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87 Fun Things To Do On A Saturday Night For Free


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You don’t always need to spend money to have a good time because there are literally hundreds of fun things to do on a Saturday night that are either free or cost very little. 

So if you’re looking for something different and new ways to socialise that don’t decimate your bank balance then you’ve come to the right place.

But first it’s important to remember, having fun doesn’t have to be a binary choice between going out and hitting the bars or clubs or staying at home with Netflix. And you definitely don’t need to spend a small fortune to catch up with your friends. 

All you need is a little creativity, a dose of imagination and a willingness to try something different. So check out this huge list of 40 fun and free things to do at night and who knows, you might even discover something, or someone, that could change your life.

▶︎ Let Your Creative Juices Flow

In this Research detailed in Scientific American researchers found that:

only creativity—not intelligence or overall openness—decreased mortality risk. One possible reason creativity is protective of health is because it draws on a variety of neural networks within the brain.

Scientific American

Did you know that being creative can help you solve problems? In fact allowing your creative juices to flow will help you see things in a new light and help you to deal with uncertainty better. 

“Creativity is Intelligence having fun”

Learn Something New

The awesome power of the internet means that you can pretty much teach yourself just about anything, as long as you set your mind to it.

In fact, it’s so good that we’ve highlighted some of the best platforms to learn from below. 

You might want to learn how to create websites, in which case Lynda.com is amazing and it’s the platform I used to teach myself how to build a WordPress website (which is the platform this blog is built on).

They also have thousands of courses available in software development, design and business. The courses come in really easy-understand, digestible modules and I really can’t recommend the online tutors here enough. 

Lynda.com was acquired by LinkedIn. It’s a good fit because many of the skills and course on the Lynda.com platform can be utilised in the workplace. For something with a more creative edge you’re going to want to check out Skillshare.

Skillshare specialises in streaming courses from some of the the world’s best online tutors. Membership will provide an immersive online experience with hours of video content and you’ll get a real insight into the tools and tricks of the trade with expert advice from the leaders in their fields. 

If you’re looking to increase your technical and artistry skills across the creative subjects then SkillShare is the platform for you. 

Discover Your Inner Artist & Paint!

Taking up a creative hobby can feel really daunting sometimes because as adults, we’re kind of afraid of being judged on our creativity. 

Forget that. The whole point of starting a creative interest is to find something that allows you to express yourself. The technique and talent will improve over time. What’s important is that you give yourself the time and space to find out what you enjoy. 

And the best bit is you’ve got all the help you need online to get started. Just jump into YouTube and search for the art topic you’re interested in alongside “class”, “technique” or “channel”.

You’ll find literally hundreds of videos that can help you at any level, like this one about speed-painting with acrylics:

For fun things to do at night, it’s a fantastically creative way to spend your time.

Start a Blog & Make Money Online

Starting a blog is a great way to write about your passions, interests and hobbies and create an online space for the things that interest you. 

Liveinthebeat.com is my blog for talking about mindfulness, money and personal finance. 

Of course, blogging can also be a great way to make money, through various different income streams like affiliate marketing and advertising. And the returns can be pretty good. 

Some bloggers can earn over six figures per month (yep, that’s six figures per month. Let that sink in!) Michelle, the creator of Making Sense of Cents earns this astronomical amount each month after working hard to create a solid personal finance blog.

So if you want to start your journey towards a six figure income blogging can be a great way to achieve it and I’ve created this super detailed guide below to help you get started.

Grab Your Camera & Take Up Creative Photography

An image can speak a thousand words, or so they say. But what if you don’t know the first thing about photography or don’t even have a camera to begin with?

Remember, the little cameras in your smartphone? They are probably significantly more powerful than the best cameras available 20 years ago. Technology just gets better!

And to demonstrate the kind of quality you can get on a phone camera Apple has published some of their best “Shot On Iphone” images on their site and you can check them out right here.

If you want to take your creative photography a little more seriously than it’s worth investing in a photography course, Creative Live has the best courses available online now. 

