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, August 6 through Monday, August 12
Technology, Space & Humanity
Tuesday, August 6 | from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
The Austin Forum on Technology & Society in partnership with Austin Public Library presents Technology, Space & Humanity. The human desire to look up, wonder, and explore is innate, and space is truly a fascinating frontier for our species. It is also a very practical industry since our global telecommunications and imaging systems already depend on satellites, and space tourism is imminent. The space industry is starting to boom, and with it come plans for new industries and dreams of new opportunities for humanity. Come learn from two experts on the technologies and science of spaceflight and the opportunities of future space industries, and dream big with us at this special Austin Forum event on technology, space, and humanity.
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Retro Video Games
Wednesday, August 7 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Sauce Odyssey, 1403 E. 7th St.
EVERY Wednesday evening, Guild of Geeks (https://www.guildofgeeks.net/) & 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.
The Austin Chronicle’s Qmmunity Summer of Pride Party
Wednesday, August 7 | from 6 to 9 p.m.| The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Join Qmmunity for The Austin Chronicle’s Summer of Pride Party, presented in partnership with Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Austin Pride, and The Blanton Museum of Art! Enjoy bites from El Alma Cafe, music by GirlFriend ATX, treats from Lick Honest Ice Creams, drinks by Treaty Oak Distilling, prizes, and a special chance to explore the new exhibition “Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day.”
Blues on the Green
Wednesday, August 7 | at 8 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back for it’s 29th season! ACL Radio’s Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and join us for Austin’s largest FREE concert series!
August Wine Walk
Thursday, August 8 | 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 5-9pm. 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.
Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, August 8 | 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.
Cool Summer Nights: Space
Friday, August 9 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Forget about standing outside in the heat of the summer! Come inside to the Bullock Museum for three FREE evenings celebrating culture, community and Texas history. You’re invited to be a part of the second year of this event series. You’re guaranteed some great nights out this summer with one program each month in June, July and August!
Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 9 | 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.
Free Gardening Seminar ($1-3)
Saturday, August 10 | from 10 to 12 p.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.
Learn the basics of growing herbs in the Austin area. Together we will explore a fascinating group of plants that have been part of mankind’s history for thousands of years. Master Gardener and past President of the Austin Herb Society, Lucinda Rudin, will cover a comprehensive set of topics, including soil preparation, watering, growing seasons, when to plant, when to harvest and how to preserve and store your herbs. Additionally, she will provide ideas for growing herbs in a variety of situations, from apartment balconies to raised beds, and even to incorporating them into your landscape. There will be an opportunity to visit the beautiful Herb Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden at the end of the presentation. No registration is required. Attendance to the seminars is free and open to the public. A garden admission fee is required. The Austin Area Garden Center in Zilker Botanical Garden is located at 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin 78746. The fees are $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), and $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
Saturday, August 10 | from 8 10 11 p.m.| Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
Parade kicks off at the Texas State Capitol; marches down Congress Ave.; turns right on Fourth Street, and ends at Rain on 4th, 217 W Fourth St. Free.
Stargazing: Perseid Meteor Shower (Lockhart)
Saturday, August 10 | from 9 to 10:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Discover the wonders of the Perseid meteor shower in this special stargazing event! Join us for a special stargazing event where we will watch for meteors; peer through a telescope at stars, planets, and galaxies; and learn the constellations that mark our summer sky! This program is weather permitting (at least 60% of the sky must be free of clouds). Bring a blanket or chair and insect repellent, if desired. When entering the park, pass the day-use area, drive over the bridge, and park along the road. Continue to walk up the road until you find the golf cart path on your right. Meet us on the No. 1 green of our golf course — look for our red lights. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under)
The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, August 11 | 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.
Monday, August 12 | 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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