Need to shake up the same old routine of things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend? When the typical “dinner and a movie” just isn’t making the cut anymore, it’s usually time to add some zest to your weekend date ideas.
Delight in a variety of options like goofy shenanigans, romantic getaways, cute things to do with your boyfriend to embrace autumn, ways to unleash your inner artists, and much more!
So out with the old and in with the new! (Old plans that is… hang on to that special person of yours!) Make an ordinary Friday, Saturday and Sunday extraordinary. Experience crisp air, crunchy leaves and cozy together-time with these 77 unique date ideas that will make your fall unforgettable!
1. COZY UP TO A CAMPFIRE
Enjoy an evening of tantalizing flames in the backyard or out in nature. The warm, romantic glow of the fire will be pretty fun too (*wink, wink*). Especially if it involves s’more. Made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. *Yum!*
2. FIND SOME FIREWORKS
Watching impressive pyrotechnics light up the sky is one of the best things to do with your boyfriend on a date. They never go out of style, and it’s tough to tear your eyes away from the bursting beauty. Unless, of course, it’s to steal a smooch or two against the dazzling backdrop. Check social media to find free displays that may be presented after events like local ball games, fundraisers, etc.
3. GO CAMPING
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for some peace and quiet. Take to the great outdoors to savor some quality time together. Between wildlife sightings and changing leaf colors, you’re bound to behold a bunch of gorgeous scenery as well.
4. HEAD OUT HIKING
In the spirit of outdoor adventures to do with your boyfriend over the weekend, why not hit the trails? Pick a path that has your preferred level of challenge. Then get lost in the wonders of the wilderness together.
5. RANDOM ROAD TRIP
One of the most fun, spontaneous things to do with your special someone is to just jump in a car and drive. Buckle up and see where the road takes you. Take on as many twists, turns and miles as your hearts desire. Drive until you don’t want to anymore. And explore wherever you end up. (Then thank your lucky GPS for easily finding your way back.)
6. LACE UP BOWLING SHOES
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with resorting to a classic when you’re looking for things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend. Line those pins up and knock ‘em down for a fun-filled afternoon or evening on the lanes with your main squeeze.
7. BE AN ARCADE JUNKIE
Add a little bit of retro-love to your Friday or Saturday date night ideas. Swing by a hot spot that boasts the likes Pacman, TMNT, skeeball, pinball galore, and much more. Be sure each of you is armed with plenty of quarters. Then let the games begin!
8. LOCAL FAIR OR FESTIVAL
The romance behind taking a spin through one of these can’t be underestimated. Bask in the atmosphere of fall sights and smells, amusement rides, goofy games, caramel apples and cotton candy, cheesy music, and lots of lovable photo opps!
9. ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
Check out a local sporting event. Whether it’s a major or minor league game, you won’t be able to beat the atmosphere. With endless amounts of cheering, cold beverages and greasy food, it’s no wonder this is such a good time. Add some matching face paint, and you’ve got on heck of a cute thing to do on the weekend with your boyfriend!
10. VISIT A SEASONAL OUTDOOR HOT SPOT
There’s no time like the present to dig into all that autumn has to offer! Take advantage of fun date ideas for an afternoon or evening like going to a pumpkin patch, harvest festival, farmer’s market or apple orchard.
11. BRAVE A HAUNTED HOUSE
What’s better to do on an October weekend with your boyfriend than get your spook on?! Most cities have at least a dozen haunted happenings in their immediate or nearby areas. So find a winner and go get scared silly! Or do a haunted house crawl and see how many you can handle in one frightful night!
12. CONQUER A CORN MAZE
For slightly less of a scream-fest, find a local corn maze and run amok together. But hurry! You never know what creatures of the night are stalking you among the endless rows of eerie husks, lurking around the dark corners.
13. PIZZA IN THE PARK
Basically, this weekend date idea with your boyfriend is two “P”s in a pod. Imagine spreading a blanket out on plush grass, surrounded by warm fall sunshine and a slight breeze. Pop open bottle of wine and a box of fresh pizza pie. And you have the ultimate afternoon without even trying!
14. LAUGH YOUR BUMS OFF
Attend a local comedy show! Leave reality and serious conversation behind, and go crazy with a giggling crowd. While it’s no guarantee all of the material will be appropriate (is it ever?), you can rest assured your cheeks will hurt afterwards from all the smiles.
