Free Date Nights in Austin, October 2-8, 2018

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.

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.

Tuesday, October 2

Karaoke Live in Hotel Vegas! Hosted by Sarah & Alex
Tuesday, October 2 | from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. | The Volstead/ Hotel Vegas, 
Join Sarah for her FINAL time hosting KARAOKE at Hotel Vegas before she moves away! All your favorite songs are queued up and ready to go so don’t miss it. No Cover!

Wednesday, October 3

Free Film Screening: Run Like The Devil
Wednesday, October 3 | from 6 to 7 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art
Join for a special screening of RUN LIKE THE DEVIL, a documentary created by Austin film maker Steve Mims that follows the campaign trails of Texas candidates for U.S. Senate Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. Admission to this event is free, but registration is required (click here to register). You must arrive by 5:45 p.m. to claim your free ticket. Unclaimed tickets will be released to the walk-up line. Online registration will end at 12 p.m. on October 3.

Harry Potter Trivia
Wednesday, October 3 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Austin Winery, 440 E. St. Elmo
Drink red wine and get into fall mood with a quiz all about witches, wizards, crumple horned snorkacks, and lots and lots of teenage angst! Prizes for first, second, and third, no more than six to a team. Must be 21+ up to enter.

Thursday, October 4

TOMS Austin and Austin Makers Collective Present: First Thursday, an ACL Pre-Party
Thursday, October 4 | from 4 to 9 p.m. | TOMS Austin, 1401 S. Congress Ave.
TOMS Austin and Austin Makers Collective present: First Thursday: an ACL pre-party.  Celebrate ACL coming to town with FREE Dulce Vida Margaritas, samples from the plant-based nutrition brand Vega, local vendors, and the musical stylings of Rebecca Darling, The Festive Years and Animals for Hands.

Storied & Pop Japan! Exhibition and Opening Reception
Thursday, October 4 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Join the Asian American Resource Center for the opening of two new Art Exhibits: Storied and Pop Japan! Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Exhibitions open from October 4 to December 14, 2018.

Friday, October 5

Concerts in the Park (Cedar Park)
Tuesday, October 5 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
Featured band is Dysfunction Junction. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets as there is plenty of space. Food concessions will be available or you are welcome to bring your own picnic and ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Tuesday, October 5 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made electronically if you RSVP on Facebook.

Saturday, October 6

AARC Fifth Birthday Celebration
Saturday, October 6 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Happy 5th Birthday, Asian American Resource Center! Celebrate five years of bringing Austin’s diverse communities together. Enjoy family friendly activities including button and pom pom flower making, washi paper wish crafting, and mandala decorating. Meet Sona Shah, the new Facility Manager, and learn more about the future of the AARC while sharing your input about the facility. Visit with community partners and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. Live music from Sho Ukelele. Free and open to the public!

The 3rd Annual East 12th Street Return and Discover Festival
Saturday, October 6 | from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Return and Discover, East 12th St. and Chicon
The East 12th Street Business District presents The 3rd Annual East 12th Street Return and Discover Festival, a festival of food, family and fun! Live music, food, drink and business specials, children’s activities, historic talks and more.

Sunday, October 7

H-E-B First Sunday
Sunday, October 7 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.  Explore 34 artworks by Comanche artist Eric Tippeconnic paired with unique artifacts that blend the past with the present to honor the Comanche people in the exhibition Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic. Gain an insider’s perspective on what makes stock shows and rodeo an integral part of Texas history in Rodeo! The Exhibition.

Monday, October 8

Free Aikido classes & Holistic Yoga casses at AARC
Monday, October 8 | at 9:15 a.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road
Free monthly Holistic Arts Practice continues in August through October at AARC. Aikido class (2nd and 3rd Thursdays for September through October) and Holistic Yoga class (2nd and 3rd Mondays for September and 2nd and 4th Mondays for October). Join and share your energy of joy and compassion. The maximum number of participant is 8 so reservation is recommended.

Music Bingo Night
Monday, October 8 | at 7 p.m. | Halcyon Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St.
You’ve played trivia. You’ve played bingo. Now, for the first time Halcyon Mueller is putting them together for music trivia bingo! Who needs boring numbers? These bingo cards will have pictures of album covers and instead of calling numbers, the MC will be playing audio clips. Get 5 in a row, win a prize! Halcyon Mueller has a full bar with a great drink selections, delicious coffee and plenty of prizes! Free to play. Bring your friends. Bingo starts right at 7.

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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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