Just because Austin is weird, doesn’t mean it has to be expensive! We know you want to see and do all of the best of the 512 but that means high ticket prices and excessive cover charges- unless you keep up with us! We bring you deals, discounts, and total freebies so you can socially distance from home, or get out of the house in style.

Free and cheap activities in ATX this week include free workouts, streaming workshops, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, Free Museum Day, Happy Hours, virtual trivia, and much more.

Here is your weekly edition of Free and Cheap Things to Do in Austin:

MONDAY

Deep Stretch Yoga with Dayna 
What: Local yoga instructor Dayna is offering a live streaming and on-demand classes! Learn relaxing and restorative stretches to align your hips, shoulders, and spine. You’ll need to register for each session and keep in mind that prices vary.
When: Monday, September 14, times vary
Where: Online
How Much: Prices Vary

Origami with Karen 
What: Join the Lake Travis Community Library for this free, virtual class! Instructor Karen will teach you the basics of Origami, where you will learn to make beautiful objects out of folded paper. Admission is free, just register with the library.
When: Monday, September 14, 1 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Make it with Maggie
What: This local chef and owner of Maggie’s Farm is hosting virtual cooking demonstrations via Zoom! Register in advance for the list of ingredients you will need to make the meal, plus a Zoom link. This week, learn how to make Creole Rice and Beans.
When: Monday, September 14, 6 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

TUESDAY

GuateLink: Connecting to El Mundo Maya 
What: Enjoy a virtual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and learn all about Guatemala and the Mayans! You will enjoy a streaming performance by the Ballet Folklorico de Guatemala, a Mayan Language Class for Beginners, cooking classes, interactive recitals, and more. Tickets are donation-based.
When: Tuesday, September 15, 4:30 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Donation-Based

Virtual Zumba 
What: Register with StrongerAustin.org to take advantage of tons of totally free workouts! On Tuesdays, join in for a free, virtual Zumba class where you will learn fast-paced Latin choreography to top hits. Don’t worry about keeping up, this is a fun and upbeat class where moves can be modified to any ability, and there’s never any judgment.
When: Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Trivia Tuesday: Schitt’s Creek
What: If you haven’t seen this hilarious deadpan comedy about a family who loses all of their wealth and needs to start over, now is the time to binge! Join the Get It Gals for this three-round, one-hour trivia contest where you can show off your sister skills and even win a prize! Admission is free, just follow Get It Gals on Facebook for links and updates.
When: Tuesday, September 15, 8 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

WEDNESDAY

Viva Mexico 
What: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center! This virtual, streaming celebration will be free on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. You will enjoy dance and musical performances by local Austin artists, plus hands-on activities, visual art and storytelling, and much more. Follow the Center or the Austin Parks & Recreation Department on social media for more info.
When: Wednesday, September 16, 6 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Eastside Beer Runners 
What: Meet up at Hops & Grain for this weekly social run club. There’s no fee to join the group, just be sure to hydrate well in advance of the run and bring a mask so you can socialize afterward.
When: Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm
Where: 507 Calles St, Suite 101, Austin, TX
How Much: Free

Fix-It At Home! 
What: Austin Recycles wants to make sure you know how to patch, sew, and repair your own clothes! Take this free, virtual streaming class each week to learn a new, basic skill. The class doesn’t just focus on clothing- you could also learn how to fix household appliances and more. Follow Austin Recycles on Facebook for supply lists and topics.
When: Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

THURSDAY

Happy Appy Thursdays 
What: Scholz Garden is hosting a fun happy hour featuring music by Mark Creaney and Will Rhodes! Admission is free, appetizers are just $5 and they’ll also have special pricing for cocktails. You’ll be asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. They’re also kid and pet friendly.
When: Thursday, September 17, 4 – 8 pm
Where: 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
How Much: No Cover

