Free Date Nights in Austin, September 11-17, 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, September 11

FVF Law & HAAM Benefit Day
Tuesday, September 11 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf St.
Join Fogelman & von Flatern (FVF) Law for the annual HAAM Benefit Day at the ABGB. HAAM Day lets customers, businesses and music lovers across Austin do their part to help Austin musicians and feel the satisfaction of contributing to an important piece of the fabric of the city. FVF Law invites the Austin community to help support Austin musicians while enjoying a good time at the ABGB. At the event, FVF will be selling festival-themed T-shirts with proceeds going to support HAAM. Live music from Shy Beast, SaulPaul, and Superfónicos.

Austin Pride Back Porch Bingo
Tuesday, September 11 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Red’s Porch, 3508 S. Lamar Blvd.
Join Austin Pride at Red’s Porch for Austin Pride’s Back Porch Bingo. Performances/hosted by Lady-Grackle Birdbreath & Cupcake!! Drink specials and Red’s Porch famous food and drink menu! This event is not age restricted, but may not be suitable for all ages. Free to Play! Fierce Prizes! Food & Drink Specials!

Wednesday, September 12

Wednesday Farmers’ Market at Mueller
Wednesday, September 12 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd. at the Browning Hangar
Make Mueller on Wednesdays your fave hang spot with friends or the fam. Perfect for an after work or after school wind down, TFM Mueller on Wed features 50 local food artisans, sustainable farmers and ranchers and craft beverages. Pack a blanket and picnic lakeside! Sip and stroll along Mueller Lake park under the shady trees beside the historic Browning Hangar. Take the kiddos for independent play in our play area, pony rides and other great family fun.

The Harvest Film Preview and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 12 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Austin Film Society Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Join Humanities Texas for a screening in Austin featuring excerpts from the forthcoming documentary film The Harvest followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, and local community leaders. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, September 13

Aldrich Street Fair: Have a Ball!
Thursday, September 13 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Aldrich Street, 1911 Aldrich St.
The Aldrich Street Fair is returning this year with even more food and fun! The nighttime street fair will feature live music from PDA Band, glassblowing demonstrations, cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a bubble artist and more. You will also find food samples, drinks or entertainment from many Aldrich Street businesses.

East Side Pop Up Nights
Thursday, September 13 | from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Hotel Vegas, 1502 E 6th St.
Join for a night of drinking, dancing, and shopping under the beautiful Texas sky. Get there early and enjoy one of the best happy hours around. Stay late and dance the night away with ulovei inside The Volstead. This event is FREE (enter through The Volstead). 21 and up.

Grassy Thursday
Thursday, September 13 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | St. Elmo Brewing Company, 440 E. St. Elmo Rd.
Head over for one of the best free shows in Austin. Some of the top pickers around play a three hour set at St. Elmo every Thursday RAIN or SHINE! Couple that with good beer and hot food, and you have a recipe for a great night. Pet friendly outside.

Friday, September 14

Over the Rainbow Comedy
Friday, September 14 | from 8 to 10 p.m.| Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St.
Dont have FOMO go hang with a funny HOMO. Every Friday at 8 p.m. Comics as seen on Comedy Central, BET, TruTv, Late Night Free Show. Free parking. Free show.

Princess Bride Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, September 14 | from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a FREE movie night at Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screeningGet there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Saturday, September 15

Viva Mexico! A Concert Remembering Anthony Ortiz
Saturday, September 15 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.
Celebrate family, art, culture, and the musical legacy of the Ortiz Family. Unveiling of the Caminos Saltillo Plaza Mural by master muralist, a mariachi singer, young accordionist, food truck and more. This event coincides with the eve of Mexican Independence Day and is followed by an opening reception in the Sam Z Coronado Gallery!

Old Town Summer Nights (Leander)
Saturday, September 15 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Downtown Leander
Leander Old Town Summer Nights is a concert series, a small town shopping experience, a farmers market, dining, the Leander Car Show, and other small businesses in our regional area, hosted in partnership with the City of Leander & the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.

Saturday Night Concert Series (Bee Cave)
Saturday, September 15 | 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 September and continuing into October 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. The September 15 performer is the Guy Forsyth Blues Band.

Sunday, September 16

Radio Coffee & Flea
Sunday, September 16 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Radio, Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd.
Join for the Third Sunday series of The Austin Flea at the Radio, Coffee & Beer. 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 including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage, original artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Entrance to the event is free and open to all ages!

Monday, September 17

Buzzed Spelling Bee ($5 Suggested Donation)
Monday, September 17 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | The Butterfly Bar at The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd.
Can you spell F-U-N-D-R-A-I-S-E-R? To kick off the new school year, Austin Bat Cave (ABC) is announcing its inaugural Buzzed Spelling Bee for Adults, a fundraising event to benefit ABC’s writing programs . Spectators can cheer on the spellers and support ABC’s mission for a suggested donation of $5. Local writer and radio personality Kelly Stocker will serve as Queen Bee (mistress of ceremonies).  This event is open to the public. All donations and raffle proceeds will go to support ABC’S free writing programs for kids.

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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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