Free Date Nights in Austin, January 14 through 20, 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, January 14 through Monday, January 20

Tuesday

The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh at Half Step
Tuesday, January 14 | at 10 p.m.| Half Step Bar
, 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.

Wednesday

Queer Ride – Southerly Views
Wednesday, January 15 | at 7:30 p.m.| Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue

The weekly ride for queer folk & allies! THE EVERYONE RIDE! Gather at the south gates of the Capitol on 11th St. facing Congress at 7:00pm. Wheels down at 7:30 p.m. PITSTOP: Cosmic Coffee, 121 Pickle Road.
DESTINATION: Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River Street.
Bring your friends, helmets, lights and locks!

Thursday

Line Dancing Class (Lockhart)
Thursday, January 16 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road, Lockhart
Don’t miss the music and fun in this family-friendly dance class! All ages and abilities welcome. Join at Lockhart State Park for a lesson in country-style line dancing! Class is suitable for beginners and all ages. Wear your dancing shoes and bring water. No registration required. Class will be held inside the park Recreation Hall. Class is free with paid entry to the park. Regular park entrance fees are $3/adult, free for children 12 & under. If our office is closed when you arrive, please use the self-pay station to check in.

New Year, New Artists
Thursday, January 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Celebrate the New Year and the beginning of the new JCB Gallery Season! Join us for an Artist Reception on January 16 and explore three exhibits by local artists. Enjoy beverages, light refreshments, and lively conversation with Melanie Hickerson, Lindsay Smith, and Dougherty Arts Center Teaching Artists!

Friday

The Contemporary Print
Friday, January 17 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Big Medium Gallery
, 1701 Red River State
Join PrintAustin in celebrating its 7th annual juried international exhibition, The Contemporary Print, presented in collaboration with Big Medium. The Contemporary Print is a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. Our 2020 exhibition was juried by Claudia Zapata.

The Drinking, Smoking, Gambling Show
Friday, January 17 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Irene’s
, 506 West Avenue
We all could use a good laugh! Join us for The Drinking, Smoking, Gambling Comedy Show on the back patio at Irene’s! The first 50 guests to arrive will receive a free beer token. Entry is FREE and open to the public. 18+ recommended.

Saturday

Camp Gladiator Free Boot Camp
Saturday, January 18 | from 9 to 10 a.m.| Hill Country Galleria
, 12700 Hill Country Galleria
Come out on Saturdays at 9 a.m. for a free community workout with Camp Gladiator! This boot camp type workout will take place on the Central Plaza lawn and is open to anyone over the age of 14 ! It’s recommended to bring water, a towel, and yoga mat to make the workout more enjoyable. Sweat it out at this free event!

Dolly Parton Birthday Party
Saturday, January 18 | at 6 p.m.| The Tigress
, 100 East North Loop Boulevard
The Tigress is having a tribute party to our favorite Queen of Country! They will be playing Dolly Parton movies along with a dedicated playlist to the Nashville superstar. There will be a special cocktail menu in honor of Dolly’s music and movies, with lots of non-alcoholic options for dry January.

Sunday

Dolly Parton Birthday Party
Sunday, January 19 | from 7 to 11:30 p.m.| Halcyon
Mueller, 1905 Aldrich Street
More Dolly Parton fun! Get your Dolly loving friends together to celebrate the birthday of this lovely and prolific artist at Halcyon Mueller. They will be projecting Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings as well as playing her music all night! Food and drink specials with discounts for Dolly dress ups!

Monday

MLK Day March and Community Celebration
Monday, January 20 | from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.| See Map Here
The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community March kicks off at 9 a.m.with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. At the conclusion of the program at the MLK Statue, you will march to the south steps of the Capitol for a rally. After the Capitol program, the march will proceed to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. The MLK Community Festival kicks off at 11:15 a.m. and will last until 3:30 p.m.

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
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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