Free Date Nights in Austin, May 2-7, 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.

Wednesday, May 2

Good Fight – Free Comedy
Wednesday, May 2 | from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. | Fallout Theater, 616 Lavaca St.
Get through the middle of your week with a high-energy comedy jolt in downtown Austin’s newest comedy space. Good Fight is a weekly comedy showcase that features top stand-up acts, a high quality improv or sketch group, and a mash-up set featuring your hosts Aaron and David (joined by fresh special guests every week). Always Free. Always BYOB.

Thursday, May 3

KGSR Unplugged at the Grove James McMurty
Thursday, May 3 | 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 4

The Greatest Showman Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 4 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of  The Greatest Showman. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

May the Fourth be with You: Music from the Galactic Empire
Friday, May 4 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Bethany Lutheran Church
Cinematic Symphony performs, live in concert, John Williams’s music from the Galactic Empire! New episodes means new music. Come enjoy this stellar performance through time and space. This is a FREE concert with amazing sound, cool visuals, and fun trivia. Costumes welcome. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Not affiliated with the church, but concert will be held in their wonderful sanctuary.

Cry It Out
Friday, May 4 | at 8 p.m. | ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. Cry It Out will be presented on ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage for a three-week run of 11 performances, beginning May 4. Accessible art is completely free but donations are accepted.

Saturday, May 5

Violet Crown Festival
Saturday, May 5 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco
This art-filled festival is literally a walk in the park, with plenty of stops for music, food, shopping, and tons of free kids’ activities. Brentwood Park (6710 Arroyo Seco, access from Yates) is the setting for this beloved festival, and admission is free.

11th Annual Brushy Creek Backyard BBQ Cook-Off & Festival 
Saturday, May 5 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | Brushy Creek Community Park, 16318 Great Oaks Dr., Round Rock
Over 35 teams will be competing in the IBCA-sanctioned Brushy Creek Cook-Off. Try some Texas BBQ hot off the grill or stop be the food trucks for burgers, funnel cake, falafel and pizza. Enjoy live tunes all day. There is no entry fee for this event.

Derby Day at Domain Northside
Saturday, May 5 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Domain Northside, Rock Rose Ave.
Celebrate the day with the entire family featuring music, lawn games, a fascinator station, juleps and beverages provided by Culinary Dropout, and a best-dressed competition for ladies and gents. Dress to impress for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Joie, a $500 gift card to Bonobos, a one-night stay at Archer Hotel Austin, and two tickets to a VIP after-party at Second Bar Kitchen. Enjoy a live broadcast of the race on the NORTHSIDE Lawn as part of the NORTHSIDE Next spring and summer series.

Sunday, May 6

The Austin Flea at Jester King
Sunday, May 6 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Jester King, 13005 Fitzhugh Rd.
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 for 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 Script Reading: You Are Not Alone
Sunday, May 6 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St.
Enjoy a free script reading from the Austin Film Festival. When Grace’s older brother, AJ, undergoes life-threatening surgery, she ends up becoming his unlikely caregiver. These estranged adult siblings reconnect under stressful and emotional circumstances where they both realize, no matter how distant they have grown, they’ll always be a part of each other. This dramedy is set during the days after Michael Jackson’s death in the Los Angeles hospital that shares a building with the L.A. Coroner’s Office, where the King of Pop was autopsied.  Michael Jackson played an important role in the siblings’ childhoods and the irony of the timing isn’t lost on Grace. As she tries to reconcile her complicated relationships with her siblings, she’s also saying goodbye to the icon who was the soundtrack to that chapter of her life.

Monday, May 7

Trivia Night at Gabriela’s 
Monday, May 7 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Gabriela’s Downtown, 900 E. 7th St.
Every Monday you can join us for Who Wants A Dollar? Free to Play. Plenty of Prizes. Tons of Fun. Free Parking in the Lot.

Monday Night Social Club
Monday, May 7 | at 10:30 p.m. | The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport Blvd.
Monday Night Social Club at the Skylark Lounge with Brian Scartocci. Brian will be jamming some soul, originals, classics and anything else the night brings! Happy hour all night. No Cover.

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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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