This week’s FREE Date Nights in Austin has dance parties, yard sales, FREE pet adoptions, and the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend here in Austin, so make sure you get out and enjoy our great city!
Thursday, September 7
The Bike Austin team has grown and they’re looking for volunteers for their collective efforts. Learn about volunteer opportunities and events for the following Bike Austin areas of work: Advocacy, Membership, Education, and Events/Outreach. Learn about their new volunteer program with openCurrents, which offers alternative currency through social action. It’s a great way to earn credit for volunteering and eventually cash in your credit at participating businesses. (Or use it towards a Bike Austin membership and merchandise.) Bring a friend! There will be pizza and drinks. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. and they’ll have a social ride leaving Festival Beach at 8:00 p.m. FREE with RSVP. Bike Austin, 1000 Brazos St, Austin.
The music of the Hot Texas Swing Band is guaranteed to get your boots dancin’, your toes tappin’, and your fingers snappin’! Like Texas herself, the Hot Texas Swing Band is a crossroads of musical influences. Anchored in Western Swing, they add original material, Latin beats, and Swing-a-Billy to form a high-energy new Western Swing sound. The FREE show starts at 8:00 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
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 Eric Tessmer 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 8
For We’re Not Going Anywhere, David Ramirez partnered with producer Sam Kassirer, who has helmed albums by Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Bhi Bhiman, and many other artists. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer’s studio. We’re Not Going Anywhere turns that distance into a big-picture perspective— engaged and informed, compassionately political but not necessarily partisan. Listen to his new tracks live at 5:00 p.m. during this FREE in-store performance. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
A big anniversary requires an even bigger headlining guest and Dozen Street is absolutely honored to announce that the legendary DJ Mel, an internationally-touring Austin icon, the official DJ for President Obama during his presidency, and Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee, will be dropping an extended headlining set for y’all! Expect a fierce dosage of funk, soul, boogie, hip-hop, and old-school dance party classics. Old school Austinites know Mel is the truth, 20 years deep in the game, and if you haven’t seen him before, prepare yourself for an all-night dance floor workout. FREE party starts at 9:00 p.m. Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin.
Jammy, garage rock band A. Sinclair will be playing a FREE show starting at 10:15 p.m. with Glass Grapes opening at 9:00 p.m. The AGBG, 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin.
Saturday, September 9
Starting at noon, Micklethwait Craft Meats will be serving up BBQ with 110% of the profits going toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Then, at 1:00 p.m. the Austin Animal Center will bring their new mobile adoption vehicle featuring animals big and small for adoption. All adoptions are FREE for pets adopted from the Mobile Adoption Center and include sterilization surgery, vaccinations, a collar, tag, and microchip. All pets available for adoption or lost pets can be viewed here. Hope and Grain Brewing, 507 Calles St #101, Austin.
Head over to Hotel Vegas at 2:00 p.m. for an epic yard sale with a yard full of awesome Austin vendors. There will also be live music by Soaked, Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, Bad Bolts, and DJ stereo Stepdad. Entry is FREE and the fun will be plenty–stop by and support local. Hotel Vegas, 1500 E 6th St, Austin.
Global skate, surf, snow, and lifestyle brand Volcom is throwing an all-ages party at the Volcom Garden. Hosted by rapper Fat Tony, this all ages event will feature psychedelic R&B band Night Beats, presented by Sound on Sound Fest, and a live set by Al Lover – all in celebration of the global winners of #ThisFirst, Volcom’s global initiative to find and reward people who are dedicated to turn their passion into their career. Party starts at 8:00 p.m. FREE with RSVP. Volcom Garden, 1209 E 6th St, Austin.
Sunday, September 10
Puerto Rican Cultural Center celebrates 20 years with a picnic and FREE performance event under the trees. Dance salsa, bomba, and plena in the grass and enjoy performances by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and other surprises. Bring the children to help blow out the candles. “The Cuban Corner” food truck from Belton will have food available for purchase. The party is from 2-5:00 p.m. under the grandmother Pecan Trees. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St, Austin.
It’s Austin’s funniest live game show! Comics Mac Blake, Devon Walker, and Ashley Overton try to make contestants laugh – if they can resist, they win prizes! Laugh, Dammit! is inspired by the classic TV game show ‘Make Me Laugh.’ Host Duncan Carson drives a rotating panel of talented comics as they do everything they can to make contestants laugh. Contestants are snapped up from the live audience. The Laugh Judge is Avery Moore, and she is joined by a special guest announcer. Unless you are one of the show’s longtime fans, you have never seen anything like this before. The FREE show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Highball, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.