Free Date Nights in Austin (Nov 20-23, 2014)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Con’ Olio 5 Year Anniversary Happy Hour

To celebrate their 5th anniversary, Con’ Olio is hosting a special Happy Hour from 4-7pm at each of their three locations with complimentary small bites, wine, and specialty cocktails created in-house using a variety of olive oils and vinegars. Customers will also have the opportunity to win a weekend pass to the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival. (Con’ Olio, 215 Lavaca St. in the Second Street District, at 10000 Research Blvd., Suite 130 in the Arboretum and at 12918 Shops Parkway, Suite 550 at The Shops at the Galleria, Austin)

Jo’s Movember Movie Night

Enjoy FREE mustache-centric movies every Thursday in November at Jo’s on South Congress. This week’s pick is Anchorman with Will Ferrell. Bring a chair and take advantage of beer specials and FREE popcorn. Jo’s will donate 20% of the sales from their “Stache Menu”, consisting of Pulled Pork Tacos, Frito Pies and Shiner Beer. (Jo’s Coffee, 1300 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Hill Country Galleria Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival, and Fireworks

Enjoy a FREE holiday concert by The Vintage 15 and holiday carolers as the Hill Country Galleria celebrates their 8th annual tree lighting. The fun starts at 6pm, then Santa will arrive at 7pm escorted by the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes. Stick around after the tree lighting for a FREE fireworks show. The CW Star, Annaka Chesnut, will be on hand to welcome Santa. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)

The Contemporary Austin: Art Lecture by Sarah Schultz

A lecture for those of us who love living in a vibrant city full of personality and creative expression. Sarah Schultz, formerly Curator of Public Practice and Director of Education at the Walker Art Center, will talk at 7pm about the Walker’s Open Field and its model of what it means to be public. A great lecture for art-lovers who wonder about the “how” and “why” of public works. (Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue, Austin)


Mrs. Glass is still rocking their residency at the Blackheart every Thursday by serving up lots of booty-shaking and feel good soul. This week’s special guest will be The Lochness Mobster’s. These acts are high energy and never disappoint. Show starts at 9:30pm. FREE! (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey, Austin)

Third Thursday at The Blanton Museum of Art

Enjoy the Blanton Museum of Art for FREE this Thursday as part of their third Thursday celebration. Starting at 5:30pm local “southern-fried vintage jazz” musician Datri Bean will discuss how music compositions that she’s chosen connect to paintings, drawings, and sculptures on display. At 6:30pm watch art and science meet face to face when internationally acclaimed artist James Drake sits down with renowned physicist David Krakauer to discuss how artists and scientists envision the future. (Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jack Allen’s Book Signing and Tasting at Book People

Jack Gilmore, owner of the popular Austin-area Jack Allen’s Kitchen restaurants, will be at BookPeople to share his latest book, Jack Allen’s Kitchen: Celebrating the Tastes of Texas. This FREE event is curated by Edible Austin magazine, who along with Jack Allen will be providing Turkey and Dressing Meatballs with Giblet Gravy (recipe in the cookbook) for folks to sample, as well as serving Tito’s Vodka Sage & Grapefruit Splash cocktails and Flat Creek’s Super Texan Wine. Beverages will also be provided courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Event starts at 7pm. Books for signing MUST be purchased at Book People. (BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin)


Alvvays FREE In-Store at Waterloo Records

Described as, “two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle” this Toronto group’s eclectic sound is a flood of creative expression. They will be playing a show at Red 7 later that night, but you can catch them for FREE at Waterloo at 5pm as part of their album release presented by Shiner. (Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar, Austin)


Head for the Hill’s FREE Music Fridays

FREE music Fridays are back at Hill’s Cafe. This week features Mayeaux and Broussard from 7-9pm. This country, blues, and Americana band is one of Austin’s own and frequently opens for the great Ray Benson. Don’t let the weather scare you, if it’s too chilly the show will be moved inside. (Hill’s Cafe, 4700 South Congress, Austin) 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Great Tree Lighting at The Domain

The Domain kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of its 40-foot “Great Tree” featuring 6,000 lights, 400 ornaments and five-foot star topper. The night includes musical performances by Sunny Sweeney and the Outside Voices youth choir, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Santa himself at 6pm. FREE! (The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin)

Home Slice Carnival-O-Pizza 2014 – This event date has changed to Saturday, December 13 due to rain in the forecast.

To celebrate Home Slice’s ninth year and to give back to the neighborhood and community that has made them famous, they have planned an afternoon of pizza-themed craziness from 12-7pm. There will be live music, marching bands, pizza eating contests, speed tossing contests, and plenty of impromptu entertainment. The fun includes food and drink specials with all the proceeds benefiting the Austin Bat Cave. For a complete line-up, visit here. Admission is FREE! (Home Slice, 1415 South Congress Ave, Austin)

East Austin Studio Tour (EAST)

EAST is a FREE self-guided art event occurring this weekend and next, providing the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin’s vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique exhibition spaces and local businesses. Happenings are also FREE, occurring with varying hours. Visit the website for the lineup of exhibitions as well as the schedule of happenings and select events.

SURE THING Comedy Show

SURE THING comedy show at the original Austin Java, 8pm. Headliners include performers seen on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Letterman, and more, as well as the city’s best comics on the rise, plus special out-of-town guests. 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, November 23, 2014


SouthPOP’s exhibition, Austin Graffiti Art: Celebrating Austin’s Street Art and Featuring the “Hope” Gallery on Lamar Boulevard, showcases the photography of Bob Simmons. The goal of SouthPop is to present some of the most visually interesting street art works as pop culture art rather than a public nuisance. Admission to the museum is FREE during regular hours (Thursday-Sunday from 1pm-6pm) through December 20. (SouthPOP, 1516-B South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Old School Sunday Funday at Kung Fu Saloon

Starting at 11am, Kung Fu Saloon is putting the FUN in Sunday Funday with all day FREE game play and $1 mimosas. The Saloon has 16 Vintage Arcade Games and tons of other fun activities like FREE Skee Ball, Giant Jenga, Shuffleboard, Foosball and your favorite board games. (Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande, Austin)

Heather Schuck is the CEO of the children’s lifestyle brand, Glamajama. When she’s not scheming “glama” world domination or mentoring young designers, you can find her in her front yard chasing her three children with a garden hose. Connect with her at glamaLIFE or on Facebook.

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