 6-8:00 p.m. you can meet participating festival brewers and enter to win a pair of Texas Craft Brewers Festival tickets. RSVP to let them know you’ll be there. The Collective Brewing Project at Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr, Austin; Pinthouse Pizza at Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin; and Brazos Valley Brewing Co at Whole Foods Lamar, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Buenos Diaz + The Mighty Orq will play a FREE concert from 7-10:00 p.m. You may know Nick Diaz (Buenos Diaz) from touring with Alejandro Escovedo, or from his Buenos Diaz shows around town. Nick is an accomplished guitarist, beautiful human, and songwriter. Bring the whole family out to see the full band, Buenos Diaz. Kebabalicious, 1311 E 7th St, Austin.
The Austin improv scene is bursting with creativity. It’s a never-ending parade of improv experiments. There are hundreds of performers, and every single one of them is prone to saying things like “Wouldn’t it be crazy if…?” or “I just had the most insane idea.” This is where those dreams go, not to die, but to live gloriously on the stage for one night only at the FREE Fringe. Show at 10:00 p.m. Get tickets here. The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave, Austin.
Friday, September 29
Bring your four-legged friends for a Puppy Party on the patio with games, prizes, face painting, and more. Food and drinks available for purchase, all benefiting Austin Pets Alive! Admission is FREE from 6-8:00 p.m. Waterloo Icehouse, 6203 N Capitol of TX Hwy, Austin.
Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Arrive as early as 7:00 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, enjoy your favorite movie snacks, and catch a set by Austin singer/songwriter B. Sterling and his band before the movie. 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.
Start working on those biceps and triceps, because it’s Stein Hoisting time! The go-to sporting event of Octoberfest is making its way to Topgolf and you’re invited. 21+ can show their stuff for a chance to win swag, prizes, and Topgolf gift cards. It’s FREE! RSVP here. Day-of registration begins at 6:00 p.m. The competition begins at 8:00 p.m. Topgolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin.
The Copa Kings were formed in Austin out of a desire to breathe new life into some of the great jazz standards of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. With great reverence, the band brings a unique passion, artistry, and flair to the jazz music of this period. Catch their classic crooner performance for FREE at 8:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Saturday, September 30
Attention all boot campers! Leave your weights at home and join Austinites from all over town for a fierce workout utilizing the grounds and architecture of the Long Center. All you need is a mat (or towel), some water, and yourself! The workout starts at 9:00 a.m. and is completely FREE – all you need is yourself and some stamina! For every person that attends, Camp Gladiator and Outdoor Voices will EACH donate $10 to the One America Appeal, funding recovery efforts in Houston as well as in Florida from Hurricane Irma. Rally your friends and enjoy a go-at-your-own-pace workout + FREE treats…all in support of those recovering from these recent hurricanes. Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.
Spend your Saturday afternoon with Hotel Vegas and The Volstead patio as part of Hotel Vegas & The Volstead Present… Thanks a Brunch! Starting at 2:00 p.m. they’ll have shopping with Eastside Pop-up vendors, DJs at 4:00 p.m., and a live performance by Ringo Deathstarr at 5:00 p.m. The event is FREE! Hotel Vegas, 1500 E 6th St, 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 Mike Stinson. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.
Sunday, October 1
Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present a docent-led public art dog walk. Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee. Walk begins at 11:00 a.m. FREE! Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin near 24th St and Speedway on the University of Texas campus, Austin.
Catch a blues late night show at Antone’s featuring Jabo & The Old Dogs. The doors open at 9:00 p.m., the FREE show at 10:00 p.m. Antone’s, 305 E 5th St, Austin.