Free Date Nights in Austin, April 3-9, 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 3

Geeks Who Drink Trivia
Tuesday, April 3 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | The Butterfly Bar at The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.
Tuesday Trivia is Baaaaaack, with Geeks Who Drink! Gather your friends and battle for bragging rights. The Geekiest of All Drinkers will win prizes from The Butterfly Bar!

International Trivia Night
Tuesday, April 3 | from 6:30 to 9 p.m. | Native Hostel, 807 E 4th St.
Test your Knowledge with International Trivia for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights and your picture with their world trophy! Bring a small travel trinket to help decorate the trophy. Happening at Native Hostel located downtown on the east side. Event held in The Parlor. Coffee, cocktails, and food available for purchase. FREE parking.

Wednesday, April 4

Our King: How African American Artists Depict Iconic Champion
Wednesday, April 4 | from 6 to 8 p.m.| George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center will conclude its January-April series of programs, Fifty Years since King, with a slide illustrated presentation on April 4 at 6:30 pm. Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, the manager of the Carver, will explore how African American artists over the course of five decades—from 1968, the time of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, to 2018—have portrayed the champion of civil rights in paintings, sculptures, and alter like constructions. Demerson said “While many artists certainly depict King as an orator and activist, several artists examine him as a preacher, family man, and martyred drum major for peace. However, others creatively interpret King’s profound presence as the conscience of America, and as a voice of moral authority on the world stage.” Among the many artists featured in the slide illustrated presentation are the compelling images by Elizabeth Catlett, John Wilson, Geraldine McCullough, Jon Onye Lockard, and Faith Ringgold, to name a few.

Thursday, April 5

Opening Reception of Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ “Familiar Matters” and “Swell” (Georgetown)
Thursday, April 5 | from 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, 1001 E University Ave, Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present Elena Gonzalez ’18 and Liz Mazurek ’18 in the Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery for their Senior Art Exhibitions this April. Join us for an artist’s reception with both Gonzalez and Mazurek as we celebrate the presentation of their work. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain open through April 11. The Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery hours are 12 to 5 p.m., closed Mondays and holidays. All Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Besos: Latin Pop Night at Gabriela’s Downtown
Thursday, April 5 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Gabriela’s Downtown, 900 E. 7th St.
Be there for a night of Latin pop, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Bachata, Salsa, and tropical trap. Daddy Yankee, Shakira, Wisin y Yandel, JLo, Prince Royce, Ivy Queen, Maluma, Enrique Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Ozuna, Sean Paul, that one Kat Deluna song, and, of course, Selena. All-inclusive, dance safe space. Totally free. 18 and up.

Friday, April 6

First Friday Art Walk
Friday, April 6 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Twyla, OLA Gallery, Art.Work Austin, Den Property Group, Various Locations in Downtown Austin
Downtown Austin’s art galleries are teaming up to bring you First Friday Art Walk, a special night designed to celebrate the Austin arts community taking place in downtown Austin from 6 to 9 p.m.! Enjoy extended hours, special performances, live music, art giveaways, drinks and bites at some of Austin’s most up and coming downtown art venues. Hosted by Twyla, OLA Gallery, Den Property Group and Art.Work Austin, First Friday Art Walk is a night to foster friendships between locals, artists and the downtown businesses that support them.

Chalkboard Poets at Central Market Westgate
Friday, April 6 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Central Market, 4521 West Gate Blvd.
Downtown Austin’s art galleries are teaming up to bring you First Friday Art Walk, a special night designed to celebrate the Austin arts community taking place in downtown Austin from 6 to 9 p.m.! Enjoy extended hours, special performances, live music, art giveaways, drinks and bites at some of Austin’s most up and coming downtown art venues. Hosted by Twyla, OLA Gallery, Den Property Group and Art.Work Austin, First Friday Art Walk is a night to foster friendships between locals, artists and the downtown businesses that support them.

Saturday, April 7

17th Annual South Asian New Year Festival
Saturday, April 7 | from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Zilker Ampitheater, Zilker Park
The South Asian New Year Festival, or “Pohela Boishakh,” is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its 17th year, the South Asian New Year Festival draws over 5,000 people each year. The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna, and more, this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian culture!

2018 Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-Off & Heritage Festival (Cedar Park)
Saturday, April 7 | from 1 to 5 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
Enjoy live music, free inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, sack races, stick horse rodeo for ages 3 – 8, and a corn on the cob eating contest.. Fees apply for face painting, carnival games and rides. The Heritage Festival will be held in conjunction with the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-off.

Gibson Crawfish Boil
Saturday, April 7 | from 1 to 6 p.m. | Gibson Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd.
Celebrate crawfish season in a big way with Gibson Street Bar and 1000 pounds of crawfish by Capital Crawfish Company. Enjoy games, live music, and a draft wall takeover by Brooklyn Tap.

Sunday, April 8

Austin Canoe and Kayak Demo Days
Sunday, April 8 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | Hyde Park Quarries, 11400 N. Mo-pac Expy.
G
et ready to get out on the water and demo over 90 kayaks and stand up paddleboards! There will be informational and fun clinics hosted by the best in the business throughout the day so be sure to pack a lunch and make a day of it. This event is FREE and open to the public, so bring the whole family and be prepared to hit the water!

Concerts At The Village: THE SOUL SUPPORTERS W/ TOMAR & THE FCs
Sunday, April 8 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free concert with live music by The Soul Supporters and Tomar & the FCs.
Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special live performance! Doors open at 6 and music begins at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 9

Texas Cowboys Lectureship Presents: Shaun White
Monday, April 9 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hogg Memorial Auditorium, 2300 Whitis Ave.
Texas Cowboys Lectureship series is proud to present three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shaun White.  This event is FREE to UT students with a UT ID and will then be opened to the public as room allows.

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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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