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Kayla Klepac was born in Austin and continues to call it home. She earned her degree in Journalism at the University of Texas. Her love of writing began with poetry, which she continues to write and share with friends. She’s a hobby collector who has tried her hand at boxing, painting, playing bass guitar, and jewelry making. She loves going to concerts and watching sad, artsy movies.
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Free Summer 2013 Outdoor Concerts In Austin

Summertime in Austin is all about listening to live music, relaxing outdoors, or, in most cases, doing both at once. Festival tickets often come with hefty price tags, though, and daylong marathons of music aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for summer fun that’s more low key, check out one of the many free concert series going on around town. They’re kicking off now and will give you entertainment options through August. Just bring a picnic blanket to lounge on and a little cash for the food trucks!

Austinites gather for Blues on the Green (Photo Credit: Mikela Floyd and Nicole Raney)

Austinites gather for Blues on the Green (Photo Credit: Mikela Floyd and Nicole Raney)

Blues on the Green

Austin’s biggest free music series takes place at Zilker Park on alternating Wednesday evenings. Radio station 93.3 KGSR brings us another lineup filled with popular local musicians. Enjoy longtime favorites like Bob Schneider and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears or hip, newer acts like Shakey Graves and My Jerusalem. Vendors include Bananarchy, Daily Juice and Amy’s Ice Creams.

WHEN: Every other Wednesday through August 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
View the full schedule here.

WHERE:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
Ph. 512-974-6700

 

Sound and Cinema

Take in a concert and a big-screen movie without ever having to move your lawn chair.  A different band will kick off each night – check out The Whiskey Shivers and Hello Wheels — and the show will be immediately followed by a screening of a classic movie. Expect a few musical tributes and themed set lists. Nostalgic cinema picks include Labyrinth and Back to the Future, among others. With dinner choices from Frank, Blue Ox BBQ and Whole Foods, you won’t even miss the popcorn.

WHEN: Every other Wednesday through August 21, 2013 at 8 p.m.
View the full schedule here.

WHERE:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704
Ph. 512-474-5664

 

Austin Symphony fans enjoying Concerts in the Park (Photo Credit: Chamber Music America)

Austin Symphony fans enjoying Concerts in the Park (Photo Credit: Chamber Music America)

Symphony Concerts in the Park

If you’re looking for some high culture (or just an appropriate soundtrack for your wine-and-cheese picnic), try the Austin Symphony’s Concerts in the Park. This series, presented by the Hartman Family Foundation, has been running for 10 years. Each week, the Long Center hosts a different ensemble. Austin Symphony musicians will perform classical music, jazz, pop, or film scores.

WHEN: Every Sunday through August 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
View the full schedule here.

WHERE:
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704
Ph. 512-474-5664

 

Jazz Outside

Fans of jazz and experimental music will enjoy Jazz Outside. The Thursday night shows take over the outdoor venue, Kenny Dorham’s backyard, and provide a fun environment to soak up spoken word and improvised musical performances. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help support DiverseArts, the nonprofit that organizes it.

WHEN: Second and fourth Thursdays at 7 p.m.
View the full schedule here.

WHERE:
Kenny Dorham’s backyard
1106 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78702
Ph. 512-538-5657

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