Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.
Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
Tuesday, January 29
Free Fitness at the Square
Tuesday, January 29 | from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Jump start your fitness goals with free classes at the square! Join us for two free classes by Generator Athlete Lab, a new fitness studio in the Seaholm District, designed to make you tougher and stronger. This community workout offers a combination of Strength & HIIT training, partner drills, and exercises that will keep your heart rate up.
Faculty Guest Piano Recital (Georgetown)
Tuesday, January 29 | from 7:30 to 9 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Alma Thomas Theater, 1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is excited to announce the faculty guest piano recital of Timothy Woolsey and faculty pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa. Free and Open to the Public. No ticket reservations needed. Box Office: (512) 863- 1378.
Wednesday, January 30
Sleepless in Seattle – Farmer’s Market Movie Night
Wednesday, January 30 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Join Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller for the new free movie series! On the last Wednesday of every month, they will be projecting an awesome, family-friendly film under the hangar. This month they’re ringing in the new year with the early nineties romantic comedy, Sleepless in Seattle. We hope you will join us by picking up some snacks by market vendors and then settling in to watch this classic Nora Ephron film. Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it is an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call. Many thanks to movie night sponsor Blue Starlight Drive in.
Adult Anime Club
Wednesday, January 30 | from 7 to 8:45 p.m. | Milwood Branch Library, 12500 Amherst Dr.
Watch. Discuss. Snack. Join a group of fellow anime watchers. This group is for those new to the world of manga/anime and for those from the old school alike.
Thursday, January 31
Hippie’s 10th Birthday Party
Thursday, January 31 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | Little Woodrow’s Tech Ridge, 12601 Tech Ridge Blvd., Ste. 700
Hippie is turning 10! Bring your pup out to celebrate with her. They will have an off-leash Puppy Party Pit area on the patio. There will also be cake and treats for your fur babies.
Friday, February 1
Pamela Hart Jazz Concert
Friday, February 1 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.
Join at the library for an evening of Jazz with jazz vocalist, Pamela Hart. All ages. Free. Pamela Hart is highly regarded as Austin, Texas’ finest jazz vocalist. Noted by Austin Woman magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz,” Pamela’s excellent pitch, clarity and soothing vocal quality have audiences raving. Her sultry rendition of classic jazz standards and contemporary music wins immediate acceptance by any audience. Register at www.wblibrary.eventbrite.com to attend.
Groundhog Day Free Outdoor Screening. – CANCELLED!
Friday, February 1 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village.
Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Infinite Monkey Breaking Dry January Silent Disco
Friday, February 1 | from 9 to 11 p.m. | Infinite Monkey Theorem, 121 Pickle Rd. #110
Dry January has come to an end and The Infinite Monkey Theorem is welcoming you and your liver back with a special edition of First Friday silent disco. DJ 401(k)/HALLPASS and DJ jNilla (Hip-Hop/Rap) will be on the ones and twos pairing wine with beats. Whether you’re easing back into it, coming back full force or making up for lost time The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s tiered specials have something for everybody. The Dry Hopped Pear Cider will keep you in the safe zone at $6 a can all night long! Three for $12 wine flights are sure to satisfy cravings. Or, if you wish you would’ve just gone for it with the bottle, they will deduct the price of your glass from the whole bottle with their Try and Buy special. Admission is free.
Saturday, February 2
12th Annual Puppy Bowl
Saturday, February 2 | from 12 to 3 p.m. | Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.
Another football season is heating up and the Austin Humane Society is counting down the days until the 12th Annual AHS Puppy Bowl presented by Heritage Ranch by H-E-B in partnership with Nestlé Purina Petcare. The big party before the big game is a football-themed, family-friendly tailgate which takes place on Saturday, February 2 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Austin Humane Society. This year’s tailgate will be jam-packed with delicious food, drinks, kid’s activities, and other vendors. Plus, our puppy players will again be on hand to make their prediction for Sunday’s big game as well as battle it out on the gridiron in the most adorable competition of the year – the MVP races! Join for this free event with your General Admission ticket or get the full VIP experience as a “Very Important Puppy-fan”! With your $20 donation to AHS you will receive: VIP Swag Bag with commemorative Puppy Bowl t-shirt, entry into the exclusive VIP Fan Zone provided by NXNW Beerliner, one free VIP drink ticket, and entry into the tastiest tailgate competition. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.
Saturday, February 2 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Still Whiskey, 440 E. St. Elmo
Come on out to Austin’s happening space at Still Whiskey for a rip-roarin’ good time as you shop for all your lovelies, drink and dance to your heart’s content. It’s a Valentine’s Flea, y’all! Live music throughout the day! Plus, Flea Bags to the first 20 folks thru the doors! Also, all bar proceeds will be going to four-legged friends at Blue Dog Rescue! They’ll have some of their foster dogs on-site so get ready to be charmed! The Austin Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors.
Sunday, February 3
Landmarks Guided Tour
Sunday, February 3 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | West entrance to the Gordon-White Building on Whitis Ave., 210 W. 24th St.
Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Meet your guide at Michael Ray Charles’ (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations at the west entrance to the Gordon-White Building on Whitis Avenue. You’ll explore campus and discuss the role of art and architecture in the built environment. Free and open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly. Closest street parking is available on Dean Keeton Street; garage parking available at the San Antonio Garage.
Cultural Community Event
Sunday, February 3 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | The African American Culture & Heritage Center Austin, 912 E. 11th St.
Crianças De Capoeira Angola AUSTIN is hosting a community event at The African American Culture & Heritage Center Austin. Capoeira is an Afro- Brazilian martial art form with origins in the Bantu regions of Ancient Africa. It combines elements of dance, fight, natural movement, and theatrical improvisation with rhythmic sounds of traditional call and response music.
Monday, February 4
Antonelli’s Free Cheese Week
Monday, February 4 | at 5 p.m. | Various Locations
On February 11, the little ole Hyde Park shop turns 9 years old. And after a tough year in 2018 – opening and closing the downtown kitchen – they’re more grateful than ever before to still be slinging cheese. That means, they are celebrating in style. And as is tradition by this point, they’re making it rain free cheese across Austin with our #FreeCheeseWeek – and this year, there are more participating restaurants than ever. Each restaurant will start at 5 p.m. (or earliest open time after that) and will only give one free cheese plate per table. You are encouraged to be considerate to your restaurant folk (ie a drink and/or tip goes nicely with that free cheese plate!). Monday’s restaurants are Revue at The Fairmont, Chez Zee, School House Pub, and Central Standard.
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