While you’ve been working for the weekend, we’ve been rounding up the five best events for your free time. From intimate violin concerts to a riveting murder mystery dinner, this weekend is sure to be awesome. For a full list of happenings in the city, check our events calendar.
Decks in the Park and Utopiafest present Free for Y’all
As part of Austin Free Week 2016, the city’s finest production crews and music festivals are teaming up for an unforgettable two-day music blowout. Head to Fair Market for an interactive, otherworldly festival scene featuring music everyone will love. Get ready to hear an electronic/hip-hop DJ showcase courtesy of Decks in the Park and live music courtesy of Utopiafest.
Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 at noon
Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Jennifer Frautschi
Settle in at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and enjoy the sounds of acclaimed violinist Jennifer Frautschi. Arrive early and listen in on a pre-concert talk given by Bob Buckalew. Tickets are $12 to $75.
Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 at 8 pm
The Dinner Detective Austin
Spend your Saturday evening enjoying a good mystery and meal at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown. Originally hailing from Los Angeles and Chicago, the award-wining interactive murder mystery dinner show is in Austin for a limited time. Your $59.95 ticket includes a four-course meal and tons of suspense. Experience the thrilling evening with some of Austin’s most talented improvisers and comedians mixed in with the crowd — making everyone a suspect. Will you be able to decipher who done it?
Saturday, January 9 at 6 pm
The Hideout Theatre presents Savage Swords
Gather your thespian buddies and pop over to Hideout Theatre for an epic performance inspired by Conan the Barbarian. Savage Swords: Improvised Heroic Tales features a completely improvised fable set in the world of Robert E. Howard’s Conan universe. With imaginative suggestions from the audience, the epic is one you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, January 9 at 8 pm
The Settlement Home’s 100th Anniversary Celebration featuring Jewel
In honor of 100 years of The Settlement Home for Children, the organization is throwing an anniversary celebration with Austin flair. Spend your Sunday evening at the Long Center and with a memorable concert by Jewel. Tickets are $79 to $129.
Sunday, January 10 at 7:30 pm