- December 5, 2017

Free Date Nights in Austin, December 7-10, 2017


The Christmas season is in full swing! From an intro to archery to a craft crawl, there are so many festively fun activities to enjoy this week. So, grab your best guy or gal and check out these FREE Date Night ideas!

Thursday, December 7

The Farm Street Opry: A Country Christmas
The holiday edition of Bastrop’s monthly Farm Street Opry mixes Christmas cheer with live music in A Country Christmas. Featuring local favorites, as well as four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner Tony Booth, and fiddler/singer Sean Orr. The Farm Street Opry: A Country Christmas will be held at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center. While not exactly free, tickets are a steal at just $7.50 (children under 10 are free though). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will kick off at 7 p.m.
Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut St., Bastrop

Friday, December 8

Festival of Fun (part 1) – MUSIC is Happening!
Art for the People is celebrating their third anniversary with a two-day Festival of Fun! It all begins with Music is Happening on Friday with Erin & Evan (7 to 10 p.m.) and continues on Saturday (12 to 5 p.m.) with three artists from their current exhibition 3Ps (Pets, People, & Places). FREE admission, though donations at the door are appreciated.
Art for the People, 1711 S. 1st St., Austin

8th Annual Christmas Trail of Life
Head over to Texas Oaks Baptist Church for one of the 30 minute hayride tours through scenes of the life of Christ, starting at the manger. FREE entry and FREE parking!
Texas Oaks Baptist Church, 9910 Bilbrook Pl., Austin

Craft Crawl: Holiday Edition!
Celebrate the holidays with the Austin Public Library! Leave the kids at home, bring your best girl or guy, crank up the creative imagination and craft with this adults only event at the Carver Branch from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be craft stations, live DJ music, festive drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. This year’s crafts include cardigan clips, succulent gardens, jewelry, candles, quilled ornaments, and more. All supplies provided and all events are FREE!
APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., Austin

Saturday, December 9

Intro to Archery
Learn how to shoot like Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen with a FREE lesson in international style archery!  Participants will learn the basics of this archery style in a safe and fun two hour workshop. All equipment is provided but registration is required. Please read the requirements here, and call 512-398-3479 to register today! Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart

Art in Public Places
Art in Public Places, a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, unveils Wander, a new public artwork that offers an immersive choose-your-own-adventure experience throughout downtown Austin. Created by artists Chris Gannon, Chadwick Wood and Brockett Davidson, with contributions from local authors and illustrators, the work comprises a mobile- optimized web app with four unique digital journeys and a sculptural starting point, entitled “Beacon,” sited near the entrance of Austin’s new Central Library. Wander debuts on December 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. at a FREE public celebration at the Central Library.
Austin Central Library, 701 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin

Japanese Sumingashi Marbling
A free Japanese Sumingashi Marbling hands-on printmaking workshop, funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, will take place on Saturday at the Asian American Resource Center. Artist demonstrations are every 30 minutes from Noon until 3 p.m. while you print. Please RSVP at [email protected]
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin

YMCA Holiday Market
This holiday market and craft sale features a variety of vendors, including local artists, craftsmen, and small local businesses. Stop by, sip some FREE coffee, and get all of your best holiday shopping out of the way in one go while supporting local businesses! Whether it’s lipstick, jewelry, or home decor you’re looking for, you’ll find that and everything in between! Happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd., Austin

Decked Out Holiday Pop-Up by Twyla x Tidbits
In celebration of Austin’s artistic spirit, Twyla and Tidbits present an impeccable group of local artisans for a one day Holiday gift shopping event. Twyla’s Holiday Gift Collection will be available for purchase as will beautiful handcrafted goods by local jewelers, ceramicists, a baker, leather-smith, and apothecarist. Shop fine, giftable goods while you enjoy festive decor, bubbly and a red lip bar to carry you into the evening. Plus, enjoy exclusive, one-day-only discounts on large, statement-making art as well as an opportunity to win a FREE piece from Twyla’s Holiday Gift Collection. Be sure to RSVP.
Twyla Art Gallery, 209 W. 9th St., Suite 200, Austin

Sunday, December 10

Christmas at the Movies – Free Symphony Concert
Jump-start the sounds of the season with Cinematic Symphony’s performance of some of your favorite holiday music film scores. From Miracle on 34th Street and the Grinch to Edward Scissorhands and even Fargo―this music is full of wonder and magic. Plus, there’s fun trivia and prizes! This is a FREE concert, happening from 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 2211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown

Bastrop’s famous Lighted Christmas Parade features more than 100 fanciful floats and local participants lighting up Main Street in this joyful tradition. The annual parade is the culmination of a very merry Lost Pines Christmas season. Join family and friends for this parade of holiday cheer from 6 to 8 p.m. FREE!
Downtown Bastrop, Bastrop
Hartley Hall & her Holiday Band are swingin’ into the winter season, playing those country classics. Two step, polka, waltz, and rhumba provided (imagination’s the dancer’s limit). Giddy up on down for some good time sounds! FREE!
ABGB, 1305 Oltorf St. W., Austin