Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.
Tuesday, April 10
Geeks Who Drink Trivia
Tuesday, April 10 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | The Butterfly Bar at The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.
Gather your friends and battle for bragging rights. The Geekiest of All Drinkers will win prizes from The Butterfly Bar!
I Died Laughing
Tuesday, April 10 | from 8:30 to 10 p.m. | I Died Laughing, 14106 N. Interstate 35
Ever wonder if the afterlife is real? The only way to find out is to die. What’s a better way to die than laughing? In order to die, you need a killer and this event has a list of killer comics with bodies under their belt. Plenty of parking, full food menu, and alcohol. What more can you ask for? Take a friend so they can die laughing also.
Wednesday, April 11
Wednesday Night Live: Spring Fest
Wednesday, April 11 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m.| Mueller Austin, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Head out to the Aldrich Street Paseo and help celebrate all things spring! Craft items will be provided (while supplies last). Succulent making station, paint-your-own wind chime, live music from Josh Klaus Music, and kite flying.
On Story Season 8 Premiere Party
Wednesday, April 11 | from 6 to 9 p.m.| KLRU Studios, 2504 Whitis Ave.
Join AFF for the Season 8 Premiere Party of On Story®. They will feature a live taping of the show with special guest co-writer of The Shape of Water, Vanessa Taylor. On Story airs locally on KLRU and is now in over 88% of the national market, airing on PBS-affiliated stations across the country. Take part in the magic of storytelling. Complimentary beverages and bites will be provided.
Thursday, April 12
2ND Street Social
Thursday, April 12 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | 2nd Street District, 214 Guadalupe St.
Join the 2ND Street District and sip on refreshing beverages while shopping in-store specials from a variety of homegrown and national brands, including La Condesa, ModCloth, Toy Joy, Austin Rocks and more.
April Wine Walk (Bee Cave)
Thursday, April 12 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
Guests can shop the eclectic mix of retailers in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Guests will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map that is both a guide to the walk and a ticket for each wine walk stop. The walk’s last stop will be a restaurant so wine-walkers can sit down and end the night with dinner. The first 100 attendees will receive a swag bag filled with Hill Country Galleria offers. This event is free and open to the public and guests are welcome to bring friends, family, groups, or a date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening.
Friday, April 13
Recollecting Memories: Community Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Friday, April 13 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Artist Caroline Ryan explores family dynamics using old candid family photographs as references for her paintings. The artist reveals the astounding differences between her parents and her family’s struggle to communicate with each other as a means of accepting and understanding the past and present. Join us for an opening reception featuring an artist talk at 7 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks provided. Free and open to the public.
Wonder Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, April 13 | from 7:30 to 10:30 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 Wonder. 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, April 14
Keep Austin Beautiful Day
Saturday, April 14 | from 9 to 11 a.m. | Various Locations, Austin and Travis County
Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a county-wide service day spanning 130 sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and Travis County. As Clean Sweep has grown over the years it has become more than just a cleanup day. Volunteers are planting gardens, restoring riparian habitats, removing graffiti, and more. To recognize all the work volunteers are doing on this day we have decided to formally rename Clean Sweep to Keep Austin Beautiful Day. You are invited to participate in the newly launched day of community service now called Keep Austin Beautiful Day.
Car Show & Market Day (Cedar Park)
Saturday, April 14 | from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Cedar Park High School, 2150 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park
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 and more! All proceeds go to Cedar Park High School Project Graduation. Rain or shine event. The event is free to spectators.
Saturday, April 14 | from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios, 7739 Northcross Dr., Ste. Q
Austin Visual Arts Association and Austin Art Space Gallery host the Spring Juried Show. The show runs from April 13 through April 30. Gallery hours on Friday and Saturday are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Meet the Artists Reception happens on April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
Beer and Chips Art Festival
Sunday, April 15 | from 12 to 7 p.m. | Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles St.
Have you’ve ever wonder how beer is made? Do you like art? one more question. Do you like Chips? IF any of these question have you pondering, join Hops & Grains Brewery. With over 25 local visual artists and a few from Dallas and maybe Houston, this is gonna be a Texas Show-down. FREE. Yes, NO charge.
“The Walking Dead” Viewing Party
Sunday, April 15 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | The Hot Box Diner, 805 Start St.
Join the Hot Box Diner at their outdoor venue! BYOB, pet friendly, & totally free! Enjoy complimentary popcorn under the stars for a new episode of “The Walking Dead” (weather permitting). This week’s episode is followed by the premiere of the Austin shot “Fear the Walking Dead.”
Monday, April 16
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017)
Monday, April 16 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.
A screening of the documentary “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (2017), followed by a conversation with Leonard Downie Jr., who served as managing editor of The Washington Post under Bradlee and later succeeded him as executive editor. The conversation will be moderated by R.B. Brenner, Director, School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin. Ben Bradlee’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Film runtime: 90 minutes; discussion to follow. Free and open to the public. Please be aware that the Ransom Center’s Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.