FREE Date Nights in Austin, December 14-17, 2017

Christmas keeps inching closer and there are so many ways to celebrate with the one you love! From holiday markets to symphony music and more, here are the best FREE date night ideas in Austin this weekend.

Thursday, December 14

2nd Street Social
The 2nd Street Social, held every 2nd Thursday of the month, features in-store discounts, drinks, and bites from select stores. Experience the most wonderful time of the year at the three-hour event with free sips and offerings in the District from 5 to 8 p.m., including a special prix fixe dinner by La Condesa Austin. This month’s event will also be the final night vote for your favorite student window.
2nd Street District, 214 Guadalupe St., Austin

Holiday Wine Walk
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is happening this week from 5 to 9 p.m. This is a unique wine and social gathering experience. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map to guide you on the Wine Walk. Hill Country Galleria bags filled with exclusive offers will also be available to participants.
Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

Outdoor Voices Hosts Shopping Party Benefitting Mack, Jack & McConaughey
Outdoor Voices is hosting a shopping party benefitting Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) from 6 to 8 p.m. Stop by Outdoor Voices and enjoy holiday bites, champagne, shopping, and a raffle to win a $100 OV gift card! 20% of all sales at the shopping party will benefit MJ&M. All guests may RSVP here.
Outdoor Voices, 606 Blanco St., Austin

Friday, December 15

Austin Symphony Orchestra Christmas in the Community Concert
The Austin Symphony is once again bringing FREE music to all Austinites this holiday season. “Christmas in the Community” is a series of concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. Friday night’s performance features a brass quintet at Macy’s at the Domain.
Macy’s at The Domain, 11701 N. Mopac Expy., Austin

Williamson County Symphony Concert
Head to Cedar Park for a family-friendly evening of beautiful Christmas music! All concerts are FREE, with no RSVP or tickets needed.
St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1101 W New Hope Dr., Cedar Park

Community Cinema: Elf
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of ELF (2003). Get there as early as 6:30 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash and cards accepted). The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd., Austin

Have Yourself a Merry Motown Christmas
Hotel Van Zandt’s annual 12 Days of Christmas wraps on Saturday! Starting at 8 p.m., enjoy a Motown Christmas-inspired performance at Geraldine’s by R&B singer-songwriter Tje Austin. FREE admission!
Geraldine’s, 605 Davis St., Austin

Saturday, December 16

A Sudsville Christmas Blowout Party
This is going to be Sud Monkey’s biggest and last party of the year so they are pulling out all the stops. Some of the attractions include a Candy Land Obstacle Course, Big Red Chair for Photo Ops, giant snow flurry machine, Human Snow Globe, Santa Sumo Suits, pony and Reindeer Riders, and more!
Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Suds Monkey Brewing, 1032 Canyon Bend Dr., Dripping Springs

2017 Winter Recital
Hear some great singing from children and adult singers at this lovely afternoon of song. Singers will be performing opera, musical theatre, Disney songs, art song, and pop/rock. FREE fun for all ages!
Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church, 6909 West Courtyard Dr., Austin

Winter Art market
Gallery Lucid, Austin’s new visionary art gallery, is hosting a Winter Art Market on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Meet in the courtyard in front of Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery  at Midtown Commons at Crestview Station for a winter art market. See local art and meet the artisans, some of whom will be live painting. Live music is on the menu as well! Street and garage parking is FREE.
Midtown Commons at Crestview Station, 7020 Easy Wind Dr., Austin

Williamson County Symphony Concert
Head to Cedar Park for a family-friendly evening of beautiful Christmas music! All concerts are FREE, with no RSVP or tickets needed.
St. William Catholic Church, 620 Round Rock West Cv., Round Rock,

Third Sat From The Sun – December
Your monthly spot for progressive music in Austin is at Dozen Street! Set the controls for Third Sat From The Sun each 3rd Saturday of the month with live music that’s out of this world. This month, enjoy music from Seven Circles, Proud Peasant, and Ballerino. FREE admission. Full bar. Tasty food options in a bunch of nearby trucks (you can bring the food in). Glorious patio. Easy bus route.
Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St., Austin

Sunday, December 17

Yule Bazaar
The East Austin Handmade Arts Market presents their biggest and best event of the year, the Eighth Annual Yule Bazaar! Head over to Cherry Cola Dog for a uniquely Austin art and music holiday happening. Enjoy complimentary drinks while perusing one-of-a-kind creations in a wide array of mediums found nowhere else! 30 artists and artisans will fulfill your seasonal gift-list while you are entertained by seven local live music acts from a variety of genres. Plus, an appearance by Santa Elvis and a belly dancing troupe! And did we mention there will be complimentary drinks?!?
Cherry Cola Dog, 3409 East 5th. St., Austin

Batch Austin: Sample the Taste of Austin
Art for the People gives you a taste of some local makers! Start your afternoon with a taste of the flavorful bloody mary mix by Barbeque Wife and Bloody Revolution and match it with samples of mustards, BBQ sauces, and other complimentary condiments by Stellar Gourmet. If you would prefer another drink to get your Sunday revived there will Little City Coffee to give you that caffeine kick! Who loves sweet and salty? Cornucopia has the pop of popcorn to satisfy your needs and Coover Caramels will wrap you up sweet! FREE admission.
Art for the People, 1711 South 1st St., Austin

Austin Symphony Orchestra Christmas in the Community Concert
The Austin Symphony is once again bringing FREE music to all Austinites this holiday season. “Christmas in the Community” is a series of concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. Sunday’s performance features Big Band at Life Austin Ampitheatre.
Life Austin, 8901 W Hwy 71, Austin

Holiday Art Market
The holiday spirit is getting crafty at Still Austin Whiskey Co. The distillery’s newly opened, adjacent event and gallery space will play host to Austin’s creative community for a holiday market event. Attendees can peruse wares from the city’s finest local craftsman and artists. Plus, guests can always enjoy delicious food from Still’s neighboring food truck, Puli-Ra, cocktail specials and live music! RSVP on Facebook.
Still Austin Whiskey Co., 40 E. St. Elmo Rd., Austin

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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 ATXGossip.com. 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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