Austin is the city of your dreams. We have beautiful weather, beautiful parks, tantalizing bars and restaurants, plus plenty of events for kids and families! There are so many things to do in and around Austin but here at Austin On the Cheap, we know that all of those events and activities can really add up.

Don’t let high ticket prices get you down. Free and cheap activities in Austin this weekend include Hops & Grain Brewery Tours, Epic Fun AustinValentine’s Day Eve Singles Soiree, free story time, live trivia, free workouts, meditation, free meals, and much more.

Check out our weekly guide to Free and Cheap Things to Do in Austin:



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Hops & Grain Brewery Tours
What: Hops & Grain Brewing is open every day of the week, with tours! You’ll want to RSVP in advance to book your tour. For two people, the brewery experience includes the tour, a souvenir cup, and a beer flight! The tour experience is just $20 for two people, $29 for three people, or just $37 for four people!
When: Every Day
Where: 507 Calles Street Ste 101, Austin, TX 78702
How much: $20 – $37



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Austin Aquarium
Land or sea, the Austin Aquarium is the master of each! Roam with reptiles, take your adventure among the animals! Admission is $12.95 – $17.95 per person for general admission. For a limited time, get your tickets for only $9.95 – $12.95 each!

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Austin Zoo

The Austin Zoo is a non-profit dedicated to more than just housing animals- they save animals! You can see more than 30 animal species and learn about a variety of animals at their daily trainings and talks! Don’t miss a ride on the train which takes you on a scenic route through the Austin countryside. Admission to the zoo starts at $11.95 for adults and $10.95 for children. For a limited time, you can get in for just $7.65 per person {35% off}!

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Duck Adventures

Make a splash with this narrated tour through Lady Bird Lake. This amphibious vehicle takes you from land to sea without ever missing a wave. You’ll tour through some of Austin’s best tourist spots and give folks a “drive-by quacking” with your complimentary duck whistle! Tickets are regularly $28.95 each but now we have your admission for 36% off! That’s just 18.28 for one person. Save even more by purchasing rides for two or four people!

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Discounted AMC Theatres Tickets

AMC Theatres is now offering you the chance to purchase movie tickets online- and they’re good for any showtime! You can use them for smash hit movies and still have cash for popcorn! Regularly, these e-tickets are $13.50 per person. Now, just purchase online and save $4.50 each! Just $9 means you can save and still see a movie at your own leisure.

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Regal Theatres Tickets

Get the good seats at Regal Premier and still save on tickets! Regal Theatres has those awesome reclining seats which you can reserve online. Purchase your e-tickets at a discount, print them out or use your Regal App, and redeem at the box office! Regularly priced, these tickets are $13 each but we’re getting you in at $9.50 per person!



Epic Fun 
What: Axe throwing, laser tag, a ropes course, bumper cars, and more! Epic Fun really has it all- for grown ups, kids, and families! Each attraction has its own price and for a limited time, they’re giving you discounts when you bundle up! An All Access Pass with 100 arcade credits is usually $49.95 but for now, you can get all of that for just $29.75 {a savings of 40%!}.
When: February 10, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: 7101 W. Hwy 71, Austin, TX 78735
How much: $29.75

Lego Lab
What: Little Walnut Creek Branch Library hosts this weekly lego play time for kids aged 5 and up. There is no registration necessary, the event is free and open to the public.
When: February 10, 3:30 pm
Where: 835 W. Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
How much: Free

No Lights No Lycra
What: This dance party goes down every Monday with no judgement, no substance abuse, live DJs, and more! The admission fee is a suggested donation of $5. Enjoy dancing without the club, a workout without the gym!
When: February 10, 8:30 pm
Where: 4706 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78751
How much: $5


Walk with a Doc
What: Every Tuesday morning, head to the Wildflower Park for a morning walk, talk, light snacks, and a t-shirt! You get a quick lecture, plus the chance to ask questions.
When: February 11, 9 am – 10 am
Where: 1000 Wildflower Park Dr, Georgetown, TX 78626
How much: Free

Chinese Mandarin Story Time
What: Story time is for everyone so it should be in many different languages! The Old Quarry Branch Library hosts a story time spoken in Chinese Mandarin every Tuesday! Bring your Mandarin-speaking or learning kiddos- or anyone who is interested!
When: February 11, 10:30 am
Where: 7051 Village Center Dr., Austin, TX
How much: Free

Trivia at The Park at Domain
What: For fans of the Roses and Schitt’s Creek, enjoy a free live game of trivia! Celebrate your pre-V-Day with the Roses! Admission is free, plus you get the chance to win prizes! Registration begins at 6:30, the game starts promptly at 8.
When: February 11, 8 pm
Where: 11601 Domain Dr #200, Austin, TX 78758
How much: Free


