It’s no secret that in any relationship it’s easy for things to get, well, a little monotonous. One fun and easy way to spice things up for your significant other you care quite like planning a date night.
Don’t fall into the… “what do you want to do?” – “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” trap that will inevitably lead to another boring movie night. Or maybe you’re going on a very first date and need an idea that will really make an impression.
Regardless of your situation, you’re in luck! Knoxville has a wide variety of entertainment and activities at your fingertips that can set the stage for an unforgettable and romantic evening. So mix it up this summer and surprise your S/O with one of these foolproof date night ideas.
1. Go to a festival
The possibilities are endless with this one. There’s basically a festival for every event or occasion that you could possibly imagine here in Knoxville. In the mood for taco Tuesday? What about some live music? Are you a beer enthusiast? No matter what you’re in the mood for, an outdoor festival is a fun, romantic change of scenery. So get out of the house and go have some fun outside. You can check out a complete list of summer festivals here.
2. Book a Cruise
Whether it’s a champagne brunch or a sunset dinner, Volunteer Princess Cruises are the answer to your date night prayers. There is nothing more romantic than cruising around the harbor after a nice meal and watching a gentle sunset. Dinner options offer a three-course menu and full bar-menu options are available on their website.
Volunteer Princess Cruises also offer holiday and anniversary options. No matter which package you select, a cruise is a bold and timeless date night idea that is sure to make an impression. Your (currency or future) boy or girlfriend will be swept off their feet when you sweep them onto a yacht.
3. Go to the Symphony
If you have a taste for the arts, a night at the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra can be the perfect romantic backdrop for a great date night. You can check out the Knoxville News Sentinel Pops series, taking place Saturday evenings at 8:00.
The summer performance schedule also includes a free Independence Day Concert. Grab your honey and mosey down to World’s Fair Park on the 4th of July or visit their website to book your tickets today. The sweet song of a symphony will pave the perfect landscape for an incredible date night that will thoroughly impress your partner.
4. Learn to Dance
A good date should push you out of your comfort zone, at least a little bit, and what better way to do that than to learn to swing dance? Ladies love a man that can dance, and The Knoxville Swing Dance Association is here to teach you. This KSDA is a community that fosters the art of vintage swing dance and music.
They offer classes on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-10:30 pm. Admission starts as low as just $3, making this date night option fun and affordable. And don’t worry, no experience is necessary. Different class levels are offered based on experience, so if you’ve never dabbled in swing dance (or simply have two left feet), the instructors are fully prepared to teach to your skill level.
5. Go Bowling
Bowling may seem like an overdone, even corny date idea, but you can put a fresh spin on it. Head down to Maple Hall, a boutique bowling alley in downtown Knoxville. Bowling hours start at 4:30pm on weekdays and go all the way to 1:30 am. Saturdays and Sundays offer longer hours and discounted prices.
Maple Hall is unlike any other bowling venue you’ve attended. You may want to get there early, as lanes are first-come-first-serve, but can be reserved for special occasions. Bring your own ball and shoes if you’d like, or rent some there for a nominal fee. No matter how well you bowl, you and your date will be lost in the vintage ambiance of the alley. This gorgeous and fun environment makes the perfect romantic yet entertaining spot for a successful date night. You can read more on their website here.
Whether you’re hopping on a boat, learning to dance, or anything in between the possibilities are endless for a romantic evening out on the town in Knoxville. The name of the game is creativity, so get out there and explore, and make your beaux’s day this summer with a fun and original Knoxville date night.