Free Date Nights in Austin, August 7 – 13, 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.

Tuesday, August 7

August UMLAUF After Dark
Tuesday, August 7 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd.
Join us for UMLAUF After Dark on August 7 for an evening of art, free drinks, and live music! They’ll be providing complimentary drinks courtesy of Dandy Rosé, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  UMLAUF After Dark is free and open to everyone on the first Tuesday of every month.

Wednesday, August 8

Jump On It Summer Music Festival
Wednesday, August 8 | at 5:30 p.m. | Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Ln.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Everyone FREE before 6:30 p.m. Huge game zone, adult zone with beverages, two stages including KAZI sound stage and more!

Butterfly Bluegrass Jam
Wednesday, August 8 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Butterfly Bar at Vortex, 1605 E 38 ½ St.
Join Eddie Dickerson and Emma Dean as they lead us in a rousing Hump Day Bluegrass session! Bring your favorite instrument and jump on in, or sit back and sip something cold and delicious while listening to Bluegrass under the stars.

KGSR’s Blues on the Green
Wednesday, August 8 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
93.3 KGSR Austin’s Blues on the Green presented by H-E-B invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy the final 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 with special guests The Oh Hellos and Bidi Bidi Banda!

Wednesday Movie Night
Wednesday, August 8 | at 8:15 p.m. | Lucille Patio Lounge, 77 Rainey St
Every Wednesday at sundown see two movies on a huge projector movie screen. They’ll have free popcorn and great drinks. Tonight’s movies are The Hangover and Bridesmaids.

Thursday, August 9

Dog Days of Summer
Thursday, August 9 | 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!

W Austin Presents Night Swim
Thursday, August 9 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.
The week is coming to an end just in time for happy hour to begin. W Austin invites you to Night Swim at the WET Deck on Thursday, August 9.  Enjoy happy hour pricing on a variety of signature cocktails and a live poolside performance by Sun June. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. Click here to find out what other local hotels offer free or cheap pool time.

Friday, August 10

Cool Summer Nights: Music Night
Friday, August 10 | from 6 to 9 p.m. |Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
The final Cool Summer Nights will take inspiration from Austin’s thriving music culture and the Museum’s exhibition celebrating the history of Austin City Limits. Guests can pick up a ukulele and experiment, experience contemporary opera or try their hand at song writing.

The Mean Girls Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, August 10 | from 8 to 11 p.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 11

Saturday Yoga & Mimosas
Saturday, August 11 | at 9 a.m.  | Little Woodrow’s Tech Ridge, 12601 Tech Ridge Blvd.
Get your juices going with Yoga & Mimosas Saturday mornings at Little Woodrow’s on Burnet! They host a donation-based yoga, followed by $3 mimosas until 4 p.m.! Experience a sublime and relaxing start to the weekend.

TRACE Seventh Annual Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 11 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | TRACE, 200 Lavaca St.
While summer may be coming to an end, the temps are still soaring. TRACE has a way to cool down and give back to the community, at the seventh annual Ice Cream Social benefitting local organization SAFE. This family and pet-friendly event encourages guests to ‘earn their spoon’ by donating unopened school supplies. Enjoy a lineup of fun flavors by Chef Angel Castillo, as well as fido-friendly scoops for pups. A list of needed supplies can be found here.

Sunday, August 12

Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, August 12 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
These free ensemble concerts take place at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace, and each Sunday a different ensemble of the ASO will be featured. A variety of music will be performed, 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 13

Pints & Poses at Hyatt Regency
Monday, August 13 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd.
Hyatt Regency Austin August “Pints & Poses” event will take place on Monday. It will include complimentary yoga hosted by Ferny Barcelo, lead class instructor, who will be assisted by Zuzu Perkal. It will also feature local DJ Chino Casino playing meditative and relaxing music to accompany the class.

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