Free Date Nights in Austin, July 2-8, 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.

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Tuesday, July 2 through Monday, July 8

The Trivia Factory at Fareground
Tuesday, July 2 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Fareground and One Eleven, 111 Congress Ave.
The Trivia Factory brings the nation’s best live hosted trivia night to Fareground! Join us for Trivia Night! The weekly event is free to play and there will be gift cards for our top teams at the end of the night. Gather your smartest friends and come down. There will be food available from Fareground partners, including TVL, Dai Due Taqueria, Henbit, Italic and Ni-Komé.

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.

Introduction to Genealogy
Wednesday, July 3 | from 7 to 8:45 p.m. | University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Are you curious about your family’s story but don’t know where to start? Then join us at the University Hills Library for a presentation by Cynthia Evans, Coordinator of the Carver Genealogy Center, on the basics of genealogical research. We invite you to stay for a workshop, where you will have an opportunity to search for your own family history. Our staff will guide you as you search U.S. Census records, vital records, and other resources. All ages welcome.

St. Elmo and Soursop July 4th Hot Doggin’ Party
Thursday, July 4| from 12 to 6 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Co.
, 440 St. Elmo Rd.
Try the new release of St Elmo’s collaboration with Fairweather Cider Co, Hot Doggin’. The cider/beer hybrid Double IPA will help wash down all the Soursop Chili Dogs made with St Elmo Beef.  Do your best Joey Chestnut impression with a Hot Dog Eating Contest. Family and pet friendly.

Ain’t Wastin Time – A Tribute to The Allman Brothers
Thursday, July 4| from 4 to 6 p.m. | Oskar Blues Brewery

FREE SHOW! Come celebrate 4th of July with Ain’t Wastin Time-A Tribute to The Allman Brothers. Music is from 4 to 6 p.m. Kid friendly and pet friendly out on the patio.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Thursday, July 4| from 4 to 9:30 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

The Austin and Bee Cave communities are invited to celebrate America’s freedom at Hill Country Galleria’s annual Independence Day Festival. The event includes fair rides and games for the whole family, live music by Austin’sSchool of Rock, Eve & The Exiles, The Derailers, KP & The Boom Boom and Vallejo, face painting and more for the kids, an art fair with 75 arts, crafts, and visual artisan vendor booths, barbecue, festival food, and a spectacular fireworks show to end the evening. Guests are also welcome to dine in or order from the Galleria’s restaurant and food options, and are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy live music beginning at 4 p.m. on the Central Plaza lawn. Kids can also cool off and enjoy the splash pad, adjacent to the Central Plaza lawn. The event is produced in partnership with Special Events Live, the group behind Austin’s beloved Pecan Street Festival. Pets are welcome, and admission and parking are free.

Domo Alley-Gato Ban Ban Eating Contest
Thursday, July 4| from 6 to 9 p.m. | Domo Alley-Gato, 1600 E. 6th St.

Do you have what it takes to reign Top Cat in our Inaugural Ban Ban Dog Eating Contest?! Join the conquest for the grand title every hour on the hour this Thursday, July 4th. The one who devours their Ban Ban Dogs in the fastest time receives their photo forever enshrined upon the wall of Domo Alley-Gato, a gift card valid at all Tatsu-Ya shops, plus a trophy that proves you are indeed the supreme Top Cat of the Ban Ban Dog Eating Contest. Your only obstacles are 5 Ban Ban Dogs, 5 pickles, and the clock. Not ready to commit to the challenge yet? Stop by Domo Alley-Gato for a Fourth of July party you won’t soon forget and cheer on our contenders while they duke (and dunk) it out for that Top Cat title! 

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 4 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 5 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Downtown Georgetown Square, 116 W 8th St, Georgetown

Music on the Square, a free summer concert series, returns to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” in Georgetown, just 25 miles north of Austin. These family-friendly, live music shows run Friday nights from June through August, with the exception of June 7, July 5, and August 2. There’s music for everyone including the Wilson String Band playing country rockabilly, Megatune playing reggae & Motown, Mike Hamilton playing saxophone jazz, and Lexxi Garza performing 80’s & 90’s covers.

Glowed Up: United We Stan
Saturday, July 6 | at 10 p.m. | Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River St.

It’s been a whole year of Glowed Up, and United we Stan.
We’re lighting this summer up with a post-Independence Day mini-ball celebrating us, the vision of true Americana. Categories in: Runway, Vogue, All-American Realness, Cowboy, Beach Bum. Trophies in every category.

H-E-B Free First Sunday
Sunday, July 7 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.

Adult Coloring
Monday, July 8 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | APL – Luiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Release your stress while enjoying the calming benefits of coloring books.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more 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 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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