Free Date Nights in Austin, October 15 through 21, 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, October 15 through Monday, October 21

Nacho Average Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party
Tuesday, October 15 | from 6:30 to 10 p.m. | The Riveter, 1145 West 5th Street

This Democratic presidential debate watch party will be the taco the town! Join for a free nacho bar, debate bingo (with prizes!), cold beverages, and hot takes. Plus, raise money for Texas College Democrats, so they can turn out the vote on college campuses. RSVP to save your seat!

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.

Mueller Neighborhood Tour
Wednesday, October 16 | from 5:30 to 8 p.m. | Mueller Center, 4550 Mueller Central Drive
Join Smart Trips Austin, the Congress of New Urbanism, and BIRD on a quick scooter tour of the Mueller neighborhood! On this tour, you’ll be able to test out BIRD scooters for free while learning about how the area evolved from an airport to one of Austin’s most walkable neighborhoods. Explore the new protected bikeway improvements and experience the community through the stories of people who live here.

Date Night at the DAC: Bedazzle Bonanza
Wednesday, October 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Urban Dictionary defines the word bedazzle as “The art of taking ordinary things and making them EXTRAORDINARY by adding sparkles, rhinestones, glitter, stars, beads, etc. For some it is a way of life.” Get down with your shiny self and mingle with other like-minded makers as you take an ordinary item and make it EXTRAORDINARY with the help of our abundant supply of glue, glitter, sparkles, rhinestones and more. This event is FREE and we encourage you to register for tickets before the event.

Celebrating Dia de los Muertas (Round Rock)
Thursday, October 17 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Papi’s Pies, 10 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock

Join at Papi’s Pies to celebrate community, art, and Hispanic heritage! This party is free and open to the public. And we have much to celebrate this week. We have been decorating outside in our garden for Dia de los Muertos and we also put up more art on our walls. Garden Altare: We invite you to bring a picture (photocopy of course is ok) or some other tribute towards loved ones to add as an ofrenda to our garden Dia de los Muertos altare. Art Exhibit: On are walls this month is the return of our cousin’s artwork, the Artwork of Manual Miranda. While he is unable to join us at the reception, we are just so proud to have his artwork back here by popular demand. 1st Annual Papi’s Pumpkin Contest: We are hosting an artistic pumpkin contest for all ages. We’ll tell you more about that Thursday at the party.

Opening Reception for Group Exhibition and Solo Project from Julie Pelaez
Friday, October 18 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Art for the People
, 1711 South First Street
Two art exhibits are opening at Art for the People. “Please Press Pause: An Exhibition of Time & Gratitude” is a solo show by Julie Pelaez. “Where Are We Going” is a Group Exhibition of 36 artists. Both exhibits run through January 25. More info on our calendar.

Nightmare on Gibson Street
Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19 | 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!

Hill Country Galleria Movie Under The Stars
Saturday, October 19
| from 7 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
Hill Country Galleria will host Movie Under the Stars on select Saturdays on Hill Country Blvd. in front of H&M this fall. The series kicks off with a showing of the original Ghostbusters on Saturday, October 19. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to relax. Admission is free and movie showtime is at 7 p.m.

Southwestern University Faculty Concert (Georgetown)
Saturday, October 1
9 | from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Southwestern University, Alma Thomas Theater, East Rutersville Road, Georgetown
The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is pleased to present a faculty concert with cellist Hai Zheng, guitarist David Asbury, baritone Bruce Cain, and guest pianist Toby Blumenthal-Phillips. This program will include works by Beethoven, Bloch,  Leisner and Pizzolla, as well as a world premier of “Red Tassled Evening” for cello and piano by award winning composer, Dan Welcher. Free and Open to the Public. No ticket reservation needed. Box Office: (512) 863- 1378. 

Nosferatu Screening at the Ney!
Sunday, October 20| from 8 to 10 p.m. | Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street

Join for a special screening of the original 1922 horror classic, “Nosferatu,” with a LIVE musical scoring by local Austin musician, David DiDonato! We will be projecting this iconic movie outside under the stars so bring a blanket and lawn chairs. As always, this will be FREE for ALL AGES!

Onigiri Social
Monday, October 21| from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asahi Imports, 6105 Burnet Road

Join for the 4th annual Onigiri Social! A fun family event with free samples and giveaways, a chance to meet your Onigiri Chefs, onigiri rice balls galore and more! Enjoy live music by the Asahi Five, a happy-time jazz band, and tastings from Wismettac Foods, Pietro Dressing, Kumo Sake, Boulanger Fermentations and other food craftsmen.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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Dani Dudek
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