Free Date Nights in Austin (April 9-12, 2015)


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Unplugged at The Grove

Join KGSR at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. The FREE live music begins with Jamestown Revival at 8pm. Additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S. Lamar Blvd. (Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)

Improv Zero

Interested in improv? Want to take a test drive first? Check out Improv Zero, a FREE intro to improv class at The New Movement every Thursday at 6:30pm. (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca, Austin)

Soul Thursdays at the Blackheart

Soul Thursdays at The Blackheart with ROXY ROCA and Mrs. Glass. This dynamite duo of bands is reuniting at the Blackheart this Thursday and serving up lots of booty-shaking and feel good soul starting at 9pm. FREE! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street, Austin)

Hill Country Galleria Wine Walk

Love wine? Then you must check out the Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk! Start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map to guide you on the wine walk. Keep your map with you as your ticket for each wine walk stop. Hill Country Galleria shopping bags filled with exclusive offers will also be available to Wine Walk participants. Event is 5-9pm. The event is FREE, but quantities are limited. Get there early to ensure you have time to visit each stop. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)

Movies in the Park

Guardians of the Galaxy, starting at 8pm, is brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation and presented by Alamo Drafthouse. Austin residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. FREE! (Wooldridge Square Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin)

Austin International Poetry Festival 

The 23rd Annual Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) is FREE and open to the public. Registered Poets must pay a small fee. This four-day citywide, all-inclusive celebration of poetry and poets has grown to become “the largest non-juried poetry festival in the U.S.” The festival will include up to 30 live local readings, 10 children and teen poetry events, 10 poetry workshops, 10 open mics, 5 music and poetry presentations, two anthology competitions and complete readings, two poetry slams, an all-night open mic and a poetry symposium.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Music in the Park

Music in the Park is a FREE event in the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater. Rich Restaino and the Obits will be performing from 6-8pm. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy the music. Free parking is available in the McBee Parking garage behind the Thinkery. Special thanks to the Mueller Property Owner’s Association Resident Activities Committee for hosting. (Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin) Canceled due to weather.

Shoal Crossing Social Club

Envision yourself at the iconic Cotton Club or the Copa Cabana – it comes to life at the new Shoal Crossing Social Club. Dining, dancing and romance to the sounds of the rat pack, with a modern update. Austin’s own Kris Kimura leads his full orchestra, the Wasabi Big Band! Kris Kimura’s Wasabi Big Band has one sole purpose…to entertain! FREE show from 7-9pm. (Shoal Crossing Social Club, 8611 North Mopac Expressway, Austin)

Music at The Domain

Don’t miss Music on the Lawn in Domain II each weekend. Music on the Lawn will be located on the new lawn, near iPic Theaters. This Friday, 6-9pm: Acoustic Jungle. This Saturday, 2– 5pm: Kimarie Trojanowski and 6–9pm: Grace Pettis. This Sunday, 2–5pm: Piney Grove Ramblers. (Domain II near iPic Theaters, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin)

Rebate Austin

Rebate Austin! is a one-stop shop where you can learn about all the residential rebates and freebies that apply to Austinites. Come meet the folks who offer Austin rebates and learn how to apply! These rebates can make your life more sustainable and save you money. Time: 3-6pm (Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin)

Head for the Hill’s Free Music Fridays

This week’s music artist is Warren Hood. His fans include Lyle Lovett who said, “The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer.” FREE Show from 7-9pm.  (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Saturday, April 11

Cedar Park Heritage Festival

This year’s Heritage Festival will be held in conjunction with the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-off from 1-5pm. You are welcome to bring your own ice chest, but no glass containers please. Dance to live music and enjoy FREE inflatables, train rides, pony rides, and petting zoo. Enjoy historical displays, washer tournament, food concessions, FREE photos with a longhorn (bring your own camera), sack races, and a corn on the cob eating contest. (Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park)

Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria

Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music and great shopping. The music begins at 7pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. This week’s guest is 22-year-old Parker McCollum. He is already earning comparisons to critically acclaimed artists like Ryan Bingham and John Mayer. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Browse the vendors, order to-go food and have it delivered to your spot on the grassy lawn. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Rd, Bee Cave)

Austin Fashion Week: SOIREES

Join AFW at Soirees (formerly called “Showcase Events”) hosted by boutiques, retailers, salons, spas, and gallery spaces. Party hop across Austin as you experience trunk shows, mini runway events, designer showcases and more. Events run April 11-15 and most are free and open to the public. (Various Venues, for lineup visit: afw.fashionxaustin.com)

Wimberley Second Saturday Gallery Trail

Spring has sprung and the art’s in bloom! Wimberley’s 14 participating art galleries have an artsy ol’ time planned from 4-7pm. Linda Calvert Jacobson’s Wildflower Art Gallery will be celebrating its Grand Opening April 8th – 12th. LT Gallery will be having their Spring Open House on April 10th from 4-7pm. Bent Tree Gallery will have live music on Saturday night. All of the galleries will be open until 7pm on Saturday with beverages and light bites. Sip some wine, nibble a nosh and enjoy some outstanding art. (Wimberley Square, Wimberley)

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java starts at 8pm. Various comedians are performing and the show is hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady. These events have been filling up quickly so be sure to get there early! Doors open at 7:30pm. FREE! (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, April 12

Impromp-TWO: A Casual Improv Duo Night

Impromp-Two is a casual evening of improv performance featuring the duo Cascade with a different top-notch guest duo every week starting at 7pm. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting like a hidden jazz lounge where the musicians play just for the buzz of it. Plus, the admission is FREE with a free glass of wine to the first ten people who come through the door and stay for the show. You can purchase guaranteed seats for $1 here. (Institution Theatre, 3708 Woodbury, Austin)

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