Free Date Nights in Austin, October 9-15, 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.

Tuesday, October 9

Tuesday Trivia Night
Tuesday, October 9 | from 7:45 to 9 p.m. | Infinite Monkey Theorem, 121 Pickle Rd. #110
Put your knowledge to the test at Infinite Monkey Theorem as they host Trivia Night every Tuesday beginning at 7:45 p.m. Those participating can take advantage of $5 wines on tap, cans, and wine slushies throughout the duration of the game, plus the winning team (max of 6 people per team) each receives a free glass of wine.

Wednesday, October 10

Good Fight – Free Comedy
Wednesday, October 10 | from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. | Fallout Theater, 616 Lavaca St.
Wednesdays, right? Get through the middle of your week with a high-energy comedy jolt in downtown Austin’s newest comedy space. Good Fight is a weekly comedy showcase Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. Each week the show features top stand-up acts, a high quality improv or sketch group, and a mash-up set featuring your hosts Aaron and David (joined by fresh special guests every week). Always free. Always BYOB.

Thursday, October 11

Pink Wine Walk for Komen Austin (Bee Cave)
Thursday, October 11 | from 5 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
Hill Country Galleria and Susan G. Komen Austin are teaming up for the October Wine Walk. Guests can shop the eclectic mix of retailers in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world, enjoying light bites and supporting a great cause. Attendees will receive pink swag bags filled with Hill Country Galleria offers. There will be a Komen Austin booth located in the Central Plaza, halfway through the Wine Walk, where participants can find out more about breast cancer research and donate. The Galleria will also be holding a drawing for prizes and tickets are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Austin. Additionally, barre3 Hill Country will be hosting a $10 donation based outdoor park class, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the lawn of the Central Plaza. All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Austin. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water and all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring friends, family or a group for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening and to support a great cause.

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, October 11 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.
This month’s topic is The Social Lives of Arachnids. If you want to learn more about the variety of fascinating social behaviors displayed across this group of animals, head out to Science Under the Stars this October! Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series.

Friday, October 12

Mondo Gallery Presents MARVEL STUDIOS: The First Ten Years
Friday, October 12 | from 5 to 10 p.m.| Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years is an epic celebration of the 20 films to date in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Featuring new contributions from some of Mondo’s most sought after artists as well as previously released pieces on display, the show promises to be one of the mightiest in Mondo Gallery history. The show kicks off with an opening night reception that’s free and open to the public. The opening night reception will be held Friday, October 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. Following the opening reception, the show will run during regular gallery hours (Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m.) until October 20.

Ghostbusters Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, October 12 | 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 the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Get there early to 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 when RSVPing to this event. Dress in weather-appropriate clothing and don’t forget your flashlights and bug spray.

Saturday, October 13

Movies and Meaning: Her Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 13 | from 6:30 to 10 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 which will be followed by a post-film panel discussion focused on the themes and ideas presented in the film. The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. anelists include ScreenCrush editor Britt Hayes, sex therapist and host of the Love.Sex.ATX podcast Rhiannon Beauregard, Condordia University communications professor Corinne Weisgerber, and “paleontologist-futurist” and host of the FUTURE FOSSILS Podcast Michael Garfield. Hosted and moderated by religion scholar and New Story Festival founder Michael Clawson.

Saturday Night Concert Series at Hill Country Galleria (Bee Cave)
Saturday, October 13 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
Hill Country Galleria is hosting their signature Saturday Night Concert Series every Saturday in October and continuing into November with music starting at 7 p.m. in the Central Plaza. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy this free event with family and friends. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show and arrive early to shop and dine at Hill Country Galleria retailers and even get their meal delivered straight to the Central Plaza. Sun Radio 100.1FM will be on-site to emcee the event to introduce guests to the band. This week’s band is Edison Chair.

Sunday, October 14

The Austin Flea at the ABGB
Sunday, October 14 | from 12 to 6 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 W Oltorf
Party with our friends at the always rockin’ ABGB! The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion. Handmade jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Plus, Sunday’s best music from 4 to 8 p.m. Entrance to the event is free and open to all ages!

Monday, October 15

Southwestern University 2018 History Colloquium Lecture (Georgetown)
Monday, October 15 | from 4:30 to p.m. | Southwestern University Mood-Bridwell Hall, 1001 E University Avenue, Georgetown
For queens in premodern Europe their most important function was producing a son in the first years of their marriage. But many did not, and problems with fertility often led to commentary, gossip, and slander that was not only personally painful but often had great political impact. Southwestern will host scholar Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as the lecturer. This lecture will examine queens from Henry VI’s wife Margaret of Anjou in the fifteenth century to James II’s wife Mary of Modena at the end of the seventeenth century who had problems with fertility and what this meant not only to them but to court and country as well.

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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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