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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.
Tuesday, December 17 through Monday, December 23
Geeks Who Drink
Tuesday, December 17 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Boulevard
Mission: promote social drinking, foster friendly competition, and create a competitive nerdiness in a fun, relaxed environment. A noble cause! Free to play! Play for prizes!
Date Night at the DAC: Salsa
Wednesday, December 18 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Shake off that holiday stress with a little bit of salsa! Enjoy a free salsa dance lesson from a professional instructor with live music and tasty snacks. You are sure to leave with a little more spice and sass in your step and a smile on your face. Parking at the DAC is free but limited. There is parking available at the Palmer Event Center. In addition, there are parking options available off Riverside Drive and Lee Barton Drive. We also want to encourage all our friends to drive safely, or better yet catch a taxi, ride share, bus, or bike!
Friends of Riverside Presents: Movies on the Hill – Christmas Edition
Thursday, December 19 | from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | The Hill, 1700 Woodland Avenue
Join for Movies on the Hill series featuring the movie Elf. This Christmas-themed event will get you in the right mood just before the holidays! Bring your human and furry friends, family and enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn while watching a free Christmas movie under the moonlight, with one of the best views of the Austin Skyline! They provide the space, the movie, hot chocolate, and popcorn and you bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, pillows, or whatever you need to have a comfortable experience.
Die Hard Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, December 20 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road
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 screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grill. SPECIAL THEMED MENU will feature DIE HARD themed dishes! 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.
Holiday Music Bingo
Friday, December 20 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Boulevard
This month’s Music Bingo is with a Holiday-theme. Come belt out favorite songs. Free to Play. Play for Prizes. Draft Specials. Wear your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater. Deck the Halls & Sing Loud & Proud with us on this Bingo Night.
Santa’s Survival Hike (Lockhart)
Saturday, December 21 | from 10 to 113:0 a.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road, Lockhart
Think you have survival skills? Test your knowledge and embark on a winter adventure to meet the jolly man himself! Join a ranger on a hike through the woods in search of Santa! To find him, test your skills and learn about surviving in the wild. After your adventure, take a picture with Santa with the woods as your backdrop. All ages welcome! Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring water. The hike is 3/4-mile on moderate terrain. No registration required. Meet your guide at the Creekview Trailhead. If driving from park headquarters, take your first left-hand turn, pass the campgrounds, and park along the paved loop. This program is free with entry to the park. Regular park entrance fees are $3/adult, free for children 12 & under.
Rock the Winter!
Saturday, December 21 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Parlor, 4301 Guadalupe Street
Pizza and loud guitars are a killer combo! Music matinee at the Parlor with Queue Queue, The Mothermold, and Prom Threat. All-ages.
Lala’s Christmas Bash
Saturday, December 21 | from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. | Lala’s Little Nugget
Get your jingle bells on and in the holiday spirit by heading over to Lala’s Little Nugget on Saturday, December 21 from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Lala’s is a year round Christmas themed bar decked out with holiday décor 365 days a year-perfect for those who want to start celebrating early (or never stop celebrating at all). Bring your ho ho ho’s and ugly Christmas sweater for an ugly sweater contest with prizes. The event is 21 only.
Easy Tiger Winter Movie Series
Sunday, December 22 | from 8 to 10:30 p.m. | Easy Tiger, 709 East 6th Street
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join for free holiday movies featuring your favorite seasonal films. Round up your elves for drinks & desserts in the Beer Garden – all movies start promptly at 8 p.m. Arrive early for good seats! December 22 movie is A Christmas Story.
Hill Country Galleria Holiday Village
Monday, December 23 | from 12 to 8 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
Hill Country Galleria will host a Holiday Village on the lawn, starting on Saturday, November 23 and extending through the month of December, where guests can walk the decorated walkways and shop for gifts and goods like custom gifts, ornaments, seasonal coffee and cocoa, mulled cider, toys, spices, and apothecary goods from holiday vendors, such as CiMi Shine, ATX Wood Crafts, Grace & Charm, and more. Guests can also enjoy holiday entertainment like carolers and local dance and choir performances. Santa’s Workshop will also be open within the Holiday Village starting November 24 for guests to meet Santa and get special keepsake photos taken. See Hill Country Galleria’s website for their full schedule.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for more date nights and other ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.