Free Date Nights in Austin, July 9-15, 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 9 through Monday, July 15

Summer Slasher Series at the Secret Bar
Wednesday through Saturday, July 10 through 13 | from 4:30 to 11 p.m. | W Austin, 200 Lavaca St.
Swing by W Austin’s transformed Secret Bar in July for a throwback nod to all of your favorite screen screams from the 80s and 90s. Survive the fear with a killer cocktail and signature bites. You’ll be sure to have flashbacks of summer vacay and those cringe worthy ghost stories.

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, July 11 | 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.

Adult Story Hour
Thursday, July 11 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St

Adults only — Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered. Listen to and share stories about life, fantasy, or yourself. Enjoy a new theme each time!  The theme can be interpreted however you wish. Get your free ticket here to sign up to speak; spectators do not need tickets. Please register at ASL Interpreter at Event.

July Wine Walk at Hill Country Galleria
Thursday, July 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd

The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5-9pm. Guests can shop a variety of retailers at the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Walkers and wine enthusiasts will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map of the Wine Walk, and the map will also serve as a ticket for each wine walk stop. The walk is organized so that the last stop is a restaurant for attendees to then hang out and end the night with dinner. This event is open to everyone, so join friends, family, groups or a date for a fun way to spend Thursday evening.

Inter/Sected And A River Across the East and West Exhibit Reception
Friday, July 12 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.

Photo-based artists get the spotlight at this exhibit reception featuring Austin culture creator Ben Aqua (Instagram: @b3naqua) and San Francisco artistic duo Messrs. Su. Learn from Ben about the process of capturing the essence of identity in portraits. Meet the father-son team Hsuan-Te and Pin-Chih whose intergenerational collaboration generates intriguing images. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Georgetown’s Music in the Square Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 12 | 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.

Aquaman Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, July 12 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Geocaching 101 Class
Saturday, July 13 | from 1 to 2:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart

Join us for a high-tech treasure hunt! Geocaches (hidden treasure containers) can be found all over your neighborhood and the world, including Lockhart State Park! GPS units or smart phone apps are used to find these treasures. Join us to learn the basics of this fun sport and embark on a practice treasure hunt! GPS units will be provided. All ages welcome. Prepare: Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring a bottle of water. Bring your smart phone or GPS unit, if you have one. Feel free to download a Geocaching app to your smart phone prior to the program. Registration not required. Meet: Meet at the park picnic area. When you enter the park, drive past the pool and take a right-hand turn into the playground area parking lot. Fees: Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

The Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 14 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside

Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago. In its 17th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th (except July 7th) 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music 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.

Adult Coloring
Monday, July 15 | 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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