Free Date Nights in Austin, October 8 through 14, 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 8 through Monday, October 14

The Trivia Factory
Tuesday, October 8 | 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.

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.

Empty Puppy Bowls – National Clay Week
Wednesday, October 9 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 110 Barton Springs Road
Join us for the Dougherty’s Third Annual Empty Puppy Bowls event where free activities will include glazing ceramic pet bowls, doggie paw prints in clay, and a photo booth; all while helping out local pet rescue organizations. Grab your furry friend and come support Austin animals! The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance please contact (512) 974-3914 or Relay Texas 7-1-1.

Squeeze the Day with Kendra Scott
Thursday, October 10 | from 1 to 8 p.m. | Kendra Scott Flagship
, 1701 S. Congress Avenue
Join us as we spread awareness about breast self-exams and early detection! In partnership with Ascension Seton Medical Center, the Kendra Scott flagship store on South Congress will host onsite education around self-checks and breast cancer by Ascension Nurses followed by an informative panel on breast cancer education. RSVP and for more information visit Speaker panel happens 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fitness Themed October Wine Walk
Thursday, October 10 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria
, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
The Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk is held the second Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. The October Wine Walk will be fitness-themed, celebrating the new health and wellness additions, Athleta, lululemon holiday pop-up store, and Java Dive Organic Cafe. Guests can shop a variety of retailers at the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Walkers and wine enthusiasts will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map of the Wine Walk, and the map will also serve as a ticket for each wine walk stop. Guests can enjoy a full day of free fitness ahead of the wine walk with a Fit4Mom class at 9:30 a.m., an 8:30 a.m. class at the barre3 studio with free childcare, followed by an evening class at 6 p.m. hosted by barre3 on the Central Plaza lawn. During the Wine Walk, guests can sip on favorite wines and shop at the new fitness retailers and more for a chance to receive an exclusive, limited quantity Galleria fitness pass, which includes a free class to each of the property’s fitness studios: The Lagree Studio, YOGA & GOGA, RIDE Indoor Cycling, and barre3.

Adult Story Hour
Thursday, October 10 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 South 5th Street

Theme: Holiday Horrors. Adults only. Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered. Listen to and share stories about life, fantasy, or yourself. Enjoy a new theme each time! The theme can be interpreted however you wish. Get a free ticket to sign up for speaking when you register on; spectators do not need tickets. Family and friends ages 18 are welcome. ASL Interpreter at Event.

Nightmare on Gibson Street
Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12 | 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!

Spanish Cinema Saturdays
Saturday, October 12| from 3 to 5 p.m. | Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Boulevard

Adults only. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a different film each week. Whether presented in Spanish or English, these movie titles will have subtitles and have actors, directors, or plots with Latino roots. Juan of The Dead: Two friends launch a zombie-extermination service after Cuba is overrun by the living dead on the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Spanish with English Subtitles.

UT Brainstorms: A Conversation on the Brain
Saturday, October 12 | from 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River Street

The Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce the topic for their next UT Brainstorms – The Parkinson’s Brain: A Conversation About Brain Circuits, Oscillations and Deep Brain Stimulation, with Dr. Charles Wilson!

Hill Country Galleria Concert Series
Saturday, October 12
| 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. 

11th Gathering of the Concilio Taino in Tejas & Indigenous People (Wimberley)
Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13 | from 12 to 5 p.m. | McKinney Falls State Park, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley

FREE EVENT (There’s a park entrance fee.) The Puerto Rican Cultural Center – in partnership with the Texas State Parks & Wildlife — are proud to host the 11th Anniversary Gathering of the Concilio Taino in Tejas. Special guests, Cacike Cacibaopil Veguilla (elected Chief) and Island Elders will be here direct from Boriken (Puerto Rico), along with local tribal members, to share an authentic experience in Taino heritage and traditions. This two-day gathering will include activities for the whole family to celebrate Indigenous People’s “Day.” NOTE: Bring your picnic lunch, beach chairs, and plenty of water. There are no vendors at this event.

Orpheus Academy of Music Piano, Voice and Flute Faculty Concert
Sunday, October 13 | from 3 to 4 p.m. | First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue

Come join the outstanding members of the Orpheus Academy of Music Piano, Voice, and Flute faculty for a recital of songs that tell a story from your favorite literature, movies, and musicals.  Back by popular demand, we’ll have a storyteller to act out each story in between musical numbers. Perfect for families with children of all ages. Admission is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted for the Javier Niño Memorial Scholarship Fund. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the recital.

Monday Tango Night at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches Free Intro Tango Class
Monday, October 14 | from 7:30 to 10:45 p.m. | Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches, 3220 Manor Road

Everyone is welcome to a fun Tango Night at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. 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.
About EsquinaTango:  Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin is a non-profit 501C3  organization striving to build a vibrant and diverse community in East  Austin and beyond through culture, health, and dance, with an emphasis  on Latino heritage, recreational tango and other Argentine traditions,  fostering personal wellness, and promoting understanding of Latino culture.

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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