STEM-Builder Lab
What: Bring your kids and little ones for this free after school activity at Spicewood Springs Branch Library. Build anything you can imagine with Legos, K’nex, and more.
When: February 12, 3:30 pm
Where: 8637 Spicewood Springs Dr, Austin, TX
How much: Free

Free Pool Wednesdays
What: The Warehouse Billiards bar offers free pool every Wednesday night. You get one free game for each adult beverage purchased. They also have shuffleboard, foosball, pinball, supershot basketball, and more. No Cover!
When: February 12, 12 noon – 2 am
Where: 509 East Ben White Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
How much: Free Entry

Motivation, Forgiveness & Moving On
What: This event at the South Austin Buddhist Center is a donation-based program designed to help you elevate your life by getting in touch with your spiritual and emotional side. Learn to control and use your emotions, balance your mind, and connect with yourself. Admission is technically free but they ask for donations in any form: $10 – $20 for the group and monks, fresh fruit for the social afterwards, or toiletries and fresh veggies and fruits for the monks. You can find more here.  Absolutely do not be late!
When: February 12, 9 pm
Where: 111 Ramble Ln, # 108, Austin, TX 78745
How much: Free


Valentine’s Day Eve Singles Soiree
What: Get out and about, meeting singles and enjoying single life before Valentine’s Day. You may meet the love or your life, or just a few frogs! This awesome event includes a live DJ, dancing, sweet snacks, icebreakers, and more. You’ll find these tickets elsewhere for $20 per person but we have them for just $10!
When: February  13, 7 pm
Where: 305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
How much: $10

Thursday Matinee: Race
What: Celebrate Black History Month at Terrazas Branch Library with a free movie screening! Race is the story of Jesse Owens, the fastest man alive, during the 1936 Olympics where he faces off against Adolph Hitler’s ideologies.
When: February  13, 1 pm
Where: 1105 E. César Chávez St., Austin, TX
How much: Free

Dream Bakery at The Hive
What: This is your chance to get your last-minute Valentine’s gifts in the form of cookies, cupcakes, and more! Dream Bakery offers traditional recipes as well as gluten free, low carb, and keto! Pick up an order or place an order for V-Day. No Cover, just pay for your orders.
When: February  13, 4 pm
Where: 10542 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748
How much: Free


Perler Bead Palooza
What: Bring your kids age 5 and older for this free beading class at St. John Branch Library. Admission is free, just bring your imagination.
When: February  14, 3 pm
Where: 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin, TX
How much: Free

V-Day Market at Sour Duck
What: Browse local artists and artisans to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, your co-workers, kids, parents, and any special someone! This free market features La Flaca, Two Hives Honey, Stitch and Stone, and many more.
When: February  14,
Where: 1814 E. MLK, Austin, TX
How much: No Cover

Free Fro-yo Day
What: The Menchies location in Great Hills is offering a complimentary dessert this Friday! Celebrate the new Disney channels Zombies 2 premier with a free 5 ounce dessert for the first 50 guests! only the first 50 people in line will get the deal, so get there early!
When: February  14, 3 pm
Where: 9828 Great Hills Trl, Ste 120, Austin, TX 78759
How much: Free


TFM at Lakeline Mall
What: The Texas Farmers Market features local artists and farmers every Saturday! Lakeline Mall hosts the event every weekend, rain or shine. Don’t forget your re-useable shopping bags!
When: February 8, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613
How much: Free

Open Mic Poetry Showcase
What: On the third Saturday of each month, enjoy a free open mic at Recycled Reads Bookstore. Admission and performance are free, all performances must be family friendly.
When: February  15, 3:30 pm
Where: 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX
How much: Free

Austin Chinese Festival at ACCF
What: The Austin Chinese American Festival is held at Westwood High School. There is no admission fee but you’ll want to bring cash for your purchases. Enjoy delicious foods, high school performers, and tons of culture. Admission is free!
When: February  15, 12 noon – 7 pm
Where: 12400 Mellow Meadow, Austin, Texas 78750
How much: Free


Blues & Booze at Celis Winery
What: Tell Hall is an active musician in and around Austin, offering classes and operating at Austin Guitar School. You can enjoy this free weekly jam session at Celis Winery. No cover, just pay for your orders!
When: February  16, 7 pm
Where: 1001 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
How much: No Cover

Chess Club at Central Library
What: This local chess club operates weekly for kids aged 5 – 18 years old. Whether they’re just learning for the first time or need to practice their craft, this is a great opportunity.
When: February  16, 4 pm
Where: 710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
How much: Free

Sneak Peak at Burger Bar Campus
What: RSVP through their Eventbrite link and you can get a free meal at Burger Bar! They’re offering a free burger and fries but you must RSVP. Limit one entree per person.
When: February  16, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: 1901 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78705
How much: Free


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