Free Date Nights in Austin, January 8 – 14, 2019

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.

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 8

Live Music at the Driskill Bar
Tuesday, January 8 | at 6 p.m. | The Driskill Bar, 604 Brazos St.
Austin’s identity is synonymous with a rich music scene. Listen to live music each week with the Live @ The Driskill series, offered Monday through Saturday at The Driskill Bar. Sink into a cozy leather couch, sip a craft cocktail, enjoy small plate dining, and relax as you listen to music from a variety of genres. Many artists are up-and-coming musicians from right here in Texas, offering a true emphasis on promoting local culture. Awarded one of the Best Bars in Texas, there’s no better place to experience “The Live Music Capital of the World®” than The Driskill Bar.

Wednesday, January 9

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Screening Event
Wednesday, January 9 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Banger’s Sausage House, 79 Rainey St.
Stop by Banger’s for a special screening of the best episodes of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” before the newest season airs! They will be tapping nine beers from New York City-based Brooklyn Brewing including Black Ops 2017, Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Lager, Bel Air Sour, and Defender Golden IPA.

The Sting! Free Comedy Stand Up
Wednesday, January 9 | from 9:30 to 11:45 p.m. | King Bee Lounge, 1906 E. 12th St.
Free stand up comedy featuring the best comics Austin has to offer. Avery Moore (Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival), Matt Bearden (Dudley & Bob w/ Matt on KLBJ), Lea’h Sampson (Hear Me Bitch), Arielle Issac Norman (Gender Fluids Podcast), and Enzo Priesnitz (Funniest Person In Austin 2017).

Thursday, January 10

Brixton Comedy Hour
Thursday, January 10 | from 9 to 10:15 p.m. | The Brixton, 1412 E 6th St.
The Brixton is back with the show that’s always FREE and the drinks are always cold, unless you like hot toddys! Then that’s fine! Show starts at 9 p.m., but get there early for a good seat! Lineup includes: Xrystal Morales, Luke McClory, Carlton Wilcoxson, Lea’h Sampson. Headlined By: Michael Priest.

Friday, January 11

Yoga & Art
Friday, January 11 | at 5 p.m. | Modern Rocks Gallery, 916 Springdale Rd., Building 3, Unit 103
Yoga For All hosts Yoga & Art at Modern Rocks Gallery. Donation Based Class. All levels welcome. Limited Space – register online to attend BYOM (bring your own mat). A portion of the proceeds goes to local charities.

Vista Brewing Presents “Driftwood Nights” (Driftwood)
Friday, January 11 | at 6:30 p.m. | Vista Brewing
Vista Brewing presents a songwriter’s series on Friday nights through February. This week’s showcase features Otis Wilkins. Free show.

Happy Hour Shiner S’mores Launch Party
Friday, January 11 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Banger’s Sausage House, 79 Rainey St.
Join Banger’s for happy hour on Friday, January 11, as they launch the new Shiner S’mores Ale! Inspired by the popular campfire treat, this limited-time brew is made with dark, roasted malts that serve up notes of cinnamon and caramel, backed by subtle hints of graham and vanilla.

Saturday, January 12

Austin’s 2nd Catio Tour
Saturday, January 12 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Various
Hosted by Travis Audubon, Austin’s premier wildlife conservation organization, the self-guided tour seeks to inspire cat owners to build or buy their own outdoor cat enclosure so their feline friends can enjoy safe outdoor time. The tour features backyard enclosures from DIY to designer. A cat patio or Catio lets frisky felines exercise, play out hunting instincts and snooze in the sun safely. They can’t kill birds, and cats are protected from dogs, cars, coyotes, and other outdoor hazards. The screened spaces can be elaborate, freestanding structures outfitted with sunbathing perches, ramps and spiral staircases or a series of inexpensive wood and wire cubes. Maps will be provided prior to event. This is a self-guided tour, and you can visit as many or as few of the catios as you’d like. The catios can be visited from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  COST: Free! Suggested donation of $10 per person.

Yoga & Beer
Saturday, January 12 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Oasis Texas Brewing Company, 6550 Comanche Trail, Ste. 301
$3 beer special just for the yoga students after class. Donation-based classes. All levels welcome (including the whole family). Bring your own mat (BYOM).

Sunday, January 13

Pop Up at the Park
Sunday, January 13 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Possum Park, 701 E 53rd St.
Join at Possum Park’s Pop Up. Enjoy complimentary craft beer and wine, grab a bite, and shop plant-based crafts, artisan wares, and more at North Loop’s favorite park.

It’s a New Year! at UMLAUF
Sunday, January 13 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | Possum Park, 701 E 53rd St.
On the second Sunday of each month, the UMLAUF features a line-up of activities for families and friends to enjoy with a full day of fun activities. This event is free and open to the public!

Monday, January 14

Elvis Tiki Night
Monday, January 14 | from 4 to 11 p.m. | The Tigress, 100 E North Loop Blvd., Suite G
Celebrate Elvis and Tiki with The Tigress. There will be great music and of course Elvis movies going and they put together an awesome Elvis inspired tiki cocktail list.

Harry Potter Book Trivia
Monday, January 14 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Growler USA, 609 West 29th St.
See if you’ve got what it takes to be a ‘Prefect’ at Harry Potter (Book) Trivia on the books at Growler USA Austin for FIVE rounds of Ordinary Wizarding Levels that will challenge your memory of the beloved books! The Hog’s Head fills up quickly, so be sure to make your reservations here.

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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 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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