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

Get information on why parents should make time for each other and get the latest details on what's happening in our area for local couples.

Need to get some one-on-one time with your sweetheart? There are tons of fun events coming to Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor that you and your partner will love.

Here, you’ll find a list of events coming to Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw county. Plus, find some tips on why date nights are so important and get some ideas for at-home dates, too.

Check them out and start planning your next date night.

Not finding an event that fits your and your partner’s interests? Check out our online calendar for more date night events and things to do with your family. 

Local events

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Looking for something fun to do with your sweetheart this month? Here are some fun upcoming events in southeast Michigan to try.

Josh Blue “The Freak Accident Tour”

Feb. 16-18, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouse to see comedian, Josh Blue at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Winter Blast

Feb. 17-19, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak area
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy free skating, live music, ice sculptures, a snow slide, zip line, food trucks and more.

Silent Mardi Gras Party

Feb. 17-19, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out to celebrate Mardi Gras. Wear your best mask and join for festive drinks, delicious food and of course, beads. The cover includes Whoa Silent Disco and one complimentary drink ticket for a Hurricane Cocktail.  Whoa Tacos Food Truck will be outside.  

Cottage & Lakefront Living Show – Detroit

Feb. 23-26, 2023

Features include The Beach, Cottage Living Seminars Stage, Cottage Art Show, Lakefront Marketplace and the Water & Woods Photo Contest. Exhibits focus on spring, summer and year-round cottage and lakefront living.

Depths of Wikipedia Live

Feb. 23, 2023

Join @depthsofwikipedia creator Annie Rauwerda on a journey through Wikipedia’s most interesting corners.

Detroit Autorama

Feb. 24-26, 2023

Enjoy a weekend full of fun with customs, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and more.

Night Light Hike

Feb. 24, 2023

Go on a naturalist led night hike to see creatures at night in Elizabeth Park. Lanterns with red lights will be provided. Registration required.

T.J. Miller – The Philosophy Circus Tour

Feb. 24-26, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out with one of the most sought after comedians in the world, T.J. Miller.

The Satin Doll Revue

Feb. 25, 2023

  • Address: Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, 2739 Russell St., Detroit
  • Cost: $45​/general admission,​ $60/premier seating, $100/VIP tickets

Parents can enjoy a night out to hear ​The Black Bottom Jazz Showcase ft. The Satin Doll Revue at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre. It will feature songs from the late jazz greats.

Jeff Dye with Nardos Osterhart and Brett Mercer

March 2-4, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out to see Jeff Dye, a nationally touring comedian, actor, host, prankster and Bigfoot Enthusiast.

The Rudicks Sibling Tour

March 8, 2023

Parents can head to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle with their friends or spouse to see Leah Rudick and Andrew Rudick.

Jon Rudnitsky with Greg Sharp

March 9, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouse to see Jon Rudnitsky at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Hip-Prov All-Stars Comedy Show

March 21, 2023

Parents can see Hip-Prov, which is a game show where comics and improvisers compete in short-form improv games and hip-hop challenges.

Comedian David Nihill

March 22, 2023

Parents can join comedian Dave Nihill for a night of real Irish comedy at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Comedian Chris Porter with Cody Calebra and Garri Madera

March 23-25, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouse to see comedian, Chris Porter at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Comedian Vicki Barbolak with Justin Pedick

March 30-April 1, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouse to see comedian, Vicki Barbolak at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Comedian Jeff Leeson with Tim Finkel and Peggy Beattie

April 2, 2023

Parents can enjoy a night out with their friends or spouses to see comedian, Jeff Lesson at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.


April 25-30, 2023

See little orphan, Annie in one of the best-loved musicals of all time. The open captioned performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023. The performance is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, including an intermission.

Macomb Ballet Company Presents The Little Mermaid

April 28-30, 2023

Follow The Little Mermaid on her magical journey under the sea and delight in colorful fish, slithering eels, majestic jellyfish, an evil Sea Witch and a tale of true love. The show runs for 90 minutes and includes an intermission.

Motor City Comic Con

May 19-21, 2023

  • Address: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Cost: $30-$40/Friday adult pass, $40-$50/Saturday adult pass, $35-$45/Sunday adult pass, $85-$95/Weekend adult pass

Cosplay your favorite comic characters, meet-and-greet with graphic novel big wigs, check out movie screenings, character Q&As and more.

Ann Arbor Water Lantern Festival

June 3, 2023

Enjoy music, food trucks and an incredible sight as thousands of floating lanterns reflect unique messages of love, hope and happiness. Other festival merchandise is available to purchase.

Date night tips

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Carving out time as a couple is an important way to keep your relationship healthy. Read these posts to learn how you can make time for your sweetie. Plus, find at-home date night ideas and cheap things to try.

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