10 Ideas for an Affordable, Awesome Night Out

10 Ideas for an Affordable, Awesome Night Out

Have you ever struggled to come up with an idea for a night out? We’ve all been there, I get it. Whether it be with friends or a date night, doing the same thing week after week gets old. Coming up with something fresh and fun can be challenging in itself, though. A night out doesn’t have to cost a small fortune and leave you scraping by until the next payday. In fact, having fun can cost little to nothing at all. Before resorting to the same thing you do week after week, here is a list of ideas for a night out with friends or that special someone in your life. 

Take a Cooking Class

Cooking and baking classes are a great idea for a night out doing something new. Not only does it give a chance to test out something you may not have made before, but it’s a fun and unique way to spend an evening. Plus, you get dinner and/or dessert out of it too when you’re done cooking. Check out what classes are offered in your area. Classes do fill up, so plan in advance. I’ve done a few of these and have added some great new recipes to my collection.

Fresh ingredients being prepared
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Check out a Gallery Hop or Local Museum

If you enjoy looking at art, most major cities offer monthly Gallery Hops where you walk from gallery to gallery, admiring the artwork. Some of them feature the work of local artists as well as from students at local art colleges, while others have more known artists work. Either way, it is a chance to appreciate the work and talent of all art forms. Gallery Hops in themselves cost nothing. If you decide to take home some of the art, that is another thing entirely.

Museums are usually free to a minimal admission cost and the artwork changes semi-regularly. Viewing artwork can inspire all kinds of conversations based on how you interpret it versus who you are with. There are no right or wrong views, which is the beauty of it.


Of course, there needs to be at least a somewhat clear night for this one to happen, but it can be done pretty much anywhere. From your backyard, a park, or a planetarium, stargazing is a great way to spend an evening doing something new. For a little something extra, bring a star map to try and find planets and constellations. There are even phone apps that you can download to take the place of a map. If it’s a cool night, bring a blanket and bundle up.

Night sky full of stars above a canopy of trees.
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Find an Outdoor Concert

During the warmer months, many areas have free (or $5-$10 admissions) lawn concerts. These can be all types of music depending on what you enjoy or what mood you are in. From rock to orchestras, you’re bound to find something to enjoy. Many times they are local bands, but it makes for a fun night out and you never know what new music you may discover. If it’s a more mellow concert, bring a blanket, a picnic, and enjoy.

Take a Painting Class

Painting classes can be so fun, and most areas offer them regularly. You can find some great deals online ( such as buy 1, get 1) to help with the cost. Whether you are an expert or first timer, there is something for everybody. Paint Nite has their website set up so you choose what you would like to paint. From there, the date and location are set for you. A little bit of advanced planning is required for this one, but it won’t be regretted.

Take a Walk

With autumn approaching quickly, that means leaves will be changing colors in many areas. It really is beautiful to see. Changing leaves or not, find a new nature trail that you may not have checked out before and take a walk. The fresh air is so calming and relaxing. It’s amazing how a nature walk can clear your mind.  An added bonus is the chance to appreciate a piece of where you live that you otherwise may not have known about. I complain about living in Ohio all the time but have found some absolutely gorgeous areas through walking trails.

Hiking trail in autumn with changing leaves
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Do a Wine Tasting ( or a Pedal Tavern)

Depending on if you are looking for a quiet evening out or one more on the rowdy side, either of these options is inexpensive. One may be more date-night appropriate, while the pedal tavern may be more fun with friends or a group of couples. Either way, they can both offer unique experiences that you don’t do often. Check out where either is offered in your area. (Taking an Uber or Taxi for the night is recommended.)

Check out a Comedy Show

Who doesn’t love laughter? Mid-week is a great time to check out your local comedy club. This is when lesser known and up and coming comedians generally perform. Ticket prices are very reasonable and it’s a great way to relieve some stress. Just beware of sitting in the front few rows. You never know when you may become part of the comedians routine.

Host a Game Night

Depending on how many people are involved will dictate what types of games are played. For smaller groups of 4 or less, breaking out classics is a great way to take a trip down memory lane. With games like Candy Land and Monopoly, it’s a great way to relive your childhood. If you have a larger group, games such as That’s What She Said makes for a hilarious evening full of unexpected twists. My husband and I, along with friends, have spent many nights in tears from laughter playing this game.

Game of Scrabble
Photo Credit: Moritz Schmidt (Unsplash)

Go Glow Bowling

Bowling is fun in itself. Glow bowling puts a new spin on the game. The bowling alley is darkened and lit by blacklights with neon pins and bowling balls. For a casual night out with loud music and some friendly competition, this can be a perfect way to spend a night out with friends or a date. If you have children, it’s also perfect for the whole family.


What are some of your favorite ways to spend a night out? Share below!

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