Free Date Nights in Austin, August 20-26, 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 20 through Monday, August 26

The Trivia Factory at Fareground
Tuesday, August 20 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Ave.
The Trivia Factory brings the nation’s best live hosted trivia night to Fareground! Join us for Trivia Night! The weekly event is free to play and there will be gift cards for our top teams at the end of the night. Gather your smartest friends and come down. There will be food available from Fareground partners, including TVL, Dai Due Taqueria, Henbit, Italic and Ni-Komé.

Date Night at the DAC: Snapshot Social
Wednesday, August 21 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Photographer Edward Steichen once said, “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” Delve into a world of larger than life backdrops, props and lights and compose wickedly clever and imaginative portraits with yourself and friends, using your own phone or camera. Get helpful tips from our featured artist Meeghan Morongova and enjoy her show Boundless Abandon in the main gallery. Our “Selfie Fantasyland” is a casual, come and go event for all ages. We will have staff and volunteers on site to assist you in capturing your photos, however this is a strictly B.Y.O.C (Bring Your Own Camera) event. For more information, call 512-974-4000 or email [email protected]

Adult Spelling Bee
Wednesday, August 21 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Easy Tiger, 709 E 6th St.
Join us for Easy Tiger’s first boozy ‘Adult Spelling Bee’, hosted by local funnyman Marty Clarke. Think you can spell better than a 5th grader? Grab a drink and prove it to us. Sign up to participate from 7-8PM. Spelling Bee starts promptly at 8PM. Easy Tiger prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

W Austin Presents Night Swim
Thursday, August 22 | 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 22 | 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. This week’s artist is Bob Schneider.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 23 | 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.

Frida Friday ATX
Friday, August 23 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Symphony Square, 1111 Red River

Frida Friday ATX in August will be on the fourth Friday. We’re heading back to school with lessons from our GREATEST Diva inspirations: Whitney and Juanga. Music by one of Austin’s Greatest: DJ Chorizo Funk. Food, music, featured vendors and more to come! About Frida Friday ATX: Frida Friday ATX (FFATX) is Austin’s first and largest monthly self-identified womxn-of-color centered mercado y más, supporting and amplifying womxn-of-color and allies in Tejaslandia! More than a market, Frida Friday ATX is a movement. Over the last two years, FFATX has proudly brought Austin a full line up of self-identified WOC vendors, artists, musicians and more to bless their events and vendor spaces each month. We’ve worked with over 150 vendors, and supported always created performance, partnerships and collaborations that center WoC-led economie.

Avengers Endgame Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, August 23 | from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.

Sola Summer Series Community Workout
Saturday, August 24 | 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.

Festival of Good at Goodnight Ranch
Saturday, August 24 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch at Whitter Park, 8701 Whitter Dr.

Goodnight Ranch’s annual block party and festival returns this August for the 3rd Annual Festival of Good! Join us at Whitter Park in the heart of Goodnight Ranch on Saturday, August 24th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a summer celebration of all the good things in life: Friends, family, food and more! This year’s free, public festival features a variety of activities and family-friendly activations like face painting, family yoga, kids’ crafts, a bounce house, a petting zoo and more. Afterward, families can grab a bite from one of several of Austin’s best food trucks. Goodnight is about finding what’s best in life and celebrating it with the people that matter – we invite you to join us in this year’s celebration! See you there! To learn more about the Festival of Good and see a full list of vendors please visit:

Annual Free Day of Dance
Sunday, August 25 | from 1 to 6 p.m. | Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

Make plans to attend Ballet Austin’s Annual Come Dance! Celebration—our gift of dance to the city of Austin! It’s absolutely FREE! Whether you have danced before, or have never danced a step in your life, Come Dance is designed for all dance levels and is your opportunity to sample a variety of our dance classes to find your fit! Free dance classes during Come Dance include Ballet, Bollywood, Cardio Dance, Cardio Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Hawaiian Dance, Jazz Funk, Jazz Fusion, Tap, West African and more!

The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, August 25 | 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 25. 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.

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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