You and your big squeeze made a commitment this year: regular date nights. When you have hit up most of your favorite date spots, you may be looking for some new ideas. Or, you may have just moved to Ann Arbor and are excited to discover fun options. We’ve got you covered with two free, fun dates, an evening out for the kiddos, and an event that is both a delicious date and has positive impact for others!
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
The UMMA is an incredible repository of fine, visual art and a perfect stop for a romantic date. One of the finest university art museums in the country, it houses more than 18,000 works of art from over 150 years of art collecting by the University. On Friday, September 9 the museum will host their UMMA After Hours event that provides the community with the opportunity to browse until 10pm, well after the museum’s usual 5pm close time. Whether you crave quiet contemplation or debate over the meaning of a certain drawing your visit will be fun and free (UMMA does suggest a $10 donation).
Friday | September 9 | 5-10pm
UMMA | 525 South State Street | Ann Arbor
Galleries open Tuesday-Saturday | 11am-5pm
Closed Mondays | Sundays | 12-5pm
Free, donation suggested | umma.umich.edu
Pets & Pajamas Friday Nights
This activity is for both the kids and the adults. Drop off your little ones for a fun evening of pets and pajamas hosted by the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Kids can show up in pajamas ready for a yummy vegetarian dinner, animal interaction, and an animal-themed movie. Parents drop off at 5 pm and pick up at 9 pm. This gives you plenty of time to have a Friday night out on the town! It takes place one Friday a month and requires pre-registration. The Humane Society has put together this all around win for both humans and animals.
Friday | September 16 | 5pm-9pm
Humane Society of Huron Valley | 3100 Cherry Hill Road | Ann Arbor
$35 for the first child | $15 for up to two additional siblings | Ages 5-11
Additional dates and registration on their website | hshv.org/petsandpjs
March of Dimes Ann Arbor Signature Chefs
Looking for a night out with purpose? The March of Dimes Ann Arbor Signature Chefs Auction is an event featuring exceptional selections from the Ann Arbor dining scene. The evening presents guests with delicious cuisine and a one-of-a-kind auction experience and all proceeds go to the March of Dimes. March of Dimes is a longtime, established non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving maternal and baby health. They work tirelessly to ensure all babies get a healthy start to life! This is a great opportunity to get out on a date, enjoy some delicious food and great company, and donate to an amazing cause.
You can dance!
Learn to dance together at a free class taught by the world-famous modern dance troupe, Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG). Laugh and learn with your partner as you attempt new choreography with members of MMDG. No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-up begins at 1:15pm at the Ann Arbor Y welcome desk. If you enjoy the class be sure to purchase tickets for their romantic performance of Layla and Majnun at the UM Power Center. Layla and Majnun is a Persian love poem that tells the story of tragic love between two young people in forbidden love. The performance is being co-commissioned by UMS and will also feature The Silk Road Ensemble.
Saturday | October 15 | 1:15pm sign up | 2pm-3:30pm dance
Ann Arbor YMCA | 400 W Washington St.
734-764-2538 | ums.org
Layla and Majnun performance runs
Thursday, October 13-Saturday, October 15
Power Center | 121 Fletcher St.
For more information and to buy tickets visit ums.org.