It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and we’re giving thanks for all these FREE Date Nights happening in Austin! Free movies, music, and lots of great shopping opportunities await!
Thursday, November 23
Christmas Light Fest 2017
Up for a little road trip? Head to Boerne for dazzling lights, holiday activities and flavors, shopping, and the famous man in red are sure to fill everyone with holiday cheer. Starting November 23 through December 31, the Christmas Light Fest is an annual holiday extravaganza nestled on picturesque ranchland just outside of San Antonio in Boerne. Open nightly, the light spectacular features more than two million lights twinkling across light tunnels and holiday displays along a two-mile path and Santa’s Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday flavors, family fun, terrific shopping, and of course, Santa. Info on times and more here.
Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road, Boerne
Haven House, 11200 Powder Mill Trail, Austin
Free Thanksgiving Dance
Thanksgiving comes on a Thursday, which means it’s a dancing night! Even better, it’s always free for dancers who are still around and looking for a little exercise after a feast. Though it’s FREE, there will be a box for donations if you are feeling in the grateful holiday spirit. The Austin Swing Syndicate is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we thrive with the support of the Austin swing dance community.
Austin Swing Syndicate, 2312 San Gabriel St., Austin
Friday, November 24
Miracle on 5th Street
The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space The Eleanor will be transformed into Miracle on 5th Street starting on November 24. The temporary bar will offer seasonally-themed cocktails and kitschy decor through December 31. Attendees can expect to see rooms inspired by a 1980s-style living room decorated with Christmas kitsch and Winter Wonderland at the north pole, accompanied by nostalgic tunes and Christmas cheer in a glass. On the opening night, customers will find the holiday party of the season complete with swag under the Christmas tree, cocktail shaking elves, and a possible visit from Santa Claus himself. With the spirit of giving in mind, co-owners Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis have partnered up with the Barman’s Fund to donate all tips from opening night to the Austin Children’s Shelter.
The Eleanor, 307 W. 5th St., Austin
Lone Star Court Friday Night Flix
Relax after your busy day of Black Friday shopping at The Domain and experience Lone Star Court’s Friday Night Flix series. Classic movies are shown in the outside pavilion on the property, and all are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets, snuggle up by the fire pits and enjoy a night on the lawn with loved ones. The restaurant on-site, The Water Trough, will also offer happy hour prices all night. The series is FREE and this month’s classic movie being screened is The Addams Family!
Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr., Austin
Annual Lighting of the Square (Georgetown)
Kick off the holiday season with Georgetown’s annual Lighting of the Square! Sing along with The Austin Carolers and warm your tummy with hot chocolate and cookies. Stay for pictures with Santa. Plan to get in some shopping, too, as merchants will stay open late. FREE!
Georgetown Square, 710 S. Main Street, Georgetown
Saturday, November 25
One Year Anniversary Celebration at Morning Sunshine Breakfast Treats
Looking for a morning event, rather than evening? Head to Morning Sunshine Breakfast Treats from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate their anniversary, which falls on Small Business Saturday! Live music, FREE mimosas (while supplies last), photos with their donut mascot, vendor booths, and more.
Morning Sunshine Breakfast Treats, 115 S Lakeline Blvd, Ste 100, Cedar Park
AcoustiCanvas Fall Market
Pop up artist market and acoustic music is happening at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline starting at 8 p.m. FREE!
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N Highway 183, Austin
Small Business Saturday with Byron + Blue and ARO
Join ARO and Byron & Blue on Small Business Saturday! There will be special deals, FREE cocktails, and a raffle prize. Happening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ARO, 906 E. 5th St., Austin
Sunday, November 26
Eric Johnson FREE In-Store Performance
Celebrate Eric Johnson’s brand new EP, Collage, with a free performance at Waterloo Records. It’s also a celebration of the re-issue of Souvenir and Up Close, Another Look on CD. Refreshments will be provided by Austin Beerworks. FREE!
Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Steady Rock Steady: Classic & Deep Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub
The last Sunday of every month, Hotel San José hosts Steady Rock Steady in the courtyard. Join us as we listen to DeeJay jLa Soul spin Classic and Deep Rocksteady, Reggae, and Dub on vinyl. Happening from 5 to 8 p.m., this event is FREE!
Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress Ave.
If you’re looking for more holiday themed ideas, check out this list.