Free Date Nights in Austin, April 23-29, 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 23 through Monday, April 29

Meet the Artists of Joy: Wine and Cheese Evening
Tuesday, April 23 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | JOY at Castle Hill, 1112 North Lamar Blvd.
Join in the shop for a lovely evening with some of our local artists! If you’ve ever wanted to meet some our talented artists, now’s your chance! We are pleased to feature some of our local artists in the shop — stop by to meet them, mingle, and do some shopping! Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Joy is a curated gift shop, featuring goods from all over the world! They are located in Castle Hill Fitness.

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Hotel Ella Salon Series
Tuesday, April 23 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St.
The UMLAUF has teamed up with Hotel Ella to host Katie Robinson Edwards, who will be discussing Mid-Century Modern Art. These take place at Hotel Ella’s Goodall Restaurant. The talks are free to the public but are limited to the first 75 people who RSVP to the event. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event. For more information regarding the Salon Series, visit https://www.umlaufsculpture.org/hotel-ella-salon-series.

2019 UMLAUF Garden Party
Thursday, April 25 | from 6 to 9:30 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd.
Join Austin’s iconic UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum for their annual Garden Party on Thursday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. While the beloved event will still include fine wine and decadent bites, the 21st installation will include performers from all over the city to provide entertainment throughout the garden for guests. This year, The UMLAUF is thrilled to partner with Twin Liquors so each bar throughout the garden will have a thoughtful wine pairing. The UMLAUF will also be providing bites from notable restaurants like Juliet Italian Kitchen, Moonshine Grill and more in order to create a memorable, uniquely Austin evening. Early bird tickets go on sale Feb. 5, so be sure to grab yours before they’re gone!

Themed Thursdays: 70s Night
Thursday, April 25 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Ave.
Fareground is kicking off their Themed Thursdays on April 25 with 70s night. The event will feature cosmos bar specials, a screening of That 70s Show, and “Name That Quote” trivia giveaways. DJ Dougie Do of Magna Carda will provide the beats.

Pat Green Headlines the 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival (Georgetown)
Friday through Sunday, April 26 through 28 | at 6 p.m. | Georgetown Historic Square, 103 West 7th St.
The “Red Poppy Capital Of Texas,” Georgetown, Texas, will celebrate its 20th Annual Red Poppy Festival April 26 through 28, in honor of red poppy season; it is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies grow naturally. Georgetown hosts a free, three-day festival to honor the history and beauty of its poppy season. The weekend includes parades, a car show, live music, cooking contest, art, food and family-friendly activities including the Kid’s Fun Zone with a bounce house, obstacle course, toddler playground and more. Country musician and a Lone Star favorite, Pat Green, will headline the festival as it marks its 20th anniversary. Additional concerts will take place Friday and Sunday nights.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Saturday, April 27 | from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
An annual worldwide event to send a wave of peaceful, healing Qi around the world. Beginning in New Zealand at 10AM in each time zone, ending in Hawaii. Free and open to the public. Open to all individual practitioners or schools of any style. All levels and ages welcome— beginners group available during Mass Tai Chi.

Sunset Valley ArtFest
Saturday, April 27 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Tony Burger Center NW Corner Parking Area, 3200 Jones Rd.
13th Annual Sunset Valley ArtFest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 27. It’s a fun-filled day for friends and family to come out and enjoy local artists, live music stage, kids music stage, food, and more. Enjoy the SFC Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission and parking.

Texas Independence Walking Tour
Saturday, April 27 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St.
Learn about the Texas 1835-1836 fight for independence from Mexico in less than an hour! Hear the heroic stories of Oakwood Cemetery “residents” who fought in the battles of the Revolution, survived the Alamo, escaped the Goliad massacre, and helped found the Texas Republic. Free 45 minute walking tours start 10am-1pm near the newly restored Oakwood chapel. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes. The event is sponsored by Save Austin’s Cemeteries, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Austin’s historic cemeteries in partnership with the City of Austin. Donations for the tour are welcome to support preservation projects.

Open Play Pickle Ball
Saturday, April 27 | from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln.
Join at Gus Garcia Recreation Center as we host FREE open play pickle ball every Saturday morning. Participation is free to the public and will be first come serve. Some occasions of pickle ball play may require half the gym space to accommodate open gym basketball or may result in the postponement of open play on Saturdays in which special events are hosted in the gym.

Spring Market Days
Saturday, April 27 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Kerbey Lane Village, 1515 West 35th St.
Thompson Hanson Garden House is thrilled to partner with new neighbor, Tinys Milk & Cookies, to host a series of Market Days throughout March, April, and May! On the fourth Saturday of each month, a diverse collection of local vendors will fill Kerbey Lane Village with sweet and savory treats, fresh blooms, live music and more!  These Saturdays are a great activity for all ages!

CCC Acoustic Sanctuary Presents The Butler Brass Quartet
Saturday, April 27 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe St.
The Butler Brass Quartet is a world-renowned professional brass ensemble that performs adventurous and diverse brass arrangements of string quartets, vocal selections, contemporary repertoire, and rock tunes. FREE admission with donations benefiting Austin Pets Alive!

Earth Day Celebration with Taino and Friends
Sunday, April 28 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St.
Indigenous people love the Earth EVERYDAY! Join the Puerto Rican Cultural Center as we host the Concilio Taino Pueblo en Tejas, Native American, and Earth-Loving friends under the Grandmother Pecan Trees to share Lifeways that honor the Earth! Come learn about activities that you can do from your own backyard to help the Earth in this time of crisis. More info here.

MusiCares: Sober Jam 
Monday, April 29 | at 6 p.m. | North Door, 501 Brushy St.
The MusiCares® Sober Jam is a monthly event presented by Face the Music, offering musicians an opportunity to perform in a safe and sober environment. This event would not be possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors, MusiCares, Face the Music, the SIMS Foundation and Gibson Guitar. The Sober Jam is held at The North Door and begins at 6pm with an open jam, allowing guests time to arrive, mingle and find their way to a seat. Musicians are also encouraged to join in the jam on-stage!

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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