With over 1,000 classes and an unbeatable 1.97 million students to date Creative Live is the platform that will help you to become the best photography that you can be.

Tell A Story With Creative Writing

Did you know that J.K Rowling, the author of one of the most successful book series in history (Harry Potter in case you’ve been living under a rock), lived for years as a single mom on Government assistance?

According to Insider.com Rowlings pitch for Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before Bloomsbury Publishing took it on.

Can you imagine being one of the 12 publishers that rejected Rowling’s first draft?

Rowling lived in a small flat in Edinburgh, Scotland and wrote her first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on a typewriter, living on benefits and visiting Edinburgh cafes along with her baby whilst unemployed. 

The point is: if you’re passionate about telling stories and you love to get creative with your writing then give it a go! It’s free and it’s creative, all you need is your imagination and willingness to never give up. 

Once you get into telling stories you might even find it’s a creative and fun way to spend your Saturday night, and if you enjoy writing stories, there’s a good chance other’s will enjoy reading them.

If you’re passionate then don’t let the stuff life throws at us stand in your way. And if you’re after a little guidance about structure and technique then check out this FREE WRITING COURSE from the Open University to get you started.

Love Food? Unleash Your Inner Chef!

If you live in a city or any town with a decent restaurant scene there’s probably a good chance that your weekly list of fun things to do at night includes eating out.

Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing like a delicious meal to make you feel good about life. But sometimes it’s even better if you made it yourself and friends. 

In fact I could spend my whole life learning how to cook, delicious new meals with fresh, healthy ingredients. And actually the more I learn about food the more I realise that I can replicate what I was eating in restaurants but for a fraction of the price. 

It’s also a great way to socialise with friends because you can play your own music, create a relaxing environment and actually catch up with your mates instead of shouting at each other over the noise of a saturday night restaurant service.

Personally, I tend to like food that’s easy and not too-time consuming to prepare so my go to foodie sites for recipes are:

And I follow a load of foodie influencers on Instagram, like Joe Wicks, to keep me inspired. 

Dream About Your Future

There’s nothing better than planning your future and dreaming about what you want to do and the personal you’d like to become… so take the evening off to simply dream about your future.

Spending the time to think about your dreams will help you to crystallize your goals and prioritise the things that will help you get there faster. Dreaming is essential because it focuses our efforts on the actions that will make our dreams a reality.

Don’t forget to write down the things you really want to achieve to make them real and concrete.

Without acknowledging the power of your dreams to change your life they will remain exactly that… dreams.

Live in the Beat & Get Musical

Music isn’t just fun to listen to, making it can have some serious health benefits. 

In fact, hundreds of studies have demonstrated the power of music in helping everything from strengthening social connections to boosting your immune system, according to the American Psychology Association

And it can be a fantastically fun way to spend your saturday night. The best thing about making music is that you can practice yourself to increase your musicality or you can form a band, choir or simply play with friends to make music-making fun and social. 

What’s more, beyond the initial cost of your instruments, making music is 100% free. 

Make Money From Your Creativity & Passion

When creativity and passion combine great things can happen.

What’s even better is when other people are willing to pay for the results of your creativity and flair. That’s why making money from your creativity can really validate the time, energy and effort you have put into them.

Here’s are some of the some of the ways you can make money from your creativity and passion which I’ve grabbed from my mammoth guide covering 47 Ways To Create Passive Income:

Revisit Memories: Organise Your Digital Photos & old Photo Albums

Our phones have literally thousands of images on them, but do we ever take the time to curate those images.

Curation meaning /kjʊ(ə)ˈreɪʃn/

  1. the action or process of selecting, organizing, and looking after the items in a collection

We’re often so busy snapping images that we can forget what the purpose of taking those images was in the first place. It’s memories.

Memories are beautiful but you can only build memories if you take time to curate the things you collect that help to inspire and form those memories. 

