Free Date Nights in Austin, May 21-27, 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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Tuesday, May 21 through Monday, May 27

Mondo Gallery Presents: 80 Years of Batman
Tuesday, May 21 through Saturday, May 25 | from 12 to 6 p.m. |Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
The Dark Knight returns to the gallery this May with a brand new show eight decades in the making! The “80 Years Of BATMAN” gallery show will celebrate the history of the caped crusader, along with his allies and infamous rogue gallery of villains, with 18classic, iconic and fan-favorite BATMAN comic book cover images produced as screenprinted posters. The show will be on display through May 25 during regular gallery hours (12 – 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday). This show is FREE and open to the public.

Summer Sunset Series
Tuesday, May 21 | 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.

Foodie Fest at Village Farm
Wednesday, May 22 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Village Farm, 8207 Canoga Ave.
Live Music Food Trucks Tiny Homes = Doesn’t get more Austin than this!
Village Farm Tiny Home Community presents: Taste Of Austin Food Festival! Enjoy a variety delicious local eats, live music and experience our tiny home community! This event is FREE & Family Friendly!

Date Night at the DAC: Boxtopia
Wednesday, May 22 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Who said kids were the only ones allowed to play? Welcome to Boxtopia, where adults are invited to dive in and build their dream castles, forts, playgrounds, and spaceships from hundreds of large recycled boxes. Grab a bowl and make your own obnoxiously sweet dessert from our “Mud Pie” buffet.  Enjoy the Texas sunset from the balcony of the box castle you have constructed. Prizes will be awarded for most awesome box creations at the end of the night. Parking at the DAC is free but limited. There is parking available at the Palmer Event Center. In addition 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!

New Orleans Club Revisited: Tameca Jones
Thursday, May 23 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Waller Creek Conservancy, 1111 Red River
A joint art initiative developed by the High Line Network, the exhibit opened in Austin on March 2 and features the work of 25 artists, five of whom represent Central Texas. Austin is one of five North American cities participating in this collaboration; each city selected five artists, all of whom were asked to reflect on the role monuments have played in shaping cities in the past and how we might reimagine them in the future. Waller Creek Conservancy has developed a range of public programs from artist talks to films and music as part of the three-month showcase. The live music series takes its inspiration from the rich history of the New Orleans Club, a former venue in the Red River Cultural District that featured rock, R&B, and soul music throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s. The building that housed the venue is now part of the Symphony Square complex. All events are free and open to the public and take place at Symphony Square.

Y’all We Asian Presents: A Night of Comedy
Thursday, May 23 | from 8 to 9 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
A one-night-only comedy show that showcases Austin’s best Asian American comedians in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With special out-of-town guests, featuring Will Choi (creator of the hit LA and NY show, Asian AF) and hosted by ya girls Yola and Kim, we got standup, improv, sketch, storytelling and last but not least – Asian snacks baby! Cuz guess what y’all? We Asian. #KeepAustinAsian Doors open at 7:30pm; Show begins at 8pm. Free with RSVP. More info here.

Negative Space Opening Reception
Friday, May 24 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | ICOSA Collective, 702 Shady Ln.
Exploring the in-between of signifiers and narrative, Leon Alesi and Bug Davidson cite ancestral lineage, uncomfortable compromise and abrasion of edges in this two person show at ICOSA Gallery.  Using photography, moving image, installation, assemblage and found objects, these artists attempt to visualize an embrace of primordial truths, reckless erasure, inventive histories and contracts of coercion. The exhibition runs May 24 through June 22 with the opening reception happening on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Creed II Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, May 24 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hogs 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. 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. Donations can be made electronically when RSVPing to this event or via donation bucket at the venue.

Saturday Night Concert Series
Saturday, May 25 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
This free 10x music series hosted by Austin City Limits Radio features local favorites such as Nakia, Dale Watson and Fastball. The concerts take place in the Central Plaza and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. This week’s performer is Dale Watson.

Got Pop Singing Competition
Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26| from 5 to 7 p.m. | H Mart, 11301 Lakeline Blvd.
Got pipes? Show them off at H MART’s Got Pop Singing Competition on May 25-26 for the chance to win some unbeatable prizes. Taking place over two days, the competition will feature a preliminary round on Saturday, May 25, and finalists will move on to the second round on Sunday, May 26. To sign up, email your name, contact number and the title of the song you’re singing to [email protected] While K-pop is encouraged, all genres of music apply (the judges are unbiased)! All participants must sign up by Saturday, May 25 at the latest. Prizes include a $500 H Mart gift certificate (1st place winner), a $250 H Mart gift certificate (2nd place winner), and a Koto Smart Instant Pot Cooker Ecotech Cookware Set (3rd place winner). Bring along your friends and family! Attendees are welcome to grab a bite from H Mart’s Food Hall and can indulge in select 99 cent beers and more from the Food Hall bar.

Austin Flea at Fareground
Sunday, May 26| from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Fareground, 111 Congress Ave.
Austin Flea is back at Fareground Market for the 4th Sundays monthly event with this fabulous venue that hosts so many delicious eateries – and the Austin Flea on Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for some Memorial Weekend fun! 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!

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

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Dani Dudek
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