The kids have gone back to school and the visitors have all gone home, and you can finally enjoy a quiet night out in Austin. Unless, of course, you’re looking for something a bit more wild. Either way, we’ve got the best FREE date ideas in Austin this week.
Tuesday, March 20
Tuesdays at Elephant Room
Tuesday, March 20 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | The Elephant Room, 315 Congress Ave.
Jazz Songwriter Happy Hour, usually with Mitch Watkins, Masumi Jones, and Pat Harris. No cover but bring cash for the tip jar.
Wednesday, March 21
Vaudeville! Exhibition Tour
Wednesday, March 21 | from 7 to 9 p.m. | Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.
Join the Ransom Center’s Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts Eric Colleary for an inside look at the exhibition Vaudeville! More info here.
Date Night @ The DAC: Open Mic Night
Wednesday, March 21 | 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 under the stars. Coffee bar included! Sign up for performances which begin at 6:45 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 22
Hummingbirds of Austin
Thursday, March 22 | from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.
Join the Travis Audubon Society to learn how to identify different hummingbird types and attract them to your garden or backyard! This is a free event, with no registration required.
1990 Meow Friends
Thursday, March 22 | from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St.
Join the Historic Scoot Inn for a night of FREE music brought to you by 1990 MEOW!
Friday, March 23
ThinkGeek Barton Creek Square Grand Opening!
Friday, March 23 | from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | ThinkGeek Barton Creek Square, 2901 South Capital of Texas Highway
Join your fellow geeks for the Austin ThinkGeek Grand Opening extravaganza, located in Barton Creek Mall! Festivities include: first 1,000 guests receive a FREE limited edition ThinkGeek pin, prize raffles every 15 minutes during event, Cosplay WELCOME!* (Receive 15% off purchase if in costume for event), selfie with our Star Wars Cosplay Jedi and Sith Lords and more. Per Simon Mall policy, no masks are to be worn on mall property.
Friday, March 23 | from 3 to 6 p.m. | Southwestern University’s Caldwell – Carvey Foyer, E. Ruterville Rd., Georgetown
Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. Free and open to the Public. Box Office contact: 512-863-1378.
Thor Ragnarok Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, March 23 | from 6:30 to 9 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 of Thor Ragnarok. Get there as early as 6:30 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.
Milktoast Millie & The Scabby Knees at Barrel O’ Fun
Friday, March 23 | at 10 p.m. | Barrel O’ Fun, 1911 Aldrich Rd., Ste. 120
Join Milktoast Millie & The Scabby Knees for an evening of laughter, toots, hoots, n stomps at Alamo Drafthouse’s Barrel O’ Fun.
Saturday, March 24
Round Rock Express Annual Fan Fest
Saturday, March 24 | from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Baseball is back! At the annual Fan Fest, Dell Diamond will transform into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages. Fan Fest is a free event and open to the public. Fans attending this year’s event will receive the opportunity to throw heat in the Express home bullpen, tour the clubhouse and participate in a hot dog eating contest. Craft beer samples, as well as a sampling of the Hall of Fame Grille menu in the Intel Club, will be available. Fans can gear up for the 2018 season through deals available in the Railyard Team Store and check out some of the brand-new merchandise, including a new line in partnership with the Nolan Ryan Foundation.
Blanton Block Party
Saturday, March 24 | from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
The Blanton Block Party is back! Be there for a free day-to-night community festival to kick off Spring and celebrate the big changes on the block. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience Ellsworth Kelly Austin, the freestanding building designed by the renowned artist as a place for “joy and contemplation” and now part of the museum’s permanent collection. The galleries and outdoor plaza will be buzzing throughout the day with activities for all ages, including art making, live music, dining, and special museum tours. As the sun sets, the party continues with after-hours art viewing, a cash bar, music and dancing, a photo booth, and even more art activities.
Let’s Get Cray: Crawfish & Tunes
Saturday, March 24 | from 1 to 4 p.m. | Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St.
A little something to look forward to after the SXSW madness. Join the Scoot Inn for a good ol’ crawfish boil and tunes. Crawfish by Louisiana Wild Crawfish with live music from Steel Betty. Free Entry. Crawfish $8/per pound and drink specials.
A Night at the Museum: Beyond Bollywood Exhibit Tour and Newton Film Screening
Saturday, March 24 | from 6 to 9 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd.
Beyond Bollywood is a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution. Through a vibrant collection of photographs, artifacts, art and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America. 7 p.m. screening of Newton. About Newton (Film): Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. Hindi with English Subtitles. Run time 106 minutes. Event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 25
Skins & Skulls
Sunday, March 25 | from 1 to 2:30 p.m. | McKinney Falls State Park, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley
Do you know what animals live in the park? Explore their display and learn about the wildlife that call McKinney Falls home. Meet at the Lower Falls cul-de-sac. Bring friends, family, and questions!
The Walking Dead Viewing Party
Sunday, March 25 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Hot Box Diner, 805 Start St.
Join the Hot Box Diner at their outdoor venue! BYOB, pet friendly, and totally free! Enjoy complimentary popcorn under the stars for each new episode of The Walking Dead. (Weather permitting)
Monday, March 26
Matters of the Heart: Breaking Boundaries
Monday, March 26 | from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Zilker Hillside Theatre, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
FREE admission. What if we all showed courage in the face of our fears? Sometimes the things that are uncomfortable help us grow the most. Face your fears of aging, fears of failing, fears of loneliness and fears of darkness. Break the boundaries that the world has set for you, or that you set for yourself. Face your fears and step outside the lines. This show will include dances from Lonestar Dance Center, MÜV Dance and Fitness, Performing Arts Studio Georgetown and Dance Xplosion. We hope the show, “Matters of the Heart,” will enlighten your heart and mind to make a positive change in the world around you.
Monday, March 26 | from 8 to 10 p.m. | Growler USA, 609 W. 29th St.
Geeks Who Drink pub trivia is here! Grab a friend, join a team, play trivia rounds (for FREE) and win cool prizes. What else do you need in life?