Free Date Nights in Austin, May 8-14, 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 8

The Annual Student Art Exhibition (Georgetown)
Tuesday, May 8 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, E. Rutersville Rd., Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Studio Art Department is excited to present the Annual Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition is held each year to celebrate the work and achievements of all studio art students. The exhibition will showcase pieces from a variety of mediums that students have produced throughout the academic year. Free and open to the public. Exhibit ends Tuesday, May 8.

Sip & Shop
Tuesday, May 8 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | University of Texas Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr., 7th Floor
The University of Texas Club is transforming into a marketplace for the evening to support small businesses and all they do for the Austin Community. Stop by for some “windowless” shopping, live music, and a cocktail or two! Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase: $3 beers, $5 house wines, and $7 frosé all night.

Wednesday, May 9

Good Fight – Free Comedy
Wednesday, May 9 | 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 10

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, May 10 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
Scuba Diving Arthropods: How insects (and spiders) make their living underwater. Modern insects and spiders both evolved from terrestrial ancestors, but some have evolved to live on or in the water.  At Science Under the Stars this May, EEB PhD Candidate Robby Deans will discuss some of the challenges of this environment and how aquatic species overcome them. Additionally, he will talk about the diversity of aquatic arthropods and their interactions with humans. Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, May 10 | 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.

Cry It Out
Thursday, May 10 | 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.

Friday, May 11

Cry It Out
Friday, May 11 | 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.

An American In Paris

Saturday, May 12

Waller Creek Conservancy Field Day
Saturday, May 12 | from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. | Palm Park, 711 E 3rd St.
Waller Creek Conservancy, (WCC) a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, will host its first annual Field Day! This family-fun event will feature health-focused activities and games for people of all ages at Palm Park. With Field Day, WCC aims to demonstrate how parks play a vital role in the health of individuals and communities while raising awareness of Waller Creek’s continual transformation.

Dripping Springs Race to Brunch 5K and Festival (Dripping Springs)
Saturday, May 12 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Caliterra, 26025 Ranch Rd. 12, Dripping Springs
The 5k trail run will take place on the beautiful trails in the Caliterra community where you’ll run along the scenic Onion Creek! All participants will receive an event shirt and a VIP swag bag! You’ll be welcomed to the finish line with a toast thanks to event partners Twisted X Brewing Company! Food vendors include Tryst Food Truck, Raza’s, The Big Drip, and others. They’ll have culinary and mixology demos happening throughout the day and live music by The Reverent Few! The festival is FREE.

Creative Reuse Day: West Austin Studio Tour #322
Saturday, May 12 | from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Shiny Objects Studios, 3507 South 1st St.
Join OUTSIDE VOICE for Creative Reuse Day! This West Austin Studio Tour stop will feature a gallery show of upcycled wonders from Austin artists and a pop art show with Dawson Elementary students. There will be hands-on activities, including a large-scale dome building collaboration from recycled materials, performances and more. This event is FREE and family friendly!

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Chocolate Tasting and Mimosa Bar
Sunday, May 13 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Delysia Chocolatier, 2000 Windy Ter., Ste 2C
Mother’s Day is all about spoiling the most important women in our lives. Join Delysia Chocolatier for a special day of complimentary chocolate tastings and give molded chocolate roses to mothers. They’ll also host a complimentary mimosa bar to help moms relax and enjoy some chocolate.

Mother’s Day Walk (Lockhart)
Sunday, May 13 | from 2 to 3 p.m. |Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special program at Lockhart State Park! Join Ranger Reagan and her mother on a walk to enjoy the beauty of Lockhart State Park and discuss beneficial plants. Then, plant your own beneficial plants to take home! All ages welcome. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).

Monday, May 14

Trivia Night at Gabriela’s 
Monday, May 14 | 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 14 | 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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