Free Date Nights in Austin: New Year’s Eve & Free Week Edition

FREE-DATES-IN-AUSTIN

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Austin’s New Year Celebration at Auditorium Shores

Austin residents may want to stay in town for New Year’s Eve this year. The Austin’s New Year line-up includes Grupo Fantasma, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and Carolyn Wonderland. Austin’s New Year (ANY) is an annual alcohol-free celebration that showcases a variety of art, food trucks, and live music on three stages. Other confirmed performers include The Statesboro Revue, Big Cat, Vallejo, KP and the Boom Boom, Shawn Nelson, and Kalu James. The Community Stage will also feature The Watters, Tiarra Girls, Big Don, and Band Aid. This FREE event begins at 4 p.m. with a fireworks finale at 10 p.m. (Auditorium Shores, South 1st Street and Riverside Drive, Austin)

New Year’s Eve featuring Marmalakes and Good Field

NYE doesn’t have to be pricey. If you’re looking for a laid-back good time, visit the good folks at Radio Coffee & Beer. Marmalakes and Good Field will be performing a FREE show at on New Year’s Eve, from 10 p.m. -1 a.m. (Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin)

New Year’s Eve with DJ Manny at Whisler’s

Whisler’s will be ringing in the New Year with DJ Manny spinning from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. FREE admission and a complimentary toast at midnight. Mezcaleria Tobala will be open, as well as the always amazing Thai Kun. Party favors abound in a covered heated patio with some of the best drinks in town. (Whisler’s, 1816 East 6th Street, Austin)

New Year’s Eve at The Blackheart

NYE starts at 8 p.m. with Shane Cooley and the Lucky Kings, 9 p.m. Mrs. Glass, 10:25 p.m. Edison, Chair, 11:30 p.m. Josh Buckley (with full band), 12:35 a.m. to close The Sideshow Tragedy.  No cover, 21+, inside. (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street, Austin)

New Year’s Eve at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden

Celebrate with Banger’s as they leave 2015 in its tracks and give a good long hello to 2016! Live music begins at 7 p.m. with Them Duquaines and then Teddy Long takes the stage starting at 10 p.m. and will carry everyone through until 1 a.m. If you give Banger’s the honor of celebrating the turn of the hour there, they will return the favor with a FREE champagne (or beer) toast! (Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, 79 Rainey Street, Austin)

New Year’s Eve Black and Gold Gala at Indian Roller

Indian Roller is ringing in the New Year in style! Black and Gold attire is encouraged, but certainly not required. There will be a dance party from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. with DJ Konsept, FREE admission, and a FREE toast at Midnight. Come early and carpool- space and parking are limited. (Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Road, Austin)

Effervescent NYE Party at Hotel San Jose

Stop by the San José courtyard to say goodbye to 2015 and ring in the new year. Music by DJ Chino Casino, drinks, dancing and DIY photo booth. Free to attend, party is from 8 p.m. – midnight. (Hotel San Jose, 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin)

New Year’s Eve Bash at Eastside Showroom

Bring in the New Year at Eastside Showroom. Blues Squeeze Box performs at 11pm and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! No cover. (Eastside Showroom, 1100 East 6th Street, Austin)

Throwback Thursdays with Jack Burton Trio

Come throw back a drink while JB3 plays your favorite throwback tunes and original music for booty shakin! Starts at 8 p.m. No cover, drink specials, and killer grooves! (Icenhauer’s, 83 Rainey Street, Austin)

Friday, January 1, 2016

FREE WEEK: Calliope Musicals with Young Tongue, Good Field, Modern Medicine

Celebrate Austin being the live music capital of the world and check out a few new bands during Austin’s Annual FREE WEEK. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Calliope Musicals with Young Tongue, Good Field, and Modern Medicine will be playing at the Mohawk. The show is FREE for 21+ and $5 for minors. (Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Insvrgence at Stubb’s

Insvrgence is high-energy hardcore from Austin, also on the bill are Thieves, DSGNS, Uglytwin. All ages show, doors open at 9 p.m. (Stubb’s Indoors, 801 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Magna Carda, Ume, Megafauna, Outskirts

Magna Carda, Ume, Megafauna, and Outskirts will play Hotel Vegas with doors opening at 9 p.m. (Hotel Vegas, 1500 East 6th Street, Austin)

Comedy RoundUP at Cenote

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

FREE Comedy: In the Treehouse with Chris Castles

One of the longest running FREE comedy shows in Austin. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The week features Pat Dean, Kat Ramzinski, Jack Clemens, Kelsey Caine, Trace Holt, and Martin Urbano. (Austin Java, 1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

FREE WEEK: Modern Medicine with Megafauna, Young Tongue, and Lunar Gold

Headlined by Modern Medicine, a rock and psychedelic band from Austin, this FREE WEEK showcase features Megafauna, Young Tongue, and Lunar Gold. Show is all ages and starts at 9 p.m. (Stubb’s Indoors, 801 Red River Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Sour Bridges, Hello Wheels, Rusty Razors, Outskirts

This FREE show starts at 9 p.m. with Austin’s own Sour Bridges, Hellow Wheels, Rusty Razors, and Outskirts all on the bill. (Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Nina Diaz, Pop Pistol, and Everything Fades

Nina Diaz is the singer and guitarist for Girl in a Coma. She has been writing songs and performing music since she was 12. Girl in a Coma has released two full-length albums on Blackheart Records. Show starts at 8 p.m. (The Belmont, 305 West 6th Street, 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. Aaron Brooks (Bounce House, Moontower Comedy Festival) headlines with Mike MacRae, Kat Combs, and Kent Juliff.  The FREE show starts at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Laugh, Dammit! Presents Duncan Carson

Laugh, Dammit! Presents is a new, FREE stand-up comedy show. The first show will highlight the funny people who make the Laugh, Dammit! game show happen every month. Headlining will be Duncan Carson (Sure Thing, Sure Thing Records, Punch!, Funniest Person in Austin finalist and future winner) and he’ll be joined by Derek Phelps, David James, Rob Gagnon, and Avery Moore. Show starts at 8 p.m. (The Highball, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin)

FREE WEEK: Sad Girls Club DJs, Body Pressure, MeanGirls, Slow Burn, Weekend Girlfriend

Showcase with Sad Girls Club DJs, Body Pressure, MeanGirls, Slow Burn, and Weekend Girlfriend starts at 9 p.m. (Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River, Austin)

FREE WEEK: The Bravo with Coattails, Darkbird, Obscured by Echoes, Videoing

Early show starting at 7:30 p.m. with The Bravo, Coattails, Darkbird, Obscured by Echoes, Videoing. No cover for 21+ and $5 for minors. (The Sidewinder, 715 Red River, Austin)

Open Mic Hosted by Kacy Crowley

Can’t get enough of the weekend? Catch a FREE late night open mic hosted by Austin’s own Kacy Crowley at 10 p.m. (Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin)

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