It’s not always just photos; places, sights, smells, food – anything tangible can help you to create a memory. But photos are probably the most common way that we all have of recording those special moments. 

The key to making sure they are special is to take the time to edit, organise, categorise and remember the photos you took so that the memories you have remain intact. 

One day when you’re old and wrinkly you’ll be glad you took the effort because the time to curate your photos will provide you with a rich source of memories to reflect and remember the special moments of your life.

So spend a day looking through your photo albums, or creating them, and take the time to appreciate the life, friends, family and memories that you have. 

▶︎ Get Active; You’ve Only Got One Life!

Let’s face it most of us want to look and feel fit. And there’s a reason for that: being fit boosts your energy, mood, sleep and your immune system.

Whether you like it or not, evolution has programmed us to find fitter people more attractive.

And looking fit makes you more attractive. There’s almost no one that doesn’t benefit from improving their fitness. That’s because there is an innate attraction to fit, energetic people who keep active and take care of themselves.

After all, another Saturday night drinking in your local bar isn’t going to benefit your body or your brain, or your wallet, and – there are many more fun things to do at night. 

Being physically strong not only builds self-confidence but it shows others you are potentially a good match so that, from an evolutionary perspective at least, you’ll tick off the subconscious evolutionary checklist.

Fitness also demonstrates other attractive qualities like discipline, the motivation to succeed and the commitment to achieve your goals. Being able to laugh at yourself also helps!  

Explore Your City By Foot

One of the best ways to get to know a neighborhood is to walk it. 

Exploring a new city doesn’t have to cost anything and it can be a great, free way to spend the night, especially when there is so much window shopping to do, so much amazing architecture to see and dozens of markets to check out. 

A city can seem overwhelming at first, but once you walk it’s streets, see the characters, sights and smells you’ll soon feel right at home.

Practice Yoga or Pilates Daily

If you want to increase your flexibility, core strength or would simply like to exercise at home for a free, fun thing to do at night, and at your own pace, then starting yoga or pilates can be a great way to achieve this.

There’s dozens of different styles of Yoga but they are all based on the same foundations. If you’re new to Yoga then check out my guide: The Beginner’s Essential Guide to Styles of Yoga for more info about the style of yoga that might be right for you. 

Pilates has a greater focus on core strength so it can be great for anyone looking to build a stronger core.

A yoga mat is a great investment and you can get them on Amazon for around $10-20 but yoga and pilates can be practiced anywhere that’s clean, comfortable and safe to do so. 

Getting into a routine and staying disciplined will, as with any kind of fitness, really help you to see results.

Socialise With Team Sports

If you’re more socially minded when it comes to fitness and you prefer to be part of a team then taking up a team sport is a great way to spend your evenings getting fit and socialising at the same time.

Team sports are an incredibly low-cost way to socialise because once you’ve paid the initial upfront cost (after all you can’t play football without… a football) then your key costs are pretty much covered.

Other sport can get expensive, depending on things like equipment and classes, if required, but in the list below I’ve stuck to sports where the cost can be very cheap or almost nothing at all.

In terms of fun things to do at night this is one that could really widen your social circle. Plus the best thing about team sports is that once you’ve got your kit; the ongoing cost is negligent. 

Team sports can support the development of the following skills for people of all ages:

  • Communication Skills
  • Decisive Action
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management Skills
  • Build Self Esteem and Sense of Community

If you’re looking for fun things to do at night then you can’t go wrong with joining a local team and getting involved in your favourite sport. Do some online research in your local area and think about what kind of sport you’ve enjoy. Here’s a list for some inspiration:

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • American Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Racquetball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo

Challenge Yourself In Competitive Sports

Team sports are a great way to increase self-esteem, be part of a team and work together to achieve a united goal.  

But what if you are more of a lone wolf or simply like the challenge of competing against your personal best.

In sports in which you rely solely on yourself you are the competition. You need self-reliance, discipline, focus and passion. 

