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.
Happening All Week
Live Music at the Driskill Bar
Tuesday through Saturday & Monday, January 15 through 19 & 21 | at 6 p.m. | The Driskill Bar, 604 Brazos St.
Austin’s identity is synonymous with a rich music scene. Listen to live music each week with the Live @ The Driskill series, offered Monday through Saturday at The Driskill Bar. Sink into a cozy leather couch, sip a craft cocktail, enjoy small plate dining, and relax as you listen to music from a variety of genres. Many artists are up-and-coming musicians from right here in Texas, offering a true emphasis on promoting local culture. Awarded one of the Best Bars in Texas, there’s no better place to experience “The Live Music Capital of the World®” than The Driskill Bar.
Tuesday, January 15
Free Fitness at the Square
Tuesday, January 15 | from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St.
Jump start your fitness goals with free classes at the square! Join us for two free classes by Generator Athlete Lab, a new fitness studio in the Seaholm District, designed to make you tougher and stronger. This community workout offers a combination of Strength & HIIT training, partner drills, and exercises that will keep your heart rate up.
Wednesday, January 16
Texas Radio Live – Copper Chief and Shea Abshier
Wednesday, January 16 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S. Congress Ave.
Each week, Sun Radio presents the latest and greatest Texas singers, songwriters and musicians while also paying tribute to the myriad of Texas musicians who have gone before us. Texas Radio Live at Guero’s Taco Bar’s Oak Garden is a weekly fundraiser every Wednesday night that supports the Sun Radio Foundation.This live radio show is broadcast across Central Texas on the Sun Radio Network and streamed worldwide at SunRadio.com.
Date Night at the DAC: Zine Meet
Wednesday, January 16 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Calling all Zine makers, buyers, collectors and connoisseurs! Mix and mingle with fellow like-minded folk, create new works and indulge in all things independent press worthy. This casual, inclusive event is open to all levels of zine fanatics. Whether you are so new to the concept you pronounce it incorrectly, or you are a 30 year veteran of the genre, all are welcome. Attendees will have the chance contribute artwork or written work to a community collaborated zine, as well as create their own mini masterpiece. Local authors and archivists from Zine organizations will be onsite as well to showcase and swap their work and knowledge.
Thursday, January 17
Clayton Gardner at Lone Star Court
Thursday, January 17 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.
Clayton Gardner is poised at the height of his career with two Top 20 albums, and a fresh country sound that is true to his roots, and yet rivals the best of today’s hit country.
Friday, January 18
Night Hike (Lockhart)
Friday, January 18 | from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd., Lockhart
Ever wondered who uses the park after the sun goes down? Join to listen to owl calls, search for creepy crawlies, and embark on a hike to discover nocturnal animals and how they survive! All ages welcome. Dress for the weather (sturdy shoes and layers recommended). Bring a flashlight, if desired. Registration not required. Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under).
Vista Brewing Presents “Driftwood Nights” (Driftwood)
Friday, January 18 | at 6:30 p.m. | Vista Brewing
Vista Brewing presents a songwriter’s series on Friday nights through February. This week’s showcase features Cory Reinisch. Free show.
The Blind Side Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, January 18 | from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
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. 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 and cash accepted!). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Saturday, January 19
Yoga & Beer at Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Saturday, January 19 | at 11 a.m.| Oasis Texas Brewing Company, 6550 Comanche Trail, Suite 301
Donation-based Classes. $3 Beer Special just for the yoga students after class. All levels welcome (including the whole family). Bring your own mat.
Keep Austin Candid
Saturday, January 19 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Candid Studio, 500 N Lamar Blvd.
Candid is thrilled to announce the opening of their beautiful, new studio at 500 N Lamar and even more thrilled to celebrate. Come meet our crew and mingle with locals from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, January 19. There will be music, photo-booths, exclusive discounts, plenty of swag, and FREE tacos local beer.
Sunday, January 20
3rd Sundays Austin Flea
Sunday, January 20 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd.
Happy New Year! Flea is back for the 3rd Sunday series at the fantastic Radio Coffee & Beer to kick off 2019! 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!
Octavitas with Los Reyes Magos
Sunday, January 20 | from 2 to 5 p.m. | Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St.
Puerto Ricans are joyful people because our holidays start in November and last until the end of January! Los Reyes Magos are coming to Austin to celebrate Octavitas with us! Everyone is welcome to come to celebrate the last holiday of the long and wonderful Puerto Rican Christmas season. Learn and sing along to traditional Puerto Rican songs. Participate & enjoy informal performances by our company and students.
Monday, January 21
MLK Serve Fair (Round Rock)
Monday, January 21 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock,
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life of service, this serve fair will give everyone an opportunity to find a place to volunteer in our community. Everyone who stops by will get a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy some live music!