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


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

Immersive Van Gogh

May 12-Sept. 5, 2022 

This immersive experience offers a look into the mind of the world’s most iconic impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The fully immersive exhibition allows visitors to transport into Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces. 

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

June 2-July 28, 2022 

Arts, entertainment and musical acts are performed at various and separate stages throughout historical downtown Chelsea every Thursday evening.

Geoffrey Asmus with Ken Witzgall and Billy Reno

June 9-11, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, Geoffrey Asmus, who began performing stand-up in 2013 immediately after wasting $143,548 in college.

Concerts in the Park

June 10-July 15, 2022

Depot Park boasts Friday night concerts, which feature music from local talents along with big names like Air Margaritaville and Stardusters. There will also be kid’s activities.

Concert in the Park

June 14-Aug. 9, 2022 

Gather every Tuesday evening for performances by Shattered (Rolling Stones Tribute), The Look (Detroit Rock Legends), Digaphony (Beatles Tribute) and more.

Movies under the Frame BIG TOP with Cinema Lamont & Khana

June 16-Aug. 25, 2022

Parents can enjoy a night out every other Thursday at The Frame BIG TOP as it hosts a summer movie. There will be snacks, a full bar, movie theater popcorn and candy. Your ticket comes with one Khana snack at your seat.

Symphony by the Shores

June 21- July 26, 2022 

Bring blankets, chairs and even a picnic to enjoy while listening to the beautiful sounds of the symphony. Concerts will be held at Thomas Welsh Activity Center.

Comedy + Cocktails + Khana at the Frame BIG TOP hosted by Tam White with Mike Geeter and Melanie Hearn

June 23-Aug. 18, 2022

Parents can enjoy a night out every other Thursday at The Frame BIG TOP as it hosts a comedian night. There will be a full bar, theater popcorn and candy.

Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

June 25, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023 

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: Free/members and children under 4, $20.25-$27/non-members

This exhibit will incorporate more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, military uniforms, sorcerers’ capes, tiaras and glass slippers. 

Thursday Night Live Concert Series

June 30-July 28, 2022 

Bring your own blanket and chairs and enjoy music and fun at the amphitheater in Heritage Park.  A variety of food trucks and Maraschinos Pub will be on site selling snacks, beer, wine, and Coldstone ice-cream.

Concerts in the Park

July 8-Aug. 12, 2022 

Enjoy music in the park along with food trucks available for you to purchase from. Bring your own food and lawn chairs to the concert.

Stephen Agyei with Nick Dlouhy and Kevin Kramis

July 14-16, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see stand-up comedian, actor and writer, Stephen Agyei.

Michigan Medieval Faire

July 16, 2022 

  • Address: Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion
  • Cost: $14.99/person (not including ticket and processing fees), free/under 2, military and veterans, $5/parking (not including ticket and processing fees)

Head to Canterbury Village and take a stroll through time. Celebrate with live music, food, arts, crafts, games and live reenactment, including a jousting tournament.

Spank Horton

July 19, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, Spank Horton. He gained major momentum in 2011 when he was featured in the box-office hit movie Laugh at My Pain, starring comedian Kevin Hart.

Marshbank Music Series

July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 2022 

Each concert features music from different genres, food trucks and a beer/wine tent. July 20 is Persuasion, July 27 is Kaitlyn Rose and Aug. 3 is The Insiders.

Ann Arbor Art Fair 2022

July 21-23, 2022 

Check out the largest juried art fair in the nation, which features nearly 1,000 artists, which spans over three days. Offers a wide selection of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. There will also be live music, sidewalk sales and culinary treats.

Steve Gillespie with Erich Laux and Evan Hull

July 21-23, 2022 

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

Jon “Polar Bear” Gonzalez

July 21-23, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see stand up comedian, entertainer and podcaster, Jon “Polar Bear” Gonzalez.

Paul Piziks with Charlie Kojis and DeVante Ebo

July 28-30, 2022 

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

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

July 30-31, 2022 

View up to 150 quality juried and professional artists. This event has been voted one of the top 100 art shows in America for 11 years in a row.

Chris Kattan

July 31, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see actor, comedian and one of the longest serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Chris Kattan.

Milan Music Festival

Aug. 2-6, 2022 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, this music festival features bluegrass music by Jimmy Fortune, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Alex Miller, The Malpass Brothers and more.

Ford House Poolside Party! at Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Aug. 4, 2022 

Adults can spend an evening out alongside the newly restored elegant pool and lagoon on the Fords’ estate. Leave your swimsuits at home (no swimming allowed), but come dressed for a fun, laid-back but elegant evening.

Buy Michigan Now at Main and Center Streets

Aug. 5-7, 2022 

  • Address: Downtown Northville
  • Cost: Free

This 12th annual street fair offers locally made products for sale, music, kids activities and more, in celebration of Buy Michigan Week.

Belle Isle Art Fair

Aug. 6-7, 2022 

Enjoy more than 65 juried artists who set up their work near the beautiful Scott Fountain at the Motor City gem. Enjoy make and take projects, international food, music and more.

Dexter Daze

Aug. 12-13, 2022 

  • Address: Monument Park, Dexter
  • Cost: Free admission

This annual summer fest features live stage performances, food, a parade, fireworks and much more.

Milford Memories Summer Festival

Aug. 12-14, 2022 

Enjoy a three-day art festival, live musical entertainment, sports tournaments, rock climbing tower, and more at this annual event.

FRAMEmarket Second Sundays under the Frame BIG TOP

Aug. 14, 2022

Enjoy a day out with your spouse, friends, puppies or kids and shop local goods from a variety of makers and artisans. No registration required.

Woodward Dream Cruise

Aug. 20, 2022 

  • Address: Woodward Ave.
  • Cost: Free 

This annual procession of classic and vintage cars makes its way down Woodward Avenue through Birmingham Berkley, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Pontiac and Royal Oak. 

Pauly Shore

Sept. 13, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian, actor and filmmaker, Pauly Shore.

Backyard Beer Garden

Oct. 1, 2022 

A custom brewed event from the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be multiple Michigan brews, special cocktails and food from some local favorites. There will also be free games to play, including Giant Beer Pong, Giant Flip Cup, Cornhole, Giant Yantzee,Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Fowling and more.

Van Gogh in America

Oct. 2, 2022 

The exhibition will display 68 works by Van Gogh, illustrating the efforts made by early promoters of his art – including the artist’s family – in America. This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, and one illustrated letter by Van Gogh from museums and private collections around the world.

Tommy Davidson

Oct. 16, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see stand up comedian and actor, Tommy Davidson.

Hypnosis Unleashed with Kevin Lepine

Oct. 18, 2022 

Parents can enjoy a night out with their spouse or friends to see comedian and hypnotist, Kevin Lepine. He was the winner of “Best of Vegas” and is known for his show Hypnosis Unleashed at the Hooters Casino Hotel.

NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet

Dec. 11, 2022 

The show is celebrating its 30th Anniversary tour. Re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes.

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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