Free Date Nights in Austin, February 18 through 24, 2020

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Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date nights and day events in Austin this week.

Tuesday, February 11 through Monday, February 17


The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh
Tuesday, February 18 | at 10 p.m.| Half Step
, 75 & 1/2 Rainey Street
Every Tuesday night The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh brings BrotherMac Church to Rainey Street. Be ready to dance to your favorite blues and jazz tunes while enjoying craft cocktails  including the BrotherMac Signature Cocktail from the mixologists at Half Step Bar. This has been called by many the best place to be on Tuesday nights in Austin. 

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.


Date Night at the DAC: Art After Dark
Wednesday, February 19 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Enjoy Art After Dark with a special mingling of art activities, refreshments, and great conversation. Listen to the mixings of a local DJ while you explore BEYOND THE WALL, a new exhibit by KB, Katie Lehn, and Adam Stratton that honors the uniqueness of their individual practices. Celebrate 2D and 3D works that create a fluid experience, then delve into art as social practice by creating an artist trading card. Leave yours and take home a one-of-a-kind work by someone else.


Courage to Be: An Evening Celebrating Saheli
Thursday, February 20 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Asian American
Cultural Center, 8401 Cameron Road
Celebrate the 28th anniversary of Saheli, the first organization in the South to serve Asian families impacted by domestic violence. Enjoy stories from the early members of Saheli and explore the archival exhibition, Courage To Be: The Saheli Story, on display through April 2020. Light snacks and refreshments provided. Free admission, RSVP recommended. This event is presented by the Asian American Resource Center, Austin History Center and Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA).

Free Show! Smirk: Comedy, Chaos, And a Cannon
Thursday, February 20 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Hogg Memorial Auditorium, The University of Texas Campus, 2300 Whitis Avenue

IF ABBOTT & COSTELLO WERE JUGGLERS: SMIRK! Physical comedian Reid Belstock and innovative juggling ace Warren Hammond have teamed up to bring you their hilarious and incredible new show, SMIRK! Sponsored by Texas Juggling Society and Campus E E Events Co-Sponsorship Board.


Gibson Street Bar 10 Year Anniversary Party
Friday, February 21 | Starting at 8 p.m. | Gibson Street Bar, 1109 South Lamar Boulevard
Gibson is a 10 & they’re celebrating like it! Celebrate TEN YEARS of Gibson Street Bar complete with DJ, Jell-O shots and Custom Gibson Street Yeti Giveaways!


Texas Wildflower Run
Saturday, February 22 | from 8 to 10 a.m. | Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue

Austin 10K’r invites you to join us for a unique variety of fun running routes that will complement your Cap10K training. The Texas Wildflower Run is a traditional 3 to 5.5-mile route that travels on the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake. One of the best times of the year to plant wildflower seeds in Texas is late winter before the spring showers. At the event native Texas wildflower seed packets will be provided, and with your assistance we will help Mother Nature get a head start on covering the trail with vibrant spring colors. There a several green spaces along the trail that are sheltered from spring time grass mowing and we will attempt to seed these areas.  Enjoy cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate and other snacks when you finish. The Texas Wildflower Run will start and finish at the Austin American-Statesman. Meeting Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 
Participation and parking: Free. Refreshments: Complimentary. Pre-run Stretch: 7:50 a.m.

National Margarita Day at Concrete Cowboy
Saturday, February 22 | Starting at 9 p.m. | Concrete Cowboy, 719 West 6th Street

It’s National Margarita Day baby and we are here for it! Head to Concrete Cowboy to sip on favorite variations of your favorite drink. Arrive early – OPEN BAR from 9 to 10 p.m. featuring Owen’s Craft Cocktails!


Pup Meetup with Austin Humane Society
Sunday, February 23 | from 12 to 3 p.m.| Upstairs at Caroline, 109 East 7th Street

Nobody loves their dogs like Austinites! Join us at Upstairs at Caroline for another Pup Meetup with our friends at Austin Humane Society. All-day Yappy Hour (25% off when you bring your pup). Dog-friendly menu by Healthy Pet/ Snuggles with adoptable pups from AHS. Plus, drink while doing good: a portion of bar proceeds will benefit AHS! RSVP HERE: RSVP not required to attend


Still Austin Whiskey Tasting at The Austin Shaker
Monday, February 24 | from 6 to 9 p.m.| The Austin Shaker
, 1199 Airport Boulevard
From grain to your glass to The Shaker. Come try this Austin original before all the SXSW madness. It’ll get you primed and for what’s ahead, and offer a nice escape from it all at the distillery, which is just down the road. True Texas Juice! Free As Always.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for more date nights and other ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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Dani Dudek
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