Summer of free: Summer Moovie Mondays

Mike Sutter/American-Statesman
Mike Sutter/American-Statesman

A summer night with a movie and ice cream from locally famous Amy’s? That’ll brighten up any Monday. The family films begin weekly at dusk through August 17 at Amy’s Ice Cream on Burnet Rd.

July 6: Three Amigos

July 13: Hercules

July 20: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

July 27: Osmosis Jones

August 3: Hotel Transylvania

August 10: Shrek

August 17: Toy Story 1 & 2 (Back to school double feature)

Summer of free: The Wine Down at ACL Live


UPDATE, June 15: The June 16 Wine Down has been postponed due to anticipated poor weather, according to ACL Live’s Twitter.

Earlier: The happy hour concert series returns for another year.  Every other Tuesday this summer, guests can escape from the heat in the air-conditioned concert floor and enjoy sippables provided by Mark West Wines along with bites from 2nd Street District eateries. All the while, local acts will perform on the ACL Live stage.

The 2015 Wine Down Schedule:

June 16: The Deer & Chipper Jones with bites by Trace
June 30: Peterson Brothers Band with bites by Cantina Laredo
July 14: Walker Lukens Music with bites by III Forks Austin
July 28:Sour Bridges with bites by Numero28 Ristorante/Pizzeria/Vineria
August 1: Cilantro Boombox with bites by Living Room at W Hotel
August 25: Austin Music Foundation presents Quiet Company & special guest Bee Caves with bites by The Bonneville

Summer of free: Friday Night Films at South Shore District


South Shore District partnered with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to bring a 90s-themed film series to the South Shore lawn. For four consecutive Fridays, catch a classic early 90s flick alongside some of the city’s favorite food trucks (Garbo’s, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Chilantro) which will vary per week.

Each screening will start at sunset, around 8 p.m.

June 12 – Dazed and Confused (1993)
June 19 – Clueless (1995)
June 26 – Hard Target (1993)
July 3 – Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Editor’s note: 1993 was a great year for movies.

Summer of free: Fitness classes at Whole Foods Plaza

Photo courtesy Mecca
Photo courtesy Mecca

File this one under “More Free Workouts.”

Morning and evening yoga and fitness classes will be offered, no charge, on the plaza of Whole Foods Market throughout June.

Free fitness classes are offered seven days a week at Whole Foods during June.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Body sculpting classes that combine barre, resistance bands and kickboxing, led by Matthew Carney of Mecca.
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday – Yoga by Black Swan Yoga.
  • 7 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday – Yoga by Bea Love Yoga.
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. Sunday – Strength and conditioning classes by Titan Evolution.

Space is limited. Whole Foods is located at 705 North Lamar Boulevard. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water.

Reserve a space for the Mecca classes here.

Summer of free: Music Under the Star

Photo by Tammy Perez
Photo by Tammy Perez

As part of Fun Fun Fun Fest’s tenth anniversary celebrations, the genre fest staff has teamed up with the Bullock State of Texas History Museum to produce this year’s Music Under the Star free summer music series. The family friendly shows will take place over three nights in July from 6 to 9 p.m. on the museum’s Lone Star Plaza.

The lineup for this year’s series reflects the eclectic aesthetic of the festival. The events kick off on July 10 with Latin funk ensemble Brownout and rising pop superstars Sweet Spirit who come back to town off a successful tour with Spoon next week. The following week singer-songwriter Ben Kweller is paired with excellent folk rockers East Cameron Folkcore and the final show will find costumed experimental jazz ensemble Golden Dawn Arkestra joining forces with art rockers Octopus Project.

Fun Fun Fun Fest takes place from Nov. 6-8 at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin.

