FREE Date Nights in Austin, January 11-14, 2018

2018 just keeps rolling along and so does our FREE date nights list. From hikes to wine walks to so much more, these are the hottest date night options in Austin this weekend.

Thursday, January 11

New Year’s Wine Walk
Thursday, Jan. 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk happens on the 2nd Thursday of every month. 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. Keep your map with you as your ticket for each wine walk stop. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening.

2nd Street Social
Thursday, Jan. 11 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | West 2nd St.
2ND Street District is celebrating the new year with the return of 2ND Street Social. Experience the three-hour sip and shop event on Thursday, January 11, with free drinks and offerings at participating stores in the District from 5-8.

Friday, January 12

12th on 12th!
Friday, Jan. 12 | from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. | 1501 E. 12th St.
This is the first of the 12th Street Merchant Association’s monthly event – 12th on 12th. Merchants near E. 12th at Chicon will be offering specials, giveaways, music, and general Eastside fun all day. Each merchant will have their own offerings and times.

Night Hike
Friday, Jan. 12 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | McKinney Falls State Park, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley
Discover the world that nocturnal animals experience each night in the park after dark! There will be a limited supply of black light flashlights. If you bring your own, that will give you the best opportunity to find your own creatures! Please note that due to interest in Night Hikes, this program is limited to the first 50 participants. All programs are FREE with paid park admission, which is $6 per person ages 13 and over.

Austin Vida & C3 Concerts: Free Week Latin Dance Party
Friday, Jan. 12 | from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. | Stubb’s, 801 Red River St.
The Stubb’s Free Week Showcase 2018 is happening on Friday. Doors are at 8:30 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. Lineup is as follows: Ex-Romantika (Funk) at 9, Afrofreque (Hip Hop/R&B) at 10, Timberos Del Norte (Timba Salsa) at 11 and Este Vato (Latin Fusion) at midnight.

Saturday, January 13

Zombie Apocalypse Hike
Saturday, January 13 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart
Have you ever wondered about your ability to survive in the wild?  Test your survival skills, knowledge, and luck in this fun and family friendly program! Will you survive? Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Meet your survival expert at the Creekview Trailhead. The program is FREE, but regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under), or FREE with a State Park Pass. Want to up your zombie survival skills? We tell you where to go and what to do in The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse in Austin.

Frida Friday ATX | Food, Music, Art & more!
Saturday, January 13 | 12 to 4 p.m. | Kebabalicious, 1311 E 7th St.
Kebabalicious is holding #fridafridayatx on Saturday in January- cuz let’s keep the sunshine game strong. They’ll have their fave vinyl spinning music Mama, DJ Mahealani. Plus, lots of treats, per usual. They can’t wait to welcome you back babes. Lots of vendors and a raffle benefiting Barrio Writers.

New Years Extravaganza Block Party
Saturday, January 13 | 3 to 7 p.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.
Celebrate the New Year with a huge party at in.gredients! They are featuring all of their favorite musicians, including Brand New Key, Much 2 Much, Neal Mehta, Dilly Billy, the Melissa Gail Klein Band, Staci Gray and more. They will also be joined by the Tiny Tails mobile petting zoo and a ton of great local vendors offering sales and samples. Don’t miss this! FREE!

Board Game Open Play
Saturday, January 13 | 7 p.m. | Dragon’s Lair, 2435 W. Anderson Ln.
Remember all the fun you had with your family and friends as a kid when you sat down and played Trouble or Monopoly? Now you have a chance to recapture that feeling with your friends and family at Dragon’s Lair. They offer demo Board Games of different backgrounds and complexity for anybody to sit down and play, from Ticket to Ride to Catan, King of Tokyo to Forbidden Island, Patchwork to Powergrid – you’re sure to find a new and exciting game to test out.

Hyde Park Storytelling’s 3rd Birthday 
Saturday, January 13 | 7 to 10 p.m. | Hyde Park, 5001 Duval St.
It’s the THIRD year of Hyde Park Storytelling. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and stories start at 8. Come appreciate the stories of others — be they sad, triumphant, weird, awkward, or hilarious. Every storyteller gets 5-7 minutes. They encourage people to get there early to claim a place in the backyard. It is FIRST COME FIRST SIT. Bring snacks or your favorite beverage and share it with a new friend.

Sunday, January 14

Bidi Bidi Brunch Brunch!
Sunday, January 14 |  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | El Chilito, 2219 Manor Rd.
OK, so brunch is technically not free. But the experience is and these deals are pretty darn good! If you feel so inclined, bring your amigos and go dressed as LA REINA, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez! They will have a taco-themed photobooth, complete with props and costumes, Selena music, all the time, always, art for sale by Federico Archuleta and fashions for sale by Hola Dear Deer. Plus, $1 Mimosas, $2 Mexi-Cans, $3 Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee, $3 Brunch Tacos, and $4 Micheladas.

Get Fit 2018! Annual Free Day of Fitness & Pilates
Sunday, January 14 |  1 to 4:30 p.m. | Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.
Every day is a good day to make healthy choices, but January is the perfect time to renew and revive your health and fitness goals…especially when it’s FREE! Ballet Austin’s annual GET FIT event will kick off the new year celebrating motivated and ready to both begin and maintain a healthier life. Sample a variety of fitness and conditioning classes, try the Pilates reformer, learn more about living healthy, visit with local health and wellness experts in our exhibit area, sample healthy foods, hear presentations from experts in the field, and have fun! FREE classes.

Free January Swing lessons and Dance
Sunday, January 14 | 7 to 10 p.m. | Swing in the City, 205 East Monroe St.
Weekly swing dance lesson and dance for FREE in January! Make friends and jam to some fun music in a great South Congress venue! Intermediate class (for people who already know the basic lindy swing-out) at 6 p.m. We start with the ABSOLUTE basics on January 14 and will progress the next few weeks in the beginner class at 7 p.m. The social dance is happening from 8 to 10 p.m. Usually the class and dance are only $5, but for the month of January there is no charge at all!

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