Need a cheap date idea? We’ve got you covered with a slate of fun and inexpensive ideas offered weekly. The only criteria is that the date comes in at $40 or less. As is usually the case, most of the ones you see here are well below that — as in free. So bundle up and go have some fun with your sweetheart.
Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. King Center
The King family has been in the news a lot in the past year and for the most part, the news was not good as the siblings squabbled in court. As the MLK holiday approaches, perhaps a free visit to The King Center on Auburn Ave. will bring the vision of their father, Martin Luther King, Jr., back into focus. If you’ve never visited the King Center, or haven’t been in a long time, you and your date might consider a return trip in coming weeks. Additionally, there will be a host of activities commemorating the holiday. Most will be free.
Slip away for live music
Let’s say you just met and you want to keep things light. Here’s an idea: slip away for a mid-day date downtown. Ok, it’s the middle of the week, which makes this a tricky date to pull off. But the object of your affection may just be impressed by your creativity. Every third Wednesday, the Rialto Center of Performing Arts hosts a free live music hour. You can bring your own lunch or pick up one there for $5 each. On Jan. 20, jazz artist Gordon Vernick will play from noon-1 p.m. If you really want to impress, bring along a nice picnic lunch in a basket.
If you’re craving live music, but can’t exactly stop what you’re doing in the middle of the day to go hear it, don’t forget about the free show Jan. 11 at Five Spot on Euclid Ave. Bill Sheffield takes the stage and doors open at 9 p.m. It, too, is free.
Rise and Shine
If you’ve read enough of my cheap date ideas, you know I try to find at least one option that will allow you to get physical. No, not like that. I mean to get up and get your body moving with a little exercise for fun. This week’s idea does require an early rise, but that just means you’ll have even more of the day to horse around if you choose to. Earlier this week I featured a free boot camp opportunity. American Boot Camp is offering free workouts throughout the metro area. The workouts generally start at the crack of dawn and you can expect it to be cold. On the flip side, you and your partner will get in some robust exercise and make yourselves more heart healthy.
Tickle My Fancy
There are some hot spots for comedy around the city, and on most weeks, you can discounts for shows. You won’t find any this cheap, though. The Basement Theatre is a relative newcomer on the block, having been around for just five years. But there’s nothing old about the jokes. This improv comedy house will keep you and your date rolling and I guarantee a good deal — buy gift certificates from Halfoffdepot.com for $5 each. There are only 20 certificates available for the Buckhead location, but at even at the $10 full price, this is a good deal for a big laughs.
Martinis & IMAX
Always one of Atlanta’s most popular date destinations, Martinis and IMAX at the Fernbank Museum is always affordable. There’s an even sweeter deal than usual. Uncovered by Jenn from Atlanta on the Cheap, Q100 Insiders can buy one ticket and get one free. Tickets are $12, so this comes in well below our $40 maximum. How do you become an Insider? It’s easy. It takes about five seconds to fill in your name and email contact information, and you’re in. That’s not much of a sacrifice for a deal like this. Get the details on the shows and hours by reading my colleague Jamie’s blog post on InsideAccess.
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