Free Date Nights in Austin, April 17-23, 2018

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 17

Trivia Tuesdays at Whip In
Tuesday, April 17 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Whip In, 1950 S Interstate 35
Every Tuesday night (weather permitting) join on the patio for trivia! Host Molly will bring four rounds of 10 expertly-curated questions on everything under the sun. Test your knowledge to win free beers and more!

Wednesday, April 18

Date Night @ The DAC: Loving Vincent Film Screening
Wednesday, April 18 | from 7 to 9 p.m.| Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Loving Vincent explores the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and the characters who inhabit them. To create the first fully painted animated feature, 125 artists came together from all over the world to paint each of the 65,000 works of art on canvas needed to for the film. You are invited to experience this Academy Award nominated adventure into the mysterious mind of the artist behind such masterpieces as Starry Night, Irises and Café Terrace at Night. Free popcorn and light refreshments will be available. Loving Vincent is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 13.

Thursday, April 19

Texas Film Round-Up
Thursday, April 19 | from 6 to 8 p.m.| Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Texas Film Round-Up, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image is bringing the program back to Austin! From April 20 to 22, Team TAMI will be on-site on the second floor of the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller to collect Texas-related films and videotapes for FREE digitization. Drop-off hours will be 12 to 7 p.m. on April 20 and 21, and 12 to 4 p.m. on April 22. To kick things off, head to the Texas Film Round-Up 10th Anniversary Kick-Off on Thursday at Barrel O’ Fun! Toast to an incredible decade of discovery and vote for your favorite TAMI Top 10 Discovery. This event is free and open to the public.

KGSR Unplugged at the Grove Kelly Willis
Thursday, April 19 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m.| Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.

Friday, April 20

Vinyl Groove at The Golden Goose
Friday, April 20 | at 10 p.m. | The Golden Goose, 2034 S Lamar Blvd.
NO COVER and easy onsite parking. Kick it with the Golden Goose. Great cocktails and cool vibes to go along with curated vinyl selections from every era. Music by residents Paco de la Familia and The 12-Inch Kid. Joining on the decks on April 20 will be John Ousley aka Daetron Vargas.

Saturday, April 21

LBJ Presidential Library – Free Block Party
Saturday, April 21 | From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St.
Opening day of the exhibition “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports.” The exhibit examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States and celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out for equality, both on and off the playing field. Beginning in the late 19th century and continuing through current day, Get in the Game encourages visitors to think about sports as part of an ongoing national conversation and as a vehicle for social change. For more info on activities at the block party, click the link above.

Rough Road to Texas Independence Walking Tour
Saturday, April 21 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St.
Learn all about the Texas 1835-1836 fight for independence from Mexico in less than an hour! Actors will portray stories of Oakwood Cemetery heroic “residents” who fought in the battles of the Revolution, survived the Alamo, escaped the Goliad massacre, and helped form the Texas Republic. 45 minute walking tours start every ~30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are presented by Save Austin’s Cemeteries non-profit. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. Free, but donations gladly accepted to help fund preservation projects.

Earth Day
Saturday, April 21 | All Day | Huston Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St.
Celebrate Earth Day at the largest sustainability event in Central Texas. Free musical performances, interactive exhibits, and creative programming makes this event educational (and fun)!

Star Stories (Lockhart)
Saturday, April 21 | from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Discover the constellations that decorate our spring sky and listen to the exciting tales that surround them! In this storytelling program, you’ll learn to identify constellations in the night sky and hear their stories from several different cultures. Wear bug repellent, and bring a chair or blanket to cuddle up under the stars. If desired, bring a red flashlight (or tape red cellophane over a regular flashlight). Please leave white-light flashlights at home. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Sunday, April 22

Free Yoga in the Park (Cedar Park)
Sunday, April 22 | from 12 to 1 p.m. | Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Pkwy., Cedar Park
Flow Yoga is bringing you a chance to get out under the Texas sky and try out an all levels yoga class. Head over to Heritage Oak Park and park in the lot across the street on Quest Blvd for a free yoga class at Noon. Stay afterwards to connect with your community!

Earth Day Music Picnic in Food Forest with Bucolics Anonymous
Sunday, April 22 | from 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Festival Beach Food Forest, 1/2 25 Waller St.
Bring a picnic lunch and sit among the beautiful Festival Beach Food Forest trees and enjoy the wondrous nature poetry and nature music of Bucolics Anonymous as they celebrate the release of their new CD.

Earth Day Event
Sunday, April 22 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Shiksha/ RMD, 400 Barsana Rd.
Annual lady bug release, bees, face painting, Mehandi, bees and so much more. Lots of great vendors! Fun for the entire family. Open and free to the public. Rain or shine.

Monday, April 23

Monday Night Social Club with Brian Scartocci
Monday, April 23 | at 10:30 p.m. | The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport Blvd.
Monday Night Social Club at the Skylark Lounge with Brian Scartocci. Brian will be jamming some soul, originals, classics and anything else the night brings! Happy hour all night. No Cover.

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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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