- January 21, 2020

Free Date Nights in Austin, January 21 through 27, 2020

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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, January 21 through Monday, January 27


The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh at Half Step
Tuesday, January 21 | at 10 p.m.| Half Step Bar
, 75 1/2 Rainey Street
Every Tuesday night The Michael Hale Trio and Mac Mcintosh brings BrotherMac Church to Rainey Street. Be ready to dance to your favorite blues and jazz tunes while enjoying craft cocktails  including the BrotherMac Signature Cocktail from the mixologists at Half Step Bar. This has been called by many the best place to be on Tuesday nights in Austin.


Poetry on the Plaza: The Words of Daniel Johnston
Wednesday, January 22 | from 12 to 12:45 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street
Join to commemorate the birthday of late artist and musician Daniel Johnston. Musicians Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Ethan Azarian Music, and Kendra Sells (BluMoon) will read and perform a selection of his poetry and songs, all just a block away from Johnston’s famed Austin mural “Jeremiah the Innocent,” that features the greeting “Hi, How Are You.” Presented in connection with the Hi, How Are You Project. Held on the plaza of the Harry Ransom Center. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.


Horror Theatre Thursdays
Thursday, January 23 | from 7 to 8 p.m. | Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Boulevard
Fourth Thursday of the month. Horror isn’t just for Halloween. Enjoy some of the best, worst, or in between horror films that we can find. Films may be themed or in a foreign language with English subtitles. Come into the library and celebrate your general love of horror of all kinds. January 23rd film is HIGH TENSION (R).


UT Brainstorms: A Conversation on the Brain
Friday, January 24 | from 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River Street

The Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce the topic for their next UT Brainstorms – The Student Brain: A Conversation About the Neuroscience Behind Effective Studying, with Dr. Michael Mauk! For more information and to RSVP, please visit:  UTBrainstorms.com (or Email: [email protected] / Phone: (512) 232-7594). The purpose of UT Brainstorms is to connect with the Austin community, and ultimately with the Texas community, to inform and educate about neuroscience research and the influences it has on our daily lives. We seek a two-way conversation where we share our expertise about the brain and we listen to what it means in people’s lives and to the challenges they face as it relates to the brain.  Attendance is free, and complimentary parking is available on-site at LBJ on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Pleasure of Making
Friday, January 24 | from 7 to 10 p.m. | ICOSA, 916 Springdale Road,
Building 2, #102

Opening reception for The Pleasure of Making, an exhibition of created works by local hobbyists and crafters. These makers create to continuously learn, to engage deeply, to observe and problem solve, to confront the challenges of techniques, refine skills, remain curious, relieve stress, to share and form a community, but ultimately, they create for pleasure. This concept of learning a craft and engaging in a hobby seems to be on the decline while our leisure time is increasingly being consumed by digital content. Seemingly with this rise are feelings of increased isolation, passive entertainment, a fear of learning new skills, and less sharing of traditional craft knowledge between the generations. Research studies have shown that engaging in a hobby can lead to a more joyful, calm, and empathetic life, while helping to ease a range of mental and physical afflictions. The Pleasure of Making is an exhibition that lauds not only the displayed craftworks, but also the dedicated time and devotion of each maker. This exhibition is organized and curated by ICOSA member Tammie Rubin.
Exhibition Dates: January 24 through February 15, 2020.


Texas Wildlife Day
Saturday, January 25 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.| Texas Memorial Museum

Celebrate everything feathered, furred, smooth and scaled at Texas Memorial Museum! FREE admission and FREE family-friendly activities hosted by UT Austin scientists, TMM science educators, and members of the Capital Area, Good Water, and Lost Pines chapters of Texas Master Naturalists.

Parents Mixer at Toybrary
Saturday, January 25 | from 2 to 4 p.m.| Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane

It’s a party for the parents! Come mix and mingle with our great group of babysitters while playing with the fun toys at the Toybrary. Bring the kids, come alone, or grab a friend or two. We are having a Sitter Scavenger Hunt that enters you into a drawing for a free night of babysitting. Do not miss this fun event and we can’t wait to meet you!

Winter Star Gazing (Lockhart)
Saturday, January 25 | from 7:30 to 9 p.m.| Lockhart State Park
, 2012 State Park Road, Lockhart
Discover the wonders of the Winter Sky in this special stargazing event! Join for a special stargazing event under the winter sky!  We will watch for meteors; peer through a telescope at stars, planets, and galaxies; and learn the constellations that decorate our night sky! This program is weather permitting (at least 60% of the sky must be free of clouds). Prepare:  Bring a blanket or chair, if desired.  Please dress for the weather. Fees: Regular park entrance fees apply – $3/adult.


Balcones Community Orchestra Celebrates Beethoven
Sunday, January 26 | from 4 to 6 p.m.| Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane
The Balcones Community Orchestra conducted by Dr. Robert Radmer presents Bryan Hall, Violin, performing Beethoven:  Violin Concerto in D Major. The orchestra will also perform Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in C Major. Prepare to be delighted!

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for more date nights and other ways to fill your week with fun Austin events.

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