Free Date Nights in Austin, July 3 – 9, 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 3

UMLAUF After Dark: Keep the World Dancing Day
Tuesday, July 3 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.

For this month’s UMLAUF After Dark, Dance Another World will present the inaugural Keep The World Dancing Festival! The evening will feature performances from dance groups across Austin who have choreographed unique pieces inspired by the work of Charles Umlauf. As always, UMLAUF After Dark is free and open to the public.

Summer Sunset Series Free Yoga
Tuesday, July 3 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.

Join for free yoga and live music every Tuesday this summer! June 5 through August 21, yoga events by Wanderlust Yoga.

Wednesday, July 4

4th of July Parade (Cedar Park)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Along Discovery Blvd. from the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park to the Recreation Center
Free Admission. Show your patriotic pride while watching the Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade. Afterwards, join for the celebration at Milburn Park at 5 p.m.

Pfirecracker Pfestival (Pflugerville)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 5 to 9:30 p.m. | The Pfield, 105 Swenson Farms Blvd., Pflugerville
Celebrate July 4th at Pfield. Enjoy live music from Suede, kids’ area, food trucks and of course – pfireworks! Food trucks open at 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks at approx. 9 p.m.

4th of July Celebration (Cedar Park)
Wednesday, July 4 | from 5 to 10:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
Free admission. The event will feature live music by Jake Gill, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display.  Fees apply for food concessions, carnival games and carnival rides.

H-E-B Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 4 | at 8:30 p.m. | Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W, Riverside Dr.
Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics. The ASO will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. For those that can’t attend, but wish to hear the concert while the fireworks are going off, tune in to Majic 95.5 FM. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 5

First Thursday at TOMS Austin
Thursday, July 5 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | TOMS Austin, 1401 S. Congress Ave.

Head to SoCo for First Thursday and enjoy all that ATX has to offer on one street.  TOMS Austin will be raffling off prizes, having a sunglass sale, hosting the musical stylings of Buenos Diaz, giving out free Dolce Vida margaritas, and partnering with Austin Makers Collective to sell local artists’ crafts.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 5 | 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.

Friday, July 6

Hot Town
Friday, July 6 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Old Bakery and Emporium Art Gallery, 1006 Congress Ave.
First Friday artists opening reception at the Old Bakery and Emporium Art Gallery. The Hot Town exhibit opens Friday, July 6, and runs through August 1. Consigners will present 2D and 3D art with ‘Hot Town’ in mind. This will be a fun and eclectic exhibit right in step with keeping up with the latest trends. Start your July of right with a down town reception Friday evening. There will be music and vendor in the pocket park to the south of the building and the 3rd floor of the Bakery will be devoted to the Art Reception.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 6 | 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 6 | 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 7

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Saturday, July 7 | 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 8

Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 8 | 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 8 | at 8 p.m. | Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6th St.
Easy Tiger is partnering with Real Ale Brewing to host their popular free summer film screening series! This week’s film is Cool Runnings. Arrive early for prime seats in the Beer Garden!

60th Anniversary Zilker Summer Musical: All Shook Up
Sunday, July 8 | 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 9

Practice Yoga Austin YTT Presents Summer at the Springs
Monday, July 9 | from 7:30 to 10 p.m. | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
The tradition of #FreeYoga, #FreeSnacks & #FreeSwim continues for the 6th Annual Summer At The Springs! Practice Yoga Austin’s Teacher Trainers will be leading class every Monday night through August at 7:30 on the Zilker hillside. Post yoga fuel will be provided by Thunderbird Bar, Local Leaf Tea, Kosmic Kombucha, Curcuma, Rhythm Superfoods, Wildway, BE-KIND Snacks and Bento Picnic followed by Free Swim at Barton Springs!

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