Free Date Nights in Austin, January 7 through 13, 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 7 through Monday, January 13

Tuesday

The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh at Half Step
Tuesday, January 7 | 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

Free Yoga and Travel Chat
Wednesday, January 8 | from 6 to 8 p.m.|Native Hotel, 807 East 4th Street

Join Leti Alvarez and Traverse Journeys at Native Hostel for a FREE yoga class and learn about upcoming yoga retreats. Must RSVP to attend.

16th Annual AHS Car Raffle
Wednesday, January 8 | from 6 to 8 p.m.| Oskar Blues Brewery, 10420 Metric Boulevard

This is your chance to get tickets for the AHS car raffle before they are available online, plus see this year’s paw-some car up close. They’ll have sweet treats and adoptable animals on hand, plus the first 25 car raffle ticket buyers get a free brew! As always, only 5,000 raffle tickets will be sold. Each ticket provides one night of safe shelter, medical care, and love for an animal at the Austin Humane Society.

Thursday

Addicted to Singing in the Capitol Rotunda
Thursday, January 9 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m.| Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue

Join every second Thursday of the month at the State Capitol rotunda to sing songs of social justice, traditional and contemporary protest songs, and the signature “revolutionary snark”! You never know who will show up, which is half the fun of this event – some nights they convince legislators, staffers or tourists to join in a song or two; some nights they have the whole joint to themselves and spend the evening serenading the DPS Officers! It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a revolutionary song in your heart!

Friday

2020 Visions Opening Art Exhibitions at the AARC
Friday, January 10 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road

Kick off the new year with four new art and history exhibits! From a teen anime/ manga art show to a journey through time with antique clocks, the Asian American Resource Center is proud to showcase works that reflect Austin’s diverse communities and cultures. An exhibit opening reception celebrating all participating artists and exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public. All exhibitions will be on display January 10 to March 28, 2020. Click here to view the Facebook event. 

Friday Night Bluegrass
Friday, January 10 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Jester King
, 13187 Fitzhugh Road
Jester King Brewery has partnered with the Central Texas Bluegrass Association to feature some of the most talented bluegrass musicians in central Texas every Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30pm in our Jester King pole barn! We pride ourselves on Jester King being a fun, friendly, quality place for our local community, and we’re pleased to pair our food and drink with some excellent music every Friday night. Free and open to all ages!

Saturday

Willie Love to Run
Saturday, January 11 | from 8 to 10 a.m.| Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue

The Willie Run is a creative three mile run that intersects the Butler Park, crosses Lady Bird Lake, and strolls through the entertainment district of downtown, passing by the statue of one of Austin’s most iconic singer-songwriters. Enjoy hot chocolate, Ruta Maya coffee, and other snacks when you finish. The Willie Love to Run will start and finish at the Austin American-Statesman. Run, walk, skip, or stroll at this free event.

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity
Saturday, January 11 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Boulevard

All Austinities are invited to the 28th Grand Finale of Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity that will take place on January 11 at the Amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park. This family friendly, free-entry will offer live music featuring a brass band Blowcomotion, a rock band The Planet Texas, and a Polish artist Amy Maniak. They will also have free yoga classes, book-swap, art and crafts vendors, interesting auctions, CPR classes, and much more. All funds raised will be transferred to finance the purchase of medical equipment for pediatric surgery and subsequent treatment in Poland.

Sunday

Misery: The Film Featuring Black Heart Saints
Sunday, January 12 | at 11 a.m. | Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard

Static Heart Productions presents Misery: The Film, featuring the music of Austin Music Awards-winning band Black Heart Saints. Join us as we take you through a magic kombucha-fueled journey through every song on Black Heart Saints’ latest release, Misery EP. Misery: The Film comprises 4 music videos and a short story telling the tale of a band on the road, starting from the Texas Hill Country with twists and turns along the way. FREE event at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX!

Salsa Sunday
Sunday, January 12 | at 11 a.m. | The Highball
, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard
#salsasunday is HERE!! Your favorite Latin mixtape band is back at the Highball with all your favorites! So mark your calendars and grab your dance shoes because we #salsasunday happens every second AND fifth Sunday!

Monday

LSU and Clemson Watch Party
Monday, January 13 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Buford’s
Backyard Beer Garden, 700 West Sixth Street
Watch Clemson play LSU in the National Championship on Monday, January 13. The big game will be on in the Beer Garden with full sound. Kickoff is at 7 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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