You’ve got one week to enjoy a night or day out before the madness of SXSW hits. And we’ve got the best FREE date ideas and events happening in town this week.
Tuesday, February 27
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | at 6:30 p.m. | South Congress Hotel, 1603 S. Congress Ave.
Join South Congress Hotel on Tuesday, February 27, for round three of Symbiosis, a celebration of creation, collaboration community featuring works from multidisciplinary Austin artists Bob Schneider and Gareth Maguire. Free entry with RSVP.
Comedians Interviewing Musicians Featuring Fierce Kelly
Tuesday, Feb. 27 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Drinks Lounge, 2001 E, Cesar Chavez St.
The next guest on the weekly live streaming series Comedians Interviewing Musicians is Fierce Kelly live from Drinks Lounge! Comedian host Melody Shifflet sits down with the band and asks about their feelings, the band plays their favorite Abba songs, and they take questions online and in the room. It’s an awkward good time!
Wednesday, February 28
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | The Austin Winery, 1607 San Jacinto St.
HULK SMASH some trivia about the Marvel Cinematic Universe while sipping on local wine. Trivia will cover all the way from Iron Man to Thor Ragnarok as well as Marvel TV shows. Prizes for first, second, and third. FREE to play. Any more than six to a team and it’s -2 per player. This event is 21+ only.
Not Yo Mama’s Game Night
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Emos Austin, 2015 E. Riverside Dr.
Part education, part competition, 100% fun! A free game night of Nerdy Trivia and Bingo BANGO covering everything your gym teacher forgot to mention. Bring your friends and prepare to blush as you test your knowledge and push your luck to win fabulous thematic prizes. This evening of fun is brought to you by the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance (SSHA) – an organization dedicated to introducing provocative dialogue and radical collaboration around a taboo subject. Prizes sponsored by Package Menswear, Forbidden Fruit, and Alamo Drafthouse Mueller!
Thursday, March 1
The Grand Opening of ‘Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery’! (Bee Cave)
Thursday, March 1 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, 3944 S FM 620 Bldg 2 Suite 100, Bee Cave
The Bee Cave Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery grand opening will kick off officially on March 1st at 10 a.m. The first 100 fans in line who purchase a CinnaPack® of six Cinnabon® Classic rolls will be rewarded with FREE Schlotzsky’s for a year! The free sandwiches for a year prize entitles each winner to one small The Original sandwich per week for a year at the Bee Cave Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery. There will also be a happy hour kicking off at 4 p.m. with specials including, $4 beer, $4 sliders, $5 glass of wine and $5 flats (also known as flatbreads). The first 100 guests who arrive between 4-7 p.m. will receive a swag bag!
The Smart Home – An Educational Event and Nest Giveaway
Thursday, March 1 | at 6 p.m. | Tree House, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., #600
A smart home is a thoughtful home that is safer, more comfortable and more secure. Managed through voice commands or your phone, connected devices such as a “learning” thermostat, an intelligent security system, and smoke alarms that speak, help you keep what’s important safe. Learn how smart devices can help you in your home and how you can make your home smarter today! Attendees will have the chance to win a NEST thermostat! Limited to 75 participants. Register here.
Rodeo Austin Cowboy Breakfast
Friday, March 2 | from 6 to 9 a.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
The Cowboy Breakfast is a super-sized FREE Texas breakfast that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Come enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more at this free event. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, world renown trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons. The Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages.
Texas Independence Day
Friday, March 2 |at 6:30 a.m. | The Driskill, 604 Brazos St.
Celebrate Texas Independence Day in a style and manner that only the oldest hotel in Texas’ capital can do – with a full day of activities that includes art, live local music, photo ops, southern hospitality, and above all, Texas spirit. Get details on the activities and times here.
Earth, Divinities and Amusements Opening
Friday, March 2 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave.
Enjoy three very talented artists with different types of art but each of their base elements resonant with nature and energy. The opening reception is Friday, while the exhibit runs through April 4. Earth infused music will be provided.
Saturday, March 3
Outdoor Voices Morning of Stretching, Socializing and Sips
Saturday, March 3 | at 9 a.m. | Lonestar Court, 10901 Domain Dr.
Lone Star Court and Outdoor Voices are teaming up to host a free yoga class at the property, topped off with some brunch cocktails. Upon arrival, Wanderlust yoga instructor Kate Waitzkin will lead the class through a morning flow on the lawn at Lone Star Court. After sweating it out, attendees will enjoy a complimentary Deep Mimosa with Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red Vodka from The Water Trough, Lone Star Court’s on-site restaurant. In addition to stretching and sipping, each attendee will receive a complimentary Outdoor Voices swag bag and have the chance to enter to win prizes including a $100 gift card to Outdoor Voices, a gift card to The Water Trough and a weekend stay at Lone Star Court! The event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a spot, visit here. Space is limited and RSVPs are required to attend.
Bird Walk (Lockhart)
Saturday, March 3 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
How many birds can we find and identify around Lockhart State Park? Take a walk with a ranger to find out! All ages and experience levels welcome. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under). More info here.
Leander United Methodist Church Chili Chow Down (Leander)
Saturday, March 3 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Leander United Methodist, 107 S. West Drive, Leander
The Leander United Methodist Church Chili Chow Down is fun, fun, fun! They have a silent auction, a live bake sale auction, a coloring contest and prizes for the kids. Plus, the chili tasting is free and if you want to vote for a winner, it’s a $1 a vote. The money raised goes to missions.
Sunday, March 4
Landmarks Guided Tour
Sunday, March 4 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Whitis Ave. , between 24th St. and Dean Keeton
Color plays an important role in communicating meaning and expression in art. Join Landmarks for a docent-led tour and explore how and why artists use color in monumental outdoor sculpture. Meet at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Peter Reginato’s Kingfish on Whitis Avenue, between 24th and Dean Keeton Streets in the Walter Cronkite Plaza. FREE and open to the public. Sunday walking tours commence rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
Shenandoah Kite Festival (Cedar Park)
Sunday, March 4 | from 3:30 to 6 p.m. | Shenandoah Baptist Church, 3003 Blue Ridge Dr, Cedar Park
You are invited to Shenandoah Kite Festival. Spend the day flying a kite! They will have free food and music. Bring your own kite or borrow one of theirs! This is a FREE event.
Monday, March 5
Doctors Without Borders On The Road Tour
Monday, March 5 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Veteran MSF nurse Anna Freeman will discuss her experiences in the field and provide an in-person opportunity to find out more about our programs across the globe. Be there for an hour-long conversation starting at 6:30 p.m. Reception to follow at 7:30 p.m. This is a FREE event! Register via Eventbrite here.