Date night

Date night doesn’t have to be boring. I love dinner and a movie as much as the next girl, but every now and then I want something a little bit more exciting!  There are so many cool things to do around Sacramento to ensure an unforgettable evening with your significant other. If you’re looking for something new to spice up your love life, start with these fun ideas!


An escape room is the perfect option for partners who love riddles and puzzles. Escape rooms operate on a time limit, so participants must work quickly and efficiently to beat the clock and, quite literally, escape the room. This real-life puzzle will have you laughing together while you solve challenges and decrypt cyphers.


With summer just around the corner, that means Concerts in The Park is back as well! Every Friday evening, Cesar Chavez Park hosts Concerts in The Park. Crowds of all sorts get together in the summer heat to enjoy live music, live art, themed nights, and a rotating lineup of local food trucks and boutique vendors.


Paint night is a fairly new global craze among artistic and unartistic folk alike. Typically, restaurants or bars host them with drinks on standby and no prep work involved. If this is your first date, Paint Night takes the pressure off of being alone and you get a peak at your partner’s creative side. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, the instructor gives you step-by-step instructions to make you look like a real professional.


Lace-up those sneakers because things are about to get competitive, in a friendly way, of course. Sacramento may not have all the top ranked sports teams but we do have the Sacramento Kings and Sac Republic FC! Turn a regular basketball game into something special. If you’re lucky, you and your date might even get on the jumbotron! It’s a loud and thrilling evening, mixed with cheap eats and an energetic crowd; it’s hard not to have fun while doing the wave.


Everyone goes out for dinner. Everyone goes out for coffee. But does everyone fly? If you or your date still can’t get over the fear of real flying, indoor skydiving is the perfect place to practice. Essentially, you’re geared up and are put in a wind tunnel that adjusts to your weight so you get the opportunity to fly. It’s the sensation of skydiving with a little less of the “will-I-ever-see-my-mom-again” kind of feeling. This unique mini adventure is something you both will remember forever.


We all know men love sports and there’s nothing better than a little friendly competition. Topgolf is a cool, indoor golf center with a great vibe and an even better menu. Reserve a bay with your date and get to smacking! There’s a live DJ, delicious food, drinks and of course, golf!


Nothing beats a giant turkey leg and the Ferris Wheel! If you’re anything like me, your dates most likely revolve around where you can get a good meal and the California State Fair will never disappoint. From funnels to fries to churros, the menu at the fair is never ending. Paired with exhilarating attractions, competitions, concerts, exhibits, you name it, they’ve got it!


Let’s take it back to the basics. Sometimes a dinner and a movie is all that it takes to enjoy date night. Studio Movie Grill brings both together. This deluxe movie theater has a full-service bar, American Grill menu and a state-of-the-art projection and sound system. Each luxury recliner comes with a service button to let your server know instantly that you need assistance. Once your order is placed, they will deliver your meal directly to your seat anytime during the show.



Margret Okunev


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