Free Date Nights in Austin, October 22 through 28, 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 22 through Monday, October 28

The Freshman Tour Pop Up & Concert
Wednesday, October 23 | from 2 to 9 p.m. | The University of Texas at Austin Campus
The #FreshmanTour is taking over University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 23 with a one-day concert & pop up shop! POP UP SHOP: 2 to 7 p.m. Free entry! Free food! Free Swag bags to the first 500 people & all VIP ticket holders! Dope activation’s from: Cup Noodles, Doordash, Visible, StudentUniverse, Getaround, Fuse, and more. Win a spring break vacay, doordash everyday for a semester, and an iPhone. Concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Presented by: Visible & Fuse TV. Free Entry! Free food! Free Swag bags to all guests!

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.

Grassy Thursdays at St. Elmo
Thursday, October 24 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing, 440 East St. Elmo
Let’s Get Grassy! Join Austin’s top pickers for a weekly serenade. Who will show up nobody knows as each week the band consists of different pickers. Pair with a cold brew and some Hot Soursop and Thursday will be one for the books. Event is always FREE and ALL Ages. Rain or Shine.

Patika Turns 5!
Friday, October 25 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Patika Wine and Coffee, 2159 S. Lamar Boulevard
Celebrate the FIFTH anniversary of Patika on South Lamar! Patika is hosting their fifth birthday party with complimentary bites from the new Patika Catering kitchen, complimentary affogatos and swag from their new sister craft coffee retail roaster Superthing Coffee Roasters, complimentary beer and wine, and entertainment including live music, giveaways, and a photo booth. A portion of proceeds from the party will go to Wee Rescue Small Dog Rescue. RSVP and enter to win Superthing swag at

Taco Walk to Rock the Park
Friday, October 25 | from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman Drive
Join Smart Trips Austin as we meet our neighbors over tunes and tacos while exploring new walking routes! We will walk from Bartholomew park to KUTX’s rock the park concert at Mueller lake park. Free tacos for all participants!

Lone Star Court Spooktacular Halloween Yappy Hour
Friday, October 25 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Drive
Round up your best costume and pups for Lone Star Court’s Halloween Yappy Hour on Friday, October 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The spooktacular night will feature live music in The Pavilion by The Rewinders, a dog costume contest with prizes including a one-night stay at Lone Star Court, and pop-up shops from some of Austin’s best dog boutiques and artists, including Kathy Phantastic, The French and I, Pets Domain and Bow Wow Bones Food Truck who will serve complimentary dog ice cream and treats to the first 25 dog attendees! Don’t worry, pawrents won’t be left out as the property’s Southern eatery The Water Trough will also feature food and cocktail specials.

Nightmare on Gibson Street
Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26 | 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!

17th Annual Great Pugkinfest
Saturday, October 26 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Moontower Saloon, 10212 Manchaca Road
Do you jive to “Who let the dogs out?” Is Elvis more your vibe with “You ain’t nothing but a hound dog!” Or maybe Donnie Osmond’s “Puppy Love” is more your groove? Well boogie on out to “Snax, Pugs & Rock ‘N Roll” the 17th Annual Great PUGkinFest hosted by the Austin Pug Club. Witness countless Pugs and their peeps shake, rattle and roll as they vie for Best in Show and 12 other rad categories! In addition to the costume contest, there will be a tasty bake sale (cash only, bring lots!), vendors plying their wares, and much, much more!

Claire Allyse at the Wayback
Saturday, October 26 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | The Wayback, 9601 Bee Cave Road
Join for an evening of live music at The Wayback, with soulful piano tunes by Claire Allyse.

Art Bash 2019
Saturday, October 26 | from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Native Hostel, 807 East 4th Street
The 6th annual ARTBASH, an avant-garde art and fashion frenzy. Come as Thou Art invites lovers, performers, and patrons to become the art in an evening of immersive engagement. ATTIRE? YOU are the art – dress artistically or as an art piece. Ticket Information: GA – RSVP Required // No cost with RSVP, suggested donation to Art Alliance Austin at the door ($10).

Fall Market Eatery Festival at H Mart
Sunday, October 27 | from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | H Mart, 11301 Lakeline Boulevard
The popular food frenzy event returns to H MART on Sunday, October 27. Back with a seasonal spin, the Fall Market Eatery Festival offers a full immersion into North Austin’s cultural and culinary mecca with frighteningly fantastic food and Halloween-themed fun for the whole family. Attendees can “trick-or-treat” for free candy and snacks throughout the store and dine on discounted specials from H MART’s food hall including dishes like Potstickers, Bibimbap bowls, Gyoza Dumplings, and Sno Ice. Thirsty guests can enjoy 99 cent Hite Korean beers and $3.99 bottles of Korean rice wine. Savvy shoppers can get an extra early bird start on their holiday gift lists with exclusive discounts on Korean beauty products such as sheet masks, cosmetics and more. The fest will feature live music, face painting, balloon twisting, themed Nail Art, Tarot Readings from Typewriter Tarot, ghoulish games and a costume contest. The event will also feature a raffle for several fabulous prizes with ticket sales benefitting Central Texas Food Bank. Tickets are 1 for $5 and 3 for $12. This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Food and drink specials, free candy, and featured shopping discounts will run all day or until supplies last.

Mavs Motor Mania
Sunday, October 27 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W. Parmer Lane
Mavs Motor Mania Presented by BMW of Austin. Parking lot opens at 12:30 p.m. Awards at 4 p.m. Event includes all types of vehicles: Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and Football Team-Themed vehicles. Vehicle Club Participation Welcome! Arrive together and park together!

Halloween Paw Fest Fundraiser (Leander)
Sunday, October 27 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | Doghouse Drinkery & Dog Park, 3800 County Road 175, Leander
Join at the Doghouse Drinkery and Dog Park for the Halloween Paw Fest Fundraiser to support Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. There will be a donation drive for dogs and cats. Here is what else is going on during the event: Music from The Detentions, Bee Happi Press Pop Up Market, dog costume contest at 3 p.m. (Prizes for most original/ funniest/ scariest), cakewalk at 4 p.m., raffle prizes, and a food truck.

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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