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KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Tonight, come see Rhett Miller perform and swoon over this magical city!

Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials, including $4 16oz ZiegenBocks.

“At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.”

Admission: Free

When: When: Today, August 17th

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

 

 

 

Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Most occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of death by half. That’s why the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas is holding Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. an event to install 1,000 smoke alarms in Austin homes that need them.

They are looking for volunteers in Central Texas to join fire departments and partners in the community to install smoke alarms and help families develop fire escape plans. No experience necessary. Register here.

When: Saturday, September 23rd

Time:  9 a.m. – Rally and brief training | 10 a.m. – Break into small groups and dispatch into nearby neighborhoods| Lunch provided!

Location:
Central Texas Food Bank
6500 Metropolis Blvd.
Austin, TX 78744

Tonight is Big Band night on the lawn at the Long Center’s Concert in the Park—a guaranteed good time for your family. There will be kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 15th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from through August 27th. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, July 23rd

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

Location:
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

If you need the perfect family friendly plan tonight, look no further. The Zilker Summer Musical, now in its 59th year, is a local treasure and something every Austinite should experience at least once. This year’s production is a classic: The Wizard of Oz.

Zilker Theatre Productions aims to share the magic of musical theatre with children as well as Central Texans and visitors from all over the world. This summer, they will welcome over 45,000 audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.”

A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.

When: Thursdays – Sundays through August 12th

Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

Join Wild Heart Yoga for a free sweat session tonight at the Whole Foods rooftop! DJ Trey and DJ Cut-A-Rug will provide the beats, Wild Heart will provide the yoga and you provide your beautiful energy. 

Bring a mat, towel and water. 

When: Mondays in July 

Time: 7:30pm 

Location:
Whole Foods Rooftop
524 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 

The only way to improve upon the idea of summer outdoor movies in Austin is to make it a Will Ferrell-o-rama—so thank you Easy Tiger for giving us the perfect plan. Their summer series kicks off tonight featuring this titan of comedy. Stay classy and drink a Scotch while you watch. Screenings will run Sunday nights through August 27. Here’s the full schedule so you can plan for your favorite movie:

◆ July 2: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
◆ July 9: Step Brothers (feat. an “Easy Tiger” Wine Mixer)
◆ July 16: Elf (feat. a Christmas in July Party)
◆ July 23: Talladega Nights
◆ July 30: Zoolander
◆ August 6: Night at the Roxbury
◆ August 13: Wedding Crashers
◆ August 20: Old School
◆ August 27: Anchorman 2

When: Today, July 2nd

Time: 9-11 p.m.

Location:
Easy Tiger
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

It’s date night for you and your best pal. Come out to Yard Bar with your pup (and a few of your human friends) for their canine-themed Movie Mondays! Every other Monday starting tonight through November this year, they’ll be screening a dog-centric flick. Popcorn, s’mores, and drink specials are only part of the fun. Grab your lawn chairs and head to the patio. All ages and dogs welcome!

When: Mondays

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Admission is free!

Location:
Yard Bar
6700 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757

The schedule will run as follows:
July 31st – 101 Dalmations
August 7th – Beethoven
August 21st – Iron Will
September 4th – Bolt
September 18th – Turner and Hooch
October 2nd – 8 Below
October 16th – Frankenweinnie
October 30- Cujo
November 13- SURPRISE FEATURE

Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores.

When: Today, June 11th

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

2017 Schedule
June 11 – Woodwinds
June 18 – Brass
June 25 – Big Band program

July 9 – Strings
July 16 – Woodwinds
July 23 – Big Band
July 30 – Brass

August 6 – Strings
August 13 – Woodwinds
August 20 – Brass
August 27 – Big Band

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Imagine, if you will, the perfect Sunday: a late-afternoon dip in Barton Springs, followed by a sunset picnic supper and a little Shakespeare in the Park. Well, we’re in luck friends. Today is the day! Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production is a rollicking and rambunctious fresh look at The Comedy of Errors from guest director, Robert Ramirez, head of the acting program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, The Comedy of Errors will be performed under the stars at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket and pack that picnic! Shakespeare-loving dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

When: Thursdays – Sundays in May

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theater
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

The Wine Down, presented by The Dreaming Tree Wines, is back at 3TEN ACL Live for 2017 in partnership with the 2ND Street District, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and KUTX, with proceeds once again going to the Austin Music Foundation.

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Each month, a different restaurant from 2ND Street District will be on-site providing food samples while guests enjoy free tastings and happy hour priced glasses featuring The Dreaming Tree Wines. Each evening’s entertainment will be emceed by KUTX D.J.s and will feature pop-up shops from local retailers. The 2017 series kicks off with a bang Wednesday, April 26th, and runs monthly through September 27th.

The Wine Down 2017 Schedule:

  • 4/26/2017            Jonathan Terrell w/ bites by Alimentari 28 & pop-up by Sikara & Co.
  • 5/31/2017            Charlie Faye & The Fayettes w/ bites by CRU Food & Wine Bar & pop-up by Hemline
  • 6/28/2017            Superfónicos w/ bites by Lonesome Dove & pop-up by Luxe Apothetique
  • 7/26/2017            Scott H. Biram w/ bites by Taverna & pop-up by ModCloth
  • 8/30/2017            Mobley w/ bites by W Living Room & pop-up by Saint Bernard
  • 9/27/2017            Austin Music Foundation Presents Magna Carda + Tomar & The FCs w/ bites by TRACE and pop-up by Rae Cosmetics

“The Wine Down series is the perfect event,” said Shana Ogg, Marketing Manager of 2ND Street District. “Guests get to sample the best of the 2ND Street District’s stores and restaurants all while enjoying live music at the new 3TEN ACL Live venue.  This is exactly what makes downtown Austin the place to be.”

The Wine Down is free, open to the public, and takes place from 5–8 pm at 3TEN ACL Live. Each event hosts giveaways for merchandise from businesses around the 2ND Street neighborhood.  For more information, please visit www.3TENaustin.com.

Location:
ACL Live
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78701