Free Date Nights in Austin (Sept 17-20, 2015)

FREE-DATES-IN-AUSTINThursday, September 17, 2015

The Wright House Kick-Off Party at Highland Lounge

FREE kick-off party to help build awareness for The Wright House fundraiser Midnight Under the Big Top in October. There will be a BOGO ticket sales, FREE food, drink specials, and entertainment from 7-9pm. Highland will also be launching its newest, spectacular drink: The Circus Rickey! The fantastical proceeds raised from this adventurous beverage will benefit The Wright House Wellness Center’s programs and services. (Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin)

Movies in the Park: Pitch Perfect

The FREE Movies in the Park series is back this Fall at 8:15 with the hilarious musical Pitch Perfect starring Anna Kendrick. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. (NW District park, 7000 Ardath St, Austin)

Craft and Cocktail Night at TOMS

Join Jennifer Perkins of Craft Mafia at 7pm for crafty fun and sip FREE cocktails compliments of Dripping Springs Vodka. To attend RSVP to [email protected], or stop by the store to sign-up. (TOMS, 1401 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Open Mic at Brass House

FREE show hosted by Omarr Wake. Come out and see Austin’s up and coming musicians try out for gigs at one of the best jazz joints in town. The sign-ups to perform start at 7pm and the show is 8pm-12am. Read more about jazzing up your date night at Brass House here. (Brass House, 115 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin)

Unplugged at The Grove: Doyle Bramhall II 

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 Doyle Bramhall II 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)

Free Fringe

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

Friday, September 18, 2015

Barton Springs University: Explore Barton!

Barton Springs University is full day of outdoor learning and fun at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. The event is designed for high school and college students and the general public.  There will be lessons on how water flows through caves, the endangered salamander species, and snorkeling classes are offered.  BSU is FREE except for the pool entry fee which will be waived until 2pm. For a full schedule click here. (Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin)

Mueller Music in the Park

The Mueller Residents Activity Committee invites you for an evening of Music In The Park from 6-8pm at the Lake Park Amphitheater. Enjoy FREE entertainment by several Mueller residents who perform as “Rare Birds In Flight,” with vibrant music, stirring lyrics, and stunning and surprising melodies and harmonies. (Lake Park Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd, 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)

Music in the Park

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. Elizabeth McQueen and Trio Verde will relax you with their jazz sounds, from 6:30-9:30pm. Food for sale on site. FREE! (Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville)

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)

Hello, Texas! Classical Music Recital 

A Classical music recital at 7pm, featuring visitors from the Robert Schumann Konservatorium, Germany – Nayeon Kim, Korea – students from Classical Music for the World, Austin. FREE but donations gratefully accepted. (First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St, Austin)

Sunset Music Series

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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Night Concert Series: The Deer

Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music and great shopping. The music begins at 7pm with The Deer 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 FREE show starts at 8pm and doors open at 7:30pm. (Austin Java Parkway, 1206 Parkway, Austin)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Austin Museum Day

Enjoy FREE access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums! Explore the map for locations and events.

KUTX Live Featuring Say Girl Say

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

One Year Anniversary at Patika Coffee

Patika Wine and Coffee is celebrating its first anniversary with a neighborhood picnic! There will be music, cotton candy, a scone eating contest, drinks, and, of course, coffee. The Ann Wade Trio will get things started at 5pm with a mix of Jazz, Ragtime and Swing out on the patio to keep everyone in the picnicking mood. There will be face painting and coffee cup painting for the kids (or anyone, really!), as well as drink specials for the adults! Ralph Gilmore of Turf N Surf will be grilling complimentary lamb sliders and from 5-6pm, and Patika will be giving away celebratory cappuccinos to mark the occasion. (Patika Coffee, 2159 South Lamar Blvd, Austin)

Indian Roller’s Summer Outdoor Movie Series: Coming to America and Trading Places

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 double feature is Coming to America and Trading Places (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 Tony 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)

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