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Come on down to the Long Center tonight for Sound & Cinema with The Princess Bride and the sweet sweet sounds of ICING (Covering Cake) before the movieThousands of Austinites will be flocking to the lawn to watch this ’80s classic on a giant inflatable screen with the gorgeous city skyline in the background.

This is all ages and free to the public. In fact, no childhood is complete without a viewing of this movie! You can even stop by the Do512 Family tent for free face painting, temporary tattoos, and a Princess Buttercup hair braiding station.

When: Tonight, June 21st

Time:
Doors and Food Trucks Open – 6:00 p.m.
ICING (Covering Cake) – 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark – around 8:45 p.m.

Location:
The Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by roho foto via Austin Sound and Cinema’s Facebook page

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: Today, June 12th

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Admission is free!

Location:
Yard Bar
6700 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757

The schedule will run as follows:
June 12th – Homeward Bound
June 26th – Balto
July 10th – Lady and the Tramp
July 24th – 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

Lick Honest Ice Creams is celebrating the opening of their fourth location at Mueller in the best way possible: free ice cream for everyone! Get your one free scoop from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening. The new store is directly across from Thinkery, and it will neighbor recently opened J.T. Youngblood’s, B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge, Colleen’s Kitchen, and Stella Public House.

Now you have something to look forward to all day. What’s better than a free scoop?

All proceeds from the shop’s opening day will benefit Urban Roots!

When: Today, April 19

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location:
1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 150
Austin, TX 78723

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.

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.”

Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer.  #UnpluggedAtTheGrove

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

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

http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

April 13 CHARLIE MARS DUO
April 20 SWIMMING WITH BEARS
April 27 THE PETERSON BROTHERS
May 4 IAN MOORE
May 11 LISA MORALES
May 18 JAMES MCMURTRY
May 25 DALE WATSON
June 1 BEE CAVES
June 8 BOB SCHNEIDER
June 15 SARAH JAFFE
June 29 DARDEN SMITH
July 6 SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
July 13 JACKIE VENSON
July 27 NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Aug. 3 FLATLAND CAVALRY
Aug. 17 RHETT MILLER
Aug. 24 CHARLEY CROCKETT
Sept. 7 ERIC TESSMER
Sept. 14 JIMMY LAFAVE

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.

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.”

Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer.  #UnpluggedAtTheGrove

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

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

http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

April 13 CHARLIE MARS DUO
April 20 SWIMMING WITH BEARS
April 27 THE PETERSON BROTHERS
May 4 IAN MOORE
May 11 LISA MORALES
May 18 JAMES MCMURTRY
May 25 DALE WATSON
June 1 BEE CAVES
June 8 BOB SCHNEIDER
June 15 SARAH JAFFE
June 29 DARDEN SMITH
July 6 SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
July 13 JACKIE VENSON
July 27 NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Aug. 3 FLATLAND CAVALRY
Aug. 17 RHETT MILLER
Aug. 24 CHARLEY CROCKETT
Sept. 7 ERIC TESSMER
Sept. 14 JIMMY LAFAVE