Free Date Nights in Austin, February 12 – 18, 2019

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.

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.

Tuesday, February 12

Get It OM: Partner Yoga
Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Grab a partner and join for a special evening of Let’s Get it Om FREE partner yoga.

Award Winning Thalea String Quartet Concert
Tuesday, February 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr.
Following their sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall, the award-winning Thalea String Quartet presents their debut recital as the new Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at UT’s Butler School of Music. The program will be starting off with Joseph Haydn’s edgy Opus 20 No. 3 string quartet in G minor, a rarely performed and romantic work by African-American composer William Grant Still, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s dark and exciting 3rd string quartet written in 1946. Admission is Free, no tickets required.

Wednesday, February 13

ATCENTRAL: Author Joe Nick Patoski & Austin to ATX
Wednesday, February 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. | APL Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin-based writer and Texas historian Joe Nick Patoski launches his latest book, a gonzo history of the City of the Violet Crown, titled AUSTIN TO ATX: THE HIPPIES, PICKERS, SLACKERS & GEEKS WHO TRANSFORMED THE CITY OF AUSTIN. Patoski will read from and discuss the book with Austin American-Statesman writer Michael Barnes, followed by a book signing. Legendary Austin musician and songwriter Jon Dee Graham will perform a short set of Austin songs. Books will be available for purchase on site through BookPeople.

Thursday, February 14

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, February 14 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
What do people, peacocks, and Poeciliids have in common? This Valentine’s day, they are all looking for dates! While tasty treats and fancy feathers may work for many animals, clones need some special dating advice. Join us this month to discover how an all-female clonal fish joins the dating scene! Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors. Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available at 6 p.m., followed by a guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water). Talk begins at 7 p.m. with a Q&A at 7:45.

Swoovy Movie Night Must Love Dogs
Thursday, February 14 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Toms Austin, 1401 S Congress Ave.
Swoovy is celebrating singles who serve all week long! On behalf of the amazing nonprofit, Emancipet, we will be cutting fleece for the animals! About this Event: As we emBARK on this fun activity, we will be showing the movie, Must Love Dogs! Head out for an opportunity to meet other people and establish new relationships while helping keep our furry friends warm and comfortable! Invite a date or come alone and meet other singles! This is a group event open to anyone and everyone. This shift is open to volunteers ages 18 and older. Register Here:

Second Annual Valentine Shmalentine Bash
Thursday, February 14 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Lamar Union, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd.
Free entry but ticket enters you in the drawing for door prizes from our retail partners. Must be present to win. | Tickets: Who needs a Valentine when you can have baby goats, best friends, burgers, whiskey, and jazz under the Austin skyline? Lamar Union Plaza, with the Young Women’s Alliance and Young Men’s Business League, invites you to come celebrate Valentine’s Day with beverages, bites, and giveaways! Enjoy live music from local artist Taméca Jones, while indulging in a Jose Luis Salon braid bar, gumbo and cornhole with TLC, burgers and custard from Shake Shack, photos with baby goats from GOGA, and much more! Bumble BFF will be onsite making connections with friends, and Nine Banded Whiskey and Waterloo Sparkling Water will be donating a signature beverage for the evening, as well as providing guests with samples. Located on the Lamar Union Sky Deck — enter through Building Two adjacent to Jose Luis Salon. Following the event, guests are invited to join The Highball lounge for two burlesque shows you won’t want to miss.

Friday, February 15

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, February 15  | from 6:30 to 9:30 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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Vinyl Night at the Carver
Friday, February 15  | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St.
Mhe City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division has partnered with the Austin Public Library to present Vinyl Night at The Carver. The event will celebrate Love Austin Music Month and Black History Month. The Carver is the only branch of the Austin Public Library to house a vinyl collection. Music will be curated by Austin musicians Melat and DJ Ra QUI QUI, who will play selections from the Carver Library collection along with a few of their personal favorites. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

When Love is Found: A Valentines Benefit Concert for All
Friday, February 15 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe St.
An evening of music for everyone (not just couples) celebrating all the forms love takes in our lives. From the spark of new love to the heartbreak of love lost to the permanence of everlasting devotion. Featuring an array of professional singers and instrumentalists from all over the Austin area performing a variety of lounge and folk songs, musical theater numbers, and classical works. Free admission with donations benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Central Texas.

Saturday, February 16

12th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off ($5)
Saturday, February 16 | from 12 to 6:30 p.m. | Hard Luck Lounge, 3526 E 7th St.
Chili Cold Blood is proud to present the 12th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off at Hard Luck Lounge on Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) in memory of Nick Curran, an Austin-based musician who influenced countless artists and passed away from cancer on October 6, 2012.

Black History Month Movie Series: The Mighty Quinn
Saturday, February 16 | from 1:30 to 4 p.m. | University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Join for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. Denzel Washington trivia jeopardy at 1:30, followed by a screening of The Mighty Quinn at 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 17

Chicken Sh!t Bingo
Sunday, February 17 | from 12 to 7 p.m. |Last Stand Brewing Company, 12345 Pauls Valley Rd.
Every third Sunday join Last Stand Brewing for Sunday fun day! Come hang out and enjoy the ever entertaining antics of the brewery chickens as they navigate the squares on the bingo board. If you’re lucky they may put something special on your square! Games every 45 minutes (or when the chicken feels like performing).

Saccharine Sundays With Honey Son
Sunday, February 17 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.
An evening of music in the vein of lo-fi/soul/R&B. Honey Son is a solo performance by Mars Wright, whose live set involves a toolkit of instruments, loopers, samplers, synths, and effects to craft sound and scenery that compliment sweet, syrupy vocals. FREE!

Monday, February 18

Monday Movies
Monday, February 18 | at 5 p.m. | APL – Willie Mae Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Head to the Austin Public Library Willie Mae Kirk Branch and enjoy a family movie! View their events calendar for fun events and to see what movie is playing at the branch! Click here.

Free Monday Tango
Monday, February 18 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Moonfire Lounge, 310 Colorado St.
Everyone is welcome to a fun Tango Night at Moonfire Lounge. Evening starts with an intro lesson to authentic Argentine Tango (no experience or partner needed) and follows with two hours filled of social dancing by DJ Moni. This is a great way to extend the weekend! This event is 100% free.

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