Free Date Nights in Austin (May 21-24, 2015)

FREE-DATES-IN-AUSTINThursday, May 21, 2015

FREE Thursdays at Blanton Museum of Art

Every third Thursday, admission to The Blanton is FREE and the Museum stays open open late, ’til 9pm, with guest lectures, music from local performers, and special exhibits. For this week’s schedule, visit here. (Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin)

Honey Education and Tasting

Interactive evening from 6:30-9pm with a beekeeper, cookbook author, nurse practitioner, and a beauty expert as they bring to life the natural wonders of this beloved sweetener. You’ll learn how versatile honey can be and how to incorporate it into your daily life. FREE varietal tasting with creative culinary tips. (Vuka, 411 W. Monroe, Austin)

Trinity Street Players presents Our Town

The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by Thornton Wilder, Our Town, will be playing through May 24, 2015. Journey back to the turn of the century (that’d be two centuries ago) and spend an intimate evening with a small town, wondering whether anyone realizes the value of life while we live it.  The show is FREE and plays at 7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday.  There is even free childcare available during Saturday’s show (reservations required). (First Baptist Church, 4th Floor, 901 Trinity St, Austin)

The Taming of the Shrew at Zilker Hillside Theatre

Come out for art under the stars as the sun sets at Zilker Hillside Theater. This weekend’s performance will be Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The popular play is a comedy believed to have been written in the mid 15th century. Dogs must be on leash and picnics are allowed (no alcohol). This is the final weekend of the show! Performances are Thursday to Sunday at 8pm. For Thursday’s show, dress in cowboy or cowgirl attire! FREE, but bring $5 for parking. (Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr., Austin)

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 live music begins with Alejandro Escovedo 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)

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)

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)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Austin Wine Merchant presents a Wine Tasting

Perhaps one of Austin’s best kept wine secrets, the Austin Wine Merchant offers FREE weekly opportunities to learn about wine. During afternoon tastings, the shop pours anywhere from three to five eclectic wine selections from around the globe. Selections are often focused on a particular brand, country or importer and can range from $8 porch sippers to $100 trophy wines — it all depends on the week’s focus. Friday’s event will be a spirits tasting from 4-6:30 p.m. (Austin Wine Merchant, 512 West 6th St, 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)

Head for the Hill’s Free Music Fridays

Rock Bottom String headline Hill’s Cafe this Friday.  FREE music from 7-9pm. (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Grove Music Series at Southpark Meadows

This week’s Southpark After Dark will feature local solo artist Jimmie Dreams. The FREE concert is from 7-10pm. Pick up a backstage pass savings card and present it to save at participating Southpark Meadows retailers and eateries.  The card is available at Amy’s Ice Creams, Mama Fu’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Quiznos, Reel Popcorn, Sport Clips and Waterloo Ice House. Check Facebook for weather updates. (Southpark Meadows, IH35 & Slaughter Lane, Austin)

Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria

Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music and great shopping. The FREE music begins at 7pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. This week’s guest is Two Tons of Steel. 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)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

X Games Austin Preview Party at Torchy’s

Torchy’s has partnered with ESPN for an exclusive “World of X Games” preview party and filming event highlighting X Games Austin (hosted June 4 – 7 at Circuit of the Americas). Meet Chase Hawk while eating bottomless Green Chile Queso. The preview show is 2:30-3:30pm, event is 2-5pm, and there will be plenty of giveaways. (Torchy’s Tacos Mueller, 1801 E. 51st St, Austin)

Music Under the Star at the Bullock Museum

Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs to the Bullock Texas State History Museum every Sunday in May to enjoy FREE concerts. This week is Beto y los Fairlanes, Javier Chaparro and Salud, and Aaron Lack.  All concerts are FREE, family-friendly and highlight local musical talent. Each concert starts at 4pm in the museum rotunda, with performances outside in the Lone Star Plaza from 5-7:30pm. (Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin)

Uncle Billy’s Brewery & BBQ

The Live Vibe Collective and KUTX are back in action and ready to bring you an incredible spring season of  live music at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery. FREE on Sunday from 2-6pm. This week’s artist is The Deer. (Uncle Billy’s Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin)



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