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2016 Date Ideas

DATES!!!  You can never be too purposeful about dating your spouse!  This list provides some fun San Diego events that make great dates! (bonus: many of them are free!) So.. get out your calendar and plan to have a spectacular, love-filled year of DATING your spouse! 


Restaurant Week

Try out a new restaurant together by taking advantage of Restaurant Week savings

Winter in Southern CA

Embrace the cold January weather by snow-tubing at Mt High (talk together about your 2016 marriage goals on the 2-hour drive) or going ice skating in Coronado (ends Jan 7th)

Poway Winter Festival

Want more winter fun? Jan 8-9, Poway has a free Winter Festival with sledding, marshmallow roasting, an ice rink and music! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a (free) waterfront parade!  January 17th 


Museum Month

½ off entry fees at 40 San Diego museums

Homemade Valentines Chocolates

Why pay for a mystery box of chocolates when you can make memories and chocolates at the same time. Get your creative-cooking-date-on just in time for Valentine’s Day with these homemade box of chocolates recipes!


What’s Love Got to Do With It? 

The Rock Church’s one-day Relationship Conference 2016  March 5th  designed to help you and your spouse learn about LOVE!

Busker Festival SeaPort Village

One of the more unique, fun and unforgettable events you’ll find in San Diego! March 5-6 at SeaPort village you’ll find street performers that have come from across the US to show off their unusual talents. 


San Diego Crew Classic

Head to Crown Point Shores at Mission Bay to watch rowers from across the country - over 100 crew teams race over 2 days

San Diego Padres

Catch a Padres game at beautiful Petco Park!  Don’t forget to check out their promotions schedule to make sure you and your other half walk away with cool Padres souvenirs! 


Better (Marriage Workshop)

As mid-year approaches, consider polishing your relationship at the Rock’s monthly “Better” Marriage Workshop  May 15

Cinco de Mayo

There’s no better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than San Diego! Choose your favorite Mexican spot and celebrate together over some tacos! 

Summer Movies in the Park

Nothing better than snuggling up under the stars watching a (free) movie! From May  September, Summer Movies in the Park has showings of various movies in parks throughout the city!


San Diego County Fair

Food, carnival rides, concerts, animals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds county fair. Consider going on GospelFest day and you’ll get into the gospel concert that night for free! 

Greek Festival

Get your Greek on at San Diego’s annual Greek Festival  off of Park Boulevard.  Food and dancing all day! 

Rock Church Marriage Getaway

Don’t miss the Rock Church’s 15th annual Marriage Getaway- June 3-5 - location TBD


Big Bay Boom

A choreographed fireworks display a

Comic Con

You’ll see just as much Comic Con craziness walking the streets of downtown! People watching for days without the expensive entrance fee!  July 21-24

Del Mar Racetrack

Get out your biggest, boldest hat and head down to the Del Mar Racetrack for opening day on July 15!

Summer Pops at the Embarcadero

Enjoy our beautiful city, the beautiful weather and beautiful music at the San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops series held outdoors at the Embarcadero. Check the schedule for unique musical styles and shows that include fireworks! 



Kayaking in La Jolla

Take advantage of warm weather (and Groupon discounts) to go kayaking together in La Jolla

Del Mar Racetrack

Watch the incredible thoroughbreds race at the Del Mar Racetrack. Groupon often has a discounted entrance of $5/ticket.

Gourmet Food Truck Festival

This event brings over 40 gourmet food trucks just waiting for you to try their culinary creations!


Restaurant Week

Try out a new restaurant together by taking advantage of Restaurant Week savings

Julian Apple Harvest

Grab some delicious pie while in Julian taking in the fall apple harvest. 

Miramar Air Show

Be amazed by the US Navy Blue Angels among other performers  a great way to celebrate America, our troops and your spouse!

Landlubbers Day

In honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, dress up in your best pirate gear and head down to SeaPort village in celebration of everything pirate! 


Little Italy Festa!

October 9th  Little Italy hosts its annual festival with food, music and activities

Oma’s Pumpkin Patch

Becoming a San Diego favorite, Oma’s Pumpkin patch gets you in the fall spirit with hayrides and pumpkin picking. 


Comedy Night

For some, the holidays can be a stressful time  destress together with a little comedy! One option is catching the (clean) improv comedy show at the National Comedy Theatre 

A night of thanksgiving and pumpkin carving

Before engaging your spouse in a head-to-head pumpkin carving battle, spend time writing down 10 qualities/characteristics of your spouse that you’re thankful for. Bonus: write a ‘thank you’ note to a mentor couple! 


December Nights

A fun, festive way to share a Christmas themed date night! Balboa Park is packed with lights, decorations and hot chocolate. 

Toys for Joy

A fun opportunity to serve together while blessing others!

Parade of Lights

Come see over 80 boats lavishly decorated as they cruise from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Ferry Landing in Coronado.


October 25, 2018 - October 28, 2018