Fall is the perfect season for getting cozy, ordering in, and hunkering down for an evening with that special someone. But dating is so much more than Netflix and well, you know the rest. Where's the romance, Steve? You better get your act together. Get out of the house, take your sweetheart somewhere nice, and for god's sake, put on some pants.
Whether you're in it for the long haul, or hanging out one-on-one with your crush for the first time, we've got you covered with this Autumn guide to date night in Edmonton.
Hip Hop Brunch
Although this is more of a daytime date idea than an evening outing, I highly recommend getting your brunch on at The Common, where they're serving up more flavour than Flavor-Flav. Groove to your favourite hip hop jams, and bond over your love for the best meal ever. Your date isn't "a brunch person"? Maybe it's time to look for someone new. Just being honest. Head over early to avoid the rush!
October 15 (11:00am-3:00pm)
Grab a front row seat to the most magnificent show on earth: the northern lights. Head to Elk Island National Park with a couple of lawn chairs, a blanket, and a thermos of hot chocolate and watch as the aurora borealis dances overhead. Is there a better setting for a smooch? I don't think so. Check Aurora Watch to find out when these pulsating lights are most likely to appear.
Jump and Jive at Sugar Swing
Take your date to Sugar Swing Ballroom's Dance Socials and woo your partner with some sweet dance moves. Lessons are available before the party begins, so you won't have to worry about stepping on each other's feet. Dance to swing music, and get to know your partner while you Lindy Hop. All levels welcome!
Friday & Saturday evenings
Events at the AGA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a date night classic. Why not kick it up a notch at one of their classy events? Get past the small talk as you sip on cocktails and appreciate beautiful art and beautiful company. Music, small plates, and drinks await at Vibe at the AGA (the third Friday of every month), while Refinery at the AGA (October 28) is your chance to dress up and party after dark.
Yoga with a Twist
Doughnuts and downward dogs... the strangest combination ever? Or maybe the world's best ice breaker. It's really up to you. This fall you'll find Glow in the Dark Yoga, Candlelit Partner Yoga, and yes, even Doughnut Yoga right here in Edmonton, all hosted by the awesome folks at YEG.Date. Namaste.
Various dates this Fall
Segway for Two
Why walk when you can glide through the North Saskatchewan River valley? Venture around the city on a segway tour together with River Valley Adventure Co. Your guide will share some of Edmonton’s history and provide tips as you cruise along the trails. Plus, they're offering $10 off when you come for a ride from October 13-31. All you have to do is dress in your spookiest Halloween get-up (couple's costumes encouraged).
Paint Nite Edmonton
If you're romantic like Van Gogh, but would rather keep both your ears, try taking your date to one of the many Paint Nite events around town. You'll create one-of-a-kind masterpieces with the help of the Paint Nite team and enjoy a pint or cocktail while you channel your inner Picasso.
Various dates this Fall
Edmonton Corn Maze
Maybe it sounds a little corny, but this traditional autumn outing is a ton of fun. Get lost together in the Edmonton Corn Maze where you'll find 5 km of twists and turns and 85 decision points. Don't worry—a series of clue cards will be your guide along the way. You'll be a-mazed with this year's design which was created in partnership with famed local video game company, Bioware.
September 5- October 24
Board Game Cafes & Escape Rooms
Bring along another couple for a double date at an escape room or board game cafe. Work together to crack codes in escape rooms like Escape City's The Hunt for Arms McGee, which features a series of Edmonton-themed puzzles. Gather around a table at Hexagon Board Game Cafe or Table Top Board Game Cafe where you will find espresso-based beverages, beer, soda, and (of course) awesome board games.
An Evening at the Symphony
For a special outing to keep the fire alive, check out the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre. Concerts feature a wide-range of repertoire: classical masterworks, hip-hop, pop, and even cinematic favourites. This date night idea is a no-brainer with fall concerts that include Mozart's Jupiter, Patrick Watson Meets the ESO, and Beethovan's Violin Concerto. Swoon.
Various dates this fall