Free Date Nights in Austin (August 6-9, 2015)

FREE-DATES-IN-AUSTINThursday, August 6, 2015

Style Your Sole at TOMS

Bring your favorite pair of TOMS Classics (or buy a pair there!) and local artist Tina Paci will help you customize them with their in-house art supplies. This FREE event starts at 6pm, RSVP to [email protected] or stop by the store to sign-up. (TOMS, 1401 S Congress Ave, Austin)

Unplugged at The Grove: Uncle Lucius

Join KGSR at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. This week’s live music is Uncle Lucius and begins 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)

First Thursday on South Congress

First Thursday happens this week and takes place along South Congress Avenue, generally from Barton Springs Road to Elizabeth Street. The SoCo block party starts at 6pm and the stores along South Congress that normally close early stay open late until about 10pm. They will be joined by craft vendors, live music, and special guests. One of Austin’s best block parties! (South Congress Avenue, Austin)

The Free Fringe at The Hideout

Austin’s improv scene is bursting with creativity. 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. See what the buzz is about, starting at 10pm. Expect the unexpected! (The Hideout, 617 Congress Ave, Austin)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Jonathon Tyler FREE In-store Performance at Waterloo

Accomplished blues rocker Jonathon Tyler will be performing a FREE in-store at Waterloo Records from 5-6pm this Friday. Stop by and hear music from his award-winning career. Refreshments provided by Shiner. (Waterloo Records, 600 A North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Zilker Summer Musical: Hairspray

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a high-energy musical comedy phenomenon that will have the whole Hillside on their feet! Set in 1962 Baltimore, this musical is chock full of dazzling, toe-tapping production numbers and soulful rhythm and blues. See it for FREE Thursday to Sunday evenings at 8:15pm, through August 15. Bring $5 to park in Zilker Park. (Zilker Hillside Theater, 2463 Andrew Zilker Rd, Austin)

Comedy RoundUP at Cenote

Weekly comedy open mic every Friday from 8-10pm. Sign-up is FREE and starts at 7:30pm. Hosted by Montgomery Wayne and Tiffany Stepp. (Cenote, 1010 East Cesar Chavez, Austin)

FREE Dance Lessons at The Iron Cactus North

Bring your dancing shoes to the Iron Cactus North location for FREE Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba lessons taught by Tony Mogadam of Dance U2. The fun begins at 8pm and lasts until 1am. (The Iron Cactus North, 10001 Stonelake Blvd, Austin)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

2015 Austin Bollywood Day

Learn to dance like a Bollywood star and join in a record-breaking attempt to participate in the world’s largest dance number. Presented by Agni Entertainment, Bollywood Day celebrates dance and Indian culture and will feature a procession from the State Capitol to the Long Center. Bollywood Day will be full of Indian food, games, contests, dancing and more! Om Shanti! This FREE event begins at the Texas State Capitol and proceeds to the Long Center, 3-7pm. (Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin)

Duck Derby benefitting the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation

The ducks are coming to Austin, again! Say “hello to yellow” and adopt a duck (only $5 each!) to race for the chance to win a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, Ducati Scrambler, and other exciting prizes. Starting at 11am, the day will be full of FREE fun including games, photos ops, and the first ‘Best Dressed Duck’ contest. Food trucks will be onsite. For more information, and to adopt a duck, visit austinduckderby.com. (Ann Richards Bridge, S Congress Ave, Austin)

Barton Springs Fest 2015

Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Barton Creek Uprising AND the 23rd Anniversary of the passing of the SOS Ordinance on Saturday, August 8th. Event is FREE except for pool entry fee. There will be snorkel tours, hikes, live music, speakers, film and an after party at ABGB. Snorkel Tours and Hikes start at 8am until 11am, then regroup at 5pm for the live music, film and speakers. After the pool festivities, gather for an after party from 9:30 until midnight at the ABGB with music by Guy Forsyth! (Barton Springs, 2101 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)

SURE THING Comedy at Austin Java Parkway

Founded in 2012, SURE THING has grown to become Austin’s most popular and acclaimed stand-up showcase. Every week, Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O’Grady present the best of the best of Austin’s vibrant comedy scene, and play host to some of the best visiting comedians in the country. This FREE show starts at 8 (doors 7:30) and this week’s featured comedians are Barry Rothbart (Conan, Comedy Central) with Danny Solomon, Maggie Maye, and Danny Palumbo. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Indian Roller’s Summer Outdoor Movie Series: Better Off Dead and Heathers

Celebrate summer every Sunday night with your favorite ’80s movies! This outdoor movie event is FREE, adults/21+ only, and starts at 9pm. Feel free to bring bug spray, blankets, and well-behaved dogs on a leash. This Sunday’s feature is Better Off Dead and Heathers. (Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Rd, Austin)

FREE Dance Lessons at The Oasis with The Brew

There will be FREE live Salsa music by Austin favorite The Brew from 7:30-10:30pm, and FREE dance lessons by Dance U2 from 8:30-9:00pm during the band’s break time. If you’ve ever wanted to try Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, or Kizomba, here’s your chance! (The Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail , Austin)

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park”

The Hartman Foundation FREE “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, bring the community together, just as similar events did in town centers years ago. This Sunday, the Woodwinds section will play at 7:30pm. FREE Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St. (Long Center, 701 W Riverside, Austin)

Kingpin featured at Easy Tiger

As part of their FREE summer film series, this week’s feature includes the inimitable Bill Murray in the zany cult classic, Kingpin. Discounted drinks and food specials all night! Movie starts at 9pm. (Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth Street, Austin)

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