In individual, competitive sports success and failure are yours and yours alone. It’s just you, the game and, in some cases, your opponent. 

Dig deep because you will surprise yourself when you discover just how competitive you can be. And it’s that edge that will really help drive you to be a better, stronger, fitter person.

You will be beaten many times before you start to win, but as far as fun things to do at night? You’ll struggle to find a better, more energetic way to spend your time. Try one of the following: 

  • Tennis
  • Rollar Skating
  • Competitive Swimming
  • Aerobics
  • Archery
  • Gymnastics
  • Boxing
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Discus Throw
  • Figure Skating
  • Martial Arts
  • Long Jump
  • Pole Vault
  • Powerlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Curling
  • Golf
  • Table Tennis
  • Skateboarding
  • Parkour

On Your Bike! Venture Out On Two Wheels 

When I was a kid me and my friends had a gang called the ‘Wheelie Gang’ – basically the premise was simple: you needed a set of wheels in order to join. Pretty inclusive huh?

In terms of fun things to do at night, this was pretty much how I spent my childhood. Bring that sense of childlike adventure to your adult life. Explore somewhere you haven’t been or a new part of your existing town that you’re not familiar with. 

You’ll need a bike, but bikes can be bought pretty cheaply these days and many cities now have low-cost bike hire schemes in place which cost less than a few dollars.

There’s nothing better than exploring a new city or a new part of town, seeing the city streets alive and buzzing with life. It’s a great way to experience the vibrancy of a city because you’re physically out in the streets and not separated by a pane of glass from the interior of a car. 

Always cycle safely, wearing the right protective gear and lighting and, if possible, avoid rush hour to miss out the congestion of heavy traffic. No one wants to inhale traffic fumes!

And if you needed any more motivation to get on two wheels check out these 5 top reasons to get on your bike:

  • It’s cheap (might cost you a few calories)
  • Cycling let’s you appreciate your surroundings and see the sights, sounds and smells(!) of the city
  • It’s easy to get around, because on a bike you can cover more ground than by foot
  • Biking encourages you to be adventurous and explore areas you didn’t know before
  • It’s makes for a great date – with friends or someone new

Stargaze At The Beautiful Night Sky

Go Star-Gazing in a Dark Sky Area and Learn About Astronomy.

If you’ve got a pair of binoculars or a telescope even better, but even without it’s possible to see the Universe it all it’s glory. And take the time to google some of the constellations before you go; that way you’ll be able to impress your friends when you recognise them.

But let’s face facts: Star gazing can be difficult in urban areas because of high levels of light pollution. 

If you can make it out to a Dark Sky Area it’s worth the effort. A dark sky area is simply an area protected from the effects of light pollution. 

“Gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe”

Albert Camus, The Stranger

Gazing up at the Universe and the Milky Way helps us to realise just how insignificant we are. It’s a wonderful way to put life in perspective. 

Aside from marvelling at the Universe in general, learning about Astronomy is also a great way to give you a whole new appreciation of the sky at night.

Check out this beginners guide from Sky at Night Magazine which will get you spotting and naming new constellations in no time at all. You’ll be able to impress your friends with knowledge about comets, asteroids, planets, stars, solar systems and all things to be found in the night sky.

Spend A Blissful Night Sleeping Under The Stars

Ever slept under a clear night sky?

Take it one step further: after your stargazing expedition you could set up camp and spend a night sleeping under the Universe. 

It might not be as comfortable as a five star hotel but it’s without doubt a fun thing to try at night that everyone should experience once in their lives. And if you really want to experience the natural world as our ancestors did then this is something you have to try!

Sleeping under the stars can be comfortable nights sleep, depending on how gentle your local climate is! 

But this bucket list idea doesn’t necessarily have to be uncomfortable. The beautiful Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort enables you to enjoy sensational views of the night sky from within the comfort of their glass igloos, at a price.

Challenge Yourself: Train for a Marathon 

I’m just going to put this out there: you don’t need to run a marathon solely for charity. It’s a great reason, but your physically fitness is also a great reason.

