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.
Tuesday, June 26
Open Mic Night at the DAC
Tuesday, June 26 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Bring your voice, poetry, beats, moves, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of, or sit back and enjoy the entertainment as fellow Austinites take the stage. Coffee bar included. Sign up for performances will begin at 6:45 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. and will run until there are no more participants.
Amy’s Ice Cream Trick Olympics
Tuesday, June 26 | at 7 p.m. | Amy’s Ice Cream at the Grove, 9600 S. I-35, Bldg. C, Ste. 400
Be there as Amy’s scoops battle it out for top trickster of 2018. The event is free to the public as well as fun for the entire family! Each store has a select group of talent coming to compete from all across Texas with hopes and dreams of bringing the gold back to their home store. The first ice cream will launch at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs, your signs of support and watch the ice cream fly through the big Texas sky.
Wednesday, June 27
The June Wine Down
Wednesday, June 27 | from 5 to 8 p.m. | 3TEN ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
Wine Down this June! The Wine Down presented by Charles Smith Wines is back with another night of FREE music and bites, plus a local pop-up shop and, of course, wine. The third event in the series will feature music by former Artist of the Month Mélat plus bites by Mama Fu’s & a pop-up shop by Luxe Apothetique! Admission is free and open to the public.
Not Yo Mama’s Game Night
Wednesday, June 27 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich St.
At Not Yo Mama’s Game Night, they will test your knowledge on all things sex by playing trivia and bingo BANGO! It’s 50% competition, 50% education, and 100% FREE fun! You’ll have a chance to win some amazing and naughty prizes! Arrive early to grab a table — bring your friends or a hot date — either way, it’s completely free!
Thursday, June 28
Kammok’s 2018 Summer Happy Hour
Thursday, June 28 | from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Kammok, 1401 E. 7th St.
Join for the kickoff of Kammok’s 2018 Summer Happy Hour series aimed to inspire adventure! Free drinks snacks provided by Union Wine Company, Hops and Grain, High Brew Coffee, and Thunderbird Bar followed by conversations climber and photographer Travis Perkins, and other local adventurers on the many outdoor adventures available in our backyard here in Austin. First come, first serve on drinks and snacks, so arrive early!
Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, June 28 | from 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join 93.3 KGSR in celebrating 25 YEARS of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend.
Friday, June 29
Music on the Square (Georgetown)
Friday, June 29 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Georgetown Square, Georgetown
Grab a blanket or a chair and enjoy enjoy a free concert on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas every Friday night from June through August, EXCEPT FOR June 1, July 6, and August 3. As long as the weather permits, the music kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the last song fading out at 8:30 p.m. Free!
Ice Cream Lyman’s TV Drive-In Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
Friday, June 29 | from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. | Museum of Human Achievement, Springdale and Lyons
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so let’s have a drive-in! Roll up in your car or on your bike or on your own two feet, grab a spot in the parking lot, turn on your radio, and off you go. There will be pop-ups and fun family activities (like puppet-making!) ahead of the show hosted by great local artists, educators, community members, and vendors. we’ll have snacks and candy and whatever we can round up. Doors open at 7:30, fun and games for young and old at 8, a collection of Mr. Roger’s episodes air at 9 p.m. FREE! (or $5 at ticket link to reserve a prime-time car spot!)
Ant Man Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, June 29 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | The Community Cinema at Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
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. Get there early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
Friday Night Flix
Friday, June 29 | at 8 p.m. | Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.
Friday Night Flix returns on June 29 with the classic Peter Pan tale, Hook! The movie will begin at 8pm, sharp. Arrive early and enjoy a classic burger with fries and a soft drink for just $5 in the Water Trough Bar! Happy Hour prices until 11 p.m. in the Water Trough Bar. Live music in the Water Trough following the movie.
Saturday, June 30
Book Release Party to Benefit Austin’s C2 Change
Saturday, June 30 | from 5 to 7 p.m. | C2 Change, 1715 S. Capitol of Texas Hwy.
Join Cider Spoon Stories for the release of book, Of Tiny Threads: Stories about American Marriage. The book includes true stories of eleven families in Central Texas. Live readings of the book will take place throughout the event. Typewriter Tarot will provide relationship readings for $5. Complimentary food and drinks will be available along with raffle tickets for sale. All proceeds benefit nonprofit, C2 Change, a mental health agency dedicated to providing quality treatment to youth and their families, regardless of income.
Sunday, July 1
Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sunday, July 1 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
These free ensemble concerts take place at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace, and each Sunday a different ensemble of the ASO will be featured. A variety of music will be performed, from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.
Free Summer Series at Easy Tiger
Sunday, July 1 | at 8 p.m. | Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6th St.
Easy Tiger is partnering with Real Ale Brewing to host their popular free summer film screening series! First up is Adam Sandler’s golfing comedy Happy Gilmore. Trivia: The film was co-written by Judd Apatow and winner of MTV’s “Best Fight” for Sandler vs. Bob Barker. Arrive early for prime seats in the Beer Garden!
Monday, July 2
Mean Movie Monday
Monday, July 2 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Mean Eyed Cat, 1621 W. 5th St.
Every Monday night join the Cat for Mean Movie Monday!