Free Date Nights in Austin, May 7 – 13, 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, May 7 through Monday, May 13

Torchy’s Tacos Stonehill Grand Opening Party
Tuesday, May 7 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Torchy’s Tacos Stonehill, 18817 Limestone Commercial Drive Suite #100, Pflugerville
Get your taco-loving selves ready to welcome a new location to the Torchy’s fam! Free tacos, free drinks, chips & dips, swag giveaways, & more! If you can’t make it, no worries. Stop by the location on opening day, Wednesday, May 8th for a chance to WIN free tacos! Yeah, you heard right.P

Psychedelic Bingo
Tuesday, May 7 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Zilker Brewing Company, 1701 E. 6th St.
Play Psychedelic BINGO every first TUESDAY of the month. Grab a pal and put on your lucky socks or whatever for a night filled with music, gaming, trivia and trolls from 6 to 9 p.m. This anything-goes game is MC’d by rockin Wild Bill and The Lost Knobs. Featuring prizes ‘n stuff from both Zilker Brewing and Spicy Boys Chicken. Guaranteed: Healthy competition and tasty beers. Bonus: It’s FREE.

Live Band Karaoke
Wednesday, May 8 | from 7 to 11:45 p.m. | The Venue ATX, 516 E 6th St.
Get ready to unleash your inner rockstar and show off your musical talent every Wednesday starting in May! This isn’t your average karaoke, turn your rockstar dreams into a reality with a full band at your disposal and be ready to rock it out on stage! What is Live Band Karaoke? Well, you’ve heard of normal karaoke, but we’re stepping it up a notch!! Instead of singing along to a pre-recorded track, you’ll get to be the front person of this show. Pick out your favorite tune and sing along to our live band onstage to showcase your alter-ego here with us at The Venue ATX.

May Wine Walk
Thursday, May 9 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5-9pm. Guests can shop a variety of retailers at the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Walkers and wine enthusiasts will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map of the Wine Walk, and the map will also serve as a ticket for each wine walk stop. The walk is organized so that the last stop is a restaurant for attendees to then hang out and end the night with dinner. This event is open to everyone, so join friends, family, groups or a date for a fun way to spend Thursday evening.

Science Under The Stars
Thursday, May 9 | from  7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
Demand for sustainable, locally produced food is growing across the U.S. This movement has led to a resurgence in local farmer’s markets, urban gardening, and farms utilizing sustainable soil practices guided by permaculture principles. The results of these past and ongoing efforts to produce sustainable food have to led to incredible examples of abused land that has been restored to healthy and productive farm ecosystems. Come join us at Science Under the Stars this month if you want to learn about permaculture principles, soil biology and ecology, and more! Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin.

Austin Percussion Festival
Friday, May 10 | at 7 p.m. | Imagine Art, 2830 Real St.
On May 10 The Kraken Quartet presents the first annual Austin Percussion Festival. This free event will showcase diverse percussion music from across our city. Enjoy performances by Austin Samba, The Kraken Quartet, and The UT Austin Percussion Ensemble. Support students from Austin Soundwaves and Round Rock High School as they play alongside local professionals in exciting collaborations. Take part in the festival raffle, featuring prizes from local businesses including Cuvee Coffe, Celis Brewing, The Texas Stars, and many more! Free admission. All ages welcome. For more information, visit thekrakenquartet.com.

Art of the Pot
Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 | Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. | Location 1: Melissa Mencini, 217 Cloudview Dr.
16th annual ceramic studio tour happening on Mother’s Day weekend. This year the tour will include three studios where the host artist will join our guest artists for displays of their work, demonstrations, and special events. The weekend days of the 2019 Studio Tour are free and open to the public.

Amazon Treasure Truck Pup Fest
Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 | from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St.
Treasure Truck “Pup Fest” is an amusement park of activities and treats to celebrate their dogs and dog owners. “Pup Fest” is the ultimate way for dog owners to find amazing offers for their four-legged friends that they can buy on the Amazon app and pick up at the Truck. In true Treasure Truck form, “Pup Fest” will roll-up to each city providing man’s best friend their favorite new, trending, local or delicious treat at each stop of the multi-city tour that includes Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta and New York City. Treasure Truck will surprise-and-delight dogs (and their owners) with obstacle course activities, a tasting kitchen, barkery and photo opportunities galore. The Truck is like an ice-cream truck for families – and their dogs!

CelebrASIA
Saturday, May 11 | from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is proud to present the 6th annual CelebrASIA. Admission is free and open to the public. Enjoy outdoor cultural performances throughout the day with CBS Austin Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler serving as emcee. Experience interactive arts and crafts for families and other activities by our partners the Austin History Center, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and the George Washington Carver Museum. Interact with the indoor cultural experience rooms through hands-on activities, clothing, décor, and artifacts presented by the diverse Asian Pacific American communities and organizations.

Saturday Night Concert Series
Saturday, May 11 | from 7 to 11 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Hill Country Galleria is a 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 artist is Chubby Knuckle Choir.

Love of Yoga Fest
Sunday, May 12 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.
An iconic annual festival celebrating all things yoga from yoga asana to yoga mediation, yoga kirtan and yoga nutrition. Held at the Texas State Capitol, enjoy inspiring yoga flows by the loved local teachers of Flow Yoga. Wander through our boho meditation tent filled with relaxing meditation music, sponsored by Soma Vida – Work / Life Balance & Wellness CenterLet the little yogis in your family have fun with crafts, face painting and more in our vibrant kids yoga area sponsored by Bliss Kid Yoga. Refuel with nourishing, delicious vegan eats in our Yoga Diet area, with community partners Buddha’s Brew Kombucha, Natural Grocers and the vegan yacht. Round out the day with blissful sacred music with Austin Kirtan.

Girl Power Symphony Concert (Georgetown)
Sunday, May 12 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 1211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown
Happy Mother’s Day! Not necessarily chick flicks, but music from those films about the powerful females we cherish … performed live by Cinematic Symphony at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 12 at the Klett PAC in Georgetown. Fun trivia and prizes! This is another FREE concert of course! Very comfortable setting, plus accessibility parking with easy access points if you need it. Doors open at 2:45pm.

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

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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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