Virtual Family Zumba
What: Enjoy free, streaming fitness classes for the whole family! Stronger Austin is offering a robust program of workout classes with Family Zumba every Thursday. Admission is free, just be sure to RSVP on StrongerAustin.org.
When: Thursday, September 17, 5 pm
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Art & Music Nights at the Cathedral 
What: The Cathedral ATX is hosting this evening of live music, local art, and margaritas! Reservations are a must, tickets start at $50 for two people, including margarita samples. Art and prints will also be available for purchase. 21 and up, only.
When: Thursday, September 17, 6 pm
Where: 2403 E 16th St, Austin, TX 78702
How Much: $50+

FRIDAY

37th Annual Day of the Dead Opening
What: The Mexic-Arte Museum always hosts an awesome Day of the Dead Exhibit and now you can join on opening day! Be sure to wear a mask and stay home if you’re sick. You’ll be asked to maintain social distancing protocols while you browse a selection of Dia de Los Muertos-themed art.
When: Friday, September 18, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
How Much: Free Entry

Bridesmaids at the Ranch 
What: Ranger Cattle has converted an old cow pasture into a drive-in theater! Admission is $50 per vehicle and you are still required to wear a mask. You can bring lawn chairs or just watch from your car. Be sure to have an FM radio in your car or bring one with you so that you can tune in to the audio. They’re also pet-friendly!
When: Friday, September 18, 6:30 pm
Where: 12208 FM 969 Austin, TX 78724
How Much: $50

Nick Swift Band 
What: Gingerland Ranch is hosting this live concert, socially-distanced style! Feel free to BYOB, including coolers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and whatever else makes you comfy. The Nick Swift Band will be playing live while you eat, drink, and be merry.
When: Friday, September 18, 7 pm
Where: 15709 Richards Dr, Austin, TX 78617
How Much: Free

SATURDAY

Mexican Independence Day at La Peña 
What: Enjoy free coffee and pan dulce, play the Loteria, and get 15% off of merchandise! This is a great opportunity to shop from local artists, artisans, and other vendors at Artisan Mercado. The Loteria game will be played live on Facebook but events are still happening in-store.
When: Saturday, September 19, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: 227 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
How Much: No Cover

Austin Tinkering School Sale
What: The Austin Tinkering School is shutting down their brick-and-mortar location, so everything must go! They’re having a huge garage sale where you can get materials, tools, and toys to fix, repair, or repurpose. Admission is free, just wear a mask.
When: Saturday, September 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 1122 Airport Blvd, Suite A, Austin, TX 78702
How Much: No Cover

Pop Punk Nite at Emerald
What: The Emerald Point Bar & Grill is hosting a free, outdoor show for lovers of pop and punk music. There will be free drinks, professional photo ops, and some of the biggest punk and punk cover bands around.
When: Saturday, September 19, 8 pm
Where: 5973 Hiline Rd, Austin, TX 78734
How Much: Free

SUNDAY

Come Dance with Austin Ballet
What: Come Dance is a live streaming, virtual event for dancers and total beginners! It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or have never stepped foot inside a studio. The event includes free classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, and more. This free and fun event is open to everyone in Austin and you could win a prize! Be sure to RSVP in advance of the event. 
When: Sunday, September 20, times vary
Where: Online
How Much: Free

Austin Museum Day 
What: This is the 23rd annual Austin Museum Day where you can explore many of Austin’s favorite museums for free! Pay no entrance fee while getting your fill of art, culture, science, and more. This year’s event will be virtual, with a schedule of activities including artist talks, craft projects, museum tours, and more. Some museums are also open for in-person visits. Find out more here.
When: Sunday, September 20, times vary
Where: Locations Vary
How Much: Free

Lone Star Farmers Market 
What: The Lone Star Farmers Market is open every weekend for fresh, local produce, quality meats, locally-sourced honey, arts, crafts, and much more. There is no entrance fee, just be sure to wear a mask, bring your shopping bags, and maintain social distancing.
When: Sunday, September 20, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin, TX
How Much: No Cover

 

Are you ready for the new week? If these events are helping you maintain a fun and affordable social life, let us know! You can also ask questions and make suggestions. Just find the comments section below and leave us a message: