A little free something for everyone this week


A-List: Doyle Bramhall II at Emo's, 12.12.14
Doyle Bramhall II. Photo by Tammy Perez.

Astronomy On Tap. Grab a beer and learn from the best. This week, accomplished astronomers will discuss the Kepler spacecraft, the new practice of searching for planets and how to do astronomy in your own backyard. 7:30-9:30 p.m. The North Door, 502 Brushy Street. ndavenue.com, 512-710-9765.

Diez Y Seis Neighborhood Fiesta. Celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain by making tortillas, eating hot dogs, swinging at a piñata, and participating in a homemade salsa contest. 5-7 p.m. Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales St. ci.austin.tx.us/parks, 512-472-7142.

Unplugged at the Grove. Doyle Bramhall II plays the penultimate performance of this Austin summertime staple. 8 p.m. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. kgsr.com.

International Music Exchange Program. Classical Music for the World presents a concert featuring instrumentalists from Germany, Korea, and Austin. Guests can meet the artists at the post-performance reception. 7-8:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St. classicalmusicfortheworld.org.


Lone Star Saber Summit. Meet the crew of Zebra Imaging who are working on an amazing project for Disney here in Austin and learn how to swing a lightsaber. 6-8 p.m. Butler Park, 1000 Barton Springs Rd. facebook.com/lonestarsaberacademy.

BookPeople’s Carnival of Books and other free events Aug. 3-9


Free Yoga Forever. Kick off your week with some inner peace. FXfit is offering free yoga every Monday and Wednesday for the rest of the year. 7-8 p.m. iPic Turf at the Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza. getfxfit.com.

Trailer Food Tuesday. For the final time this summer, find some of Austin’s favorite food trucks in one convenient location while listening to Minor Mishap Marching Band and taking in the downtown skyline. Food and beer from Real Ale Brewing Company is available for purchase. 5 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr. thelongcenter.org, 512-474-5664.

Blues on the Green. Jamestown Revival and Kaleo perform. Music starts at 8 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. kgsr.com,  (512) 832-4000.

Unplugged at the Grove. Uncle Lucius performs. 8 p.m. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. kgsr.com, 512-832-4000.

Hairspray! The Zilker Summer Musical continues through the weekend. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2463 Andrew Zilker Rd. zilker.org/hairspray, 512-479-9491.

Mary Poppins Singalong. Pflugerville is bringing back the 1960’s classic film to celebrate 50 years as an incorporated city. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and come ready to sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” 8:30 p.m. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd. pflugervilletx.gov, 512-990-6113.

Carnival of Books. To celebrate all things literary, BookPeople hosts a day of bookish carnival games, giveaways, read-alouds, and cake. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com, 512-472-5050.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical. The Austin Summer Musical for Children presents this year’s show, which was adapted from the Barbara Park book series. 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Boyd Vance Theatre at George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. http://www.summermusical.com.

Find more recurring free events this summer in our Summer of Free blog series.

Hairspray and National Ice Cream Day: Free events July 13-19


Free Yoga Forever. For the rest of the year, FXfit will offer free yoga for everyone in the community on Monday and Wednesday evenings. 7 p.m. The Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza. getFXfit.com.

Chris Colfer at BookPeople. The award-winning actor and blockbuster children’s author will discuss the fourth book in his Land of Stories series. 7 p.m. Monday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar. bookpeople.com.

The Wine Down. Walker Lukens performs with Mark West wines and bites from III Forks. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com.

Rhythm on Stage. Learn the art of Bollywood dance with Prakash while center stage in the Long Center’s Dell Hall. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. thelongcenter.org.

Kim Lehman: Honey Bees. The storyteller, musician, and bee educator teaches a class about the decline in honey bee heath. You’ll get to taste some honey from different nectar sources. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Austin Public Library – Cepeda. 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd. library.austintexas.gov.

Sound & Cinema. This week it’s the comedic favorite ‘Ghostbusters’ with Latasha Lee & the Blackties. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Long Cener, 701 W. Riverside Dr. thelongcenter.com.

Hairspray! This year’s Zilker Summer Musical continues. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. zilker.org.

Music Under the Star. The second and penultimate concert in the series features Ben Kweller with East Cameron Folkcore. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Austin Uptown Dance’s Open House. Try out the two step, swing dancing, or salsa at one of the beginner classes. Open dancing will begin at 4:30 for dancers of all levels. 3 p.m. Saturday. Austin Uptown Dance, 8868 Research Blvd #706. austinuptowndance.com.

Ice Cream Social & Game Time. NadaMoo! and Lick ice creams will bring their vegan frozen goods to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. 1-3 p.m. Sunday. In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd. in.gredients.com.

See our Summer of Free blog series for more free concerts and movie screenings happening this week.

