Spokane, Washington is filled with a variety of dating venues, but sometimes it’s easy to forget or even completely miss what is out there. If you’ve taken your date to dinner and a movie for each evening out, it is time to shake things up a bit. There are creative new activities to be found for all different likes and interests. Here are ten creative summer date ideas you can find right in the Spokane area.
The Blue Door Theater: Lighthearted with Laughter
Have a little fun and laugh with your date by taking in some Spokane comedy improv. The Blue Door Theater is a theater similar to the style of comedy you would see on the TV Show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” and has been making people laugh since 1996. It is located in the Garland Business District of Spokane, so there is plenty of free parking near the theater. The performances are on Friday and some Saturday nights and you never know what will happen! To find out schedules and more information about the Blue Door Theater visit their website at www.bluedoortheatre.com.
South Perry Outdoor Movies: Traditional with a Twist
Enjoy the movies without having to miss out on the cool breeze and fresh air of our Spokane summer nights. The South Perry Business District has set up a theater on the side of one of the local business and all you need to do is bring your chairs and snacks! It is located in the parking lot of the car garage-converted-coffee house, The Shop, so there are other snack and refreshment options as well. The movies begin at dusk but often have local, Spokane talent performing before the movie starts. You can usually find the movie schedule in the Spokane community calendars, but you can also find South Perry Business contact information by going here www.developingspokane.org/business_centers/center/default.aspx?id=4.
The MAC: Thought Provoking and Conversational
Discover something new with your date by visiting the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (also referred to as “The MAC”). The exhibits rotate regularly so you can keep your eye on the schedule to see if something is coming that is of particular interest to you and your date. The museum is located in Browne’s Addition, near Downtown Spokane so you might want to stop by The Elk, a nearby pub, for some patio time to discuss what you saw at the exhibit. To find out more about the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture or to see a calendar visit their website at www.northwestmuseum.org.
Rockwood Bakery and Manito Park: Relaxing with Natural Beauty
If you want to relax with your date, this could be the best opportunity in Spokane. Just about a block down the street from the gorgeous Manito Park is a quaint, Italian style coffee house and bakery. Sit in the charming shop or take your pastries and coffee outside onto the patio. It is located in a peaceful, Norman Rockwell neighborhood and the food and drinks will not disappoint. After lunch, stroll down the street to Manito Park where you can experience the rose gardens, Japanese Gardens, Duncan Gardens… the list goes on! For more information on the Rockwood Bakery see www.rockwoodbakery.com and to find out more about Manito Park you can visit www.manitopark.org.
Local Fundraising Events: Classy Evening with a Heart
Support your favorite Spokane charity and have a classy evening out at the same time. The Spokane area is very supportive of non-profit organizations so there are many fundraising events going on throughout the summer. The events cover all sorts of activities, but many would make a great date while helping local charities. Some examples of popular events are:
- The YWCA “Summer Celebration” Dinner and Auction
- The Spokane Symphony “Best Fest” which includes a maestro’s brew party along with selected concerts
- Spokane AIDS Network “Stem and Stein” wine and beer tasting
- The Salvation Army “Children Are Our Future” Dinner & Auction
Arbor Crest: Tastefully Romantic
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is for those in Spokane who have a romantic streak. This award winning, second generation owned, historical landmark will give you a sweeping view of Spokane Valley. The buildings are built and decorated with Italian charm and the owners are experts in the wine industry. They have wine tasting and live concerts throughout the summer. You will not want to miss this romantic summer evening! Find out more about Arbor Crest Wine Cellars at www.arborcrest.com.
Cat Tales: Adventurous and Exotic
Here is a way to take your date on an adventure while staying relatively close to your back yard. Cat Tales is a zoological park a short drive outside of Spokane. Cat Tales specializes in cat rescue and usually has around 40 lions, tigers and other large cats along with various other animals that need help. You may even have the opportunity to feed one of the cats. Come on guys, baby tigers are chick magnets! For more information and directions visit the Cat Tales website at www.cattales.org.
Polka-Dot Pottery: Artistically Expressive
If you want to get creative with your date this could be the idea for you. Polk-a-Dot Pottery is a delightful Spokane pottery studio filled with pieces you can choose to paint and Polk-a-Dot Pottery will supply all the materials needed. The best part is they do the clean up for you! If you’ve never done anything like this before the workers are friendly and ready to help with directions, tips and creative ideas. Once you’ve finished you leave your item at the Polk-a-dot Pottery studio to be fired in the kiln and they will give you a call when it is ready for pick up (this may be a good opportunity to ensure a second date). You can find out more about Polk-a-dot Pottery at www.polkadotpottery.com.
Concert in the Park: Simply Musical
There are many parks throughout Spokane that have free concerts in the summer that would be a perfect date, especially for those on a budget. One park you can usually count on with its “Concerts Under the Pines” series is Audubon Park in Northwest Spokane. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket and enjoy the music. If you would like to find out when the concerts are and who’s playing, visit Spokane’s Northwest Neighborhood Association’s website at www.nwspokane.org.
Riverside State Park: Connecting with Nature
If you and your date would like to get outside on one of Spokane’s beautiful summer days, take a little nature trip to Riverside State Park. The park has so many different options that you can decide just how adventurous you would like to be. One classic location to take a date is The Bowl and Pitcher scenic overlook. You can use the swinging suspension bridge to cross the river and follow many of the nearby trails. For more an idea of all Riverside State Park has to offer check out their website at www.riversidestatepark.org.