July 10: Brownout | Sweet Spirit
July 17: Ben Kweller | East Cameron Folkcore
July 24: Octopus Project | Golden Dawn Arkestra

Summer of free: 101x Summer Cinema

Photo courtesy
Photo courtesy

Central Market North Lamar and 101X teamed up for the 10th season to bring family films every other week to the Central Market park. Films are curated through a public vote, and this year’s selections have now been finalized. 21 and over viewers can enjoy $2.50 Blue Moon drafts.

Films screen every other Wednesday around 8:30 p.m.

June 17: Empire Records
July 1: The Sandlot
July 15: Nat’l Lampoons Christmas Vacation
July 29: Hook
August 12: The Princess Bride

Summer of free: Scoot Dive Inn Theatre

AP Photo/Peter Sorel/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/UA
AP Photo/Peter Sorel/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/UA

Every Wednesday this summer, relax under the stars in the Historic Scoot Inn’s backyard to catch a musically themed film and enjoy drink specials as well as delicious tacos, barbecue and signature burger swords from Hot Mess, the Scoot Inn’s newest food truck.

The films begin at 8 p.m.

June 10: ‘Showgirls’
June 17: ‘Cocktail’
June 24: ‘Road House’

July and August films will be announced closer to showtime.


Summer of free: Austin Symphony’s Concerts in the Park

Gary and Pat Andrews dance to the music of the Austin Symphony Big Band on Sun., June 23, 2013 during a summer Concert in the Park performance.  Ashley Landis for American-Statesman
Gary and Pat Andrews dance to the music of the Austin Symphony Big Band on Sun., June 23, 2013 during a summer Concert in the Park performance.
Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

Each Sunday, a different ensemble from the Austin Symphony Orchestra will be featured on the grounds of the Long Center. The Hartman Family Foundation has gifted these concerts to the public for the 13th season, presenting music from jazz to pop selections to film scores. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and perhaps a picnic for the 7:30 p.m. show.

Note: there will be no concert on July 5 due to Independence Day celebrations.

May 31 – Strings (Program)
June 7 – Brass (Program)
June 14 – Woodwinds
June 21 – Big Band (Program)
June 28 – Strings
July 12 – Brass
July 19 – Woodwinds
July 26 – Big Band
August 2 – Strings
August 9 – Woodwinds
August 16 – Brass
August 23 – Big Band

Summer of free: Unplugged at the Grove

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.

For 22 years, Shady Grove has hosted the live music series that runs through six months of the year. Highlighting some of Austin’s favorite local acts, Unplugged at the Grove happens every Thursday from April through September. Never a cover charge, always $3.50 ZiegenBock Drafts and $6 cans of Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine on the iconic, pecan tree shaded patio. The music beings at 8 p.m.

April 9: Jamestown Revival
April 16: Amy Cook
April 23: Dirty River Boys
April 30: Nightowls
May 7: Carolyn Wonderland
May 14: Alpha Rev
May 21: Alejandro Escovedo
May 28: Charlie Mars
June 4: Dale Watson
June 11: Oh Hellos
June 18: Quiet Company
June 25: Rocketboys
July 2: Shinyribs
July 9: Jonathan Tyler
July 16: James McMurtry
July 23: Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 30: Tinnarose
Aug. 6: Uncle Lucius
Aug. 13: The Suffers
Aug. 20: Suzanna Choffel
Aug. 27: Kaleo
Sept. 3: Gina Chavez
Sept. 10: Walker Lukens
Sept. 17: Special Guest
Sept. 24: Jimmy LaFave

Summer of free: Blues on the Green

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Almost everyone in town has heard of Blues on the Green. Now in its 25th year, the Austin summer tradition has become the city’s largest free concert series. People of all ages (and their dogs) are treated to live, local music on the Zilker Park lawn on certain Wednesdays throughout the summer. Music begins around 8 p.m.

June 3: The Antones All-Star Revue with Jimmy Vaughan, special guests
June 24: Riders Against the Storm, Shakey Graves
July 22: Walker Lukens, Bob Schneider
Aug. 5: Max Frost, Jamestown Revival