You’ve gotten into a rut. Every date is exactly the same. You go to the same restaurant. You order the same thing. Date night has become a monotonous chore. That ends today, because if there’s one thing the Dallas Observer does better than anyone else, it’s saving relationships.
You need to spice things up, think outside the box and do any other cliche sayings that apply. To save you time, we’ve sorted through all the many things you can do in the DFW area and provided some unique ideas to explore with your better half. So cancel your reservations at Applebee’s, make sure your boss isn’t behind you while you read this, and check out our suggestions for your next date.
Dallas Arboretum Dollar Days
If you’ve been neglecting to pick up flowers, now is the time to make up for it with a trip to the Dallas Arboretum. For the few remaining days of August you can take advantage of $2 general admission, $5 parking and an additional $2 for access to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The menu is also trimmed down for those on a budget, with $1 sodas and $2 hot dogs, among other items.
With all the discounts offered by the arboretum, this should save you enough money to finally buy that ring and propose in the rose garden. It’s customary to invite all the Observer staff, as we made this happen for you. Also make sure you have an open bar, otherwise we won’t come. 9 a.m. to close, through Aug. 31, at 8525 Garland Road.
48-Hour Film Contest
You’ve seen every movie at the theaters (even the ones with subtitles) and you’ve binged all that there was to binge on Netflix, so now what? Take your date to Angelika Theater, where they’ll screen films you’re guaranteed to have not seen, when they host the entries to the 48-Hour Film Contest.
Local filmmakers, actors and crew sacrificed sleep, food and more sleep to write, direct and star in short films — all within 48 hours of learning what the topic of the film would be. Audiences are invited to watch the films and vote on what they’ve seen, awarding the local talent with victories in multiple categories like Best Screenplay, Best Actress or Most Successful Use of Filming Without a Permit. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Thursday, Aug. 30 at Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane. $15 and up
Uptown Foodie Walk
Picking a new restaurant is hard, so why not just try all of them? The Uptown Foodie Walk starts you off in the West Village and leads you down a culinary expedition of the best food Uptown has to offer. Over the course of trying all the different restaurants, you’ll have date ideas for years to come.
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It’s best to do your Thanksgiving preparations for this one, as you’ll be tasting food along a path that takes an estimated three and a half to four hours to complete. You might be taking in a lot of calories, but at least you’ll be burning them off at the same time (unless you get one of those scooters, and just don’t be that person). 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 in West Village. $72
Downtown Waco History Walk
Your partner has been dropping hints they want to go on a trip, so you finally say yes, pack up the car and start driving. When you arrive in Waco, your date will probably say, “Hey, I thought we were going somewhere nice!” But what are they really going to do? Leave? You’re the one with the keys (make sure you’re the one with the keys).
All will be forgiven when you sign up for the Act Locally Waco Downtown History Walk. You take a guided walking tour of Waco, where as you take in the sights on foot, the guide will give you details about the history of the city. There is a warning that the history of Waco can be a little wild, so be prepared for a little PG language. Hell, if the guide sneaks a drink or two before they start, it might even get PG-13. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at McLennan County Courthouse, 501 Washington Ave., $20
DFW Free Day of Yoga Kickoff Festival
You know what they always say: Those who sweat together, stay together. The 12th Annual Free Day of Yoga Kickoff Festival will be at the Dallas Farmers Market, inviting anyone who needs to get his spiritual lightness to match the weight of his wallet. They will host workshops and classes, and vendors will be there with snacks, holistic items and goodie bags filled with assorted swag.
Some of the leading yoga instructors will be there to share their thoughts, so if yoga was something you ever were curious about, this is a fun way to learn about it, the lifestyle and its benefits. Also, you can check out what your date looks like in yoga pants, but be warned, this is a double-edged sword; they’ll also see what you look like in yoga pants. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Dallas Farmers Market, 920 South Harwood St. Free admission.