Date Night Ideas: Fun Things for Parents to Do in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Get a sitter and head out on the town just the two of you! Here are some date night ideas in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond.

Ah, date night. When you were actually dating, date night ideas came easy – because you could pick up and go with no problem. Now that you’re parents, date nights require a bit more planning – sitter, schedule coordination, etc. That’s where we come in.

We’ve rounded up some of the best date ideas in southeast Michigan – with loads of fun things for couples to do – so you don’t have to worry about where you should go for your next date night – or even a date day with your loved one.

Interested in adding some date night ideas to this roundup – or to our events calendar? Just email us all the details to or submit the event on our calendar page. Just a word of advice: Some of these date night ideas may require pre-registration.

Thursday Night Market at Eastern Market

Sept. 19, 2019

Zoo Brew at the Detroit Zoo

Sept. 20, 2019

  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Time: 6-10 p.m.
  • Admission: $85/VIP, $60/DD VIP, $45/advance, $50/at the door, $30/designated driver
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Saline Oktoberfest

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Sept. 20-21, 2019

  • Address: Downtown area, Saline
  • Time: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing 

DIY Street Fair in Ferndale

Sept. 20-22, 2019

  • Address: Downtown area, Ferndale
  • Time: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Evil Dead: The Musical at City Theatre

Sept. 26-Nov. 2, 2019

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center 

Sept. 27-28, 2019

Ghost Night at the Governor Warner Mansion

Oct. 19, 2019

  • Address: 33805 Grand River Ave., Farmington
  • Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10/advance, $12/at door
  • Contact and details: See the Metro Parent listing

Bowling at Punch Bowl Social


  • Address: 1331 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday
  • Admission: $10/hour 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $12/hour 5 p.m.-close
  • Contact and details: See the Punch Bowl Social website

Board Game Night at Rustic Leaf Brewing Company

Ongoing (every Tuesday)

Friday Night Live at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Ongoing (every Friday)