Since discovering all of the different date nights to take part in our city we’ve really ramped it up. We’ve tried a handful of new restaurants, I shot a real-life assault rifle (and hit the target so many times) and we’ve done a few new and fun fitness classes together. If you’re in need of some date night inspiration, I’ve got it for you – right here, with these Edmonton date ideas:
1. Explore Greenland Garden Center (there are also some fun workshops you can take together) and grab a bite to eat at the Branches Restaurant. It’s on our list for the next night we’ve got a babysitter – and one of my favorite places to browse.
2. Until the end of April (or the end of Hockey) you can get half price appetizers at Von’s when the Oilers are playing. We recently went with friends and were with someone who made the call that we were trying every appetizer on the menu. I highly recommend doing just that, I discovered I actually do like Mussels.
3. For the frugal foodie in you, there are free technique classes offered at Williams Sonoma. You can check out the class, learn something new and get a ten percent off discount card to buy something in-store.
4. The gun range. I shot an assault rifle, a handgun and was surprisingly less nervous than I thought I was going to be. You can do this at Wild West, or one of the gun ranges in the city.
5. Edmonton Food Fight. It’s like Chopped, but real life in front of you. These events sell out fast, so when you see the tickets come up for sale (you can find that information, here) grab them and get entertained in a date that tops my list of things to do.
6. Take Surfboard Fitness Class. Getting out for a date doesn’t mean that you need to get fancied up. Some of the best dates that we’ve had were getting active together. Try the new and popular way to get fit, on a surf board out of the water. Sign up to try it out, here.
7. Visit the Harvest Room at Hotel Macdonald for lunch or dinner and have a look at the Lego Model of the building. It’s really cool, and if you’re a Lego Enthusiast, it’s a must-see.
8. Take a Drop in class at Art gallery of Alberta. The two hour classes on Wednesday nights are a great way to mix it up and allow you to leave with something cool, even if you think you are artistically challenged. It’s $16/$18 membership/non member, and a nice way to break up the week. Each week, there’s something new see the schedule, here.
9. Grab a couple of meals from Sunterra Friday night feast, put on some Netflix and binge watch Bloodline. It’s good, and you don’t have to make dinner for yourselves.
10. Plan a week night date night out and get cheap po-boys at Dadeos, on Whyte Ave, around $10 on Monday and Tuesdays.
11. Get on your bikes, and head to the river valley for an afternoon of mountain biking. You can find some helpful maps and routes, here.
12. See Cabaret at Mayfield Dinner Theater, the show starts on April 14.
13. Learn to Stand up Paddleboard at Rundle Park, in May. Get the details + register, here.
14. Late Night Shows at the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and stick around for live entertainment and martinis following the performances that are changed up weekly.
15. Fresh Pasta Classes at Get Cooking. These ones are a splurge, at $139 per person, but you do get a meal out of it and you learn skills that can impress guests like no other. You can find those (and many more classes, here).
16. Plan ahead and take part in the next Dark Matters night, featuring: sex, at Telus World of Science. Adults only, drinks and treats, music – tickets are only $14, if you buy ahead of time. Get more details + programming information.
17. Try the new live action escape game room, Bomb, at Break Out Entertainment. Go as a double date and see who’s smart enough to figure it all out – pro tip: it helps if you’re sober.
18. Views of the Night Sky at University of Alberta. The free date night comes with a look into the night sky and a free public talk, giving you the chance to learn something new. Get the details, here.
19. Take a few moments to get something delicious to savor and share from Duchess Bake Shop
20. Take your streetcar experience to a new level and check out a concert in a Streetcar. They sell quickly, so you’re going to want to stay tuned for the beginning of the season, in May. Get the details, here.
21. Want to get a taste of Iceland without the flight? Check out this fantastic Taste of Iceland event at Characters. Get the details.
22. See a movie that might not be on your radar, at Metro Cinema.
23. Spend a night out and get dinner and a movie at the adults only VIP Theater in Windermere. We like this option for a traditional movie + date night out because you can dinner and a movie, at the same time, saving money on those hefty babysitting fees. Jamie’s most excited about the new Avengers movie coming out in May.
24. Take part in your first Cash Mob on April 4, 2015
25. Grab brunch (check out the ever-changing specials) at Square 1 in Sherwood Park
26. Try Yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard (Maybe take some lessons, first), right in the city.
27. See Journey to the South Pacific in Imax
28. See Category E during a ‘pay what you can’ at the door at Varscona Theater. Preview night is April 9 for this thrilling production that’s bound to get you talking on date night. (Until April 18). Get the details
29. It’s gorgeous outside now, check out one of your favorite patios and enjoy the nice weather without the kids. Some of the favorite patios in the city are: Craft Beer Market and Wildflower Grill.
30. Skydiving Season starts April 1 – and no, it’s not an April Fools. Tackle ad adventure with Edmonton Skydive
31. Go for a swim at your local pool. If you’ve gone to the pool with kids, you’re in for a whole new adventure when you go by yourself. One of our favorite choices is Millennium Place, or the new pool at the Meadows on 17th street.
32. Think ahead, and get tickets for Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna, coming to Edmonton in the end of May.
33. Try out Line tech Ziplines at the Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall and while you’re there don’t forget a couple of the newest attractions like the Hurricane and the new never-ending surfing or body surfing (additional costs). Get the details for these attractions at World Waterpark.
34. Sneak out on a weekend morning and tour the museum to see the latest exhibitions, or brush up on installations that you have’t seen in years. As an added bonus, admission is half off between 9 and 11 on weekend mornings.
35. Take a What’s for Dinner, cooking class at PC Cooking school and get a $10 gift card (covers the cost of the class) to buy the ingredients for dinner. Easy peasy and cheap date night out where you both might learn a little something new for when it’s your turn to make dinner.
36. Explore the 8km of paths at the Strathcona Science Provincial Park on your bikes, and spend the morning getting active (and getting sweaty).
37. Get a new perspective at the Global Visions Film Festival
38. Visit the City Market downtown and try something new, that you haven’t tried before. Plan B: pick up the ingredients to make something new for dinner together.
39. Take part in a drop in climbing adventure at Vertically Inclined
40. Hit a bucket of balls at the Driving Range. Regardless of your level of golf knowledge, this is great fun. Jamie is an avid golfer or you’ve only been to the driving range a handful of times in your entire life, this is a fantastic way to spend a date night.
41. I’ve got two left feet, but I’m always up for a good time. Thursday nights, you can get $5 salsa lessons at On the Rocksand take advantage of the food and drink specials too.
42. Share the Earl Grey Creme Brulee at the Common. It’s one of my favorites.
43. Wine and Cheese, trying a delicious cheese board that ranges from $25 to $35 for cheese + meat and have some conversation over a couple of glasses of wine in the cozy atmosphere of The Cavern
44. Get your competitive on with Tactical Laser Tag, at Mission Edmonton.
45. Go casual (and delicious) with Tieless Tuesdays at La Ronde
46. Drop in Hula Hooping Classes
47. Plan a staycation for the weekend at the Matrix Hotel
48. Take in a chocolate tasting at Jacek Chocolate
49. Olive oil tastings and pairings to satisfy your inner foodie, try something new and get inspired to give something like popcorn and your meals a new light. Follow Evoolution on Twitter for the latest events.
50. Try the surfing lessons at West Edmonton Mall – it’s not summer yet, and vacation season has passed for the most part, so get up on a board for the initial lessons and then take part in drop in surf sessions.
What are some of your favorite ways to spend date nights in Edmonton?