Free Date Nights in Austin, May 15-21, 2018

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, May 15

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Circuit Training by Ro Fitness
Tuesday, May 15 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Astronomy on Tap ATX #44
Tuesday, May 15 | from 7:30 to 10 p.m. | The North Door. 501 Brushy St.
This May, there will be talks on evolved binary stars, our satellite galaxies, and more! Dr. Fabiola Campos will talk about evolved binary stars in globular clusters, and how to use it to study the internal structure of the cluster. Rebecca Tippens will share with you about the satellite galaxies of our Milky Way, and how they form under the influence of dark matter and dark energy. In addition, AoTATX44 will feature astronomy news, trivia, and AoTATX merchandise. Finally, they will have telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting)!

Wednesday, May 16

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Beyond the Barre
Wednesday, May 16 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Date Night @ the DAC: CUMBIA! 
Wednesday, May 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Originally a courtship dance practiced along the coasts of Columbia and Panama, Cumbia has transformed over the centuries into one of the most popular genres to emerge from Latin America. Celebrate heart thumping club beats provided by Chulita Vinyl Club along with playful dance instruction from professional Latin dance instructor Melissa Corpus of MeliSamba.

Thursday, May 17

Triple Z Luau
Thursday, May 17 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Triple Z Threadz, 1606 S. Congress Ave.
Get Leid! at the Triple Z Luau. They will be launching the latest Triple Z summer embroidery designs and celebrating with all things tropical! Sip on Austin Eastciders Dulce Vida Tequila while listening to beachy tunes. There will also be some smoking hot giveaways!

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Strength Training by Orange Theory Fitness
Thurssday, May 17 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 17 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’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.

Friday, May 18

2018 AUSTIN OPEN
Friday, May 18 | All day | Krieg Fields, 517 Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

KUTX and Mueller Present: Rock the Park, Riders Against the Storm
Friday, May 18 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.
Mueller and KUTX are excited to rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with a kid-friendly act, followed by rock and roll for the grown-ups. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! Adelbert’s Brewery will be providing beer at the event.

Saturday, May 19

2018 AUSTIN OPEN
Saturday, May 19 | All day | Krieg Fields, 517 Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Easton Park’s Parkapalooza
Saturday, May 19 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Easton Park, 7000 Cardinal Bloom Loop
At Easton Park’s third annual Parkapalooza, nosh on delicious eats and treats from Austin’s favorite food trucks, and enjoy local cold brews and live music in Bryant Park. They’ll also have an agility course for your furry friends, along with lawn games, activities for the kids and a whole lot more.

2nd Annual Festival of Good
Saturday, May 19 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Goodnight Ranch, Blaze Dr.
Bring a friend and your dog to the Goodnight neighborhood in southeast Austin for the 2nd Annual Festival of Good – a fun, block party-style event celebrating the “good” things of Austin. The family-friendly event will feature over 10 local vendors, offering everything from handmade leather goods to apothecary products to purchase, to dog adoptions and face painting. Attendees can also enjoy local food trucks, visit the Austin Public Library’s Bookmobile, play yard games and listen to live music – all manifesting the live, work, play aspects of the Goodnight community. This family-friendly gathering is free and open to the public and sure to be a fun way to spend a Saturday.

Let the Wookie win: A Star Wars Theme Quiz
Saturday, May 19 | from 2 to 4:30 p.m. | Brass Tap Domain, 10910 Domain Dr. Ste 120
Bust out your lightsaber and your pencil and get ready for a Star Wars quiz at Brass Tap-Domain. $5 per player and teams of up to 6 for a cash prize. No pre-registration required for this theme quiz.

Sunday, May 20

2018 AUSTIN OPEN
Sunday, May 20 | All day | Krieg Fields, 517 Pleasant Valley Rd.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world, will make its return to Krieg Fields for The Austin Open, May 17 through 20. The four-day competition will feature America’s top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for both the title and prize money. In addition to watching world-class athletes battle for the podium, attendees can enjoy athlete appearances, interactive activations, a sponsor village, and more- all within the ultimate beach volleyball festival atmosphere! As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone.

Band of the Hills 20th Anniversary Contest Event (Cedar Park)
Sunday, May 20 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Vista Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park
While Austin has the title “Live Music Capital of the World”, Band of the Hills brings the joy of live music to Cedar Park and the surrounding area. They perform traditional varieties of music from marches to classical, show tunes to big band and patriotic to seasonal favorites along with other types of music. Join as they celebrate 20 years of music and community.

Monday, May 21

Republic Square Free Fitness Class: Yoga by Wild Heart Yoga
Monday, May 21| from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Republic Square will host four weeks of free group classes for National Physical Fitness Month in May. Four local fitness and wellness companies will participate, with each class focusing on a different type of workout including yoga, rowing, barre and strength training. The sessions are open to everyone, and kid-friendly activities will be available during the classes.

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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 ATXGossip.com. 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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