things to do in austin this weekend

It’s Valentine’s weekend but whether you’re single, looking, cuffed, or entertaining the family, we have plenty of options for you! One of the best things about Austin is that there are always fun things to do- but those ticket prices and cover charges can really add up. Keep it simple and cheap with our selection of free and low cost events!

Free and cheap things to do in Austin this weekend include Hops & Grain Brewery Tours, Epic Fun, open mic night, story time, farmers markets, festivals, and more.

Here is your weekend guide to Free and Cheap Events in Austin:



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Hops & Grain Brewery Tours
What: This local brewery is open every day of the week, with tours and tastings! You’ll want to RSVP in advance to book your tour because this popular location sells out fast. 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



Here are some awesome discounts you can take advantage of every day!


Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! This local animal preservation and conservation group has more than 300 animals, all who have been rescued and rehabilitated. Enjoy train rides, animal interactions, and more. This non-profit runs just for the sake of saving the animals and your attendance helps! Admission starts at $11.95 per person but we have tickets for as low as $7.95!


AMC Theatres allow you to purchase tickets online and now, you can use them any time! You are able to print your tickets out to redeem them at the box office, or just pull them up on your app! Regularly priced, admission is $13.50 per person but we have e-tickets for just $9 each. Just purchase, download, and use them for any show time!


Take a narrated cruise tour through Lady Bird Lake! The tour “boat” is an amphibious vehicle which can go on land and sea! The tour takes you through some of the best tourist hot-spots in Austin, including a drive by the capitol building! Admission to the tour starts at $28.95 per person but have your tickets for at least 36% off. A 75- minute tour for one is just $18.28 per person. Bundle up your tickets and save even more!


Enjoy the latest technology, most comfortable seating, and a surround-sound audio system that will leave you breathless! This movie experience is like no other, and now you can get in on the cheap. Admission is $13 per person but for a limited time, you can purchase e-tickets for just $9.50. Purchase online, print your tickets and use them for any show title.



Epic Fun 
What: If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at axe-throwing, laser tag, or a ropes course, now is your chance! This local fun zone has so many different attractions and activities to choose from, you could spend a whole day there and still not see it all. 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 14, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: 7101 W. Hwy 71, Austin, TX 78735
How much: $29.75

All Ages Story Time
What: This story time at Central Library is held in the Children’s Area on the 3rd floor. They welcome all ages of kids and anyone who likes to be read to. The story changes each week so you’ll never get bored!
When: February  14, 10:30 am
Where:710 W. César Chávez St., Austin, TX 78701
How much: Free

V-Day Market at Sour Duck
What: Browse local artists and makers to find the perfect V- Day gift for your sweetheart, your co-workers, kids, parents, and any special someone! This free market features products and art from La Flaca, Two Hives Honey, Stitch and Stone, and more. The bar will also be having drink specials!
When: February 14, 3 – 6 pm
Where: 1814 E. MLK, Austin, TX 78702
How much: No Cover

Free Fro-yo Day
What: The Menchie’s located in Great Hills is offering a complimentary dessert this Friday to celebrate V-Day and more! Celebrate the new Disney channel’s 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



Maker Space Cricut Open House
What: The Twin Oaks Branch Library is offering a free open house for makers who are interested in learning how to use a Cricuit! Bring your own materials, the library will have staff on hand to show you what to do.
When: February 15, 10 am – 4 pm
Where:1800 S. Fifth St., Austin, TX 78704
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 and bring both cash and card.
When: February 15, 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. Come for the show or try your hand at Spoken Word!
When: February 15, 3:30 pm
Where: 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78756
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 and card for your purchases. Enjoy delicious foods, performances by local high school students, 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 food and drinks!
When: February  16, 7 pm
Where: 1001 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
How much: No Cover

I Love Idiomas So Much!
What: Idiomas is Spanish for “languages” and this festival showcases performances from cultures across the Phillippines, Latin America, India, Spain, and more. This event is family-friendly and free to the public, just RSVP!
When: February 16, 1 – 4 pm
Where: 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723
How much: Free

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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