Spider House announces free marriage celebration

(Photo by Julia Robinson/For American-Statesman)
(Photo by Julia Robinson/For American-Statesman)

Funky Austin coffeeshop/bar/music venue Spider House is entering the nuptial business. The campus-area spot will hold “a big free community marriage equality celebration” July 18 at 7 p.m., including wedding ceremonies and a reception, according to a news release.

Partnering with the Austin Chronicle as a sponsor, the event promises DJs, flowers, professional wedding photography, a slice of wedding cake from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, a photo booth and discounted rates on wedding announcements in the Chronicle. An officiant will be on hand, as will “performances curated by Austin International Drag Foundation.” Spider House will donate a portion of the night’s food and drink proceeds to Austin Pride, according to the news release.

Interested couples, whether getting married or interested in renewing their vows, can email spiderhitched@spiderhouseaustin.com to get a spot. Couples who want to get married will need to bring their marriage license to the event. Read more on Spider House’s Facebook page.

Since June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans across the country, marriage celebrations have sprung up around Austin, including a July 4 event dubbed “The Big Gay Wedding.” Watch coverage of that celebration below.

Sunday’s event pick: Concerts in the Park

music-in-the-parkCome listen to the kind of live music that existed before electric guitars and amps.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra’s summer tradition of free ensemble concerts in front of the Long Center terrace continues with everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores.

Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the symphony will be featured; this week’s will showcase the strings. There’s no performance on July 5.

Info: 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 23. Free. Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. http://www.austinsymphony.org.

Saturday’s event pick: Austin African-American Book Festival

Texas NAACP president Gary Bledsoe will lead a panel discussion at the Austin African-American Book Festival.
Texas NAACP president Gary Bledsoe will lead a panel discussion at the Austin African-American Book Festival.

This year’s festival will examine love, perseverance and intellectual growth under the theme “Black Lives Matter.”

The event will feature authors Kevin Cokley, Beverly Jenkins and Aaronetta Pierce. With keynote speaker MK Asante, bestselling author of “Buck.”

In addition, Texas NAACP president Gary Bledsoe will lead a panel discussion titled “Justice While Black: Helping African American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System.”

Info: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public. Carver and Museum and Library, 1165 Angelina St. aabookfest.com.

Free movies, music and more in Austin this week

Summers in Austin are filled with free fun for families and friends. Check out some picks for the week of June 24-30:


The Peterson Brothers. Photo by Jamie Harms.
The Peterson Brothers. Photo by Jamie Harms.

Texas Radio Live at Guero’sWonderbitch and Them Duqaines perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.


Unplugged at the Grove: The Rocketboys perform at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Music in the Park: Rich Restaino & the Obits perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mueller Lake Park.

Concerts in the Park: The Austin Symphony Big Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Long Center City Terrace.

The Wine Down: The Peterson Brothers perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with food from Cantina Laredo at ACL Live.


"Horton Hears a Who"
“Horton Hears a Who”

Movies in the Park: Watch “Tremors” at Little Stacy Park at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Movies Under the Stars: Watch “Robots” at Metz Recreation Center at dusk on Friday.

Steiner Ranch Movies in the Park: Watch “Night at the Museum” at Towne Square at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Amy’s Ice Creams Summer Movie Mondays: Watch “Horton Hears a Who” at dusk Monday at the Burnet location.


Nature Night at the Wildflower Center. Photo by Thao Nguyen.
Nature Night at the Wildflower Center. Photo by Thao Nguyen.

Nature Nights: Learn all about snakes at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Shakespeare in the Park: Something for Nothing Theater presents “Henry The Fourth Part One” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

International Mud Day: Celebrate mud at the Lady Bird Johnson Center. Dress for mess – rinse off station provided. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration: Food, music art and dance at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

5th Annual Family Water Festival: Celebrate the Texas Colorado River with activities, live music and food trucks at Fiesta Gardens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 


Free this week: Blues On The Green returns, along with many other summer series

Photo by Hannah Turner
Photo by Hannah Turner

The Right To Vote. One of four programs in the Texas Social Justice Series, the June panel will explore the historic events leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the impacts of Texas’ Voting Rights Act. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. www.thestoryoftexas.com.

Music on Main StreetLa Moña Loca, a 12-piece group, performs Cuban/Salsa/Merenge/Cha Cha and more. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main Street (Round Rock). roundrocktexas.gov.

Sound & Cinema. The first week of the summer music and film series features Don Chiani followed by ‘Weekend at Bernies.’ 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. thelongcenter.org.

101X Summer Cinema. Another summer film series begins on Wednesday with a screening of ‘Empire Records.’ Films have been chosen by the public’s online votes. Films start at dusk (8:30 ish). Central Market, 4001 N Lamar. www.101x.com.

