Finding a way to make your dating adventure unique can sometimes present a major challenge. After all, how many times can you and your date have dinner at the same restaurant? It is time to get creative and surprise your lover with a memorable evening that keeps your love fresh and exciting. This weekend is packed full of imaginative date options that are sure to set the mood for romance and keep your lover coming back for more.
1.) Chocolate: The Event, Anaheim
They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Well, if there is one thing for certain, chocolate and romance do add flavor to any romantic journey. This weekend treat your loved one to the wonderful decadent world of chocolate, coffee, music and wine at Chocolate: The Event. Discover the many hand-selected vendors offering an assortment of chocolates, fine wine and coffee at this 3-day event that takes place at Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, July 29th-31st.
2.) Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Looking for a little underwater escape with your sweetheart? Take a weekend excursion to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, home to more than 11,000 ocean animals. Explore the exhibits, watch 4D movies or take their behind-the-scenes tour where you can learn more about the aquarium and tropical reef and even have an opportunity to feed the fish! Be sure to plan your trip in advance since there are so many options to choose from and you don’t want your date to miss out on anything. Take advantage of the Summer Late Nights with discounted admission. After a magical day at the aquarium, satisfy your appetite with an intimate meal at the Yard House on Shoreline, or Parkers’ Lighthouse.
3.) Movie Night, Beverly Hills
Are you and your significant other movie buffs? If so, enjoy each other’s company while watching outdoor poolside movies every Wednesday and Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel through September 1st. Admission is free and if you get there early you can take advantage of the hotel’s daily happy hour, which runs from 5-7 P.M. Sip a cocktail or luxuriate in dinner with your loved one while enjoying romantic poolside seating. On Thursday July 28th, venture into the past with the classic movie Grease. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis from 7 P.M. onwards and the movie starts at dusk.
4.) Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting, Laguna Beach
Take a stroll with your partner through the many galleries and shops that Laguna Beach has to offer. While you are there, wander over to Laguna Culinary Arts for a little wine tasting. Every Saturday of each month from 1-4 P.M, you can taste eight wine selections for just $5. What a great way to spend an afternoon with your loved one while also learning more about fine wine.
5.) Wine Tasting, Sunset Beach
Impress your date with wine tasting, dinner and a romantic stroll along the beach. Every Thursday from 5-8pm at Brix Wine you can sample five to six different wines for $12. If wine’s not your thing, you may be more interested in their New Brew Tasting, which takes place on Thursdays and offers visitors an opportunity to try their newest taps at a great price. Visit their website for a list of the menu items that are available for your dining pleasure.
6.) Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, Los Angeles
Entertain your lover with a little culture and spend an evening listening to the 2nd anniversary Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic concert at the Disney Concert Hall. The event takes place on July 30th at 8:30pm and tickets are priced from $10-$50. To make your evening complete, treat your date to a lovely dinner before or after the show at one of the many nearby restaurants.
7.) Mary Poppins, Costa Mesa
Sweep your date off their feet with tickets to the magical Broadway musical, Mary Poppins, which is currently playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Check their website for ticket information, along with dates and times. Before the show, dine at one of the nearby restaurants such as Scott’s Bar and Grill or Morton’s Steakhouse.
8.) Universal Citywalk, Universal City
Looking for a date idea that offers variety? Delight your companion with an evening at Universal Citywalk. Stroll under the moonlight, dine at one of the restaurants or watch a movie at one of the 19 different theaters. While you are there, treat your loved one to a special gift from one of the many beautiful stores at this outdoor mall. There’s no end of entertainment options on offer. You can listen to live entertainment performed by talented local artists or attend a show at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Looking for an evening of laughter? Meander over to Joh Lovitz Comedy Club or challenge your bravery with indoor skydiving; packages are available for first time, returning or experienced skydivers.
9.) Long Beach Crawfish Festival, Long Beach
Looking for a casual date idea? Check out the 18th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival, which takes place on July 30th from 12-11 P.M. and July 31st from 12-10 P.M. A fish lover’s paradise, you can sample the many selections of fresh crawfish presented in New Orleans tradition by some of the best Cajun chefs in the world. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through the large food court, consume fresh crawfish, bust some moves on the dance floor or just relax and listen to New Orleans style music.
10.) Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena
Fall in love under the stars while listening to a romantic outdoor concert in the heart of Old Pasadena. Admission to the summer concerts is free through August 28th. Visit their website for a list of performing artists and music samples. While you are there, venture through the many specialty shops or experience the flavorful nightlife.
Keep your dates fresh and exciting and be sure to check back next Thursday for more weekly date ideas.