Free Date Nights in Austin, April 9-15, 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 9 through Monday, April 15

Austin Film Festival: On Story Season 9 Premiere Party
Wednesday, April 10 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | KLRU-TV, 2504 Whitis Ave.
Join AFF for the Season 9 Premiere Party of On Story®. They will feature a live taping of the show. On Story airs locally on KLRU and is now in over 88% of the national market, airing on PBS-affiliated stations across the country. Past episodes have featured interviews from leading screenwriters and filmmakers Callie Khouri, Larry Wilmore, Harold Ramis, Sydney Pollack, Caroline Thompson, Vince Gilligan, and Matthew Weiner. Season 9 premieres Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. on KLRU-Q.

I Heart Justice
Wednesday, April 10 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | 800 Congress, 800 Congress Ave.
I Heart Justice, a social justice poster show featuring limited-edition silkscreened prints by 15 Texas artists. Join us for a fun night where justice meets art. Complimentary bites and drinks; free admission. Posters will be for sale for $75 each, with proceeds benefiting nonprofit Texas Appleseed, a public interest justice center that works to change unjust laws and policies that prevent Texans from reaching their full potential. ARTISTS:Marc Burckhardt, Herman Dyal, Tanya Freach, Tim Kerr, Alana Louise Lyons, Norma Jeanne Maloney, Erin Mayes, Dave McClinton, Chad Rea, Sophie Roach, Chris Rogge, Judy Schulz, Kyle Steed, Brett Stiles, Bruce Lee Webb.

April Wine Walk
Thursday, April 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests can shop a variety of retailers at the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Walkers and wine enthusiasts will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map of the Wine Walk, and the map will also serve as a ticket for each wine walk stop. The walk is organized so that the last stop is a restaurant for attendees to then hang out and end the night with dinner. This event is open to everyone, so join friends, family, groups or a date for a fun way to spend Thursday evening.

Concert in the Park
Friday, April 12 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.
Bring your lawn chairs/blankets as there is plenty of space. Food concessions will be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Band: Suede (cover band).

Movies in the Park: Zoolander 
Friday, April 12 | from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. | Zilker Park (Monkey Tree), 898 Azie Morton Rd.
Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation. We’ll be visiting nine different parks this year, so head out to grab some food from our food trucks and enjoy a night under the stars and in front of the screen. If there’s inclement weather, the event will be moved to Friday, April 19th at 8:15 p.m.

Keep Austin Beautiful
Saturday, April 13 | from 9 to 11 a.m. | 100+ Sites in 31 Zip Codes in the Greater Austin Area
Join Keep Austin Beautiful and 3,000 Austinites for the biggest annual city-wide day of service, Keep Austin Beautiful Day. Together you’ll remove 30,000 pounds of litter, plant trees and gardens, restore native habitats, and beautify neighborhoods. A volunteer appreciation party will follow at Givens Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

18th Annual South Asian New Year Festival
Saturday, April 13 | from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr.
The South Asian New Year Festival (“Pohela Boishakh”), is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its 18th 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 & more – this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian culture!

Free Community Music and Art Festival
Saturday, April 13 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Pan American Park, Locations vary; view event website for details
30 local artists in a special three hour event including live music of various genres, live painting, DJ, dance, spoken word and more! Artists include: 2017 Austinite of the Year Saul Paul, Guitar legend Marc Eric, Americano Candy Coburn, and other local artists. Live Painting during Concert by: World Artist Steven Lagaggi. There will also be Burgers, Tacos (vegetarian options as well), Coffee by Summer Moon, free Jump Houses for the Kids, crafts, and Vendors. This festival is in the spirit of Love, Unity, and Generosity throughout Austin as we spread awareness about sex-trafficking, domestic violence, and the great works of non-profit organizations in Austin. Feel free to bring your kids, your dog, and your lawn chair. Free Admission (but bring taco money)!

Hill Country Galleria Saturday Concert Series
Saturday, April 13 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Hill Country Galleria is excited to announce the return of its spring Saturday Night Concert Series. This free 10x music series hosted by Austin City Limits Radio features local favorites such as Nakia, Dale Watson and Fastball. The concerts take place in the Central Plaza and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. This week’s band is the Carson McHone Band.

4th Annual Picnic: Ritmo Y Baile
Sunday, April 14 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St.
The 4th annual community picnic will kick off a Celebrando 2019 heritage project that will culminate in a Salsa & Heritage Festival. Bring your beach chairs and maraca! Dance Bomba, Plena, Taino dances and more under the Pecan Trees with special guests — Joaquin Nieves, Director of Guateque Ballet Folklorico & Irvin Santiago, Cuatrista and Trovador from Morovis — and performances by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance.

Brixton Bingo
Monday, April 15 | at 9 p.m. | The Brixton, 1412 E 6th St.
Bingo is back for the summer every Monday night 9 p.m.! Arrive early for freebies, and enjoy $2 beer specials and $3 Fireball. Tune in each week for different music themes and special hosts.

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