Free Date Nights in Austin, August 13-19, 2019

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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.

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Tuesday, August 13 through Monday, August 19

Meet the Maker with 512 Brewing Company
Tuesday, August 13 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Jack Allen, 3010 W Anderson Ln., Suite D
Meet the Maker at Jack Allen’s Kitchen Anderson Lane location is making a comeback this month. This will be their eleventh installment of the “Meet the Maker” series, spotlighting and celebrating local brewer, winemaker and distiller friends of Jack Allen’s Kitchen.This upcoming event on Tuesday, August 13 from 5-7 p.m. will spotlight (512) Brewing Co. During the Meet the Maker event, guests will be able to chat with their head brewer Owen Sawyer and enjoy samples of (512) beer including the SMaSH Mosaic, IPA, Juicy IPA & Lager. There will also be plenty of swag and delicious JAK food specials.Meet the Maker events at JAK are free and open to the public!

Retro Video Games
Wednesday, August 14 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Sauce Odyssey, 1403 E. 7th St.
EVERY Wednesday evening, Guild of Geeks ( & Sauce Odyssey invite all gamers for a bracket-style N64 tourney on the big screen. We wheel out the 60″ tv (and a few other TVs), and you wheel out your best 007, Mario Kart, or Super Smash Bros skills. Tell your friends, bring your pets, and join us as Nintendo nostalgia takes over the courtyard!!
They also have tabletop games on all picnic tables.

W Austin Presents Night Swim
Thursday, August 15 | at 5 p.m. | W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.
Take happy hour to the next level at Night Swim at the WET deck with a poolside performance. Complimentary access after 5 p.m. Swimwear/ Workwear/ Anywear. Must be 21 & up or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. **In case of rain, the show will go on in the Living Room**

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, August 15 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’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, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 16 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Metz Movies Under the StarsRemember the Titans
Friday, August 16 | from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. | Metz Rec Center, 2407 Canterbury
FREE outdoor movie at Metz Recreation Center. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Movie begins at dusk (about 8:45ish). Splash pad on until 8pm. Join us at Metz Park for a fun family-friendly evening. FREE popcorn and drink (one per person) at every movie screening.

Sola Summer Series Community Workout
Saturday, August 17 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Little Zilker
, 2016 Bluebonnet Lane.
We love our community and we are proud to be THE gym in the ’04 since 2013. Join the coaches of SOLA for a weekly FREE, FUN COMMUNITY workout Saturday’s at 10am starting July 6th. Meet your neighbors. Grow your community. Change your life.

Night Hike (Lockhart)
Saturday, August 17 | from 8:30 to 10 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart

Ever wondered who uses the park after the sun goes down? Join us to listen to owl calls, search for creepy crawlies, and embark on a hike to discover nocturnal animals and how they survive! All ages welcome. Dress for the weather (sturdy shoes and layers recommended). Bring a flashlight, if desired. Registration not required. Meet your guide at the Creekview Trailhead. If driving from park headquarters, take your first left-hand turn, pass the campgrounds, and park along the paved loop. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under). If our office is closed when you arrive, please use the self-pay station at park HQ to check into the park.

Desert Door Hosts Second Annual Mesquiteers Fest (Driftwood)
Sunday, August 18 | from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Door Distillery, 211 Darden Hill Rd., Driftwood

Join the three mesquiteers Miche Bread, Two Hives Honey, and Desert Door to celebrate the revival of Texas mesquite. The sotol plant, of which Desert Door is crafted from, along with the mesquite tree, have deep roots in the state of Texas’ rich history. Both as resilient and tough as the people and land from which they come, this event is truly match made in Texan heaven. Attendees can experience the Texas Mesquite Movement through food, drink, and more, celebrating all things mesquite. This year, Mesquiteers Fest will feature artisan pop ups to learn about how local producers use the native plant in their craft and a live cooking pop up by  Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, which will feature the tree in a few dishes. Stick around for live music by Juliet McConkey starting at 3:00 p.m. The event is free with RSVP, and kids and pets are always welcome in the tasting room and patio. Additionally, guests who arrive at 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. can participate in a Desert Door distillery tour.

The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, August 18 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside

Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th (except July 7th) 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

Adult Coloring
Monday, August 19 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | APL – Luiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Release your stress while enjoying the calming benefits of coloring books.

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

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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 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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