WANT TO WOW YOUR NEXT DATE? TRY ONE OF THESE UNIQUE IDEAS AND FALL IN LOVE—WITH YOUR CITY.

UNIQUE DATE IDEAS TO TRY RIGHT NOW

Dinner and a movie are dating staples, and while the traditional is always nice, it can also be fun to stray off the beaten path and find a more novel way to spend time together. Whether you’ve been together for years or are trying to woo a new romantic interest, we hope this list will help you add some new options to your dating repertoire. Plus, while a lot of these date ideas won’t tax your wallet, they will certainly win you major points in creativity.

FIRST SATURDAY ARTS MARKET

As the name suggests, the First Saturday Arts Market takes place the first Saturday of every month. This will be their thirteenth year putting on this amazing event, and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s a great place to spend a day exploring, checking out great artwork from many different mediums, listening to live music, and enjoying tasty food. The hours do change with the seasons, so be sure to visit the event’s website before making plans. For now, hours through May will be from 11 am to 6 pm, and for June and July, things will shift back into the evening hours with the event running from 6 to 10 pm.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AVANT GARDEN

This is a great all-in-one date spot, perfect for a fun atmosphere and casual vibe. Open Mic Night has been running since 1996, sharing the talents of great local artists. Visit Avant Garden any Tuesday from 8 pm to midnight to enjoy live music and great drink specials inside a refurbished, turn-of-the-century Kraft House. Stop by early from 6 to 8 and enjoy happy hour specials, live piano, and authentic Mexican tacos from the El Paloma taqueria food truck.

THE SECRET GROUP

The Secret Group is a new venue and comedy club that recently opened in downtown. They offer a wide range of comedy shows from Tuesday open mic night and $2 comedy shows every Wednesdays, to more formal weekend shows that range from free to $40. The venue itself is very cool, with both the interior and exterior having a dark and largely metallic theme. They also have a rooftop patio and it’s open seven days a week.

RIVER OAKS THEATRE

Put a fun twist on the classic movie-date by making it really classic. The River Oaks Theatre was built in 1939 in the art-deco style and is a great place to catch a foreign or independent film. The theater also hosts a variety of special Saturday midnight showings and every second Saturday of the month the theater plays the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Examples of other special showings include Grease sing-a-longs, Indiana Jones, and Let the Right One In.

WATER ADVENTURE

Getting outdoors and doing some exploring can be a great way to spend the day together. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and get out on the water. You can even rent them directly on Buffalo Bayou Park or in Discovery Green from Bayou City Adventures. Make a day of it, pack a picnic lunch, and take a break on the shores before heading back.

HOUSTON FOOD TRUCK PARK

The Houston Food Truck Park was undergoing a bit of a revitalization in order to offer an even greater experience, but it finally reopened in October of 2016. The new location at 1311 Leeland Street now has a bar and entertainment space, making it the perfect place to spend part of an afternoon or evening. Why choose one restaurant when you can sample from several? Pop over to the Houston Food Truck Park to enjoy a few drinks and share delicious treats from multiple vendors.

ACES OF TASTE

This unique platform offers a fresh take on dining, providing what they call “An Interactive Dinner Series”. Approximately once a month they bring in a different established or up-and-coming local chef to create an evening of culinary adventure. The kicker? Each time it is in a different location to be divulged within 48 hours of the event. Tickets typically start around $50 and include a multiple course meal (brunch or dinner) and cocktails. At the end of the meal, there is even a chance for open discussion with the chef. Check their Facebook page or website to see what events are coming up next.

We hope you enjoy exploring Houston with your special someone or impressing a new love interest with your local knowledge and fun unique date ideas!

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