Oh, January, where have you gone? February is just around the corner, but first, here are the best date night options in Austin. And, since dating isn’t just for the weekend, we’re now listing the best date night ideas for the entire week. Enjoy!
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, January 23
FREE Elio Altare Wine Tasting + Pizza Party!
Tuesday, Jan. 23| from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Italic, 123 W. 6th St.
Join Italic for a complimentary wine tasting in the café in honor of their new featured producer, Elio Altare! Bonus: they’ll be serving FREE pizza to pair with the wines!
Karaoke Vibes on a Tuesday
Tuesday, Jan. 23| at 9 p.m. | Thirsty Turtle, 1200 W. Howard Ln.
Wind down with Thirsty Turtle this and every Tuesday for some feel good music Karaoke Vibes. Drink specials all night and the best bartenders in North Austin! $2 domestics and wells all night.
Wednesday, January 24
The Office Trivia
Wednesday, Jan. 24| from 7 to 10 p.m. | The Austin Winery, 440 E. St Elmo, Unit A-1
Test your knowledge of one of the greatest TV comedies of all time! FREE to play, prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Nobody tell Toby!
Open Mic Night!
Wednesday, Jan. 24| from 7 to 10 p.m. | Gourdough’s Public House, 2700 S. Lamar Blvd.
Keep your mid-week drive alive with music, laughs, friends, and donuts! Gourdough’s Open Mic is coming at you every Wednesday. Bring your instruments and join in on the fun! Plus, $4 Happy Meals and $4 Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery drinks. All ages and always FREE.
Thursday, January 25
Film Art at University Hills: Cleo from 5 to 7
Thursday, Jan. 25 | at 6:30 p.m. | University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public. This 1962 film is about selfish pop singer Cléo, who has two hours to wait until the results of her biopsy come back. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they talk and walk, Cléo comes to terms with her selfishness, finding peace before the results come back.
New Year, New Scare Movie
Thursday, Jan. 25 | at 6:30 p.m. | Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina St.
Another in the Carver Branch series of B-Movies for the discerning viewer. Popcorn, soda, bottled water, FREE (parking, too). This month they will be screening Attack of the Giant Leeches.
Brew Ha Ha Comedy Night – January
Thursday, Jan. 25 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Circle Brewing, 2340 W. Braker Ln.
It’s the return of Brew Ha Ha comedy night! Circle Brewing Company and Chris Castles have joined forces to bring comedy to North Austin again! Bring some friends and enjoy the best of Austin comedy.
Friday, January 26
José Parlá Q&A and Opening Reception
Friday, Jan. 26 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Robert B. Rowling Hall, 300 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Join Landmarks to celebrate the opening of José Parlá’s monumental mural, Amistad América. His painting transforms a 4,000 square foot wall in the new Rowling B. Hall into a sweeping visual landscape. Events are free and open with registration. Register here.
Visual Arts Center’s Spring 2018 Opening
Friday, Jan. 26 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | UT Campus, Art Building, 23rd and San Jacinto Streets
FREE and open to the public. Join the Visual Arts Center for the opening of their Spring 2018 season. Learn more about the exhibitions here.
Name That Tune Bingo Night! – Cedar Park ($1)
Friday, Jan. 26 | from 9 to 11 p.m. | Whitestone Brewery, 601 E Whitestone Blvd, Ste 500, Bldg 5, Cedar Park
A late night game for music lovers, where Name That Tune meets Bingo! The cost is just $1 per bingo sheet! Come have some fun with great prizes for the winners! 21+ only please.
Saturday, January 27
South Congress Artist Market!
Saturday, Jan. 27 | from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Vespaio, 1610 S. Congress Ave.
Join a lovely bunch of artists, jewelers, crafters, and collectors offering goods to the greater Austin Community. They set up their pop up shops at the wonderful Italian Restaurant, Vespaio. Family and pet friendly.
UT Brainstorms: A Conversation on the Brain
Saturday, Jan. 27 | from 3:30 to 5 p.m. | UT Campus Thompson Conference Center (TCC), Auditorium 1.110, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr.
This series will provide information accessible to non-scientific audiences about a variety of neuroscience topics that relate to normal brain function, neurological diseases, overall brain health and how neuroscience research can improve everyday life. Dr. Robert Messing, Professor of Neurology, will conduct the next session on January 27th: “The Addicted Brain: A Conversation about Alcohol and Drug Addiction.” This public education event is free to the community. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: Neuroscience.utexas.edu/brainstorms.
Chandler and the Bings 90s Party at Highball
Saturday, Jan. 27 | at 10 p.m. | The Highball Austin, 1120 S Lamar Blvd.
After playing pretty much every place other than home, Chandler and the Bings are FINALLY back home in Austin and super excited about rocking your faces off at Highball. No cover, 21 , must have party pants for entry.
Sunday, January 28
Camp Cinema – The Goonies
Sunday, Jan. 28 | from 4 to 9 p.m. | The Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr.
Camp Cinema is Buzz Mill’s interactive movie and TV program series. We take everything you love about movies and television and turn it up to 11. Imagine going to the best theme party you could dream of, with costumes, a themed photo booth, signature food and drinks fit to the experience, and prizes to celebrate your involvement. Plus, each Camp Cinema event is connected to a local outreach component, so you’re partying for a worthy cause.
Free January Swing Lessons and Dance
Sunday, Jan. 28 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Life in the City, 205 E. Monroe St.
Make friends, jam to some fun music in a great South Congress venue, and learn the basics of Lindy Hop. From 6-7 p.m., join the ntermediate class if you already know the basic lindy swing-out. From 7-8 p.m., join the beginner class before the social dance happens from 8-10 p.m. Usually the class and dance are $5, but for the month of January there is no charge at all!
Monday, January 29
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
Monday, Jan. 29 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
The City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC), in partnership with South Asian Austin Moms (SAAM), is proud to host Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation from January 29 to April 8, 2018. From the builders of America’s earliest railroads and farms, to Civil Rights pioneers and digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. This Smithsonian traveling exhibition details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States from the 1700s to the present.
Monday Night Comedy!
Monday, Jan. 29 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Craftsman, 2000 E Cesar Chavez St.
Monday nights just got a little more comedy-er with the return of Monday Night Comedy, a weekly showcase at Craftsman, presenting some of the best comics in Austin. And it’s totally FREE!