Free Date Ideas This Summer

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Need inspiration for your next date that won’t break the bank? Looking for something quick, easy, and free to do around town? Grab your bae or your best friend and try out one of these easy, free date ideas in Downtown New West!


Photo courtesy of @jordanbisa

Chill outside at Pier Park; there’s always something fun to do. Borrow a volleyball, soccer ball or basketball from the concession (or maybe a beach umbrella if you’re looking to hang out in the shade). Looking for something a little more romantic? Leave a love lock on the fence near the pier or spend an evening getting cozy with bae on the hammocks and watch the sunset over the Fraser. 

Lila landscape

Take advantage of all the free festivals and events! Come down to the pier on Wednesday nights in July and August to enjoy yoga on the pier with the Lila Summer Series.

music by the river(1)

Photo courtesy of @citytosuburb

Lounge by the river while enjoying local beats every Tuesday and Thursday evening in July during Music by the River, or enjoy a 19+ movie night on July 26th. If you’re feeling a little thirsty, both these events are fully licensed (the concession stand will be serving up beer from Steel & Oak, Another Beer co. and wine from Pacific Breeze winery.)   


Fridays on Front is back this summer until August 23rd. Stroll throughout the event with your favourite beverage, enjoying live music, unique shopping, a riverfront breeze and scenic views. It gets even better, admission is FREE! If you two are big foodies, come and visit the largest food truck festival in North America on July 27 at Columbia StrEAT.

Museum and Archives

Photo courtesy of the Anvil Centre

Spend the afternoon learning about the rich history of BC’s first capital at the Museum and Archives or explore the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler at the Samson V museum.

New Media Gallery

Photo courtesy of @pablo.griff

Prefer something a little more modern? Check out the New Media Gallery’s contemporary art exhibits. 


Take the day to explore with bae! If you’re trying to step up your Instagram game, why not pose for a few photos around some of Downtown New West’s most instagrammable spots? Looking for something speedier? Bike along the central valley greenway and the BC parkway and enjoy a scenic view of the Fraser River.

Have any other great budget date ideas? Let us know using the hashtag #downtownnewwest!

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