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, May 1:

Zappa Plays Zappa @ Emo’s, 8 p.m.
Watch Dweezil Zappa play his father Frank Zappa’s music at this all ages show. He notes, “I transformed my guitar technique before starting Zappa Plays Zappa out of necessity to play my dad’s most sophisticated and challenging melodies. I’ve found a lot of exciting new approaches to the guitar.” Tickets are $26 and up and can be purchased online here.

Official iHeartRadio Country Festival Kickoff Party @ The Belmont, 7 p.m.
Check out
A Thousand Horses, Waterloo Revival, and Hudson Moore. Tickets are $8 for this all ages show and can be purchased online here.

Action Pack: Pop Princess VS. Boy Band @ The Highball, 10:30 p.m.
Mamas, get your girlfriends together for a night of dancing — 90’s style. Join The Action Pack for a music video battle royale between the greatest pop musicians of all time! N*Sync, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, 98 Degrees, Jessica Simpson & Britney. No cover.

Saturday, May 2:

Derby in the City @ Austin American Statesman, 1 – 10 p.m.
Derby in the City Music Festival provides a way for Texas to experience the rich Derby culture right in our own backyard. Enjoy music from Shakey Graves, Leftover Salmon, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Whiskey Shivers, Possessed by Paul James and Sour Bridges. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

The 8th Annual Lone Star Jam @ The LBJ Presidential Library
This festival will take place on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at The LBJ Library Lawn on the UT campus. Performing artists include The Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, Turnpike Troubadours, Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Jack Ingram, Cory Morrow, Jason Boland, Whiskey Myers, Charlie Robison, William Clark Green and many more. One-day passes are $40 and can be purchased online here.

Sunday, May 3:

W Austin’s 2nd Annual BubbleQ @ W Austin, 2-5 p.m.
You’re invited to experience the ultimate in poolside dining and launch to all things summer at the second annual BubbleQ. Whether you prefer indulging in champagne or feasting on barbeque (or both), the W Austin will have you covered with sparkling sips from premium vendors and savory smoked meats from the TRACE Infernillo grill. Tickets are $50 per person which you can purchase online here.

Craftsman Grand Opening Party with Roxy Roca @ Craftsman, 3-7 p.m.
Check out this new East Austin bar with a free show from Roxy Roca.

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Have fun out there!