Free Date Nights in Austin, February 20-26, 2018

The most love-centric month of the year is coming to a close. But date nights are important all year long. Here are the best FREE date night ideas in Austin this week.

Tuesday, February 20

Astronomy on Tap ATX #41
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | from 7:30 to 10 p.m. | The North Door, 502 Brushy St.
AoTATX41 will be hosted by Host Binary Stars, A$AP Rocky Planet (Raquel Martinez) and AstroBoz (Brandon Bozek). In addition, #AoTATX41 will feature Astronomy in the news, trivia, and AoTATX merch. Finally, there will be telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting). AoTATX is FREE and open to all ages! Get more info on this month’s program here.

Barbara Jordan featured at Texas Capitol Exhibit
Tuesday, Feb. 20 | at 9 a.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 S. Congress Ave.
In honor of Black History Month and relevant to the issues America faces today, this exhibit highlights Barbara Jordan’s significant impact on civil rights legislation, female empowerment and social justice. The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation will display an interactive exhibit of Jordan’s life on the ground floor of the Texas Capitol Rotunda from Monday, February 19, to Saturday, February 24, 2018. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 21

UMLAUF Insights: Flight & Fall
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
Dr. Louis Waldman will draw on his vast expertise on Italian Renaissance art to discuss the artistic achievement of the period’s most influential artist, Michelangelo. Starting from the artist’s youth, Dr. Waldman will trace Michelangelo’s preoccupation and struggles to master the media of art. In conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, Flight & Fall: Charles Umlauf’s Dualities, Dr. Waldman’s talk will situate Umlauf’s work in a broader classical context in the first of Insights of the year at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum. This event is FREE and open to the public.

4th Annual ‘Feel the Love” Music Industry Expo presented by Austin Music Foundation
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Emos Austin, 2015 E. Riverside Dr.
Join Austin Music Foundation for a night of support, connection, and of course LOVE, at our 4th Annual “Feel the Love” Music Industry Expo. This FREE community event is an opportunity for professionals in the Austin music industry to connect with area music support nonprofits and organizations, learn about available community resources, and network with industry peers. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Event RSVP here.

Thursday, February 22

The Wheel Third Anniversary Event
Thursday, Feb. 22 | at 4 p.m. | The Wheel, 1902 E. Mlk Jr. Blvd.
The Wheel is celebrating its third birthday as East Austin’s neighborhood bar and they’re inviting everyone to come blow out the candles. Join for draft specials from the rotating selection of local and craft beers, $4 whiskey of the day or any of their special cocktails.

Balcones Prize Reading
Thursday, Feb. 22 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St.
Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department will introduce two winners of their annual Balcones Prizes: fiction winner Tara Laskowski and poetry winner Jacqueline Allen Trimble who will read from their winning books at 7 p.m. at Malvern Books. Read more about the authors here.

Friday, February 23

Ron Campbell Beatles Cartoon Art Show
Friday, Feb. 23 | at 4 p.m. |Toy Joy, 318 W. 2nd St.
Austin Rocks Texas and Toy Joy are proud to present a special pop-up art exhibition featuring famed The Beatles Yellow Submarine animator and Beatles Saturday Morning TV Cartoon series director Ron Campbell Cartoon Pop Art! Campbell will appear live, painting, exhibiting, and talking cartoons. More info on the schedule of events here.

Clueless Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, Feb. 23 | from 6:30 to 9 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of Clueless. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Saturday, February 24

Car Show and Market Day (Cedar Park)
Saturday, Feb. 24 | from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Cedar Park High School, 2150 Cypress Creek Rd.
A fun and FREE event for the entire family! Car enthusiasts will enjoy strolling through rows of exceptional cars, trucks and bikes. Everyone will enjoy shopping the booths surrounding the car show grounds which will feature local artists, craftsmen and businesses. Take part in the silent auction, grab lunch from onsite food trucks or a sweet from the bake sale. Music, kids activities and more! All proceeds go to Cedar Park High School Project Graduation.

Art Stroll and Wine & Cheese
Saturday, Feb. 24 | from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Fine Arts Center, 3001 S. Congress Ave.
Students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to the School of Arts and Humanities homecoming showcase event–Arts and Humanities on the Hilltop. On Saturday, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. enjoy the wine and cheese bar and stroll through the Fine Arts Gallery where senior graphic design students will be exhibiting their work and talking about their creative process. FREE admission. RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

Sunday, February 25

AFF Script Reading: Snake Bit
Sunday, Feb. 25 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St.
Three unfortunate love stories. All darkly comedic, and all to be played by the same two actors. In each tale, a man and woman are alone and desperately trying to survive both the elements and each other. In the first story, Jim Ed has dragged his reluctant terrified wife Susanna out into the remote Texas swamp for his latest get-rich-quick scheme — snake hunting. In the second story, Trapper is forced to set out into the cold, harsh turn-of-the-century Alaska wilderness to literally trap his runaway wife Judith. And in the third story, Cody and Grace find themselves alone and confined in a precarious place on the eve of their bitter and contentious divorce. Three unfortunate love stories indeed.

Oscars Trivia Night
Sunday, Feb. 25 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Don your best gown, or most comfy t-shirt, we don’t care. Either way, spend the Sunday before the Oscars quizzing over all things Oscars! The gang at Stay Gold will be trivializing all thing Academy Awards both past and present. FREE to play. No more than 6 to a team. 30 team cap. Boozy rewards for top notch teammates. Registration opens at 4:30, quiz kicks off at 6.

Indoor/ Outdoor Cinema
Sunday, Feb. 25 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | The Austin Winery, 1607 San Jacinto St.
Presenting the 2nd installment of Indoor/Outdoor Cinema… GOLDENEYE. Come watch one of the best installments in the James Bond franchise on the big screen for FREE. They will be clearing all of the tables and chairs out just like last time. They’ve moved the start time back to 7:30, but you should still get here early because spots go quickly! This event will be 21 and movie snacks will be available for purchase.

Monday, February 26

Monday Night Jazz
Monday, Feb. 26 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.
Join in.gredients for the return of Project_Trio Jazz to the porch! Marco Antonio Santos (guitar), Don Gozzard (Drums) and Will Baroni (Upright Bass) are part of Project_Trio. All members are current students at the UT Jazz Program. The trio presents original music and rearrangements of Jazz standards in a contemporary vision.


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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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