Of course, raising money is great, and most marathons have a donation-based requirement you’ll be expected to reach but choosing to run a marathon to also increase your own discipline, physical and mental health are just as valid reasons. 

If you can raise a packet at the same time, great! Just don’t be deterred from doing it for your own health reasons. 

So what exactly is a marathon? A marathon is a long-distance race covering 26.2 miles or 42.2 km and the idea of the modern marathon was inspired by the legend of an ancient Greek messenger, Philippides, who raced from the site of Marathon to Athens – after running all 26 miles from the site of battle to Athens, Philippides, rushed into the Greek Assembly, exclaimed the Greeks had won, collapsed and died. 

Now of course marathon training might not be at the top of your list of fun things to do at night, and the training for a marathon shouldn’t be underestimated. 

Runners do collapse at many marathons worldwide and some can face serious injury but it’s possible to reduce the risks by taking a sensible approach to training for a marathon and making sure you build up your strength over time. 

Check out these Free Training Plans from Runners World and, just in case you needed a little inspiration to get you moving and help coax you off your sofa head over to Netflix.

The true story of Brittany Runs A Marathon shows us how marathon training can really change a life:

▶︎ Be A Culture Vulture

Visit a Free Museum & Learn Something

In my home city of London there are hundreds of free art galleries and museums. Granted, not everyone lives in a big city with loads of free museums like me, but most people live near a city or town that will have some kind of free galleries, museums or exhibitions through the year. 

Museums are a fantastically fun thing to do at night because they house some of the most interesting artifacts available on the planet in some of the most architecturally noted buildings in the world. 

And if you do live in a wilder part of the world you can build your free museum trips into your next city vacation, or simply check them out when you’ve got some proper downtime. Whenever I go to a new city, checking out it’s museums is always high up my list. 

If your not quite sure where to start, check out this list of the top 10 museums in the world, from National Geographic:

Lose Yourself in a Book

You don’t always have to be out and about to enjoy culture. One of the most fun things to do at night is also one of the simplest – lose yourself in a book.

After all, there’s nothing like your own imagination to really fire up the mind.

Make yourself comfortable in a part of your home where you will not be disturbed and settle down with a decent story and a cup of hot chocolate, or tea, to enjoy the simple act of reading.

Of course if it’s not possible to find a quiet place at home, you can always head to your local bookstore or library and find a quiet corner, a comfy chair and a place to relax and let your imagination do the work.

Get Wild At Zoo Nights 

I love the zoo, even though I hate to see animals caged up, I understand and appreciate the essential environmental and ecological work that many (good) zoos undertake in order to try to protect the few remaining wild species that we share this planet with. 

I even volunteered at  the Zoological Society for London (ZSL) for six months which gave me free access to the zoo and free membership for a year. Even though I went every single week I never got tired of going to the zoo. It was always a total thrill to walk through the gates, especially in the morning when the zoo was quiet and still closed to members of the public.

Many zoos around the world offer some kind of evening access like Zoo Nights, or late night visits in the summer, to help give those working during the day the chance to visit the zoo after work. 

Personally I can’t think of a more fun thing to do at night than spending it at the Zoo and whilst it will cost you your ticket entry, unless your a volunteer, then just think of the good work that you’re supporting.

Check out your local zoo to see what’s on offer, in the meantime here’s an idea of what you can expect from Zoo Lates with ZSL the Zoological Society in London:

Go To An Evening Art Gallery Opening

Drink Free Wine, Appreciate Art, Enjoy Yourself. What’s not too love?

Art is everywhere and you’ll find galleries and exhibitions in towns and cities across the world. So if you’re looking for a fun, free thing to do at night then find an art gallery.

Better yet, listen out for any friends, or artistic friends of friends who are putting on free openings and exhibitions. All art gallery openings want a big crowd for their launches and usually you’ll be invited to a glass of free wine and maybe some food. Plus there’s the art too. 