15. BOARD GAMES AND WINE
Nothings says “fun things to do with your boyfriend” quite like a little bit of friendly board game competition. Bust out a glorious combo of old favorites from years past, plus some new gems. Pour a glass of wine for you and your competition. Raise the stakes with some bets. And then it’s game(s) on!
16. TRY TO BECOME A YOUTUBE SENSATION
Your hidden talents won’t be so secret anymore (*ahem, please keep it appropriate*). Use the unstoppable and often viral power of the world wide web to reveal them to the masses. You two just might be the next big thing! Songs, dancing, or any other tricks that may be up your sleeves are all welcome.
17. RE-DECORATE THRIFTY HOME DÉCOR
Searching for things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend, if it’s soggy or chilly? Pick out some thrift shop home goods that could use some TLC. Then give them a makeover. A fresh coat of paint. A new color. Or a bit of creative re-purposing. All guilt-free purchases that are easy on the wallet and bring hours of entertainment.
18. GIVE AN ART CLASS A GO
Inspire each other’s creative juices and learn the tricks to a fun new trade! Find a lesson for painting, woodworking, glassblowing pottery, or any other type of crafty medium you can dream up. You don’t have to be a master to design a masterpiece fit for your home.
19. PAY IT FORWARD
Be a part of something bigger than yourselves! Engage in a volunteer opportunity to contribute to your community. Believe it or not, this is one of those romantic date ideas that will make you even more mushy for your main squeeze.
20. BIKE ‘N’ BREWS CRUISE
A rather well-known gent once reminded us all that on the freakin’ weekend, you best be about to have you some fun. So bust out those bicycles for an extra-fun date to do with your boyfriend this Saturday and Sunday. The work week is o-v-e-r, so relax with some cold brews and fresh air!
21. PLAY IN THE PARK
This is a genuine winner when it comes to things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend. And is not to be confused with the Shakespearean variety of the word (although that works, too, if it’s available). Lounge on the grass, bump a volleyball, toss a Frisbee… Just enjoy some good, clean fun in the fall sun.
22. FREE(ISH)LIVE MUSIC VENUE
You don’t have to go to an extravagant concert to enjoy some quality jams together. If you’re on the hunt for fun stuff to do with your boyfriend this weekend, scope out some smaller gigs at local venues. Chances are, you’ll be impressed by your neighbors’ talents. And won’t break the bank as you support local artists.
23. TASTE A NEW ICE CREAM SHOP
Tempt your insides into embracing the chill-factor that’s slowly taking over fall temps. Let your taste buds delight in frozen treats from a hot spot you haven’t yet tried! It’s impossible to be sad eating ice cream, so get ready to enjoy quality time together that will melt both of your hearts.
24. BILLIARDS AND BEER
Beer is a great pairing for a lot of things in this world. But few will argue about its natural partnership with billiards. If Mother Nature strikes again and you’re searching for things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend to stay warm, a solid dive bar is sure to come to the rescue!
25. A BOOKSTORE IS A NOVEL IDEA
Need more ideas for dodging a chilly day? Grab a cozy coffee and wander the aisles together, lost in endless mystery, romance, suspense, sci-fi and more! Buy each other’s top pick, and relax for a few nights of reading beside one another. Talk about a cute thing to do with your boyfriend!
26. DINNER AND A MOVIE AT HOME
This romantic date night often goes overlooked. But honestly, how often do we relax at home with our S.O., without doing anything else? No phones, background TV, chores, etc. Take advantage of quality down-time and each other’s good company. Sip wine, cook dinner, then cuddle on the couch.
27. PLAY BINGO SOMEWHERE
BINGO has no age restrictions, no matter what the world tries to tell you. And neither does luck. So put the two together, and get in on a lively game of it for some laughs. And maybe even score some extra cash, too!
28. VIDEO CHAT
This is a perfectly romantic thing to do with your boyfriend this weekend, assuming you two are any number of miles apart. Make some time to see each other’s sweet faces thanks to modern technology. A little connecting when you aren’t together can go a long way.
29. PLAY LASER TAG
Legit question: when was the last time you did this? Let the good times roll again with a blast from your childhood past! This fun indoor adventure with your boyfriend will not disappoint. Go get trigger-happy together—bonus points if you hit up a happy hour beforehand.
30. ROLLER SKATING RINK
Since we’re on the topic of throwbacks, this list of things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend absolutely would not be complete without this epic outing. See if you still have the spry coordination to make it around the rink unscathed. Then get ready for the always anticipated partner-skate!
