The new year is here and we’ve got the best FREE date night ideas for you to start off 2018! From film to art to charitable causes, these are the hottest date night options in Austin this weekend.
Thursday, January 4
Film Screening: The Secret Life of Lance Letscher
Thursday, January 4 | 6 to 9 p.m. | Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher is a deeply personal and psychological portrait of Austin-based collage artist Lance Letscher. Told through memories of trauma and triumph, the film provides a doorway into Letscher’s profound insights on creativity, the subconscious, work ethic, and spirituality. The film, which premiered at SXSW 2017, will be followed by a discussion with Lance Letscher and the film’s director, Sandra Adair.
Equality Texas Austin January Happy Hour
Thursday, January 4 | 7 to 9 p.m. | Full Circle Bar, 1810 E. 12th St., Austin
Head over to Full Circle Bar, who has graciously offered happy hour prices and FREE skee-ball from 7 to 9 p.m. Plus, the bar is donating 10% of the bar proceeds to the Equality Texas Foundation. They will also be giving away a pair of tickets to Equality Texas’s Merry Merry Martini Mixer event.
Brixton Comedy Hour
Thursday, January 4 | 8 to 10 p.m. | Brixton, 1412 E. 6th St., Austin
Every month some of the best comics in town head to the Brixton for an hour of jammed pack funny stuff. The parking is easy and the drinks are great and the patio is always warm. Oh, and the show is always FREE, so bring your friends and get your weekend started real early. This month, they have Vanilla Presley – Austin’s favorite comedy rap duo!
Friday, January 5
FotoATX 2018 Photography in Imagery
Friday, January 5 | 5 to 7 p.m. | Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave., Austin
FotoATX 2018 Photography in Imagery at the Old Bakery will feature: Dwight Casey feels that color without artistic vision is lifeless; Chris Davis Cina creates emotion through a mood; Pete Holland was e lected Vice President of the South Central chapter of the Photo Marketing Association International in 2005; Roger McBee who celebrates vibrancy of the world around him; David Parsons seeks awe-worthy moments; and Michael Penn Smith a Vision Worker. FotoATX is an Austin festival to highlight local photographers that kicks off on January 5th with this opening reception. The exhibit runs through January 31st.
Open House with FREE dance lessons
Friday, January 5 | 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Go Dance North, 2525 W. Anderson Ln., Austin
Experience the wonderful world of partner dancing! You’ll learn the basics of Two Step, Swing, and Bachata, meet expert instructors, and new students will have the opportunity to take advantage of special discounts on enrollments. No partner required, individuals and couples are welcome!
HAAM Charity: The Sun Machine, Matt Gilmour, The Halfways & more
Friday, January 5 | 8:30 p.m. | The Electric Church, 5018 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin
Since this is FREE week in Austin, there are many music shows happening with no charge. This one does have a slight charge but it goes to a good cause! Proceeds from this The Electric Church CHARITY WEEK show go to benefit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – HAAM. Show is $10 at the door (all proceeds go to HAAM), 21+ BYOB and Complimentary Drinks with doors opening at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 6
YOURBIKERGANG.COM New Year Revolution
Saturday, January 6 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 508 Walsh St., Austin
You are invited to a biker gang party. Not just any party – its YOURBIKERGANG.COM’s party. In case you haven’t seen these fat tired electric motorcycles cruise through Austin, YOURBIKERGANG.COM is a new and weird way to tour Austin. Join the electric minibike gang and see the sights from a one of a kind fully electric vehicle. Whether your gang is family, friends, spouse or co-workers, the gang ensure you have a blast. This family friendly event is full of free food, free tours, free games and free fun.
First Annual Ryuu-Con!
Saturday, January 6 | 12 to 11:59 p.m. | Dragon’s Lair, 2438 W. Anderson Ln., Austin
Join the Lair for the first annual Ryuu-Con! This anime convention is jam packed with fun things to do including: Love Notes performing in the store, Anime showings throughout the day, Cosplay 101 with Greg Burrow, Learn to Play anime games, and more. This event is completely FREE.
90s Flashback Party!
Saturday, January 6 | 10 p.m. | The Highball, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Kick off the new year with the best 90s dance party EVER! Sing and dance to your favorite songs from the last decade of great music! Third Eye Blind, Backstreet Boys, Weezer, Sublime, Spice Girls, Sugar Ray, Oasis and more. Free parking and entry.
Sunday, January 7
Landmarks Guided Tour
Sunday, January 7 | 11 a.m. | Monochrome for Austin, 24th & Speedway Streets, Austin
Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Prolific artists like Sol LeWitt and Nancy Rubins often experiment with different media. This tour will examine three-dimensional scultpures and two-dimensional drawings by these two artists in the Landmarks collection. Meet your docent at Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin on the corner of 24th and Speedway.
Beer Yoga (Beer + Yoga)
Sunday, January 7 | 11 a.m. | The Jackalope South Shore, 1523 Tinnin Ford Rd., Austin
Do you like free yoga and Bells Beer? Bells Brewery is hosting a fun yoga class that will benefit the Texas Food Bank. Come for the yoga (or beer) and stay for the party! This is a great way to spend your Sunday and contribute to a great cause! Doors open at 10:30 and yoga begins at 11 a.m. No need to do yoga to participate. Please feel free to bring your donation and enjoy a beer before, during, or after the yoga class. If you’re participating in the free yoga class, please bring nonperishable food items, and your own mat or large towel.
Yoga + Shop with Sentrel Natural Beauty
Sunday, January 7 | 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Sentrel Natural Beauty,8127 Mesa Dr., Austin
Sentrel Natural Beauty in Northwest Austin is partnering with their neighbor, Mantra Yoga, to celebrate the New Year with a free yoga class and pop-up market featuring more than a half dozen local makers. The event begins with the free yoga class (space is limited!) at Mantra and continues with the market next door at Sentrel. Snap Kitchen is providing snacks and juice to refuel after the hour of sun salutations, and Outdoor Voices will provide swag bags (while supplies last).
Barr Mansion Open House
Sunday, January 7 | 12 to 3 p.m. | Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Rd., Austin
You are invited to join Barr Mansion for their 2018 Open House. This will be a FREE, come and go, event. Enjoy strolling around the mansion, courtyard, ballroom, and farmstead. They will be providing light snacks made from 100% organic produce and serving delicious drinks! The Barr Mansion staff will be available to answer any questions you may have and there will be booking incentives for those who are looking to plan their big day!