Parents, we realize it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of playdates, school, diapers, bedtime hissy-fits and all of the other love and sunshine that comes from our cherished littles. It’s easy to feel out of touch.

But, we beg you to Get A Sitter, to go out with your significant other and your friends and see some bands or check out a new restaurant or bar. There is SO MUCH going on in this city, embrace it. In honor of our family over at Do512, here are some events to check out without the kids.


Friday, Feb. 27:

Brownout presents Brown Sabbath, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 8 p.m.
Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Austin-based psych-funk collective Brownout who delve deep into reinterpreting the catalog of metal godfathers, Black Sabbath. Yeah, you can bet this is going to be a good time. Tickets range from $19.50 – $29.50 and can be purchased online here.

Kim Gordon Book Talk & Signing, BookPeople, 7 p.m.
Founding member of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, talks with Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits, about her memoir, Girl In a Band. The talking portion of the event is free. For more info and book signing tickets, click here.

Pop Music Forever Dance Party, The Highball, 10:30 p.m.
The Action Pack is blowing up The Highball ballroom with a killer all-fun pop music celebration video dance party! Free!

Saturday, Feb. 28:

variety of Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable – on the half shell, grilled, roasted, fried, in gumbo and more! Creole BBQ shrimp, shrimp po’boys, gruyere fritters and pommes frites compliment the beautiful bivalves. A Bloody Mary Bar, mineral water by Topo Chico, specialty cocktails, premium wines, and a selection of beers round out the extensive beverage menu. Plus listen to the live sounds of Americana, Bluegrass and Cajun. Tickets are $50 which you can purchase online here and benefit Capital Area Food Bank.

Carnaval Brasileiro, Palmer Events Center, 8 p.m.
Carnaval Brasileiro is Austin’s Rio-style Mardi Gras. Doors open at 8 p.m., non-stop live music begins at 9 p.m. at this huge costume party. The heart and soul of the festivities reside in the authentic, fiery Brazilian carnaval music provided by two high energy band:  Austin’s Susanna Sharpe and Samba Police & Austin Samba School. Tickets are $38 in advance (online here) and $45 at the door.

2ND Street Soundcheck, 2ND Street District, 1-8 p.m.
Enjoy a free music and street festival in the 2ND Street District. While this is family-friendly, you could have a blast leaving the kids home with a sitter as you enjoy the 12 bands and get some drinks. Click here to check out the music lineup, featuring Ben Kweller, T Bird & the Breaks, Latasha Lee & the BlackTies and more. This festival is open to the entire community, and no tickets or RSVPs are required.

Sunday, Mar. 1:

Fleetwood Mac, Frank Erwin Center, 8 p.m.
Rock legends Fleetwood Mac are all together again bringing their classic tunes to Austin. The multi-GRAMMY Award®-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will rock the Frank Erwin Center stage. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased online here.

Karaoke Night in America, The Highball, 10 p.m.
The Highball is the finest karaoke performance stage in all of Austin. Pull your friends together, sing your favorite tunes and party like Monday doesn’t matter! Free!

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Have fun out there!