31. PRIVATE WINE AND CHEESE SOIREE
In terms of fun things to do at home with your special guy, this one is tops! Not only because it’s cute as can be, but also because you can customize it to be as thrifty or extravagant as your taste buds wish. Put a picnic blanket on the floor. Add a bottle or two of vino, a plate of favorite cheeses, and some background tunes.
32. ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS (WITHOUT ANY ELECTRONICS)
This should be one of those things to do outside with your boyfriend that needs no explanation. Just get ready to remember the most vibrant memories, conversations and mental pictures you’ve ever collected in your life… screen-free.
33. PLAY BAR GAMES
If the both of you share a competitive edge, these simple games will bring inexhaustible fun on an afternoon or evening. Shuffleboard, darts, cornhole and any other games offered at a local watering hole can make for fantastic date ideas! And better yet, loser buys the last round.
34. TAKE IN A TASTING
There are endless ways to tantalize the taste buds within any city’s limits. So venture away from your ‘norm’ to try new kinds of food and drink: beer, wine, whiskey, local grub, chocolates, and plenty more.
35. MAKE AN ESCAPE BY BOAT
The air may be crisp, but the sunshine can still be warm ‘n’ sweet. So why not soak it up from the water? The simple rental of a canoe, rowboat or pedal boat will do just the trick! And it will offer a wee bit of exercise, too.
36. RENT A TANDEM BICYCLE
Double the outdoor fun with a two-seater! Besides being a downright blast, this is ones of those things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend that secretly works as a ‘trust test.’ See if you each have confidence in the other’s ‘driving’ skills. And if you actually help carry the weight when pedaling.
37. CANDY CORN EATING CONTEST
This goofy date night idea is not for the faint of stomach. Enter this challenge at your own risk. Go in rounds of 10 pieces. And don’t stop until your opponent simply can’t handle any more sugar intake. It may not be the healthiest of conquests, but it also won’t be soon forgotten.
38. BRUNCH IN BED
One of the cutest things to do with your main squeeze is to combine pillow talk with delicious eats and bubbly treats! Regardless of who creates the tasty spread—just make sure bacon and mimosas are somehow involved… and your day will be off to the best start ever.
39. BUY THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN AT THE PATCH
This is one of the world’s most goofy, hilarious things to do as a couple. So what are you waiting for? Literally, the sheer magnitude of this endeavor automatically makes it a giant memory together you’ll never forget.
40. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ADVENTURE
If you are lucky enough to own a car, it’s a safe bet you don’t use public transportation all that much. So why not branch out? If there’s a train or bus system in town, hop aboard it! Buy a ticket without an agenda, grab a seat, and see where it takes you!
41. ATTEND A FACEBOOK EVENT
Find out what hot happenings are taking place near your neck o’ the woods. Especially if you’re looking for last-minute things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend, Facebook is a great place to start. You’ll come across a range of events—from free to ticketed, casual to classy, themed to therapeutic, and tons of options in-between.
42. TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE
Autumn is one of Mother Nature’s most magical times of the year. Embark on a road trip to see the trees brilliantly set afire for yourselves. Whether you cover massive amounts of miles or just a few, enjoy the colorful scenery and conversation that comes with cruisin’ along winding roads.
43. SWEAT IT OUT
Want to try a weekend activity with your main man that’s the picture of good health? Squeeze in a workout! Get those endorphins going strong with a gym session or a run in the fresh air together. Plus, burning calories and pumpin’ iron is much more fun as a pair.
44. GO ATV’ING
Strap on a helmet and tap into your wild sides! Enjoy an outdoor adventure with your significant other that comes with a solid dose of adrenaline. ATV’ing is a fantastic way to spend some weekend time exploring unique landscapes and creating some tall tales to tell later!
45. BAKE A CAKE
Not sure what it is, but any type of food prep is that much more brilliant with wine. And this yummy thing to do on the weekend with your boyfriend is no exception. So pop a bottle open, then get baking! It’s safe bet that the fermented juices you enjoy will also help with the decorating part. And then be sure to eat your cake too, of course.
46. HONE SPORTS SKILLS (OR LACK THEREOF)
We all have certain sports that could use some practice. As odd as it may sound, find one that both of you are (shall we say) “awkward” at… then work on skills together. Not only may you become slightly better at it, but you’re sure to share some robust laughs in the process.
