This week’s FREE Date Nights in Austin includes concerts, movies, astronomy, fall festivals, a comedy game show, and more!
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Thursday, November 2
Classical Mexican Cinema Series: Distinto Amanecer (1943)
The Ransom Center hosts the Classical Mexican Cinema Series, held in conjunction with its exhibition “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945.” In Distinto Amanecer, an exemplar of the cabaretera genre, Andrea Palma stars as Julieta, the disaffected wife of a civil servant (Alberto Galán), who helps a former friend (Pedro Armendáriz) as he tries to elude would-be assassins. Directed by Julio Bracho; cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa. Charles Ramírez Berg, Professor in Media Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and author of “The Classical Mexican Cinema,” will introduce. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and the screening is FREE!
Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St., Austin
Friday, November 3
Concert and Picnic is West Austin Park
Bring a blanket and picnic to the downtown West Austin Park located in the historic Clarksville neighborhood for a FREE concert and picnic, hosted by Old West Austin Neighborhood Association (OWANA). Music by local award winning songwriter, Aimee Bobruk, with additional support from Austin’s House of Songs. The Melting Potluck is co-hosting the event, promoting diversity through music.
West Austin Park, 1317 W 10th St., Austin
Thirds Winter Pop Up Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of Thirds’ Winter Pop-Up at Las Cruxes. Enjoy tunes from DJ Japanster and light bites by Spread & Co. Then dance the night away and peruse the latest handmade offerings from Thirds, an online marketplace offering handmade creations for the home and kitchen. For more information visit them online and look for Thirds on Instagram and Facebook.
Las Cruxes, 1900 E. 12th St., Austin
Bastrop First Friday Art Walk
On the first Friday of every month, Bastrop galleries, boutiques and other small businesses stay open late to showcase works of art and wonderful wares during the First Friday Art Walk. Locals and visitors alike are invited to support local commerce and talent by coming down to Bastrop’s Main Street to enjoy a seasoned mix of art, live music, dining and shopping from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Historic Downtown Bastrop, Bastrop
Saturday, November 4
Texas Book Festival
The 2017 Texas Book Festival is happening this weekend near the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is free and open to the public. View the full 2017 Texas Book Festival author lineup on here.
Texas Book Festival, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin
2017 Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival ($5)
The Austin Powwow is one of the largest single day Native American Powwows in the country. In addition to a traditional Powwow with dance contests, native drumming, and singing, there will be outdoor storytelling and indigenous music, a Native American arts and crafts fair, and Native American food. By honoring traditions of the past and sharing them with the community, we preserve them for the future. The Austin Powwow is a family oriented cultural event. Adult tickets are $5, kids under 12 are FREE!
Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Ln., Austin
15th Annual Travis Heights Art Trail
The 15th Annual Travis Heights Art Trail is a two day neighborhood interactive art, music, and literary even. This is a collaborative effort of visual artists, the local school, and the public in an enriching cultural experience. In its 15th year, the cultural gem showcases more than 40 of the city’s longest practicing artists as they open up their homes and studios to the public in this FREE event. The Travis Heights Arts Trail runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to get more info about the locations.
The Travis Heights Neighborhood, Austin
4th Annual East Austin Community Festival
Attend the 4th annual East Austin Festival to meet your neighbors and give back to Texans in need. This family-friendly and FREE event will have live music, vendors, and food. You are encouraged to bring cans of nonperishable food for neighbors who need it most, distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank. The goal is to reach 500-1000 pounds of food, which will produce 600 meals. Learn more about the musical acts and the event in general here.
Space 12, 121 East 12th Street Austin
Passport to the World
“Passport to the World” invites the Austin community to explore key geographical, and social details of Austin’s sister cities and to learn about our city’s international relations at this FREE event. There will be live performances representing Austin’s sister cities from: Austin-Hackney (UK): Kate Priestley, Koblenz (Germany): Allegro Chamber Trio of Beerthoven Concert Series, Taichung (Taiwan): Taichung Sister Cities Dancers, Lima (Peru): Nicole Vidal, Xishuangbanna (China): Celestial Gong, Oita (Japan): Austin Taiko Drummers.
ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin
Laugh, Darn It! Comedy Game Show
The goofiest, funniest Austin comics try to make contestants laugh – if they can resist, they win prizes! Laugh, Darn It! is inspired by the classic TV game show “Make Me Laugh!” Host Rob Gagnon drives a rotating panel of talented comics as they do everything they can to make contestants, snapped up from our live audience, laugh. Our laugh judge is Avery Moore, and she is joined by contestant wrangler Lisa Friedrich. Unless you are one of the show’s longtime fans, you have never seen anything like this before. This FREE event is from 4 to 5 p.m.
Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120, Austin
Austin Nature and Science Center Fall Festival and Star Party
Travel through the solar system in a new planetarium furnished through grant funding by Austin Parks Foundation. See the stars through a telescope, check out the Masters of the Night Exhibit and meet a live bat. FREE event happening from 5 to 8 p.m.
Austin Nature and Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin
Sunday, November 5
Fall Festival (Round Rock)
Come one, come all! Celebrate Fall at Round Rock Presbyterian’s Fall Festival! The festival will include games, petting zoo, bounce house, craft show, food, and much more. This is a FREE community event from 2 to 5 p.m. Event organizers will be accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Round Rock Area Serving Center.
Round Rock Presbyterian Church, 4010 Sam Bass Rd., Round Rock
Full Beaver Moon Witches’ Market
You’ve been busy as beavers all year long and now it’s time to prepare for winter! For the altar this month, bring an offering to give thanks for the final harvest as you look forward to a time of rest. At the end of the night, offerings will be returned to the elements. This FREE event features local witches’ handcrafted wares, coffee, brews and spirits from The Buzz Mill, Philly Cheesesteaks from 1776 Cheesesteak Co., vegetarian and vegan pizza from Li’l Nonna’s, magic potions, herbalism, amulets, divination, tarot, and more. Event starts at 7 p.m.
Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Dr., Austin.
Dia de los Muertos: Austin Style
Head to SouthPop for their annual Dia de los Muertos celebration! Meet at the SouthPop memorial wall to say goodbye to some of Austin’s cultural heroes. Candles will be provided, but you’re also welcome to bring flowers and trinkets to lay at the altar as you pay respects to those who have passed this year. Following a short ceremony, Rosie Flores and an opening band TBA will begin the celebration of life! Happening from 2 – 6 p.m., admission is suggested $5 donation, or FREE for SouthPop members.