Learn a New Language

Learning a new language is not easy but it’s also one of the most rewarding skills you can acquire. 

That’s because the ability to speak a new language gives you more than communication skills, it allows you to understand the world from a different cultural perspective; to use the words, and their associated meaning, from a completely different country and to perceive the world through the shared history and traditions of that country. 

You can also plan your holidays around visiting your chosen language and country so that you can put your new language skills to good use. 

But just how quickly can you learn a new language?

According to howtogetfluent.com you can get a ‘working knowledge’ of a European language in which you’ll be able to communicate in most situations in as little as 200-400 hours. 

And The Michel Thomas Learning Method is a naturalistic approach to language learning that pretty much follows the way we learn as children, and will have you speaking your chosen language in as little as 10 hours. 

Check Out Your City’s Annual Film Festival

Did you know that most film festivals aren’t exclusively for Industry Insiders and Hollywood A-listers?

Ok you’re not going to get yourself front row seats at Cannes, but most film festivals offer free and paid for tickets as well as special allocations to local residents. 

I love going to the London Film Festival and the BFI Flare Film Festival every year because I get to see some great stories from around the world, soak up the buzz and meet filmmakers and people from all walks of life. 

But wherever you are in the world chances are your country will hold a film festival at some point in the year that you can attend. 

Set yourself a budget for tickets in advance and sign up to your festivals mailing list for the programme, when it comes out, to be notified of any free screenings and events. 

Once you’ve got your programme, be selective. There will be a lot of films available to watch and you won’t be able to catch everything. 

The New York Film Academy has compiled the most comprehensive list of film festivals available online. Check it out here and get the dates in your diary.

Watch A Fireworks Display

Every year in the UK we celebrate Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night on the 5th November and most countries around the world have some form of bonfire night or fireworks display to celebrate their national holidays, usually including New Years Eve.

There’s just something about staring up at the sky and watching it get lit up in bursts of colour and noise.

With a perfect combination of light, colour, sounds and sights fireworks should be way up the list when it comes to fun things to do at night. 

All you need to do is wrap up warm, lock up your pets, find yourself a good view and enjoy the show!

Enjoy A Summer Concert At The Local Park

There’s no better way to spend a long, lazy, summer evening then to head down to your nearest park and watch a summer concert. 

Most concerts taking place will be advertised in your local community calendar.

Organisation Facebook groups, listings, concert websites and local newspapers will all publish details of up-coming so that you can check out the acts and make sure you reserved your tickets for something you really want to see.

See A Theatre Show For Free, Or Cheaply

There’s a lot of ways you can get cheap, free and discounted theatre tickets. 

Do you write play reviews? If so make sure you’re signed up to receive information about Press Nights and Previews from your favorite theatres. 

Press Nights are opening nights to which, obviously, the press are invited and if you write for a theatre site, magazine, paper or blog then you can get your theatre tickets for free. Contact your local theatre to register for more info.

Often before press nights take place there will be previews. These are a limited set of performances providing the Director and crew to identify and fix any potential problems with the show before it starts it’s main run. And preview tickets can come with substantial discounts. 

Alternatively, for the biggest discounts it’s always worth checking for standby tickets or on-the-day tickets. These are sold in the hours just before curtain call and are the remaining seats, or cancellations, that would otherwise result in empty seats. And no theatre wants empty seats.

Depending on the show, they’ll offer you up to a massive 50% discount. You’ll need to be flexible and you can’t necessarily choose your seats, but sometimes you’ll get the best seats in the house, depending on what cancellations come back. Check in at the box office an hour or two before the show starts and see what you can get. 

In terms of fun things to do at night theatre can really entertain you, but full price tickets can be really expensive – that’s why these strategies will help you keep your theatre trips costs down, so you can see more shows!

Relax To A Classical Music Performance

There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to live classical music and if you’ve had a busy, stressful week at work finding a performance where you can enjoy classical music for free can be one of the more enjoyable ways to spend your saturday night.