47. IMPROMPTU BBQ
This is a fun thing to do on the weekend with friends or just the two of you. No prior planning is necessary. Just an afternoon or evening where you realize you have nothing to do. Head to the store to grab some meat, cold ones, sides, and tiki torches. Then fire up that grill and feast!
48. INDULGE IN A SPA DAY
Let all of your cares drift away as you soak up some r ‘n’ r together. Treat yourselves to a day at a professional spa venue. Or, indulge in a DIY day, full of romantic things to do with your boyfriend at home: massages, masks, bubble baths, soothing music, and maybe even some tea or bubbly.
49. FONDUE FOR TWO
This date night idea is a wonderful alternative to the usual “going out to eat” regime. Assuming you both are fans of cheese and chocolate, that is. And with all the warm, melted goodness it entails, it’s perfect for enjoying on a brisk fall evening.
50. MOVIE THEATER DATE
In these days of Netflix and OnDemand TV, it’s sometimes rare to go to an actual cinema anymore. (What happened to the date nights where that was the thing to do on the weekend with your boyfriend?!) So splurge a little! See a flick on the BIG screen, complete with popcorn, soda and candy.
51. DIY DRIVEWAY OIL CHANGE
Get your hands dirty and save some cash! If it’s time to show your car some routine TLC, this is a unique way to solve the “what to do with your boyfriend on a date” dilemma. Ditch dinner and movie for oil and grease. And learn a pretty helpful how-to skill, too!
52. BOB FOR APPLES
You know what they say. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. So if you haven’t yet tried this “it” game that’s featured in movies and parties galore, give it a go! It doesn’t have to be in public—it can be goofy entertainment in the comfort of your own home.
53. FOOTBALL TAILGATING
Fall means football, whether you want it to or not. If he likes the sport and you like the spirit, or vice versa, live the best of both worlds together. Don your most festive threads and team colors, and crack open some cold ones in the parking lot for a fun afternoon date idea with your boyfriend.
54. GO SKYDIVING
It may sound cliché, but if this hasn’t been scratched off both of your bucket lists just yet, then it’s time to prepare for take-off. An outdoor adventure with your boyfriend like this is one for the books. Already taken the outside plunge? Then try indoor skydiving for a new twist on an old favorite!
55. WATCH A CLASSIC FILM NEITHER OF YOU HAVE SEEN
This likely needs no further explanation. And you’ll get extra “Power Couple” bonus points if you physically rent it as a DVD from somewhere, instead of simply buying a download. (Eek, are DVDs really that ‘vintage’ already?!)
56. ADVANCED CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOPPING
Believe it or not, the time for decking the halls is nearly upon us! So spare yourselves the November-December crowds at the malls. Start shopping and stashing away now. Then you’ll have more time to enjoy fun, festive activities and holiday date ideas together later.
57. MAKE CARAMEL APPLES
Simply put, this fall favorite is another must-do! It proves that you can find cute, creative things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend that he’s game for, especially when it involves food. Making these ooey-gooey gems will be just as fun as eating them!
58. TOO-COLORFUL TWISTER
So far we’ve talked about fall colors. And we’ve talked about gettin’ dirty. Let’s combine those two! Add a few splashes of finger paint to corresponding Twister dots. Don some old clothes, then you know what to do. Spin, stretch, repeat!
59. DONATE SOME BRAND NEW ITEMS TO CHARITY
Those who are less well off than others are people, too. Who desire and deserve to live with a certain amount of dignity—even if it’s not always the most viable option for them. So lend humanity a hand. Buy a few new clothing items and take them straight to a donation center. Who knows, it could help someone who desperately needs interview attire to land that job and turn their circumstances around.
60. PLAN A “GOOD” EVENT TO DO
On the note of helping others, as well as Christmas coming, why not use an hour or two to brainstorm a charitable activity you both can spearhead? Plan a toy, canned food, hygiene or clothing drive. And woah—selfless things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend like this will make him look extra-hot, from the inside out.
61. LEARN A FUNNY HUMAN TRICK
One of the best things about being in a couple is that you know each other’s ‘freak flags’ and can help to proudly fly them. Ahh, true love. Take that lovin’ to the next level by learning a quirky new talent together—juggling, tongue-tied cherry stems, licking elbows, you get the idea.
