February is here and so is Groundhog Day. Let’s hope the shadow of our pesky pal from Punxsutawny stays away so that spring comes early. But either way, we know all the hottest ways to spend your date nights in Austin.
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 30
Comedians Interviewing Musicians by Music Firsthand: Live from The Brixton
Tuesday, Jan. 30| from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | The Brixton, 1412 E. Sixth St.
Join the live studio audience at The Brixton for Music Firsthand’s next edition of Comedians Interviewing Musicians! The special guest this week is local pop sensation, Kady Rain. The show is filmed live from 7 to 8 p.m.
Trivia Night at EastSide Tavern
Tuesday, Jan. 30| from 7 to 9 p.m. | EastSide Tavern, 1510 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Join EastSide Tavern every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for Who Wants A Dollar? Trivia. FREE to Play. Plenty of Prizes. Plenty of Fun. Teams of 1-6 welcome.
Wednesday, January 31
Fixe Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Happy Hour Benefitting Austin Child Guidance Center
Wednesday, Jan. 31 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Fixe, 500 W. Fifth St.
Fixe, Austin’s Southern House, has turned three and the team is celebrating with a special Happy Hour benefitting the Austin Child Guidance Center. The restaurant will host a special wine tasting featuring wine flights with complimentary bites from the kitchen. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 512.888.9133 or booking online via Opentable.com.
Fresh Prince Trivia Night
Wednesday, Jan. 31 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | The Volstead, 1500 E. Sixth St.
The Volstead is hosting a “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” trivia night! Don’t tell Uncle Phil, because you’re going to be partying hard and doin’ the Carlton. FREE to play. Teams of 1-6 welcome. Great prizes for the top team. There will also be themed cocktails from The Volstead / Hotel Vegas and a themed dinner special from Hotel Vegas Concession Stand. Music starts at 6:30, signups at 7, quiz starts right at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 1
An Evening with Two Guys on Your Head
Thursday, Feb. 1 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Perry Castaneda Library (PCL), UFCU Room/PCL 2.500, 101 E. 21st St.
The Libraries’ Spring Signature event features “Two Guys on Your Head” in a discussion about acting on creative impulses. Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke step away from the mic and into the library to consider what keeps people from following through on ideas, and are joined by Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks and Director of UT Libraries Lorraine Haricombe to discuss the role modern libraries play in creating environments for invention.
Sarofim Music Series: A Secret Tone: Music of Beethoven and Schumann (Georgetown)
Thursday, Feb. 1 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Caldwell-Carey Foyer, Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, East Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
The Southwestern University Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is thrilled to welcome baritone Daniel Hunter-Holly and pianist Kenneth Saxon as they perform A Secret Tone: Music of Beethoven & Schumann to begin the Spring semester of the Sarofim Music Series. Enjoy an evening filled with classical music performed by this exceptional duo. FREE and open to the public.
We Are Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 1 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St.
We Are offers a genuine, humorous glimpse into the lives of seven young women of color navigating their way through friendships, self-doubt, and quarter-life crises in Austin, Texas. This six-part short film series gives a refreshing look at millennial women of color with honest storytelling and relatable humor. The discussion with Director B.B. Araya and Producer Tamar Price will follow the screening with HT’s Steven Hatchett and Autumn Caviness Moderating.
Friday, February 2
Hot Rods and Hatters 7th Annual Car Show Festival (Lockhart)
Friday, Feb. 2 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Caldwell County Courthouse, 110 S Main St., Lockhart
Last year there were over 1,200 hot rods and 30,000 spectators at the Car Show Festival. Pre-Car Show – First Friday Shindig happening on Friday from 6 – 10 p.m. (takes place during pre-show parking). Saturday event from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. with live music starting at 11 a.m. by The Paladins, Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and A Holler, and The Octanes. Judges pick awards at 4 p.m. Learn more and confirm event details here.
Groundhog Day Free Movie Night
Friday, Feb. 2 | from 6:30 to 9 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection
Friday, Feb. 2 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | The Russell Collection, 1137 West 6th St.
The Russell Collection, Austin’s premier fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. The collection is on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali’s legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet: A private VIP Event on Friday, February 2 from 6 – 8 p.m., and a public event on Saturday, February 3 from 6 – to 8 p.m. All appearances are complimentary to the public, and RSVP’s are required. RSVP at 512-478-4440 or [email protected].
Saturday, February 3
The Wandering Vegan One Year Anniversary Market
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | The Vegan Nom, 324 E. Cesar Chavez St.
You are cordially invited to this completely Vegan Event at The Vegan Nom. The markets not only include plant based and Vegan foods, they also have a wonderful group of local vegan artisans selling bath, body and skincare products, make up, jewelry, candles, artwork and much more. All goods are 100% Vegan. Event is family and pet friendly.
AHS 11th Annual Puppy Bowl
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 12 to 3 p.m. | The Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Ln.
Join AHS for the big party before the big game at the Austin Humane Society’s 11th Annual Puppy Bowl! The fun kicks off with a football-themed, family-friendly tailgate at noon. They’ll have plenty of adorable puppies up for adoption, children’s activities, and awesome local vendors. Not looking to adopt? They’ll have puppy players ready to give you all the FREE snuggles you can handle! Plus, be sure to stay for our puppy MVP Battles (Most Valuable Puppies) and the Puppy Player Prediction happening throughout the afternoon.
The Austin Flea at Austin Beerworks
Saturday, Feb. 3 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Austin Beerworks, 3001 Industrial Terrace
Kick off your Valentine’s shopping and ignore your New Year’s Resolutions and party with our buds at Austin Beerworks for some Austin Flea shenanigans! The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for Valentine’s or any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more. Food truck Texas Chili Queens will be on-hand all day. Entrance to the event is FREE and open to all ages!
Sunday, February 4
Barton Springs Historic Walking Tour
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | 2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Texture the City: Austin History Tours for a FREE historic walking tour of Barton Springs. When most people think of Barton Springs, they think of an enormous crystalline pool, but Barton Springs is actually a complex of five different springs. Learn how Barton Springs has shaped Austin’s history and identity. Tour meets outside SPLASH! Into the Edward’s Aquifer Interactive Exhibit, located next to the main entrance to Barton Springs Pool. NOTE: This tour is being filmed by Big Review TV. By joining us, you are giving Big Review permission to film you.
Sports At The Cinema: The Super Bowl!
Sunday, Feb. 4 | from 5:30 to 9 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE event at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special broadcast of The Super Bowl at the Community First! Village. Get there as early as 5:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite snacks. Burgers, Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash & cards accepted). The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Monday, February 5
Monday, Feb. 5 | All Day | Public Art Installation, Various Locations
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, presents Shadowing, a public art installation that utilizes city streetlights to capture and project shadows of passersby. Supported in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the installation will catalyze communal interaction and play, and create connections – person to person and person to city. Integrating art and technology, Shadowing underscores Austin’s reputation as a hub for innovation. Launching February 5, the installation will run for six weeks, through the close of the SXSW Festival on March 18. Shadowing street lights will be positioned throughout downtown Austin at: South Congress Avenue, West Monroe Street, Rosewood Avenue, Navasota Street and East 11th Street. A map with detailed locations may be viewed here.