Free Date Nights in Austin, November 19 through 25, 2019

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Needing a day or night out without the kids? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the best FREE date nights and day events in Austin this week.

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Tuesday, November 19 through Monday, November 25


The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh at Half Step
Tuesday, November 19 | from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Half Step Bar, 75 1/2 Rainey Street

Every Tuesday night The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh brings BrotherMac Church to Rainey Street. Be ready to dance to your favorite blues and jazz tunes while enjoying craft cocktails  including the BrotherMac Signature Cocktail from the mixologists at Half Step Bar. This has been called by many the best place to be on Tuesday nights in Austin.

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.


Movie Night at the Market: It’s a Wonderful Life
Wednesday, November 20 | from 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market, 4209 Airport Boulevard at the Browning Hangar

Join Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller for our free movie series! On the last Wednesday of every month we will be projecting an awesome, family-friendly film under the hangar. Back by popular demand, this month we are celebrating with a holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. We hope you will join us by picking up some snacks at market vendors and then settling in to watch this 1946 film starring James Stewart that is considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made. Many thanks to our movie night sponsor Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, we could not run the screening without their help!

Date Night at the DAC: Build Your Own Bento
Wednesday, November 20 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

The art of designing and building the perfect bento box lunch is a global obsession. Jump on the bento bus and challenge yourself to build a bento box that is both tasty and tasteful. Choose from a wide array of fresh, local produce, cheeses and other tasty bites at our Bento Buffet, grab a box and some special tools and get to work playing with your food. Space is limited, and Eventbrite registration is required to attend.


Mozart’s 10th Annual Joyous Light Show Opening Night
Thursday, November 21 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
The Mozart’s Joyous Light Show is back for the 10th year in a row! Come celebrate the season with us. Magical lights, delicious hot chocolate, tasty treats, and a wonderful time for the whole family. Open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Open Christmas Eve until 10 p.m.

Wedding Open House
Thursday, November 21 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Native Hostel
, 807 East 4th Street
Native Hostel is now open for weddings. Join for a party of celestial proportions. Sip on complimentary bevs while meeting some of our favorite vendors and pop-ups from around town. Whether you’re interested in throwing an event or wedding, all are welcome


Blue Genie Art Bazaar Opening Day
Friday, November 22 | from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Boulevard

The 2019 Bazaar opens Friday and we’ve got the best holiday shopping deal — unique gifts by over 200 artists all under one roof! Special door prizes throughout the day! A full bar will be open all day and at 6pm we’ll have complimentary snacks for you to enjoy while you shop (while supplies last). Bring the family for a fun holiday tradition (but please leave pets at home). Entry and parking are always FREE!


Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hill Country Galleria
Saturday, November 23 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria
Hill Country Galleria will be hosting its annual Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 23. The program begins at 6 p.m. where families can see Santa, help light the holiday tree and enjoy a special live music performance by Ingrid Michaelson. Following the Tree Lighting until January 1, the Galleria’s Holiday Village will have a light show from 5 to 10 p.m. every half hour. Arrive early to shop the Hill Country Galleria Village opening at 2 p.m.
Schedule of events:
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Experience the Hill Country Holiday Village
6 p.m. – Face painting & kids’ activities in the Central Plaza
7 p.m. – Program begins with Santa’s Appearance & Tree Lighting
7:30 p.m. – Live music by Ingrid Michaelson


November Austin Flea at Fareground
Sunday, November 24 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Avenue
Start your Holiday Shopping during the 4th Sundays Flea at Fareground Market, a fabulous venue that hosts so many delicious eateries, and the Austin Flea on Sunday until 3 p.m.! 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 anyone and any occasion with jewelry, bath/body products, vintage finds, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Entrance to the event is Free and open to all ages!


Redemption Whiskey Tasting
Monday, November 25 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | The Austin Shaker, 1199 Airport Boulevard
If you’re reading this you haven’t quite met your maker, so come find some Redemption with this whiskey tasting. It’s getting colder out there and this is just what we need. Free as always.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for more date nights and other 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 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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