62. PLAN A GARDEN
From staking out space to make it, to planning what to grow, or even planting bulbs, this is a wonderful fall activity to do with your S.O. In addition, it will give you something to look forward to for spring and summer. And, it’s an especially nice project if you prefer more productive types of date ideas.
63. RANDOM DISCOUNT-SITE OUTING
Nothing can help you figure out last-minute things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend better than scrolling through online activity deals! Head over to your favorite app or website, and discover endless possibilities that will keep you entertained and making fun memories.
64. DECORATE FOR HALLOWEEN
Bust out some spook-tacular décor to get your place ready for a frightfully fun season! Disclaimer: this may or may not mean an impromptu trip to a favorite certain home goods store is necessary—which makes it a great weekend outing already. #winning!
65. DESIGN A CENTERPIECE
Wondering what to do with your boyfriend on a Friday night? Why, take a romantic stroll that lets your love for Pinterest shine, of course! Collect authentic seasonal items as you amble along. Then arrange them in a bowl or vase, creating a beautiful fall display: stones, colorful leaves, pine cones, and maybe a few small store-bought enhancers (like cinnamon sticks) if needed.
66. PLAN A COUPLE-THEMED HALLOWEEN COSTUME
The sooner you do this, the better. Because one, the Halloween stores won’t be overly crowded or picked over. And two, you can take your time carefully putting together any details that really tie your look together to wow the masses.
67. EAT PUMPKIN-EVERYTHING
It may not be the most traditional of date ideas, but that’s what makes it desirable. Consider it a fall food challenge. Whether this means pumpkin-flavored foods, or anything that looks like a pumpkin—try to make it your diet for the day, just for kicks. We’re talking pumpkin bread, soup, roasted seeds, beers, cookies, etc. But do your body a favor: don’t go more than 24 hours with this festive fun.
Hands down, this is absolutely one of the most romantic things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend, ever. Marvel at the awe-inspiring mosaic of fall colors from high over head, instead of crunching them under foot.
69. RAKE LEAVES FOR SOMEONE
Enjoy a beautiful autumn afternoon with your beloved, while lending a helping hand. Whether it’s an elderly neighbor, a busy parent, a coworker with a bad back, or anyone with a yard you’d like to spruce up!
70. GO TO A THEME PARTY
Stuck in a Halloween costume idea rut? Find some inspiration at a local theme party! Nearly every major area hosts at least ONE somewhere in the city limits each weekend—at a bar, fundraiser, social league/club, etc. It’s not just the perfect way to ‘pre-game’ for the 31st, but it’s also a fun thing to do with your boyfriend on a Friday night.
71. LEARN A NEW WAY TO MOVE ‘N’ GROOVE
Unleash your inner rhythm with a one-off dance lesson. Try a few new steps together with something casual like line dancing, catchy like salsa, classy like ballroom, or anything in-between that gets your feet movin’ to a hot beat.
72. DIY ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR
Spend a Friday or Saturday with a cute date night idea that satisfies a sweet tooth. A pint or two of vanilla ice cream, an endless supply of tasty toppings, and as much whipped cream as you both can handle should do the trick.
73. THEMED ETHNIC EATS
For an extra-fun thing to do on the weekend with your boyfriend at home, don’t just make any ol’ dinner together. Plan culturally-inspired cuisine from apps, to main course, dessert, and maybe even drinks! Whether it’s something you’ve made before or an entirely new foreign feast, go all out.
74. MAKE YOUR OWN HOT APPLE CIDER
Add a bit of spice and maybe even some “spike” to a vat of warm deliciousness. The mere aroma will make your house smell oh-so-cozy! Then grab some popcorn or donut holes, pop in a favorite fall flick, and snuggle up under a blanket together.
75. PAINT PUMPKINS
Carving is so last year. Well, not really—it’s pretty timeless. But painting your Halloween pumpkins this year will help to ensure they live long and prosper as well, with innards fully intact. Put a new spin on a wine ‘n’ paint night, and give a cute gourd a gorgeous (or ghoulish) new look.
76. STAY IN A B&B
Sometimes the best things to do on the weekend with your boyfriend mean doing nothing at all. For a nice, low-maintenance getaway that can’t be beat, head to a bed-and-breakfast for some quality rest and relaxation.
77. MAKE APPLE PIE INFUSED BOURBON
With the wealth of information available on the internet, it’s easy to find a recipe for this that will win you over. Once crafted, enjoy some quiet time sipping on the porch or around your fire pit. Bonus points if one of you has a guitar to strum as well.