Free Date Nights in Austin, May 14-20, 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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This week’s Free Date Nights in Austin is brought to you by Whimsy & Wonder The Liberty Hill Interactive Art & Music Experience. Happening on May 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Liberty Hill, downtown’s Main Street is transformed into a wonderland that stirs the imagination and indulges the senses at every turn. Whimsy & Wonder is an event like none other. Visitors can interact with artists, musicians and street performers, while being dazzled with magical opportunities to create, enjoy and be entertained. The evening promises to be a memorable experience for all ages. Admission, wine tastings, and parking for Whimsy & Wonder are free.

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, May 14 through Monday, May 20

Easy Tiger Linc ATX Adult Craft Night
Tuesday, May 14 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Easy Tiger at the Linc
Easy Tiger is partnering with their LINC neighbors Austin Creative Reuse for another Adult Craft Night! They’ll be pouring $4 Live Oak Pilz, St Elmo Carl & Austin Beerworks Flavor Country for crafters to get those creative juices flowing. The pros from ACR will provide all the supplies, embellishments and tools and then walk us through crafting spring flowers made out of folded bottle caps. Given the popularity of our past crafting events, we’re utilizing EventBrite and capping the guest list at 60; please be sure to use the ticketing link to claim your spot! The event is for adults only and FREE, but the nonprofit always welcomes donations of cash or materials here.

Summer Sunset Series
Tuesday, May 14 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Join for Summer Sunset Series 2019, presented by Topo Chico and sponsored by Outdoor Voices, in Republic Square. An hour vinyasa flow led by a Wanderlust Yoga Austin instructor and accompanied by a live musician or DJ. We hope to build a connection through the activation of yoga, music and community. This free event will be open to the public and catered to all levels of yoga experience. Every Tuesday this summer.

Jackalope Screening at the UMLAUF
Wednesday, May 15 | at 7 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Rd.
Please join at The UMLAUF for a private screening of Jackalope, a documentary exploring the world of Texas art in 1975 through the eyes of artists of the day. Artist featured is sculptor, James Surls, whose exhibition is currently featured at The UMLAUF.

Sit Down Laugh Awhile Free Comedy Showcase
Wednesday, May 15 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Easy Tiger 6th St., 709 E 6th St.
Join Easy Tiger for a comedy showcase hosted by Easy Tiger beer slinger Zach Morrow! Free laughs courtesy of a talented line-up and $4 St Elmo Carls all night! Featuring: Joey Z, Chris Hills, Kandace Medina, Danny Goodwin, and Nick Saverino.

Love Goes Through Your Mind Screening
Thursday, May 16 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
An Indian-American family must grapple with a new reality when their high-achieving son drops out of college and returns home a different person than when he left.  Film followed by a Q&A with Director Ronak Shah. Presented in collaboration with IndieMeme Film Festival.

Movie Night: Embrace of the Serpent – Colombia / English Subtitles (By Donation)
Friday, May 17 | from 8 to 10:30 p.m. | Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m. By Donation. Popcorn provided. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Hosted by The Spanish Conversational class at Esquina Tango.

Olympic Day Free Community Event (Manor)
Saturday, May 18 | from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Central Texas Archery, 5400 E Howard Lane, Manor
Central Texas Archery is hosting an Olympic Day Event sanctioned by USA Archery. Community members age 8 and older can try archery for free and get a lesson from a USA Archery certified coach. Traditional archery demonstrations will be given throughout the event. There will be other fun and educational activities on site to share with the community the history of the Olympics and the history of archery. Olympic Day is a celebration of the Olympic Movement and the joy of sport by millions of people around the world.  An initiative stemming from the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Day was created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. On that day, delegates from 12 countries unanimously approved Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s proposal to revive the Olympic Games, and two years later the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.

Festival of Good at Goodnight Ranch
Saturday, May 18 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch at Whitter Park, 8701 Whitter Dr.
Join at Whitter Park inside Goodnight Ranch for the third annual Festival of Good, a fun, block party-style event celebrating all the “good” things of Austin. This family-friendly, free and open to the public event will fun activities for all ages, food and drink, and cool giveaways. Fun activities include a Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Kids Craft Tables, Face Painting and more! You may go home with a puppy, or you may find that home is right here at Goodnight!

Whimsy and Wonder The Liberty Hill Interactive and Art Experience (Liberty Hill)
Saturday, May 18 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Downtown Liberty Hill
At Whimsy & Wonder, downtown Liberty Hill businesses will transform into art galleries hosting works from local artists, live art demonstrations and live music in each gallery. Food and wine will be served in whimsical ways featuring an aerial bartender, living table and a live champagne dress. Festival goers will be able to watch live art demonstrations including a live body painter, sidewalk chalk artists and Austin’s very own Dirty Car Artist, Scott Wade, in action.

East Austin Pocket Park Scooter Tour
Sunday, May 19 | from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Pocket Park, 912 Olive St.
Join Smart Trips and Lime as we explore east Austin’s pocket parks on electric scooters. A tree specialist will be joining to teach us about the unique nature in our city! We will meet at the Lott Pocket Park for complimentary coffee and snacks at 10:30 am. All participants must have the Lime app downloaded on their smartphone. Those who do not have a smartphone are encouraged to arrive early. Learn more and RSVP here.

New Monuments for New Cities: Cinema on the Creek
Sunday, May 19 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St.
As part of the three-month public art showcase, New Monuments for New Cities,Waller Creek Conservancy will present Cinema on the Creek in partnership with the Austin Film Society. Three free screenings will be presented at the amphitheater at Symphony Square, home of Waller Creek Conservancy. The films include critically-acclaimed documentaries and short films that explore topics from public housing to ambitious public art. Each screening will also include a discussion panel with community partners. Waller Creek Conservancy has developed a variety of public programs including artist talks,  films screenings, and live music as part of the three-month exhibition. All events are free and open to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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