Leaves are on the ground, sweaters are in the store windows, and pumpkin spice is on the menu at almost every cafe in the city- it’s safe to say that fall is here! As things get cooler outside warming up with a sweetheart starts to seem like the perfect way to spend your down time. Dating can get really expensive but it definitely doesn’t have to be; here are ten fabulously frugal fall date ideas that won’t break your bank!
- The Zero Dollar Movie Date
This can be arranged in any number of ways, the most obvious being ‘Netflix and Chill.’ If you’re into fall fear try out Shudder, which is basically a super spooky Netflix for all things horror. Both of these streaming companies offer free trials if you don’t have an account and are tight on cash.
Want to do something more for you hubby? Check out PWYC movies presented by The Thrillema which specializes in “bringing the best in horror, sci-fi, and cult movies to the big screen” at the Museum of Natural History. Looking for deals on wheels? The Halifax Cycling Coalition has been known to host Bike-in Movie Screenings at Good Robot Brewing Company.
- The Walk it Out
Grab your snuggly sweaters and fluffy scarves and head out on a walking tour of the city. Halifax Free Tours offers no cost walking tours by email appointment from September through to November. For bonus points, woo them with your expert knowledge of the city. Use GPS My City and become your own tour guide.
- The Play-er
Looking for a more refined evening? Take your fall fling to a pay what you can play at Neptune Theatre. Check out their website for PWYC play nights. Make sure to head down early and dress warm: these popular shows fill up quick!
- The Oh!-pen Mic
Halifax has no shortage of awesome local talent.
Students should check out the open mic at Saint Mary’s University’s Gorsebrook Lounge (923 Robie Street) every Wednesday night. Dal’s Grad House (1252 Lemarchant St.) also hosts an open mic on Thursdays.
Finally, if you’re into hanging out and playing music, check out Halifax’s Open Mic House on Agricola Street.
- The History Hottie
Okay, so admittedly this may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but trust me, Halifax has some awesome historical sites. Check out the Prince of Wales Tower at Point Pleasant Park, or historical forts at York Redoubt and Citadel Hill for outdoor dates (Note: Citadel does charge for admission but you can always picnic outside the hill for free).
If you’re willing to drive or to take a bus trip to Cole Harbour, the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is a great spot to connect with historical agricultural roots by donation.
- The Starving Artist
Halifax art fans have no need to fear breaking the bank. Head to the Dalhousie University Art Gallery at 6101 University Avenue, the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) at 1891 Granville Street, The Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery at 923 Robie Street or the Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery at 166 Bedford Highway to view amazing art for free!
Seriously guys, I saw Allan Ginsberg’s photography for free at MSVU last year….
- The Beach Day with Bae
Fall is absolutely the perfect season for a romantic walk on an almost empty beach. Bring some hot chocolate and a blanket, and sit back and watch the waves roll in with your sweetheart.
No car? No problem! Make it a double date with some car owning friends or check out this map of beaches that you can bus to in HRM.
- The Market Meet Up
Grab your sweet heart and head down to the Seaport Market. This awesome market offers a wide selection of local arts, crafts and eats, as well as free admission and entertainment. Get a coffee and some divine baked good and head up to the rooftop to take in a spectacular view of the harbor. A market date is a surefire way to have a wholesome morning with your darling.
- The Oh!-val (Sorrynotsorry for the pun repetition)
In a few months Halifax’s Emera Oval will be coated with a thick sheet of ice and covered with skaters. For the time being, you and your cutie can get your fix of going around and around in a circle by taking advantage of the Oval’s off season rental service. The Emera Oval offers free rentals of roller and inline skates, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and protective gear to anyone with a valid identification.
- The Love in the Library
If you haven’t been to Halifax Central Library yet you need to go there asap! The results are in and Halifax has one of the most beautiful libraries on earth.
Head to one of the library’s two cafes and get a coffee, hang out and read together, or take advantage of one of the library’s many great programs.
Songbirds as well as lovebirds? Book a recording space in Halifax Central’s Media Studio and turn your date into a full on jam session.