Free Date Nights in Austin, March 5 – 11, 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.

Tuesday, March 5

Beignet Day
Tuesday, March 5 | at 11 a.m. | Capitol City Bakery, 2211 Cesar Chavez. St.
Join Capital City Bakery on Fat Tuesday for the 6th annual Beignet Day! They’ll be serving up hot and fresh beignets like usual plus king cake and more.

Scholz Garten’s Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil
Tuesday, March 5 | from 5 to 10 p.m. | Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd
Scholz Garten will be hosting a Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil celebration and will feature live music from Charles Thibodeaux and The Cajun Aces from 6 – 7:30pm. and  DJ Island Time from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The evening will include $5 Abita Beer & $8 Hurricane Specials. The event is free to attend and is dog and family friendly.

The UMLAUF Presents: James Surls With Out, With In
Tuesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd.
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is hosting its March exhibition, James Surls: With Out, With In on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. More than 30 major sculptures, dating back from 1989 to the present, will fill the UMLAUF’s gallery, terrace and garden. With Out, With In features iconic, surrealistic wooden works, as well as Surls’ well-known giant steel and bronze structures. Despite Surls’ longtime status as one of America’s preeminent sculptors, this will be his first-ever solo exhibition of sculptures in Austin. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 6

Warren Hood at the ABGB
Wednesday, March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 Oltorf St.
If it’s Wednesday… then it’s time to get happy. And it’s time for Warren. The weekly shows on Wednesdays with Warren Hood are just the thing you need to get you through the week. Wednesdays are happy hour all night all long with a $1 off pints and reduced prices on pitchers.

Dub Academy Live Mural Painting
Wednesday, March 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. | Dub Academy, 906 E 5th St., Ste. 109
Witness a masterpiece! Chris Rogers will be there to transform the space with some of his amazing art! They’ll have food, music and good vibes. Early arrival is suggested.

Thursday, March 7

Dandy Rose Release Garden Party
Thursday, March 7 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd.
Be there as Wine For the People presents Austin’s pinkest social event of the season at UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum celebrating the release of Dandy Rosé’s fifth vintage! Kickoff rosé season with Austin’s very own rosé from local winemaker, Rae Wilson, and don your dandiest to enjoy a toast of the new 2018 Dandy Rosé, live music, Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX lobster rolls, special video screenings, and more. Free and open to the public!

Buda’s The Voice Karaoke Contest (Buda)
Thursday, March 7 | at 9:30 p.m. | Brooklyn’s Down South, 100 N. Main St.
The 4th Annual Buda’s The Voice Karaoke Contest is upon us! They have $1500 in cash prizes. The first round of try-outs begins March 7. Competition starts around 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 8

Bohemian Rhapsody Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 8 | from 6:30 to 9:30 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.

Night Bronze Pour (Bastrop)
Friday, March 8 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Deep in The Heart Art Foundry, 405 S. Jackson St. in the Bastrop Industrial Park
Head out to Bastrop, an original Texas town with a fresh approach to life. Gain a unique insight into the world of sculpture and fine art casting with tours of the foundry, explanations of the tools and processes, and culminating in a dramatic bronze pour demonstration in the dark of night, which really allows you to see those sparks fly! Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the awesome Urban Cowboy Southern Fusion food truck!

Saturday, March 9

SXSW Wellness Expo
Saturday, March 9 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
In its second year, the SXSW Wellness Expo Presented by Miraval Resorts returns to SXSW to fuel your mind, body, and soul. Occurring over two days, this exhibition brings together thousands of SXSW attendees interested in healthy living and companies in the continually growing health and wellness industry. Learn more about the SXSW Wellness Expo here: http://ow.ly/qKLf30nGZ3X This event is all ages, free and open to the public. Get your SXSW 2019 Guest Pass to attend: https://guestpass.sxsw.com/

Unofficial MMP Mid-Day SXSW Market
Saturday, March 9 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Dia’s Market, 812 Justin Ln.
Head out to Dia’s Market for some networking, shopping, dancing, eating and all of the things.  You can meet your favorite local artisans and entrepreneurs of the black and brown Austin and surrounding community. All free. No entry charge.

Sunday, March 10

SXSW Wellness Expo
Sunday, March 10 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
In its second year, the SXSW Wellness Expo Presented by Miraval Resorts returns to SXSW to fuel your mind, body, and soul. Occurring over two days, this exhibition brings together thousands of SXSW attendees interested in healthy living and companies in the continually growing health and wellness industry. Learn more about the SXSW Wellness Expo here: http://ow.ly/qKLf30nGZ3X This event is all ages, free and open to the public. Get your SXSW 2019 Guest Pass to attend: https://guestpass.sxsw.com/

Nulo Presents: Rescue Me
Sunday, March 10 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | Yard bar, 6700 Burnet Rd.
Nulo Pet Food Presents: Rescue Me! Join at Yard Bar for the 2nd Annual unofficial SXSW Dog-Friendly Day Party that aims to “rescue” us locals from SXSW, while spotlighting, raising funds, and increasing awareness of Austin Humane Society dog and cat rescue. Live music, featured cocktail (the Rescue Me, benefiting Austin Humane Society), beer specials, on-site adoptions from Austin Humane Society, and FREE Nulo starter kit for ALL on-site adoptions.

Monday, March 11

Latin American Cultural Showcase 2019
Monday, March 11 | from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Pangea Lounge at 6th, 1211 E 6th St.
This is a SXSW free event that showcases Latin American Culture. A celebration of Music, Art, and Food. All ages, no cover, no badge needed.

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