Free Date Nights in Austin, March 6 – 12, 2018

SXSW is here but you can still escape the madness for a little date night action. Or, you can join in on the fun. This week, we’ve got a little bit of both in our FREE date ideas list. So let’s get going!

Tuesday, March 6

UMLAUF After Dark
Tuesday, March 6 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
The UMLAUF will be hosting UMLAUF After Dark, FREE and open to everyone. This UMLAUF After Dark will be celebrating Uccelli (Birds of St. Francis), a sculpture on loan to the Garden from the Rockport Center for the Arts. Luis Purón, the Center’s Executive Director will give a special presentation recounting the Uccelli’s recovery from beneath Hurricane Harvey’s wreckage.

The Big Lebowski (Spicewood)
Tuesday, March 6 | from 7 to 11:59 p.m. | Poodies Road House, 22308 State Highway 71 W, Spicewood
Enjoy the 2nd Annual Big Lebowski Party, with characters showing up to enjoy a movie and drink! White Russians and “J” Shots, $5! Wii Bowling! Dress up if you’d like or just come and enjoy the fun. Music by Louis Long Band, Bracken Hale, Cody Angel, Kurt Grein, Alden Hedges, Taylor Baram. Movie screening at 9:30 p.m. No Cover!

Wednesday, March 7

Texas Radio Live (Suggested Donation)
Wednesday, March 7 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s Taco Bar, 1412 S Congress
Join us every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. for Texas Radio Live at Guero’s Taco Bar for live Texas music in the Guero’s Oak Garden! Suggested $10 donation to the Sun Radio Foundation at the gate. This week’s lineup: The 4th Annual Larry Monroe Celebration ft. Paul Cauthen, Kelley Mickwee, Kathy Murray & the Kilowatts, HALLEYANNA, Reed Turner, and Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars.

Game Night at Toy Joy Hyde Park
Wednesday, March 7 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | Toy Joy Hyde Park, 318 W. 2nd St.
Toy Joy in Hyde Park is teaming up with the folks at Board Game Bash to bring you weekly open gaming nights at Toy Joy’s brand new location! Hang out, make some friends, and sample a whole library of demo games or even bring your own to share. They’ve got games for everybody, from young to old and beginner to advanced! Toy Joy’s Game Nights are super casual and completely FREE to play!

Thursday, March 8

Hotel Vegas / Volstead’s 7yr Anniversary!
Thursday, March 8 | from 1:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St.
Celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Hotel Vegas and The Volstead! 77 bands, DJs, and comedians, seven stages of entertainment including Covert Curiosity Songwriters Stage and the Ground Floor Comedy Stage. Pop up market curated by Eastside Pop Up. First 100 people through the door receive free Hotel Vegas Swag. No cover!

Free Dandy Rosé Release Garden Party
Thursday, March 8 | from 4 to 8 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
You are invited to the biggest celebration yet of the new vintage of Rae Wilson’s Dandy Rosé! Dress your dandiest and enjoy the 2017 vintage of Dandy at the beautiful UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum! Get a complimentary sample, then buy a glass or bottle to enjoy and take the chance to grab some to-go. FREE and open to the public!

2nd Street Social
Thursday, March 8 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | 2nd Street District, 214 Guadalupe St.
2ND Street District is ringing in spring with the return of 2ND Street Social. Sip on refreshing beverages while shopping in-store specials from a variety of homegrown and national brands, including La Condesa, ModCloth, Toy Joy, Popbar, and more.

Friday, March 9

Travel Channel “Food Paradise” Filming at Kung Fu Saloon
Friday, March 9 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Kung Fu Saloon Downtown, 716 W. 6th St.
Calling all Kung Fu Saloon Ninjas! The Travel Channel is coming to Kung Fu Saloon – Downtown to hang and film an episode of the popular show “Food Paradise.” Kick off your SXSW with FREE PLAY during the filming with your chance to be on TV!

Mondo Gallery Presents – Batman The Animated Series
Friday, March 9 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Mondo is thrilled to announce their next gallery show, “Batman: The Animated Series.” The show kicks off with an opening night reception that’s FREE and open to the public. Following the opening reception, the show will run during regular gallery hours (12 to 6 p.m.) through March 12.

Saturday, March 10

1st Annual East Side Cool Party
Saturday, March 10 | from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. | Lazarus Brewing Company, 1902 E. 6th St.
On Saturday, five East Side breweries will team up to release seven new beers, celebrating the coolest neighborhood in ATX. Plus, the Cool Store lives again! So, why not throw a party? Why not throw one at each brewery? Yeah, that would be cool. And epic. Especially if you join. Live music by Bottom Dollar String Band from 1 to 4 p.m. and The Lost Pine from 6 to 9 p.m. And this is just one stop! Be sure to visit the good folks at Zilker Brewing, Blue Owl, Hops & Grain, and Southern Heights. Eat, drink, and PARTY… on the East Side!

SXSW Wellness Expo 2018
Saturday, March 10 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
For the first time, SXSW is hosting the SXSW Wellness Expo dedicated to fueling your mind, body, and soul. Occurring over two days at the Palmer Events Center, this exhibition brings together thousands of SXSW attendees interested in healthy living and companies in the continually growing health and wellness industry. This event is all ages, FREE, and open to the public. Get your SXSW 2018 Guest Pass to attend here.

Blue Hole Star Party (Wimberley)
Saturday, March 10 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Blue Hole Regional Park, 100 Blue Hole Ln., Wimberley
The City of Wimberley and the Texas State Astronomy Club invite you to Blue Hole Regional Park to attend a FREE Star Party. The event will be held at the basketball courts. Bring your flashlights and experience the park like you never have before! For more information, please call (512)660-9111.

Sunday, March 11

SXSW Wellness Expo 2018
Sunday, March 11 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
For the first time, SXSW is hosting the SXSW Wellness Expo dedicated to fueling your mind, body, and soul. Occurring over two days at the Palmer Events Center, this exhibition brings together thousands of SXSW attendees interested in healthy living and companies in the continually growing health and wellness industry. This event is all ages, FREE, and open to the public. Get your SXSW 2018 Guest Pass to attend here.

Whisler’s Crawfish Boil
Sunday, March 11 | from 12 to 8 p.m. | Whisler’s, 1816 E. 6th St.
Whisler’s Crawfish Boil is back just in time for SXSW. Louisiana Wild provides the mudbugs. Boss Street Brass Band throws down the tunes at 3 p.m. Drink specials and a surprise or three. You can’t deny the mudbugs.

Monday, March 12

Wonder Woman Screening
Monday, March 12 | from 3:30 to 6 p.m. | Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Join the Old Quarry Branch of APL for this movie screening and discover new films at the Austin Public Library.

 

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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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