Free Date Nights in Austin, September 10 through 16, 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 ideas in Austin this week.

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Tuesday, September 10 through Monday, September 16

The Trivia Factory at Fareground
Tuesday, September 10 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Fareground at One Eleven, 111 Congress Avenue
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.

Twin Liquors Launch WSET Classes
Wednesday, September 11 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Twin Liquors, 1000 East 41st Street
Twin Liquors is excited to bring WSET qualifications to its consumers. These best in class courses are not only fun and informative but also provide globally recognized certification.  WSET’s Rob McCaughey will be on hand to answer your questions and lead us through a guided tasting using their Systematic Approach to Tasting. Visit Twin Liquors website to reserve a spot!

Science Under the Stars
Thursday, September 12 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Boulevard
How to Think, Dance, and Grocery Shop Like a Bee! We humans depend on bees for a lot more than we realize, but the bees need our help! Around the world bees are struggling to survive and now it is up to us to save them. One place to start is to understand which bees live around us (spoiler alert: it’s not just honey bees!), how they think, and what they like to eat. We’ll share all the interesting ways scientists gather this information, what we know so far, and most importantly, what you can do to help! Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin.

Adult Story Hour
Thursday, September 12 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. 5th Street
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 Eventbrite; spectators do not need tickets. Family and friends ages 18 are welcome.

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, September 12 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Road
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m. This week’s artist is Bob Schneider.

Aladdin Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, September 13 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Road

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. Come 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 only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.

A Conversation with Author Dr. Neil Bockoven | Moctu and the Mammoth People
Saturday, September 14 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard

Join us for a Read & Sign with Dr. Neil Bockoven, author of the new novel Moctu and the Mammoth People, a powerful coming-of-age thriller set 45,000 years ago in Paleolithic Italy.  The book follows a Cro-Magnon youth who must fight for leadership and love in his tribe while doing battle with mammoths, wolves and saber-toothed cats as well as his captors, the “Pale Ones,” a fearsome group of seemingly cannibalistic Neanderthals. The novel is earning excellent reviews and comparisons to Jean Auel’s classic Clan of the Cave Bears.  “An intriguing, exciting and moving saga,” says one reviewer.  Another calls the book: “Revolutionary . . .  unique, fascinating and deeply sourced.” Bockoven, an award-winning PhD geologist and journalist, uses the most recent genetic and scientific discoveries about our earliest ancestors to lend authenticity to the book, but his storytelling skills rule supreme.  Wine and cheese will be provided at the event.

Hill Country Galleria Concert Series
Saturday, September 14
| 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. 

Aladdin Free Outdoor Screening – Night 2
Saturday, September 14 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Road

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. Come 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 only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.

Smart Trips Austin Sunday Cruise: Mexican Independence Ride
Sunday, September 15 | from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. | Festival Beach, East Ave and Nash Hernandez Senior Road

It’s Cycle September and we are partnering with Social Cycling Austin’s Sunday Cruise for a ride! Come meet other people who ride bikes and enjoy a fun ride around town at a casual-pace! We’ll be celebrating Diez y Seis de Septiembre! Do you know someone that might enjoy biking? Do them a solid and bring them to this ride! We’ll be riding a casual-pace and Smart Trips Ambassador will ride in the back at whatever pace you feel comfortable. Smart Trips Austin will provide fun transportation goodies like customized maps, sweatbands, and reflective stickers, plus a PINATA! Click through for more info.

Pig Roast de la Independencia
Sunday, September 15 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | El Chilito
, 1623 East 7th Street
El Chilito celebrates Mexican Independence Day with one of our signature Pig Roasts on Sunday, September 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at our East 7th Street location! Come out for $2 Crispy Pork Street Tacos and a variety of $3 beverages our full menu served all day. A Live DJ will spin tunes a piñata for the kiddos gift card giveaways enter the “El Grito” call contest and give us your best “squeal” to celebrate Mexican Independence for a chance to win prizes!  

Math Club for Adults
Monday, September 16 | at 6:30 p.m. | Carver Branch Library
, 1161 Angelina Street
This is a club for adults with an interest in Mathematics. Participants must have an understanding of basic algebra. This is not a tutoring or a test prep class although you may come to get help with challenging areas. This is a place for enthusiasts of mathematics to learn and grow. Classes are limited to 15 adults and registration is required.

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 ATXGossip.com. 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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