Free Fun in Austin: Date Night Edition (October 23-26, 2014)


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fright Night at Jo’s SoCo

With Halloween only a week away, you’re running out of chances to catch a FREE movie at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress! This week’s screening will be The Beyond at sunset (7:30ish). Bring a chair and a friend; there will be FREE popcorn for sharing. “Boos” cost extra. (Jo’s, 1300 South Congress Ave, Austin)

Mrs. Glass 100th Show at the Blackheart Party

To celebrate their long-running and wildly popular residency at the Blackheart, Mrs. Glass is having a “Live from the Blackheart” LP release party with the Blue Channel Blues Quartet at 5pm, Jimmy and the Mustangs at 8pm, Roxy Roca at 9pm, and finally they take the stage at 11pm. This is a FREE show. (The Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street, Austin)

FREE Improv Class at The New Movement


Want to break out of your comfort zone and live a little? The New Movement is hosting a FREE improv class from 6:30-7:15pm. Their witty instructors will give you a quick rundown of what makes their classes so awesome and you’ll learn a few exercises to get you started. Ready, set, let the FREE fun begin! (The New Movement, 616 Lavaca St, Austin)


Juan of the Dead film screening at MonkeyWrench Books

Nothing says Halloween like an epic Cuban zombie flick. When strange things start to happen in his sleepy town, 40-year-old couch potato Juan sees a golden opportunity. He decides to start his own zombie killing business, “Juan of the Dead, we kill your beloved ones.” Stop on over at 8pm for popcorn and of course a few good laughs. (MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E North Loop, Austin)

Friday, October 24, 2014

East End 4th Fridays

A street party hosted by the local businesses in the East End IBIZ District with sales, specials, extended hours, and more! FREE activities include complimentary style-outs and bang, neck, and beard trims at Darling Dry Cut Trailer along with “Hunch Punch” cocktails, mug shot photo booth, and best dressed contest. East End wines will be holding a FREE wine tasting 5-8pm and Eastside Yoga is offering FREE Yin Yoga 6-6:45pm. For more listings, visit here. (East End, 11th Street, Austin)

Stargazing at the Roughs

Explore the galaxy as an astronomer takes you on a visual tour of the Milky Way using their Dobsonian telescopes. Learn about the constellations while developing a whole new appreciation for the cosmos. The program begins at 9pm and you’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments. In case of bad weather call 512-303-5073 to confirm the event’s status. (McKinney Roughs, 1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek, TX)

Brand New Key Friday Night Porch Residency @ in.gredients

Who’s up for “crunchy” organic fun to help end a stressful week on a laid back note? Head on over to in.gredients for Brand New Key. The trio boasts a wonderful folky, bluegrass sound with some porch stomping to boot. The event is 7-9pm and opening for them each week is singer/songwriter duo, Ethan and Jeff. (in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Texas Book Festival

With over 280 authors and a jam-packed schedule spanning two days, the Texas Book Festival is one of the largest book festivals around. There will also be musical acts, food vendors, activities, and book signings. A complete schedule of events can be found here. The event is FREE and seating is first come, first served. For a complete list of do’s and don’ts and what to expect, visit the website before heading to the Capitol. Click here to read where to park for FREE. Texas Book Festival will take place on October 25 & 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (State Capitol, Congress Ave., 11th St. and Colorado St, Austin, TX)

Saturday Night Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria


Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend and head out to the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave to catch The Brewbirds play! This fun-loving, bluegrass band is the perfect soundtrack for relaxing under the stars. You’re welcome to bring a blanket, chairs, and food will be available nearby. Saturday, from 7-9pm. FREE! (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd, Bee Cave) 

ROXY ROCA at Southpark Meadows

The “soul tiger” himself Taye Cannon and his band will be jazzing up the Meadows this Saturday with plenty of feel-good, booty-shaking music starting at 7pm. The band has been racking up music awards and accolades like crazy lately so be sure to catch them before they hit it big! FREE show. (Southpark Meadows, 9300 IH-35 South, Austin)

Austin Eastciders Grand Opening in East Austin

Join the EC crew for an evening of cider, music and fun, with complimentary Gold Top, Eastciders Original and numerous special releases. Get there at 6pm for an exclusive tapping of Small Batch No. 1 – a new limited-release cider from Austin Eastciders made with Texas Winesap apples – ahead of its public release on November 3rd in celebration of Austin Beer Week. You’ll be the first to tour the brand new cidery and enjoy the beer garden and vintage railroad station tucked away off Springdale. This event is 21+. Must show ID to receive a wristband. The event is FREE with RSVPMusic from The Urban Achievers Band and house DJs. (Eastciders, 979 Springdale Rd, Austin)

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, October 26, 2014

Rolling Sculpture Car Show

Classic cars and hot rods will line the streets at the Hill Country Galleria from 11am-3pm. The show is FREE to attend, but there is a fee for showing your car. For a sneak peek at the cars attending, visit the website here. All proceeds benefit the Bee Cave Public Library. (Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Galleria Blvd, Bee Cave)

KUTX Austin FREE MUSIC SERIES at Uncle Billy’s Brewery & BBQ
Sunday music series 2-6pm, with DJ Mixer Rogers spinning and live music by Honey Honey at 4pm. HoneyHoney is an alternative folk group based in Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 2006 by musician Benjamin Jaffe and model/actress Suzanne Santo. The two met at a costume party and signed a record deal a year later. RSVP for FREE tickets. (Uncle Billy’s Brewery, 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin)


Austin’s favorite first call jazz pianist and most prolific composer, Rich Harney,
takes up a Sunday residency at South Austin’s WhipIn grocery and cafe. In trio with Masumi Jones, Daniel Durham or Richard Mikel trading off on double bass, this promises to be a real swingin’ treat. Music from noon-2pm. (WhipIn, 1950 Interstate Hwy 35 S, Austin)

Jon Dee Graham and Dupree at Continental Club


Jon Dee Graham and the Fighting Cocks rock their 17 year residency at the Continental Club with this FREE show at 8:30pm. At 10:30 things heat up with Dupree, a swinging rock band with roots in swing, blues, ’50s rock, and a little country. (Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin)


Movie Night at Toms on Congress

In the true spirit of Halloween, Toms on Congress will be screening Beetlejuice at 8pm with a costume contest, prizes, and cocktails. Come dressed for fun! You’ll enjoy a few shenanigans and mostly likely an impromptu quote-a-long with this cult classic movie. Bring a chair or blanket to sit out in the back garden for the FREE screening.  (Toms Shoes, 1401 South Congress Ave., 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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