10 Date Ideas That Cost $0
Dating is expensive. Those receipts from concerts and happy hours quickly add up. To ease the financial burden, we’ve created a list of free date ideas—some of which even support your local community. Now the next time your match asks, “So what do you want to do?” you’ll know exactly where to go!
Find Free Concerts
Soak up the sunshine with live music. Bumble’s hometown of Austin takes pride in being the Live Music Capital of the World, offering a ton of free outdoor concerts all year round. Even if your town doesn’t have the musical DNA that Austin does, there are sure to be local acts looking for an eager audience every weekend.
Take a Hike
Why not get your steps in and check out a local trail instead of staying put during a sit-down dinner? Bonus points if you can bring your fur baby along for the walk, too. (Don’t go off the grid with someone you don’t know, of course—safety first.)
Stuff Your Face at a Food Fest
If you and your date are huge foodies, stop by a local food festival or farmer’s market to taste the best your community has to offer. Independently-owned grocery stores often host ice cream socials and Sample Sundays. What’s more charming than that?
Get Something Brewing
Many brewery tours are free, so plan ahead for a different kind of happy hour. Beer not your thing? Many wineries and distilleries also offer a free peek at the facilities! For a less boozy date, see if your local artisanal coffee company gives roastery tours.
Team Up at a Pub Quiz or Trivia Night
Intelligence is attractive! Bring your friends along to create a team of unstoppable minds (and an extra level of comfort), or duke it out as a duo. Whether you’re an expert on cartoons or shark species, it’s your time to shine.
Laugh It Out
Keep the pulse on up-and-coming comedians in your area. There are free shows across the country in cities of every size. If standup isn’t your thing, check your local bookstores and libraries for free spoken word performances, poetry readings, and author meet-and-greet events. You’ll definitely leave with something to talk about.
Cool Off at a Greenhouse
Greenhouses, conservatories, and plant nurseries are perfect for practicing your photography skills—and for social media-worthy moments. Marvel at the flowers together—and get snapping!
Have a Picnic
Skip the expensive brunch spots and hit up the park with a peaceful picnic. There are plenty of simple recipes online that you can prep and take on the go: lentil salads, toasted baguettes, homemade lemonade…the options are endless (and downright delicious)!
Volunteer at a Local Animal Shelter
Petting dogs and cats while getting to know each other? Best date ever. Look into whether you can volunteer inside the shelter or take them out for a walk! Animals are often kept inside for most of the day, so it’ll be a treat for all beings involved.
Whip Up Something New
Grocery chains sometimes offer free hands-on classes that’ll sharpen your skills in the kitchen. If your community doesn’t offer them, consider browsing the web for free online courses and host the class at home!