Blues On The Green. The opening night of the well-known summer music series was rescheduled for Wednesday night. Jimmie Vaughan and special guests headline the Official Antone’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. 8 p.m. Zilker Park. www.kgsr.com.

The Digital Wild Day. The beloved Austin band will be honored with an official naming of June 4th as The Digital Wild Day. The event will also stream live on www.atxn.tv. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St. www.atxmusic.org.

Unplugged at the Grove. Dale Watson performs at this week’s edition of one of the favorite summer music series in town. 8 p.m. Thursday. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. www.kgsr.com.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Oh Dragon Theatre Company presents a fast-paced romp through Bard’s extensive playbook, featuring only three actors. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Pan Am Hillside, 2100 E 3rd St. www.ohdragontheatre.org.

That ’80s Concert. The Austin Civic Orchestra again presents its annual Pops Concerts. This time, they’ll celebrate the best of the ’80s from movie scores to Michael Jackson. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. www.austincivicorchestra.org.

Summer Open House. Your young one could develop a new interest in music while they meet teachers, try out instruments, and hear mini concerts. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Orpheus Academy of Music, 3918-C Far West Blvd. www.orpheusacademy.com.

Music at the Domain. Camp out on the lawn between NoRTH Italia and Starbucks and hear some family-friendly live music. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace. www.simon.com/mall/the-domain/.

Free live music series continue and more free events: May 18-24

Shady Grove's Unplugged at the Grove is a popular destination during the summer months.
Shady Grove’s Unplugged at the Grove is a popular destination during the summer months.

Roar Shack. They’ll play a free show (for 21+) with Madd Comrades, Mattresses, and Born Again Virgins. Wednesday. 7 p.m. Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St. scoot-inn.com.

The Philadelphia Story screening. For its 75th anniversary, the Paramount Theater hosts a screening of the Katharine Hepburn fil/Jimmy Stewart film. It also happens to be Jimmy Stewart’s birthday on Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

All Play, No Work. Night Drive plays a show presented by General Assembly, who asks that people unplug and learn about fellow Austinites. No networking, just partying. Thursday. 6:30-9 p.m. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River. cheerupcharlies.com.

KGSR Unplugged at the Grove. Alejandro Escovedo plays this week. Still $3.50 ZiegenBock drafts. Thursday. 8 p.m. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. theshadygrove.com.

Austin Sketch Fest: So Juiced. Some of the best comedians on the Sketch Fest lineup will showcase something they’ve written but never performed. Friday. Midnight. Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. atxsketchfest.com.

Saturday Night Concert Series. Two Tons of Steel plays at the Bee Cave Galleria. Arrive early to to get a swag bag filled with fun items and discounts from merchants and sponsors. Saturday. 7-9 p.m. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. hillcountrygalleria.com.

KUTX Austin Live Music Series. The Deer are the final performers of the spring music series. Sunday. 2-6 p.m. Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que. 1530Barton Springs Rd. unclebillysaustin.com.

Supernomadic. They’ll play a free show (for 21+) with Carson Brock Band, Daniel Eiseman & Flavor Raid. Sunday. 7 p.m. Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St. scoot-inn.com.

The Renegade Craft Fair returns and more free events, May 11-17

Contributed by Renegade
Contributed by Renegade

Jimmy LaFave at Waterloo Records. Celebrating his 17th album release since 1979, he’ll play a free show at the record store. Tuesday. 5 p.m. Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar. waterloorecords.com.

Texas Radio Live. This week’s performers are Doug Moreland and Scott H. Biram. Wednesday. 6-8 p.m. Guero’s Taco Bar, 1412 S Congress Ave. guerostacobar.com.

Unplugged at the Grove. The weekly summer music series presents Alpha Rev on Thursday. 8 p.m. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs. theshadygrove.com.

The Taming of the Shrew. Austin Shakespeare brings this classic romantic comedy to Zilker Park. Thursday-Sunday. 8 p.m. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. zilker.org.

Family Movie Night(s). Catch ‘Despicable Me 2’ at 4 p.m.at Laura’s Library, ‘Tangled’ at 7 p.m. at The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, or ‘Big Hero 6’ beginning 30 minutes after sunset at the Lake Kyle Amphitheater. Friday. Various times and locations.

2nd Annual Barksdale Blues Festival. Bring your pup to enjoy some live music at the Doghouse Drinkery and Dog Park. Saturday. 2 p.m. 3800 Country Rd 175, Leander, TX. doghousedrinkery.com.

Renegade Craft Fair. Shop handmade goods, participate in DIY workshops, and learn more about some of the best independent craftspeople. Local artisans were carefully chosen to participate in the market. Saturday & Sunday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fair Market, 1100 E 5th St. renegadecraft.com.

KUTX Live Music Series. Hard Proof headlines the penultimate performance in this spring music series. Sunday. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, 1530 Barton Springs Rd. unclebillys.com.