- November 30, 2016

Free Date Nights in Austin: December 1-4, 2016

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This weekend’s FREE date nights include plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit, with a sing-along on the Capitol steps, a light show at Community First Village, and a chance to create your own chocolate bark at Delysia Chocolatier.

Free Things to do in Austin at Night

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Movies in the Park: The Goonies

This week’s movie (the finale of this season!), The Goonies, will be starting at 7 p.m. Get there early for fun activities! At 4:30 p.m. there will be a Treasure Hunt where teams of 1 to 6 solve puzzles using a smart phone QR code reader, and find the buried treasure. Teams are invited to register at here (or on-site). The faster you solve the puzzle, the better the prize. Vendors will be opening and you can grab a spot on the lawn starting at 5:30. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome, but glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. (Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury Street, Austin)

Shave Off at W Hotel

Hey ladies, ready for your man to ditch his Movember ‘stache? Head to the Living Room at the W Hotel from 7-10 p.m. for a FREE shave from Finley’s Barbershop.  The event is free, but you’ll need to RSVP here. (W Hotel, 200 Lavaca Street, Austin)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Strange Beasts IV: A Tribute to Kaiju & Japanese Pop Culture

Strange Beasts is back! It’s the show that started it all — Guzu’s very first group art exhibition back in 2012. Now in its fourth installment, Strange Beasts has expanded to include not only those giant monsters of Japanese cinema, but familiar faces and colorful characters from tokusatsu, manga, and anime, too! The opening reception is from 7-10 p.m. and the artwork will remain up through January 2nd. Limited edition prints and original artwork will be available for purchase. As always, admission is FREE and all ages are welcome! (Guzu Gallery, 5000 North Lamar Blvd, Austin)

6th Annual Window Walk at 2nd Street District

The 6th Annual Window Walk showcases student-designed windows in the 2ND Street District. Stroll past Prize, Café Ruckus, League of Rebels, Hemline, Luxe Apothetique, Lacquer, Rae Cosmetics, Swatch, Toy Joy and Austin Rocks —windows all designed by students at Art Institute of Austin, St. Edwards and Texas State University. Vote for your favorites at the 2ND Street District Facebook page! (2nd Street District, 421 W. Third St., Austin)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll

Start the holidays off right at the annual FREE Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll! The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season. As the clock strikes 7, the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree begins, featuring a programmed light show at the top and bottom of every hour, set to holiday songs of local Austin musicians. From 7 to 9 p.m., Congress Avenue will be abuzz with holiday cheer during the Downtown Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums will be open late and will feature special offers and activities. If you can, please support fellow members of the community by bringing non-perishable food to the Capitol Christmas tree for the Central Texas Food Bank. (Texas State Capital, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin)

Community First Village of Lights and Advent Calendar

Start a new family tradition and attend the first Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First! Village of Lights. With more than 170,000 lights choreographed to holiday music, the Village of Lights will be one of the biggest Christmas light displays in Central Texas! The Advent Market will open at 5 p.m. at the Community Market. There will be a Christmas tree lighting at 6, and a screening of Angels Sing at 7 at the Community Cinema. Purchase unique, handcrafted gifts at the Advent Market and help our homeless and formerly homeless craftsmen and artisans earn a dignified income. (Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road, Austin)

Old School Dance Party at Craftsman

Kicking off at 9 p.m., Craftsman hosts BEATSMODE’s Old School Dance Parties. Musically, expect mostly late ’80s – early 2000s Hip-Hop and R&B with a dash of Soul and 90s Dance classics. The dance party is FREE and Craftsman will have $5 Jameson until 10 p.m., for thirsty early-goers. (Craftsman, 2000 East Cesar Chavez, Austin)

Texas Wildflower Run

Austin 10K’r invites you to join them for a unique variety of fun running routes that will compliment your Cap10K training. The Texas Wildflower Run is a traditional 2 to 5-mile route that travels on the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake. One of the best times of the year to plant wildflower seeds in Texas is in the Fall just before Winter. Come out and help plant the seeds! This FREE run meets at 8 a.m. and the race starts 8:05 a.m. (Austin American-Statesman, West Lot, 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin)

The Motion of Music

Join Austin’s only theatrical brass ensemble, Con Moto, for their FREE winter production “The Motion of Music” at 2 p.m. Newly arranged and new works for the brass ensemble will be premiered, as well as theatrical staging of classic repertoire. (Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Celebration at Delysia Chocolatier

Join Delysia for the holidays! Create your own chocolate bark, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and watch a classic holiday film. The event is FREE, but please bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Partnerships for Children. (Delysia Chocolatier, 2000 Windy Terrace, Suite 2C, Austin)

Verge Art Events at Aveda Institute

Austin’s premiere fine art pop-up show returns for it’s Winter installment from 2 – 8 p.m. This multidisciplinary FREE art event will showcase the talents of 30+ local artists, craftspeople and independent local publishers. Artists span all genres and media including, oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, sculpture, video and more! Live music will be provided by Austin’s select jazz talent, Tommy Cornelison Group and Russ Scanlon Trio. (Aveda Institute, 6001 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin)