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, June 26:

Fire On The Mountain Chili Showdown @ Rockin’ Y Ranch, 7 p.m.
Chefs from Contigo, Swift’s Attic, Salt & Time, Jacoby’s, and Black’s BBQ will compete for the best chili in Austin! Your all-inclusive ticket comes with all-you-can-eat chili & fixins (10 unique varieties), each paired with it’s own ice-cold beer from Karbach Brewing. You can also enjoy a good old-fashioned barn dance with live music from the Hot Texas Swing Band, ice cream provided by the Stephen F. Frostin food truck, horseshoe tossing, and more. Tickets are $50 (click here to purchase), and $10 from each ticket will be donated to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Ages 21+.

Live at The Deep Eddy Distillery w/ Henry + The Invisible @ Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Live at the Deep Eddy Distillery will take place both Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Guests are invited to the distillery to enjoy drink specials, live music, and food truck offerings. The Dock N Roll food truck will be catering both days from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday’s music will feature Henry + The Invisibles at 4 p.m. And on Saturday, June 27 The Lost Pines will play at 3 p.m.

The Avett Brothers w/ Old Crow Medicine Show @ Whitewater Music Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Avett Brother’s high-energy show along with Old Crow Medicine Show at the New Braunfels amphitheater. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online here. All ages.

Pop Music Forever Dance Party @ The Highball, 9 p.m.
The Action Pack is BLOWING UP The Highball ballroom with a killer all-fun pop music celebration video dance party! No cover!

Hard Proof w/ Froetzel @ The Gatsby, 9 p.m.
The Gatsby is a 1920’s themed cocktail bar with a modern spin downtown. Catch a free show from Austin’s Hard Proof who fuses sounds from sub-Saharan Africa with adventurous jazz and deep funk to stimulate your brain and move your feet. Hard Proof plays at 11 p.m. 21 & up. Free!

Saturday, June 27:

Keep Austin Weird Fest @ The Long Center, 1:30 – 10 p.m.
Head to the on the lawn at The Long Center for live music, good eats, and plenty of Weird Austin attractions! Bring your strangest, wildest, most outrageous costume and you could win a full year of free Amy’s Ice Cream! Tickets are $20, and you can buy them online here.

Hayes Carll w/ Hurray for the Riff Raff Acoustic Duo @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 8 p.m.
After releasing Flowers & Liquor in 2002, Carll was voted the Best New Artist of 2002 by The Houston Post. He would go on to release Little Rock on his own Highway 87 label, which became the first self-owned project to the top the Americana charts. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online here.

Bad Example Sketch Comedy @ The New Movement Theatre, 9 p.m.
The New Movement’s own sketch troupe, Bad Example, will be debuting an all-new hour of comedy every Saturday night. No repeat sketches, no cutting corners, just a full hour of brand-new sketch comedy. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. It’s also a BYOB venue!

Sunday, June 28:

Whisler’s Two-Year Anniversary w/ Live Music, Cocktails & Food @ Whisler’s, 1 p.m.
To celebrate their two-year anniversary, Whisler’s invite you to a thank-you party complete with food by Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria and the award-winning food trailer, East Side King’s Thai Kun. You can purchase barrel-aged cocktails by Oasis, Texas Brewing Company and craft beer by local favorite, Austin Beerworks. Live music by Odas Williams Soul Revue with special musical guests throughout the day. Doors at 1 p.m. Music starts at 3 p.m. 21 and up. No cover! RSVP here.

Super Soul Sunday w/ The NightOwls @ Icenhauer’s, 4 – 7 p.m.
The Nightowls is a 10-piece soul band from Austin, Texas. Formed in the fall of 2011, The Nightowls have garnered accolades and praise for their unique blend of vintage and modern soul music, combined with high-energy, foot-stomping live performances. No cover.

Tom Green @ Cap City Comedy Club, 7 p.m.
Get tickets to this special event at Cap City Comedy Club featuring Tom Green. Tickets can be purchased online here for $24. Ages 18 & up.

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Have fun out there!