Free Date Nights in Austin, March 12-18, 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, March 12 through Monday, March 18

Hotel Texas Monthly
Tuesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 16 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Hotel Texas Monthly, 1512 South Congress Ave.
Spend your week at Hotel Texas Monthly—located in the heart of South Congress. In partnership with Rice Business, Texas Monthly will be providing eight days of a pop-up hotel experience, complete with travel concierge, coffee beer bar, and provocative conversations. Join Rice Business professors and Texas Monthly for daily panels and live-podcasting about the future of business. No hotel is complete without a stylish lounge and shopping, provided by Lucchese and Stetson. Explore, stay, and learn at Hotel Texas Monthly! Free swag and drinks. All welcome, no RSVP required.

Mondo Gallery Presents: The Art of GREG RUTH – A TWIN PEAKS Interpretation
Tuesday, March 12 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
You’re invited to the next Mondo gallery show “The Art of Greg Ruth – A Twin Peaks Interpretation” featuring over 60 new prints by artist Greg Ruth inspired by the iconic SHOWTIME® series from Mark Frost and David Lynch. The 12 print series will be on display through March 12.

Independent Ear & Friends | Unofficial SXSW Event
Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Darwin’s Piano Bar, 223 E. 6th St.
Independent Ear & Friends, Unofficial SXSW is a collaborative FREE event focused on bridging live music entertainment from some incredibly talented artists & bands with education, insight & knowledge in the form of “micro-fireside chats” featuring intriguing entrepreneurs, brands, thought leaders & generally those with incredible stories.

Black Fret Showcase
Wednesday, March 13 | from 12 to 7 p.m. | GSD&M, 828 W. 6th St.
Peterson Brothers, Quiet Company, Harvest Thieves, Gina Chavez and more will play a free showcase open to the public at GSD&M.

St. “Practice” Day
Wednesday, March 13 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | BD Rileys, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day early with a St. “Practice” Day festival! Enjoy live Irish music from the The Chancers, bagpipers and an Irish dance performance. Kids can help color the Aldrich Street paseo green with sidewalk chalk while the event takes place on the paseo in front of B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller. Colleen’s Kitchen will have fish and chip baskets, non-alcoholic beverages and peppermint chocolate chip cookies for sale at their walk-up window during the event!
Before the event, head inside Colleen’s for happy hour available from 3-6:30 with a special local stout on draft to get folks into the spirit!

Cosmic One Year Anniversary
Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17 All Day | Cosmic Coffee Beer Garden
Over 30 artists including Ian Moore, Erika Wennerstorm and Bob Schneider will take the stage between the hours of 12:00pm and 10:00pm over the four days to provide the perfect escape from the downtown crowds. Delicious food by LeRoy and LewisPueblo Viejo Tommy Want Wingy. Look for some new cocktails on our spring menu, cold local draft beer, amazing coffee drinks and a sneak peek at our limited Cosmic Cold Brew Can. Pet friendly and all ages before 9 p.m. /21 after 9 p.m.

Tomorrow’s Sounds Live
Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17 | at 3:30 p.m. | TOMS, 1401 S. Congress Ave.
TOMS Austin will be hosting a music series featuring live performances by a collection of artists passionate about creating impact through music. TOMORROW’S SOUNDS LIVE @ TOMS will include a live mural installation a bonus day Sunday for families to enjoy kid-friendly music classes in our backyard. This event is free, open to the public appropriate for all ages.

Wine Walk
Thursday, March 14 | 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.

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, March 14 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
Flamingos are some of the most iconic and recognizable animals in the world… but where did they come from and why do they look so funny? After centuries of struggle, biologists are finally beginning to make sense of how the bizarre flamingo lifestyle might have evolved. Come listen to the story of flamingo evolution, as told by one of the guys who helped piece it all together, Learn about how long flamingos have been around, what their relatives are like, and what they looked like before they turned so pink. Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory.

Bands to Watch Party
Friday, March 15 from 12 to 9 p.m. | Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Clear your calendar for our annual Bands to Watch Party! Join Austin Monthly and Texas Music for a full-day lineup of bands, including local bands hand-picked by our editorial staff! Admission is FREE WITH RSVP, but you may also be permitted at the door with a subscription to either magazine. Complimentary tastings will be provided by Dripping Springs Vodka and food will be available for purchase from Scholz Garten.

Mondo Gallery Presents: House Party 4
Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 | from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday | Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
It’s that time again! Announcing the return of our all-originals gallery show during SXSW 2019: House Party 4! The exhibition will feature over 100 pieces of one-of-a-kind, original artwork at a fixed $200 price point from an amazing lineup of artists. The two-day show will kick off with a reception open to the public, on Friday, March 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. and will be on display through Saturday, March 16 during regular gallery hours (12 to 6 p.m.).

Let’s Get Shamrocked
Sunday, March 17 | All Day | Lavaca Rock Rose, 11420 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100
Lavaca Rock Rose is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an array of classic Irish drinks, such as Shamrock Shakes, Guinness Drafts, and Jameson Whiskey. Turf N’ Surf will be also be serving up food specials for the holiday. The event goes on all day, beginning at 9 a.m., and there will be no cover charge.

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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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