Have you run out of date ideas? It's okay, at some point all amazing relationship artists lose inspiration and steam. All you have to do to get it back it be open to trying something new, and have a sweetheart who is willing to join you for an adventure.
Do you have those two ingredients? Great, then read on if you use this as a weekly checklist you should have date ideas for a year!
Let me know in the comments how the dates go!
1. Go to the library and check out each of your favorite bedtime stories from childhood. Take turns reading to each other at night- be sure to share the memories you have of reading them as a kid!
2. Check your Portland City Parks for free summer outdoor movies. Even if you've seen it before, pack a blanket and some homemade treats for the show!
3. Check out a star map from the library (or download the free google sky app) and lay under the stars with your sweetie. Make a wish on a falling star!
4. Go to McMenamins Edgefield for the afternoon and wander their gardens. Really, they are beautiful grounds for a picnic or stroll.
5. Watch the roses bloom in the Rose Garden. Go in May for the best blooms, or check out other parts fo the park the rest of the year!
6. Pick (at least) one theme ride from the June Pedalpalooza (I recommend Star Wars vs Star Trek) and take your sweetie for a ride.
7. Watch the full moon rise together. Just you two, the moon and a blanket and watch what happens....
8. Grab your pillows and attend National Pillow Fight Day downtown. Watch your sweetie kick some feather-filled booty!
9. Go to the Portland Art Museum on the monthly fourth Friday free admission day. Find a piece that inspires you and tell your honey what makes it stand out or find a piece that reminds you of them and tell them why.
10. Check out the Powell's City of Books events calendar to find an author that interest you (or better yet, your date). They have delicious double chocolate cookies in their coffee shop- take a sweet treat to a reading or two!
11. Watch the meteor showers. Make a wish on a falling star!
12. Have you watched the swifts? his September thousands of birds will migrate to NW Portland, and you and your sweetie will join hundreds of other Portlanders with picnic blankets to watch the swarm dance. I promise, if nothing else, the crowd watching is worth it.
13. Play bingo together. Cheap grilled cheese and large colored markers. Need I say more? Try the East Portland Eagles Lodge, or make a list of all the bingo locations and check them off one by one!
14. Ride or bike out to Sauvie Island to pick berries. If you can't make it all the way to Sauvie, the Oregon Berry Festival might be closer!
15. And after picking berries, go to the nude beach on the northwest tip of Sauvie Island.
16. If you stay there long enough, you can play in the pumpkin patch. Take a hay ride, pick a pumpkin, carve a pumpkin, eat funnel cakes, drink cider and have a cozy fall date with your honey!
17. Is your baby a jazz fan? Take them to the free Cathedral Park Jazz festival and dance the night away.
18. Portland Actors Ensemble puts on free performances all summer. Shakespeare anyone?
19. Have you heard of Kick Ass Oregon History? Lets just say this is not the history lecture you remember in high school. These are talks about piracy, sex workers, adultery, and extortion and they are all true about our home town! Plus they are laced with profanity and take place in a secret basement bar. Take your sweetie for a history lesson.
20. The city of Portland hosts concerts in city parks almost every day all summer. Check this list of concerts in the park, then hit New Seasons deli and you have a beautiful (cheap) concert date.
21. Take a brewery tour. Free tours, good drinks, and you will learn a lot about where your beer comes from!
22. Make a list of five books that changed each of your lives and spend the winter cozy together reading and reviewing the list!
23. The Oregon Rail Heritage Museum is open and admission is donation only. All aboard!
24. Baskin Robbins offers $1 child size cones on Tuesdays. Check your store for participation or go to Ben and Jerry's for their regular free cone events!
25. Check out the concert lineup at Sundown at Ecotrust and take a walk over!
26. If you haven't had enough outdoor summer concerts yet, try the Wednesday Music on Mainstreet series downtown with your honey. Don't forget to dance!
27. Do you know how to play chess? If not, you can learn here and ten teach your partner with the huge pieces at Director Park, or on one of the sets at Anna Banana's Cafe.
