Free Date Nights in Austin, October 1 through 7, 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 ideas in Austin this week.

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Tuesday, October 1 through Monday, October 7

The Trivia Factory
Tuesday, October 1 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress
The Trivia Factory brings the nation’s best live hosted trivia night to Fareground! Join us for Trivia Night! The weekly event is free to play and there will be gift cards for our top teams at the end of the night. Gather your smartest friends and come down. There will be food available from Fareground partners, including TVL, Dai Due Taqueria, Henbit, Italic and Ni-Komé.

Bike to Work Wednesdays
Wednesday, October 2 | from 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Texas Coffee Traders, 1400 East 4th Street
Everyday is better on a bike! So let’s celebrate your weekly ride to work with some free coffee (if you show up on a bike) at Texas Coffee Traders the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month September through November. Stop by, say hi & learn about: who we are, what we do, volunteering with our BikeStart and Bike Club programs to teach kids how to ride a bike and explore their city, volunteering with our Golden Rollers program getting older adults and seniors out and about on trikes, the new bikeways that the Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin is designing in your neighborhood, how to Earn-a-Bike at Austin’s Yellow Bike Project, joining Team Snacks Cycling, a WTF* cycling club, your local East Austin bike shops, East Side Pedal Pushers and Cycleast, how to get anywhere at anytime by bus, bike or foot with Smart Trips Austin, how to volunteer with Lend Your Legs : Social Cycling Austin and TSBVI, Social Cycling Austin‘s program with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and lots more!

Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery (Georgetown)
Thursday, October 3 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Southwestern University, Sarofim Fine Arts Gallery, East Rutersville Road, Georgetown

Opening day for Tom Morin: 25, a chronological review of the artist’s work from a mid-career perspective, focusing on three of his photographic series created in the twenty-five years between 1992 and 2017: MetaphorRemnants, and Service.  In the exhibition catalog, Dr. Therese Mulligan describes the Metaphor series as “the importance…of pictorial representation in which the thing seen is symbolic or evocative of something else, including psychological states of mind or feeling;” Remnants as “abstract images captured from nature ‘which evoke the synthesis of intellect and emotion with a profound interiority through a minimalizing style;’ ”and Service, “a documentary approach to photographing the subject of military life.” This exhibition will be on view from October 3 through November 12, 2019 and is free and open to the public.  The Sarofim Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m., excluding holidays.

Nightmare on Gibson Street
Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5 | from 11 a.m. until Close | Gibson Street Bar, 1109 South Lamar Boulevard

One night of Halloween just isn’t enough and Gibson Street Bar is making sure you get your fix ALL MONTH LONG. Nightmare on Gibson Street is back for the second year of spooky fun, epic Halloween decor and BOOzy specials. Come to Gibson Street Bar every Friday and Saturday in October and get in the spooky spirit with DJs, dry ice punch bowls, jell-o shots, deadly cocktails and more. Don’t miss the costume contest on Halloween Night!

Fall Into Art: Exhibitions at the AARC
Friday, October 4 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road

The Asian American Resource Center Community Art Exhibit Program is proud to present two solo and two group exhibitions that reflect on community, cultural heritage, and nature in various mediums including oil paintings, ceramics, and found objects. An exhibit opening reception celebrating all participating artists will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6-8pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Yappy Hour
Friday, October 4 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Stone Hill Dog Park
, 1124 Town Center Drive, Pflugerville
Bring your dogs over to Stone Hill Dog Park from 6-9 p.m for a night of dog-related fun. Meet other dogs, join in on a doggie costume contest and feed your pups a treat from the dog food vendors (Dog Pound and Lucy’s Frozen). Give your dog the night out that they deserve!

Men In Black International Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, October 4 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. We encourage you to support our Community Grille rather than bringing outside food and drinks.
Guided tours of the Village are offered at most public Community Cinema events and will take place between listed event start time and prior to start of the film.

Singer Songwriter Night at the Wayback
Saturday, October 5| from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | The Wayback, 9601 Bee Cave Road

Enjoy a singer/songwriter night at The Wayback. Enjoy live music on the lawn! The Wayback has invited local musicians from around Austin to join in on a fun night of creativity!. There is no set playlist. This means, The Wayback is encouraging all musicians to join in on each other songs and create together!

Hill Country Galleria Concert Series
Saturday, October 5
| from 7 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
Hill Country Galleria, premier lifestyle center located west of downtown Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, is excited to announce the return of its Saturday Night Concert Series. Kicking off on September 14 with The Peterson Brothers, this music series will be hosted by Austin City Limits Radio and features local favorites such as Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, and Fastball, and Guy Forsyth and Jeska Bailey Band. The concerts take place in the Central Plaza and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Admission is free and dogs are welcome. 

Landmarks Dog Walks
Sunday, October 6| from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Monochrome for Austin
Corner of 24th and Speedway, 100 East 24th Street
Fetch your pooch and come to campus for the fifth annual Landmarks Dog Walk! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue and Austin Pets Alive! to present a docent-led public art dog walk. Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash, and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin on the corner of 24th and Speedway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 6 October. Don’t have a four-legged friend? We will have some eligible canines looking for art-friendly homes!

Monday Tango Night
Monday, October 7 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Native Hostel
, 807 East 4th Street
Everyone is welcome to a fun Tango Night at Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen ( Evening starts with an intro lesson to authentic Argentine Tango (no experience or partner needed) and follows with two hours filled of social dancing. This is a great way to extend the weekend! This event is 100% free. Event repeats on the 1st Monday of every month!

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 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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