When it's getting hotter in the city, there's really no better time to also start heating up your love life. Whether you're single and looking, dating around, or in a relationship, summer dates are always a fun way to add a little bit of spontaneity and romance to your life!
Dating on a budget can be tough though, but it doesn't mean you have to just Netflix & chill with bae all summer. Instead, you can have it all with dates that are cheap or call for a little splurging — no matter what your situation is.
1. Do a sunset stroll through Wascana Park.
If you're feeling it beforehand, grab a coffee or ice cream and then enjoy a beautiful summer night sunset. Dare I say this is the perfect backdrop for a smooch?
2. Spend the evening at the Market Under The Stars.
This evening market happens twice in August, and it is ideal for spending the evening strolling around and enjoying the local community. Don't forget to grab a blanket to cuddle up on later — you can lie with bae and listen to live music.
3. Do a tour of Rebellion Brewing Co.
On Saturdays for free, you can do a tour of your local Regina brewery. You have to sign up ahead of time, but the free tour comes with a sample as well. Bonus!
4. Shop around the Regina Antique Mall.
Check out an incredible collection of antiques, vintage finds, and unique items. If you're bringing you're S.O. to this one, you can daydream about antique pieces for your future home... #sigh.
5. Browse around the Mackenzie Art Gallery.
Admission to the gallery is free, and they always have new exhibits on the go. Grab a coffee at Naked Bean Espresso Bar & Cafe for a cheap post-gallery option.
6. Grab lunch at Cafe DRIP and then head to Kiwanis Waterfall Garden for an afternoon picnic.
If you're looking for a pretty park for a picnic date, the Waterfall Garden is the one. If you get lunch to go from Cafe Drip, you can both get coffee, a sandwich, salad, or soup (and maybe even a treat if you're feeling it!) for under $25.
7. Cuddle up and see a movie at Moonlight Movies drive-in.
Enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car — which means you can bring your own snacks too! Older movie showings are $20 per car, while newer ones cost $25. Don't forget to bring cash because there's no debit.
8. Rent a canoe for two and head out on Wascana Lake.
You can rent a canoe at the Wascana Marina, and then head out on the water for gorgeous views of Regina. You'll be surrounded by nature and be able to test out your teamwork — just don't rock the boat.
9. Get to know each other over tea and crumpets at the Vintage Tea Room.
Enjoy delicious goodies and tea together at this British-inspired tea room. Want to make it even more fun? Dress up and talk in a British accent the whole time. You'll be laughing so hard it won't even be embarrassing.
10. See an independent film at the Regina Public Library Film Theatre.
Movies here are only $8 per person, and they play unique films you won't be able to find anywhere else. Cuddle up together as you enjoy the movie and if you're feeling it, grab a coffee after from 13th Avenue Coffee House.
11. Pick up some local ingredients from the Regina Farmers' Market and make dinner together.
You will find fresh meat, produce, and desserts at the Farmers' Market, which is everything you need! This is a fun way to make dinner because the two of you can pick out all the ingredients together, plan which recipes you'll use, and then enjoy the fruits of your labour!
12. Wander around the Queen City Ex.
If you want to go cray on rides and food, you'll surpass the $50 budget, but if you just enjoy the sights and people-watch together, it's possible to do the Ex under $50. Entrance fees are $15 each, and you can buy individual ride tickets as well.
13. Dinner for two + live music at the Capitol.
Enjoy dinner and drinks with your date over some live music at the Capitol Restaurant and Bar. Wednesdays are open mic night if you want to hear some local talent, or check out some smooth jazz on Thursdays for a romantic vibe.
14. Do dinner at the Fireside Bistro.
The Fireside Bistro is unique because it's located in a historic old Regina home. It makes a great spot for dinner, or for appetizers and drinks if you want a later start to the evening.
15. Feel like royalty at Stone Hall Castle.
For $25 per person, book a tour at Stone Hall Castle and see Regina's very own European castle in the downtown area. You'll both be in awe of the architecture, beauty, and unique decor of the castle's interior.