The Royal Academy of Music in London offers free lunchtime concerts giving it’s students an opportunity to practice and perform in front of a live audience.

Classicalmpr.org has a huge list online of free classical music concerts that are live-streamed for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

Make yourself comfortable, sit back and relax!

Explore Your City With A Night-time Walking Tour of The Historical Quarter

Exploring your city on foot can be a great way to get to know your neighborhood, but if you don’t it’s history then you’re missing out on alot!

Walking tours are usually pretty cheap and if you can go along with a group of friends it’s even better. 

Most large cities will offer a huge range of walking tours, taking in local markets, attractions, history and venues in their areas. So whether you’re already a local or visiting from out of town make sure you include it on your itinerary and you might be surprised what you could learn. 

Here are 13 of the best walking tours in London and 10 of the best walking tours in New York City to get you started.

Check Out Your Nearest Carnival or Fairground

When the carnival comes to town it can be tempting to run out, experience every ride and blow all of your money in one go. And, to be fair, we’ve all done that at some point.

But most of the excitement of the Carnival or Fairground comes from the buzz and atmosphere, noise, sights and sounds that you get when everyone goes out to see what’s there.

Carnivals and Fairgrounds are one of the ultimate fun things to do at night but you’ll appreciate them more if you only go on the rides that you really want to try. 

Go with a bunch of friends, explore the site, get the lay of the land and choose wisely which rides your going to try. If you have a clear strategy instead of a scattergun approach you won’t spend your evening queuing up and you’ll get the most out of your time there. 

If it’s a carnival your heading to, then get involved, dance, march, party or just enjoy the view; they are made for people watching.

▶︎ Meet New People

Volunteer for a Cause & Change the World

Volunteering is a great way to give back, to meet new people, make new friends and support a cause that you’re passionate about.

I volunteered at the Zoological Society of London and it was great. I got to go to the Zoo over 60 times in one year and I loved it every time. I made new friends, got free tickets for friends and took a bunch of friends to Zoo Nights for a night at the zoo.

Whatever you care about; it could be the environment, protecting wildlife, youth services or supporting the homeless volunteering will help you give back and do something you can be really proud of. 

Volunteer Match is an international organisation helping to match volunteers with charities. They’ll help you find opportunities so that you can put your skills, enthusiasm and experience to good use.

Befriend An Elderly Person

When I was younger I only used to hang out with people my own age. Over time I realised I also really enjoyed the company of older people and appreciate the perspective they bring to my life. 

Now I regularly hangout with my Godmother, who’s a spritely 70-something year old and my Neighbour, who’s 82.

For sure, it’s a different kind of friendship, and it might not top your list of fun things to do at night, I’m not going partying anytime soon with my older friends that’s for sure, but I really appreciate their insight and friendship because I learn new things about their lives and what they have experienced. 

My Godmother once lived in a Kibbutz, a kind of collective community in Israel and when my neighbour first came to the UK it took her over a month to voyage from Australia across the high seas. When I flew to Australia last year it took me 24 hours! 

The older generation have some amazing stories, if we give them the time to tell us.

Laugh Your Head Off At Free Comedy

If you’re really stuck for some fun things to do at night and feel like a proper laugh a comedy show can be just the ticket. 

And there are loads of free or cheap comedy shows around. That’s because comedians can only really get a sense of what gets a laugh by trying it out on a live audience.

Whilst you might not see the most polished acts, you’ll definitely get a laugh. 

Support Live Music, Go To A Gig

One of the best ways to find out about local gigs is to check your local community listings. These might be detailed on your town’s local website, through local papers, via the radio airwaves or by bloggers on social media.

Remember audiences are paramount; performers and producers want busy, buzzy crowded venues to help create a fantastic atmosphere. So tickets are usually cheap or free, depending on the size and scale of the gig.

Try Speed Dating Once

Whether or not speed dating is really one of the most fun things to do at night depends on your outlook on life and your own expectations about what it might provide.