28. If wellness is your honey's thing, take them to Director Park for their Wednesday free Nia Dance class.
29. More edible (and delicious) mushrooms grow in the Pacific Northwest than anywhere else. Join the Oregon Mycological Society on one of their fall foraging hikes and see what you two can cook up afterwards!
30. Even on a tight budget, you can go to the symphony. Portland Symphony hosts free concerts in the park regularly. So get dressed up and go!
31. Make a list of all the farmer's markets in town and attend one a week. each week challenge yourself to try something new, or bring something new home and learn to cook with it!
32. Is your sweetie a super hero in training? Try out the climbing wall in Portland Parks for free climbing for beginners.
33. Of all the strange (and donation-only) events in Portland, the annual Oregon Humane Society Portland Pug Crawl is one of my favorites. Take your sweetie to one of the more unusual (thousands of tiny snorting dogs, in costume, at a brewery) events you will ever enjoy together!
34. Do the Naked Bike Ride together. At least once. Just do it.
35. Make a list of your date's ten favorite movies and then schedule a weekly date night to watch them together. Rent, netflix, or borrow them from the library.
36. Try meditation. There are MANY free meditation sessions throughout the city. See what comes up in silence for each of you!
37. If you like garlic, both Festa Italiana and the Oregon Garlic Festival are free in downtown Portland! Just make sure you bring breath mints!
38. Free art festivals on the First Thursday and Last Thursday of each month might inspire your own artwork. First Thursday is in the Northwest Pearl Neighborhood, Last Thursday has a lot more energy and is on Alberta.
39. Backspace hosts Sunday night Portland Poetry Slam all year. Go early for a bite, or to write your own piece for the open mic and share your loving words with the whole audience!
40. Make a list of food carts you have each been hoping to try and start crossing them off on date night when you can. Cheaper eats and adventure guaranteed!
41. This city is covered in free public art. Print the map in this link (or save it on your phone) and take your sweetie on a scavenger hunt for public art of Portland.
42. Watch some old Wild Kingdom episodes on the internet and make a list of the most interesting animals you see. Then go to the Oregon Zoo together for $4 on the second Tuesday of any month. Make sure you see each of your favorite furry (or feathered) friends!
43. Take your honey to the Museum of Contemporary Craft on the first Thursday of every month for free day. Get inspired and come home crafty!
44. Check out the Portland Swap Meet and see what inspires you and your sweetie!
45. Among other amazing weird events keeping Portland weird, the Adult Soapbox Derby has been going strong for nearly 20 years. Design your own (even if you don't build it) and take your sweetheart to cheer the races!
46. Portland is one of the most vegan-friendly towns in the US. Why not try it for a week, the two of you and see how it goes? Try Vegan Week is an annual event with meet ups and recipes for anyone wanting to give it a go!
47. Are you a cyclist? Not only is PDX great for vegans, its one of the most bike-friendly towns around too! Even if you don't ride, I guarantee the Twilight Crit will entertain you and your date as super fast cyclists speed past you in the night. If a leisurely daytime ride is more your pace, check out the Portland Parks Sunday Parkways and pedal with half your neighborhood!
48. You may have noticed hoards of Santas roaming the streets of Portland every December. Santacon is a bar crawl with a ton of other events where all you need is a red shirt and a Santa hat (you can make your own too!) certain to keep you two smiling.
49. Leach Botanical Gardens hosts (free for adults) Honey Bee Hikes where you can see wildlife, look at the gardens, and create crafts together. If you can't make it there, Portland Parks also has regular Ladybug Walks with the same kind of fun!
50. A couple who stretches together stays together. So try yoga at one of the free/low cost yoga studios all around Portland.
51. Play Top Chef in your pantry together! Dig to the back and pull out three things you never really use. Now see what you can make together from the mystery box in your own kitchen!
52. Hike Forest Park. Even in winter this can be a great spot for you to enjoy the rain and get wet together!
I hope you have wonderful dates all year. Let me know how your dates go in the comments below!