Free Date Nights in Austin, April 2 – 8, 2019

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 2 through Monday, April 8

Crawford & Crawfish
Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Shoal Creek Saloon, 909 N. Lamar Blvd.
The boys of summer are back at it! The Astros face off against the Rangers for a three game set April 1 through 3. Karbach Brewing will be on hand for the Wednesday night game with koozies and pint glasses to give away but they will have Karbach specials all three nights featuring their new Crawford Bock, Cherry Limeade Radler, Lemon Ginger Radler, and Love Street Kolsch. Astros and Rangers gear strongly encouraged!

Magic of Life and The TX Bold Beauty Project Opening Reception
Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. | Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave.
William Sullivan and James Talbot are our artists this month and their art is not to be missed. In addition we will be hosting the TX Bold Beauty Project sponsored by the Wimberley Art League. These photographs highlight the beauty and determination of women with disabilities. The exhibit is April 1 through May 1, with the Opening Reception, Friday, April 5.

KUTX and Mueller Present: Rock the Park with White Denim
Friday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park again this year with another round of free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX and our Sunday-evening kids’ show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. Get there a little early to grab your spot on the lawn (blankets are cool, but chairs aren’t) and grab your dinner from a food truck. Rain date is April 12.

Texas VegFest
Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St.
The 8th annual Texas VegFest is set for Saturday April 6 at Fiesta Gardens in Austin! Texas VegFest offers educational lectures, cooking demos, amazing food, live music, youth and interactive activites, plus so much more – all for FREE! Mark your calendars for one of Austin’s fastest growing events, featuring The Humane League, La Oveja Verde, Might Be Vegan, Bittersweet Blog, SGT Vegan, Tommy’s Superfoods, Good Farms, Herbivore CLothing Co., OHI Foods, and so many more fantastic vendors! Find all of our festival details, including who is participating and how to participate, at TexasVegFest.com!

Crawfish Boil at Gibson Street Bar
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 | at 11 a.m. | Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S Lamar Blvd.
Capital Crawfish Company will be serving it up at Gibson Street Bar every Saturday and Sunday in April. Crawfish lovers come hungry as the delicious, month-long festivities kick off Saturday, April 6th beginning at 11 a.m. Guests have the option of enjoying crawfish at $10 per pound or getting one of Gibson Street Bar’s limited $30 all-you-can-eat wristbands. The boil will run while supplies last, so be sure to arrive early. There will be specials on frozen cocktails and drafts. This is a family and pet friendly event. Held every Saturday and Sunday in April beginning at 11 a.m.

South 1st Sip and Stroll
Saturday, April 6 from 12 to 5 p.m. | Mod Bikes, 1632 South 1st St.
Eats. Drinks. Music. Sales. Summer Cheer. Between noon & 5 p.m., take a leisurely stroll through one of Austin’s ~weirdest~ neighborhoods and soak in the sun and warmer weather! Over FIFTEEN South 1st businesses will be offering in-store discounts and goodies throughout the afternoon. Expect complimentary beverages, snacks, and good times! This family-friendly afternoon will showcase the diverse culture of South 1st Street and encourage the Austin community to shop small and shop local. From art to oddities, vintage apparel to designer shoes, the South 1st Sip & Stroll will have something for everyone! Test drive electric bikes while listening to live music. Indulge your sweet tooth with churro, gelato, milkshakes and more!

Saltillo Day in Austin
Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. | Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St.
Head out to Plaza Saltillo in East Austin and celebrate international understanding, cooperation and friendship with our [email protected] from Austin’s sister city in Mexico: Saltillo! Join for a family pachanga, with live music, dance, and craft makers. The event is free (no admission) and open to the public. | Venganse todos a celebrar la comprensión internacional, cooperación y amistad con nuestros amigos de nuestra ciudad hermana, Saltillo, en Austin. Únase a nosotros a nuestra celebración de amigos y familia, donde habrá música en vivo, baile y artesanos. El evento es gratuito y abierto al público.

2019 Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-off and Heritage Festival (Cedar Park)
Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
Bring your family, friends and appetite to the 2019 Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-Off presented by Smokey Mo’s Bar-B-Q. This year’s event will be held on April 6th at Elizabeth Milburn Park located at 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park, TX. It is open to the public and free to attend. Be sure to stop by, walk around and sample great barbecue! Our cooks will be grilling up ribs, brisket, chicken and more.  The Heritage Festival portion of the event will feature live music, pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, kids’ rodeo, carnival games and rides, washer tournament, photos with a longhorn, sack races and inflatables.  Admission is free. You are welcome to bring your own ice chest, no glass containers please. Additional parking is available at CPHS, CPMS and ACC.

Rolling Roadshow Presents Anchorman
Saturday, April 6 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe
Great Odin’s raven! Has it already been 15 years since the world was introduced to Ron Burgundy and his salon-quality hair? Well, we have no intention of letting that milestone pass by unnoticed. So we’re putting together a FREE event for all you very important people out there, with your leather-bound books and your pungent colognes. You stay classy, Austin. Here’s what you need to know for this special one-night-only event: This event is free but bring a chair or blanket to sit on! They’ll have some of Austin’s favorite food trucks and cash bars onsite for everyone to enjoy. The screening will start at dark (around 8pm) but come out early to enjoy Republic Square, food trucks, and pre-show activities!

Landmark’s Docent-Led Bike Tour
Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. |27th Street Garage, 109 W. 27th St.
Spring is in full swing, which makes this the perfect time for the return of the Landmarks Bike Tour! Landmarks is proud to partner with UT’s Orange Bike Project (OBP) again this year to provide docent-led bike tours of the collection. The two-hour, two-mile adventure will begin at OBP’s headquarters in the ground floor of the 27th Street Garage. The group will bike through campus with a guide and a Landmarks Docent and explore public art at The University of Texas at Austin. This tour is a fun way to see campus, talk about art, and enjoy the weather. The ride will be at a leisurely pace! Need a bike? Rent one with OBP for $15; student rentals are only $5. Rental includes a helmet and bike lock and is good for 24 hours so you can explore even more of UT or central Austin on your own. Have your own bike? Meet the group at OBP and join the tour for free!

Jazz in the Park ATX
Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 8 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe
People United for Armstrong Park is bringing a taste of New Orleans to Austin! Jazz in the Park ATX is a free show that will highlight New Orleans’ Culture which includes 2nd Line Parades, Mardi Gras Indians and New Orleans Bands and we will spotlight Austin’s Vibrant Culture which will include Austin’s Church Choirs, Dance Troupes and local bands. Join for a full day of fun!

Breathing Life Into Words
Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. | Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Kick off National Library Week with a writing program presented by Philip Yates. The program will cover simple topics based around writing prompts inspired by attendees’ lives: setting, dialogue, description, music, travel, and more. Library programs and workshops reflect the creative endeavors and diverse interests of the Austin community. Open to all ages.

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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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