Free Date Nights in Austin, July 24 – 30, 2018

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.

Tuesday, July 24

Ladies Night Out at Hill Country Galleria (Bee Cave)
Tuesday, July 24 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

Ladies Night Out has arrived! On Tuesday, Hill Country Galleria is hosting an evening of beauty, shopping, happy hours, and more. Guests can check in at LURE by Y&F to receive a stroll map of all the special offers available. The first 50 ladies who check-in at LURE by Y&F will receive a complimentary Hill Country Galleria VIP swag bag that includes make-up & beauty products from Dillard’s, accessories, workout passes, and more! Everyone who attends the event will receive a complimentary Cutwater Spirits canned cocktail and cupcake from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop while supplies last.

Open Mic Night at the DAC
Tuesday, July 24 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Bring your voice, poetry, beats, moves, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of, or sit back and enjoy the entertainment as fellow Austinites take the stage. Coffee bar included. Sign up for performances will begin at 6:45 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. and will run until there are no more participants.

Wednesday, July 25

July Wine Down
Wednesday, July 25 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | 3TEN at ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
The Wine Down presented by Charles Smith Wines provides happiest of happy hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, April through September.  The 2018 series finds its home at 3TEN ACL Live once more, located below Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater on Willie Nelson Boulevard in the heart of downtown Austin.  This free celebration of local culture invites Austinites to experience an evening in the 2ND Street District with music, bites, and shopping from some of our favorite spots.

Sound & Cinema
Wednesday, July 25 | at 6 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
Oh those summer nights! In partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and Do512, grab your friends and family and experience the cool vibes of Sound & Cinema on the Long Center’s front lawn—live and local music combined with classic movies and cult films projected onto the Drafthouse’s giant, inflatable outdoor screen. For each event, food trucks will open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the film screening after sunset.

Thursday, July 26

Dog Days of Summer
Thursday, July 26 | from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W. Cesar Chavez 
The dog days are upon us so Austin Parks Foundation has partnered with Texas Rowing Center to host Dog Days every Thursday from July 26 to August 23! 50% of proceeds from each day will go back to Austin Parks Foundation, so head out on the water with your pup while also giving back to Austin’s parks. There are a limited number of doggy life vests available, so bring your own if you have one!

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 26 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’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.

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Thursday, July 26 | from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. | Zilker Park Hillside Theater, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs and leather jackets. Free admission.

Friday, July 27

The Greatest Showman Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 27 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screeningGet there early 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.

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Friday, July 27 | from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. | Zilker Park Hillside Theater, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs and leather jackets. Free admission.

Saturday, July 28

Lady Bird Day at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Saturday, July 28 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 Lacrosse Ave.
Enjoy activities and free admission in honor of our Environmental First Lady. Each year, the Wildflower Center honors our namesake and co-founder and all that she did for our nation’s treasured environment on Lady Bird Day. You are invited to celebrate Mrs. Johnson’s environmental legacy and the legislation that she inspired. With her influence, President Johnson’s administration enacted more than 200 environmental laws with lasting national and local impact, including the 1965 Highway Beautification Act.

Lala’s Christmas in July Party
Saturday, July 28 | from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. | Lala’s Little Nugget, 2207 Justin Ln.
While it’s Christmas year-round at North Austin neighborhood bar Lala’s, celebrate the holiday six months early with the annual “Christmas in July” party on Saturday, July 28. Channel your holiday spirit for the summer elf costume contest and come thirsty with drink specials including $4 select pints of Sierra Nevada and Victory Brewing plus plenty of Boozy Eggnog.

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Saturday, July 28 | from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. | Zilker Park Hillside Theater, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs and leather jackets. Free admission.

Sunday, July 29

Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 29 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
These free ensemble concerts take place at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace, and each Sunday a different ensemble of the ASO will be featured. A variety of music will be performed, from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

Free Summer Series at Easy Tiger
Sunday, July 29 | at 7 p.m. | Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St.
Easy Tiger is partnering with Real Ale Brewing to host their popular free summer film screening series. This week is the series finale featuring Kingpin. BBQ will be available starting at 7 p.m.

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Saturday, July 29 | from 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. | Zilker Park Hillside Theater, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
This summer, ZTP journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up! And it wouldn’t be a true Elvis-style party without some blue suede shoes. All Shook Up, set in 1950’s Middle America, is a new twist on on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The ZTP Team can’t wait to share this toe-tapping, hip-shaking musical comedy – featuring 24 Elvis hits – as well as lots of laughs, love songs and leather jackets. Free admission.

Monday, July 30

Mean Movie Monday
Monday, July 30 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Mean Eyed Cat, 1621 W. 5th St.
Every Monday night join the Cat for Mean Movie Monday!

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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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