Free Date Nights in Austin, October 30-November 5, 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.

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.

Tuesday, October 30

Caitlin G. McCollum’s “Spirit Room” at Wonderwall Studio
Tuesday, October 30 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Wonderwall Studio, 4401 Freidrich Ln., Building 2 Ste. 200
Wonderwall Studio hosts their first solo artist exhibition “Spirit Room” featuring work from local Austin artist Caitlin G McCollom. The show features 29 original paintings and 23 high-quality reproductions on specialty materials like acrylic and maple. The show will be on view at Wonderwall’s walk-in gallery in South Austin through November 1.

Celebration for the Fine Arts Library
Tuesday, October 30 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Fine Arts Library, 510 E 23rd St.
Join the University of Texas Libraries in celebration of the recently renovated fifth floor of the Fine Arts Library (FAL). Serving as a model library for the 21st century, the FAL is a space that blurs the boundaries between classroom and stacks. New amenities encourage collaboration, democratize access to resources and tools, and enable an environment for creativity. Remarks by Executive Vice President and Provost Marie McInnis and Vice Provost and Director Lorraine J. Haricombe will begin at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

Day of the Dead Screening and Q&A
Tuesday, October 30 | at 7 p.m.  | APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
Learn about the Day of the Dead in Mexico City by joining us for a special screening of this documentary originally aired on German television. After the 45min (English version of the) film we will have a live Q&A with Laura Burns, one of the filmmakers. Plus there will be an opportunity to make something to add to our ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar) so you are welcome to bring a photo of those you’d like to honor.

Wednesday, October 31

Pre-Funk Halloween Tasting Event
Wednesday, October 31 | at 4 p.m.  | Utopian SHift – A Wine Experience, 2521 Rutland Dr., Unit 600
Trick or treat?  Who has the best pre-funk Halloween event? Utopian Shift will be pouring tastings to adult trick-or-treaters to help you find the perfect bottle of wine to your party.

Lala’s Zombie Christmas
Wednesday, October 31 | at 8 p.m.  | Lala’s, 2207 Justin Ln.
The year-round Christmas bar brings the holiday spirit to Halloween with their annual Zombie Christmas party. There will be a costume contest at 10pm with prizes. Lala’s will be partnering with Celis Brewery and Karbach Brewery as well as offering $5 Tully and $5 El Jimador specials all night.

Thursday, November 1

Whisler’s Dias de Los Muertos
Thursday, November 1 | at 6 p.m. |  Whisler’s, 1816 E. 6th St.
Whisler’s Celebrates Day of the Dead Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad will be rocking a set at 9pm Mezcaleria Tobala will open at 8 p.m. and be turned into the Dias de los Muertos bar. Serving the legendary pineapple drink – The Apocalypto! Tarot card readers and good spirits and bad.

Friday, November 2

I Can Only Imagine W/ Spirit 105.9
Friday, November 2 |  from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  | Community First Village Community Cinema, 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 presented in partnership with Austin’s own Spirit 105.9. We’re also thrilled to have live music from Jonathan Hunt and his band before the movie begins.  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.

Saturday, November 3

NorthsideNext: Table of  Thanks
Saturday, November 3 | from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Domain Northside, Rock Rose Ave.
Kick off this season of giving on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Table of Thanks, a community brunch event to raise funds for Central Texas Food Bank. Purchase boxed lunches prepared by Domain NORTHSIDE restaurants such as Bakery Lorraine, Sway, The Grove Wine Bar, Cyclone Anaya’s, Hat Creek Burger Co. and Tarka Indian Kitchen for a suggested donation and enjoy them on communal tables on the NORTHSIDE Lawn.

5th Annual East Austin Community Festival
Saturday, November 3| from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
It’s that time again for the 5th Annual East Austin Community Festival! Featuring Kevin Sandbloom and hosted by Element615 with special guests Athrazhur, Edda Jean, The Wooly Vicars, MirageThe Great Muzik, and Dj Such_N _Such. This is a family friendly event and the event is FREE! Enjoy FREE 15 minute yoga sessions, live music, food trucks, community bingo, vegan ice cream, and so much more. There will be vendors for retail therapy, food for your taste buds, and live music. Please make a donation of three or more non-perishable food items.

Sunday, November 4

Landmarks Guided Tour
Sunday, November 4 | from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin, corner of 24th and Speedway
Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Meet your docent at 11 a.m. at Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin at the corner of 24th and Speedway to learn about how artists use texture to create depth and dimension. Free and open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly.

Strings in the Park
Sunday, November 4 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Central Market, 4001 North Lamar
Strings in the Park is a first ever, family-friendly, Austin-unique, Fall weather concert promoting Austin’s original music and community green spaces featuring Guy Forsyth.

Monday, November 5

Free Tango Night
Monday, November 5 | at 8 p.m. | Native Hostel, 807 E. 4th St.
Everyone is welcome to a fun Tango Night at Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen. At 8 p.m.,  free intro lesson to authentic Argentine Tango (no experience or partner needed). At 9 p.m., enjoy Milonga! two hours filled of social dancing by DJ MC with traditional and alternative music! This event is 100% free.

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