Free Date Nights in Austin, March 19-25, 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 19 through Monday, March 25

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum and Hotel Ella Series With Virginia Cumberbatch & Leslie Blair
Tuesday, March 19 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande St.
“As We Saw It”: The History of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin. Featuring the authors, as well as two “Precursors”, African-American students from the early days.  The UMLAUF has partnered with Hotel Ella to host Virginia Cumberbatch and Leslie Blair, authors of the book “As We Saw It: The History of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin.” With the authors will be two “precursors,” African-American students who attended UT when it first became integrated. These Salon Series take place at Hotel Ella’s Goodall Restaurant. They are free to the public but are limited to the first 75 people who RSVP to the event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. For more information regarding the Salon Series, click here.

Date Night at the DAC
Wednesday, March 20 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Bollywood dance is a high energy dance form that fuses classical Indian style dances with disco, modern and jazz! Burn off some mid-week energy learning Bollywood dance moves (taught by Agni Entertainment) and try them on our dance floor to favorite Bollywood tracks, all while indulging in modern Indian treats! The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512) 974-3914. Parking at the DAC is free but limited There are parking options available off Riverside Drive and Lee Barton Drive. We also want to encourage all our friends to drive safely, or better yet catch a taxi, ride share, bus or bike! Although the event is free, attendees are required to RSVP here.

Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation
Thursday, March 21 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St.
Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning poets whose lives and writings have been impacted by war. Dunya Mikhail was forced to flee Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War. She is the author of “The Iraqi Nights” (2014), “The War Works Hard” (2005), and “The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq” (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Literature in Translation. Brian Turner served in the US Army with deployments in Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the author of two poetry collections, “Here, Bullet” (2005) and “Phantom Noise” (2010), and his memoir, “My Life and a Foreign Country,” was published in 2014.

Asian Eats Night Market
Friday, March 22 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 901 W Braker Ln
Inspired by evening street markets common in east and Southeast Asia, GAACC looks to introduce the variety of Asian cuisine while inspiring entrepreneurs to bring lesser known Asian dishes to the market.This event will be a compelling educational experience of the diversity of Asia for Central Texans of all ages while bringing the Asian community together. The night market will be organized as a walk through Asia, starting with the Middle East, through South Asia and Southeast Asia and ending with East Asia. We are naming the night market Asian Eats to build on our AsianEatsATX website and although Asian food will be the highlight, we will also have vendors selling products and local creative performances. FREE admission and parking!

Mission Impossible: Fallout Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 22 | from 7 to 10 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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Flip’N Art Festival (Bee Caves)
Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 | from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday | Flip’N Art, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Caves
Flip’N Art is hosting over 50 local Austin artists and makers at their new location in the Hill Country Galleria for Flip’N Art Fest. Guests can meet and shop jewelry makers, woodworkers, fine artists, live artists, sculpturs, illustrators, printmakers, bag designers, potters, skin care artists, fragrance artists, plant artists, fluid artists, stained glass artists, photographers and more. This event is free to the public.

Magical Market at Docs Drive In Theatre (Buda)
Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Docs Drive In Theatre, 1540 Satterwhite Rd., Buda
Join at this Harry Potter themed Magical Marketplace at Docs Drive In Theatre In Buda! The marketplace will feature dozens of local vendors, food and drinks inspired by the movies, and tons more. The marketplace is free, but tickets to the Harry Potter movies in the evening can be purchased online.

Texture of Life Opening Reception
Saturday, March 23 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | Link & Pin Art Space, 2235 E. 6th St., #102
The Capitol Art Society presents a perspective varies for every person. We don’t experience the same things or see things the same way. However, when common ideas are united, with different thoughts thrown in, we can see more colors and more patterns and more of life. Here we present various images of life with our art. Some of the pieces flow and congregate while others stir and throw a punch, even suggest that you stop and think for a moment. Join us for ‘Life with Texture’. Normal hours are Friday through Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

4th Sunday Austin Flea
Sunday, March 24 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Fareground at 111, 111 Congress Ave,
This new monthly partnership pairs a fabulous venue that hosts so many delicious eateries – and now the Austin Flea on the 4th Sunday of each month! The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts any occasion including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Entrance to the event is free and open to all ages!

Free Advance Screening: Hummingbird Project
Monday, March 25 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail
Join Austin Film Festival in the free screening of a modern epic where Director Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game. Screening is FREE with RSVP.

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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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