Winter just keeps plugging along and so does our FREE date nights list. From art exhibits to sporting events to so much more, these are the hottest date night options in Austin this weekend.
Thursday, January 18
Third Thursday at The Blanton
Thursday, Jan. 18 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Lither King Jr. Blvd.
Kick off 2018 with a free day of art, music, and inspiration! January’s Third Thursday is filled with art-filled activities and we’ll be open late until 9 p.m., so plenty of time to explore! Museum admission is always free on Thursdays. More info on this week’s schedule of events here.
An Evening with Dolores Huerta
Thursday, Jan. 18 | at 6 p.m. | F.W. Olin Building, Room 105, Southwestern University Campus, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown
Southwestern University’s Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and Kappa Delta Chi present “An Evening with Dolores Huerta,” an Office of Diversity Education Lecture and the Jessie Daniel Ames Endowed Lecture in Feminist Studies, on Thursday, Jan. 18th at 6:00 p.m. in Olin 105. Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women.
Speaker Series: The Hummingbirds of Texas
Thursday, Jan. 18 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th St.
Biologist Kelly Bryan will profile the 19 species of hummingbirds on the Texas list, and the contribution of bird banding to our understanding of the occurrence and distribution of species. He will also report on the first U.S record of the Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, found in the Davis Mountains in October, 2016.
Friday, January 19
Seeing Beyond What is Real
Friday, Jan. 19 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Imagine Art, 2830 Real St.
Like modern-day Surrealists, these emerging Austin artists are pushing the envelopes of realism to explore and connect the worlds of observable reality with the deeper realities of the imagination. Their works are at once narrative and provocative, inviting viewers into their individual and collective subconscious. In daring to look beyond that which is merely seen, we can expect the unexpected, see the familiar as strange, make perfect sense of the illogical, and understand truths that transcend time and culture. Artist reception is happening from 6 to 9 p.m.
10 Things I Hate About You
Friday, Jan. 19| from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
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 10 Things I Hate About You. Get there as early as 6:30 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 at our Community Grille (cash & cards accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
One Eye Open at Cafe Mueller
Friday, Jan. 19| from 6 to 8 p.m. | Café Mueller by H-E-B, 1801 E. 51st St.
Enjoy a FREE bluegrass/ country show at Café Mueller. One Eye Open is an upbeat four-piece bluegrass band out of Austin, featuring fine pickin’, male and female vocals, with interests ranging from Monroe to Leadbelly, Hank Williams to Hot Rize, Bob Wills to Blue Highway, and Scruggs to Johnny Rodriguez.
Saturday, January 20
UFC 220 Watch Party at Little Woodrow’s (Burnet)
Saturday, Jan. 20| at 6 p.m. | Little Woodrow’s, 2525 West Anderson Ln.
Where better to catch all the action of the UFC 220 than on HDTVs at Little Woodrow’s? Head over for a special fight night party as Miocic vs. Ngannou! This is one heavyweight title fight you don’t want to miss!
Amazing Animal Adaptations
Saturday, Jan. 20| from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
From thermal vision to silent flight, the creatures of Texas have many unique adaptations for survival. Join a park ranger to discuss the fantastic features that help wildlife find food, avoid predators, and flourish in the habitats of Central Texas! Then, walk along as you search for some of the nocturnal creatures who call Lockhart State Park home.
Bamako Airlines – Free Afropop show at Central Market!
Saturday, Jan. 20| from 6 to 9 p.m. | Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Kick off 2018 with a FREE, family-friendly Afropop show at Central Market (N. Lamar). Grab a bottle of wine (it’s heart-healthy), and come dance the night away with Bamako Airlines! They’ll be playing some electric music from West Africa, as well as some funky originals.
Sunday, January 21
Draft & Craft presents Sunday Funday at Idle Vine Brewing Co.
Sunday, Jan. 21| from 1 to 6 p.m. | Idle Vine Brewing Co., 16920 Joe Barbee Dr., Round Rock
Join Idle Vine for their first pop up market event! Grab a cold beer and enjoy local vendors, food, and music Event is family and dog friendly and FREE to attend.
Community Art Sunday
Sunday, Jan. 21| from 2 to 5 p.m. | Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St., Bldg. B
Inspired by great leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., march into 2018 with vision and purpose, while looking back at the way our pasts have shaped our stories. Community Art Sunday: Share Your Story, Write Your Future will feature interactive media experiences, story circles, visual art workshops, and live music & performances. Explore different ways to share stories and to inspire ways to envision a hopeful future.
Sports at the Cinema: NFC Championship Game
Sunday, Jan. 21| from 5:30 to 9 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free event at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special broadcast of the NFC Championship game at the Community First! Village. Come as early as 5:30 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite snacks. The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Free January Swing Lessons and Dance
Sunday, Jan. 21| from 7 to 10 p.m. | Life in the City, 205 East Monroe St.
Come to the weekly swing dance lesson and dance for free in January. Make friends and jam to some fun music in a great South Congress venue. Learn the basics of Lindy Hop! 6 – 7 p.m. – Intermediate class for people who already know the basic lindy swing-out. 7 – 8 p.m. – Beginner class. 8 – 10 p.m. – Social dance. Usually the class and dance are only $5, but for the month of January there is no charge at all!