Free Date Nights in Austin, August 21-27, 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.

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.

Tuesday, August 21

Mondo Gallery Presents – Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration!
Tuesday, August 21 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Mondo is stoked to invite TMNT fans to celebrate everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, pizza-obsessed crime fighters and their cast of heroic allies and evil arch enemies in our next gallery show, Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration! Open through Saturday, August 25.

Wednesday, August 22

Try Out Irish Dance
Wednesday, August 22 | from 5 to 6 p.m. | Inishfree Irish Dance of Texas Austin, 12636 Research Blvd.
Have you seen Irish dancing at St. Patrick’s day Austin or the Celtic Festival and ever wanted to try it out? The new semester starts on August 22 and beginner class is at 5 to 6 p.m. No experience necessary. Dancers from age 4-99 are welcome. Throughout the year you can learn several different dances along with team dances. You can be part of big shows at St. Patrick’s day Austin and Celtic Festival. Try your first class for free!

Date Night at the DAC
Wednesday, August 22 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | The Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
The Dougherty Arts Center is proud to partner with aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival) to host a special screening of the Sundance Official Selection film Pit Stop by local Austin director Yen Tan. To celebrate the five year anniversary of its success, Mr. Tan and fellow cast and crew will be in attendance and will be a part of a post-show Q & A.

Thursday, August 23

Dog Days of Summer
Thursday, August 23 | from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W. Cesar Chavez 
The dog days are upon us so Austin Parks Foundation has partnered with Texas Rowing Center to host Dog Days every Thursday from July 26 to August 23! 50% of proceeds from each day will go back to Austin Parks Foundation, so head out on the water with your pup while also giving back to Austin’s parks. There are a limited number of doggy life vests available, so bring your own if you have one!

Grassy Thursday
Thursday, August 23 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Company, 440 E. St. Elmo Rd.
Head over for one of the best free shows in Austin. Some of the top pickers around play a three hour set at St. Elmo every Thursday RAIN or SHINE! Couple that with good beer and hot food, and you have a recipe for a great night. Pet friendly outside.

Friday, August 24

Salut to Summer
Friday, August 24 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
Let’s say goodbye to summer with a bang – join Easton Park for a rockin’ night with music by Fair City Fire and tasty sandwhiches from Noble Food Truck and Moojo. Food trucks start at 5:30 pm, the music starts at 6:30 pm, and the party starts when you arrive. Make sure to bring blankets and chairs.

A Wrinkle in Time Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, August 24 | from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screeningGet there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Saturday, August 25

Mondo Gallery Presents – Heroes in a Halfshell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration
Saturday, August 25 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Mondo is stoked to invite TMNT fans to celebrate everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, pizza-obsessed crime fighters and their cast of heroic allies and evil arch enemies in our next gallery show, Heroes in a Half Shell: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Celebration! Saturday is the final night to view the exhibit.

Live Painting Night
Saturday, August 25 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Gallery Lucid, 7101 Easy Wind Dr., #3101
Visionary artists from Gallery Lucid’s Surreal Summer Dreams show will be LIVE PAINTING Saturday night. Ever wonder how they do what they do? How it gets so intricate? Ever wonder what it would take to do it yourself? You can come out and find out! This event is FREE. This is also your last chance to see the Surreal Summer Dreams show. Original art, prints and other memorabilia will be on sale through this weekend only!  Tell your friends, bring an art enthusiast, and artist, or someone who longs to see the creative process from six different artists all in the same venue.

Sunday, August 26

Soulful Sunday
Sunday, August 26 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Native Hostels, 807 E. 4th St.
Not your ordinary Sunday Funday! Come together for a morning filled with intention, laughter, yoga with Lizzie Aguirre and live music by Kalu James at the Native Hostel. Stay after and refuel with fresh pressed juice from Juice Society, grab your SoulFull bag with wellness goodies and enjoy a mindful mimosa provided by Bumble BFF and brunch specials with the Native. Join for FREE with the option to donate what feels right to this months charity, the Safe Alliance.

Come Dance 2018 – Annual Free Day of Dance
Sunday, August 26 | from 1 to 5:45 p.m. | Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.
Make plans to attend Ballet Austin’s annual 11th Annual Come Dance! 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!

Monday, August 27

MusiCares Sober Jam
Monday, August 27 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | The Sober Jam, 502 Brushy St.
The MusiCares® Sober Jam is a mthly 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 and Gibson Guitar. The Sober Jam is held at The North Door and begins at 6 p.m. 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!

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