This week’s FREE Date Nights in Austin includes movie screenings, Halloween themed events, an Arbor Day celebration, Dogtoberfest, and more!
Thursday, October 19
Movies in the Park: Death Becomes Her
Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Carvana. To celebrate Movies in the Park’s 25th anniversary, they’re screening an all 1992 series of films. This week’s film at Pan Am Park is Death Becomes Her, starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. More details here.
Pan Am Park, 301 Chicon St., Austin.
Shakespeare at the Market: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare at the Market continues with Romeo & Juliet through October 29. Seating for the event starts at 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m. on the rooftop of the downtown Austin flagship Whole Foods Market. Promoting the philosophy of Accessible Art, Shakespeare at the Market is FREE. RSVPs encouraged.
Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Living Room Live with Jess & Dave
Head over to The W Austin for Living Room Live event and performance by Jess & The Vagabonds aka Jess & Dave. Happy hour is from 5 – 7 p.m. followed by the performance. RSVP for FREE entry.
The Living Room at W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin.
Friday, October 20
Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works. Open to the public and FREE! Learn more here.
1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown.
Join Suds Monkey Brewing Company for this one night only, fangtasticly FREE event. Eat from the food truck, drink their witches brew, and howl along with spooky sounds of Tommy Mojica. Get there early and stay for a spell. Tap room opens at 3 p.m. and festivities begin at 6 p.m.
Suds Monkey Brewing, 1032 Canyon Bend Dr., Dripping Springs.
Movie Night: The Law of the Swindle (Ecuador/ English Subtitles)
About the movie: Bernardo lives under the shadow of his mother. Kurt proposes to him to rob Bernardo’s bank to buy the Third Reich’s currency. On the same day that Bernardo does it, Hitler’s regime falls and its currency becomes worthless. Event opens at 8 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8:15 p.m. Entry is FREE but suggested donation is $5. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St., Austin.
Saturday, October 21
10th Annual Dogtoberfest Austin
Dogtoberfest is an Austin based, non-profit organization, created for the purpose of instilling awareness about dog rescue, as well as raising much needed funds for local dog rescue organizations. Lots of FREE fun dog-themed activities, including a Canine Costume Contest! Prizes will be awarded for individual categories. A $5 donation to Dogtoberfest is suggested to register. Categories are: Best Ensemble, Best Duo (1 human +1 dog), Fantasy & Superheroes, Sports Stars, and Best in Show (overall winner from one of the 4 winners in each category). Registration for the event starts at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. Entries for each category are first-come, first-serve and limited spaces do fill up quickly. It’s recommended that you arrive early to register yourself and your pet for this event.
The Domain, MoPac (Loop 1) between Braker and Duval, Austin.
Austin’s 2017 Arbor Day Celebration
You are invited to a FREE Arbor Day Celebration! This event is family-friendly, interactive, and educational and located at the Austin Nature & Science Center. Activities include tree trail tours, nature crafts and an ask an arborist booth. Full details here.
Austin Nature + Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin.
Escape the Upside Down. A Stranger Things Themed Escape Room
Eleven is trapped inside the Upside Down. Can you save her and find your way out before the time runs out? This Stranger Things themed escape room is open to teens (ages 12 & up) and adults. Each team will have 20 minutes to solve a series of puzzles that leads them to the room’s exit. Teams must include 2-6 members. Teams with less than 6 members may be combined. FREE onsite registration will take place from 1-1:30 pm. First come, first served. The first team will enter the Upside Down at 1:30 pm. Learn more and confirm event details here.
Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pluger St., Pflugerville.
Sunday, October 22
Diego and Frida: A Smile In The Middle Of The Way
In celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth, Mexic-Arte Museum pays tribute to the iconic artist through Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way. This exhibition takes an intimate look at the life and relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as seen through the lens of some of the most notable photographers of that time. As part of the exhibit, Mexic-Arte Museum dedicates an ofrenda (altar) to Frida Kahlo based on the famous “Pyramid” from the garden at Casa Azul, now the Museo Frida Kahlo, in Mexico City that Diego Rivera had constructed. This exhibit also includes the #ShowUsYourFrida project, a crowdsourced interactive display featuring digital submissions by Frida lovers from around the world. The exhibit is open from Noon – 5 p.m. and admission is FREE on Sundays.
Mexic-Arte Museum , 419 Congress Ave., Austin.
Stop by a handcrafted and vintage market on the lawn at Bouldin Creek Cafe. Enjoy a lovely brunch and maybe even sip on a mimosa. This event is FREE, family friendly, and of course dogs are welcome. Food and beverages available to purchase.
Bouldin Creek Cafe, 1900 S. 1st St., Austin.
Booktoberfest (Del Valle)
What happens when you combine books, brews, and Oktoberfest? You get Booktoberfest at Live Oak Brewing Company! Enjoy live music from Micah Wagner, book and beer-themed games, and a dog costume contest! Donate your gently used children’s books and get a 15% discount from The Black Forest. Sample some of their delectable bite-size pretzels when you stop by our informational table to learn what’s new at BookSpring and sign-up for upcoming volunteer projects. Entry is FREE and proceeds from other sales benefit early literacy in Central Texas.
Live Oak Brewing Company, 1615 Crozier Ln., Del Valle.
Dark Moon Witches Market
It’s the dark wave under the dark moon! The dark moon is a time for self-care, reflecting inward and setting intentions to be manifested over the course of the lunar cycle. There will be an altar for those who wish to write down and burn their intentions. This FREE event features Dark Wave on Vinyl by the Lovely DJ Lizzbeth, local witches’ handcrafted wares, freshly crafted cocktails from Drinks Lounge, and tacos and sliders from Eats Kitchen. It’s all happening from 5 – 10 p.m. and you can learn more here. Drinks Lounge, 2001 E. Cesar Chaves St., Austin.