Free Date Nights in Austin (September 24-27, 2015)

FREE-DATES-IN-AUSTINThursday, September 24, 2015

Unplugged at The Grove: Jimmy LaFave

Join KGSR at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for the LAST SHOW of the season of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. This week’s live music is Jimmy LaFave and begins at 8 pm. 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)



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Free Fringe

Totally FREE, totally insane. A never-ending parade of improv experiments. Your favorite performers in bold new combinations. Show starts at 10 pm. Get your FREE tickets here. (The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Avenue, Austin)

Friday, September 25, 2015

American Indian Heritage Day at the Bullock Museum

The last Friday of September is American Indian Heritage day in Texas, and you’re invited to celebrate at the Bullock Museum. There will be a performance by the Great Promise for American Indians, open discussions about the culture and traditions of native groups in Texas and opportunities to see drumming and dancing displays throughout the day. Stop by the FREE public celebration at 6:30 pm. (Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin)

International Dance Festival at Russian House

Dress your best and learn traditional Eastern European dances with live music and dancing from 9 pm until 2 am. Featured dancers from Europe include: Ugros (from Hungary), Lesnoto (from Macedonia), Niska Banja (a Romani, or Gypsy, dance), Miserlou (from Greece), Cocek (Romani, or Gypsy, dance), Neda Grivne (from Serbia), Setnja (from Serbia), Syrtos (from Greece), and Sonyashnyk (from Ukraine). (Russian House, 307 East 5th, Austin)

RhinoDino

Join RhinoDino for a night of FREE short-form improv starting at 10 pm. They’ll play classic improv games like you’ve seen on “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” as well as some specialty games they’ve cooked up just for you. Get there early to grab a seat! (Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 East Manor Road, Austin)

Jitterbug Vipers at C-Boys Heart & Soul

The Jitterbug Vipers specialize in a beloved cult jazz offshoot called “viper jazz,” a screeching U-Turn back to the party where jazz music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of improvisatory musicianship. This musical heritage pulls from the cherished musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and Slim Galliard. Show is FREE and starts at 6:30pm. (C-Boys Heart & Soul, 2008 South Congress, Austin)

Sunset Music Series

Enjoy Hutto’s historic Old Town district while listening to Jacqui Walker Band play blues, rock, and soul, from 7-9 pm. FREE! (Hutto’s Historic CO-OP Gin, 420 US-79, Hutto)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Go Dance Open House

Enjoy dance classes at three locations. See the schedules for Lakeway, North Austin, and South Austin. This event is FREE and open to all dance levels. Bring friends, or your sweetie if you want, but no partner is needed! (Various locations in Lakeway and Austin)

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands including parks, trails, and green spaces. Austin’s annual NPLD event is hosted by Austin Parks Foundation and Texas Conservation Corps. Last year, nearly 1000 volunteers participated at 38 sites across Austin and Travis County, making it the largest and most successful event to date. There are many choices for NPLD projects, including mulching, habitat restoration, building and maintaining trails, park maintenance, clean-ups, and more. No matter how you choose to lend a hand for NPLD, you’ll be making a difference! Sign-up here to volunteer. (Various Park locations, Austin)

35th Annual Pecan Street Festival

The Pecan Street Festival is a FREE, semi-annual juried arts and crafts festival held on historic 6th Street in Austin, TX. The show proudly features more than 275 artisan vendors from all over the world who display and sell homemade art and craft work. There will be live music by Magna Carda, Flavor Aid, Son Del Rey, Residual Kid, and many more. For a complete line-up and information regarding participating artisans, click here. The festival is open 11 am to 10 pm Saturday and 11 am to 8 pm Sunday. (Historic Downtown Sixth Street, Austin)

Smithsonian Museum Day Live

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for FREE! Austin participating museums include: Austin History Center, Blanton Museum of Art, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Neil Cochran House Museum, and South Austin Popular Culture Center. Click here to request your ticket for FREE admission (up to 2 people per household, access to 1 museum only). (Various Museums, Austin)

KVRX 91.7 September Showcase

Invite your friends and come hang out this Saturday to support the first KVRX showcase of the school year. Doors open at 9pm and admission is FREE. Check out up-and-coming Austin bands: AMA, Baby Bleu, Caterwaulrus, Dryspell, Hunter Jones, and Jackson Boone. (Pearl Street Coop, 2000 Pearl St, Austin)

ACL Kick-Off at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden

Join Banger’s, along with Fireman’s #4 and Ben E. Keith, as they celebrate the ACL festival coming in October. Alongside great local live music there will even be the chance to win tickets to ACL – but you gotta get down there! Stop by the party from 2-7 pm. (Banger’s Sausage House, 79 & 81 Rainey Street, Austin)

Saturday Night Concert Series: Suede

Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music and great shopping. The music begins at 7 pm with Austin’s wildly popular variety cover band, Suede, in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. Bring 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. Arrive early to ensure you get a FREE SWAG bag filled with fun items and discounts from the Hill Country Galleria merchants and sponsors! (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave)

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, Andrew Murphy presents 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 week features Chuck Watkins (Comedy Central, Just For Laughs), Denver’s Sam Tallent stopping by, Lisa Delarios, Mike Wiebe, and more! This FREE show starts at 8 pm and doors open at 7:30 pm. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

KUTX Live Featuring Painted Redstarts

Join in another FREE season of KUTX LIVE presented by Livevibe at Uncle Billy’s. This Sunday features Mixer Rogers spinnin’ starting at 2 pm and live music by Painted Redstarts at 4 pm. (Uncle Billy’s, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., Austin)

Indian Roller’s Summer Outdoor Movie Series: Weird Science and Real Genius

LAST CHANCE to celebrate Summer Sunday’s with your favorite ’80s movies! This outdoor movie event is FREE, adults/21+ only, and starts at 9 pm. Feel free to bring bug spray, blankets, and well-behaved dogs on a leash. This Sunday’s double feature is Weird Science and Real Genius (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 7:30-10:30 pm, and FREE dance lessons by Tony from 8:30-9 pm 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 Symphonic Band Fall Concert at Zilker Hillside Theater

The Austin Symphonic Band’s first concert of the 2015-2016 season will be the traditional fall concert in Zilker Park, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 27. This performance is FREE and open to the public. Bring a snack and spread your blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Hillside Theater. Then, watch the stars come out as the band showcases music as big as the great outdoors. (Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin)

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