If you like meeting new people, enjoy the buzz of a big event and can laugh off the odd-ball responses you might get then I recommend you give it a go at least once.

And in the age of online dating apps it can be really refreshing to actually meet people in real life.

It’s probably best to go with a friend because that way you’ll be able to have a laugh at all the reponses you get on the way home. 

Meet Like-Minded People At A Meetup

According to Scientific American studies show that extroverts are happier, even when they’re really introverts.

In other words if you ‘force’ yourself to be extroverted every once in a while (which is difficult for someone like me) then the benefits are increased happiness and well-being and let’s be honest, most of your bucket list ideas will need a little bit of extraversion.

And the best bit? There is a concert, gig, festival or meetup group for every single type of interest imaginable. 

A Meetup is a group of people who get together with others who enjoy the same activities; from sports teams to book clubs and social groups you’ll find something that suits you.

You can find one near you at meetup.com and for anything else? Google is your friend.

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Build A Fire Pit for Outdoor Hang Outs

Let’s be honest. Humans love fire. There’s nothing more inviting on a cold, winter evening than sitting round the warm glow of a fire.

We’re the only known animals in the universe who use it for warmth, protection and cooking. 

In fact, fire has been essential to our evolution. And Daniel Fessler, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of California, says “Fire has been crucial to human survival for around one million years, and in that time, Fessler argues, humans have evolved psychological mechanisms specifically dedicated to controlling it.” But in the modern world most of us are removed from the natural processes of fire. 

Connect to you ancient ancestors, build a fire pit in your backyard, get a bunch of friends round and spend the evening catching up just like thousands of generations before us did. 

Get Together With Friends For Games Night

Start a monthly games night with your friends and pit yourself against them. It’s a really fun thing to do at night and the perfect excuse to kick back and relax with your favourite people.

Board games, poker or other cards games can be a great way to improve your critical thinking and get the cogs of your brain moving. 

The 17 most popular board games for adults available today include traditional versions, with a twist, such as Game of Thrones Monopoly. 

Check out the full Guide To The 17 Most Popular Board Games for Adults from Goodhousekeeping.

Conquer Your Fears: Learn How to Ice Skate

ice skating

There’s something about stepping out on the ice that can bring about feelings of utter terror in some people. 

Perhaps it’s the fear of falling over, or visions of fingers being sliced off. If that sounds like you tackle your trepidation head on, collar some supportive friends and head to the nearest ice rink. 

Treat Yourself To A Movie Night In 

Get Popcorn, Ice Cream and Soda and settle down with a group of friends for a movie night in. 

Watching something new or binge watching your favourite show at a friends house is a great way to spend a saturday night without busting your budget. 

It’s also worth renting a movie if it’s not available for free on the streaming platforms you use. Compared to the price of cinema tickets watching a new movie at home will always be cheaper and the key to making it feel like a proper movie night is to replicate the experience of a cinema at home.

Hold A Pizza Making Party & Stuff Your Face

Pizza is literally one of my favourite meals (simple things, simple people) which is why I love a good pizza making party. 

Anybody can make a pizza, it’s sooo simple. You’ll need to head to the store for your pizza bases and get all the ingredients you want for your toppings. But I’m not going to tell you how when the easiest way is to show you courtesy of YouTube.

It must be a pretty fun thing to do for many people. It’s got 26m views.

Pamper Yourself To A Spa Night In

Sometimes a long hot soak in the bath is all you need to unwind as one of your top relaxing fun things to do at night.

Alternatively you might prefer to buy all the products, get a good friend round and spend the evening giving each other spa treatments. 

You can create more of a spa-style atmosphere by putting on some relaxing music, lighting some candles and changing into your comfy clothes. 

Sing To Win & Have Karaoke Party

Some people just don’t understand the allure of karaoke, whilst others are literally jumping for the mic to try and steal the lime-light. 

Singing in-front of your friends or family might strike fear into your soul but that depends on your confidence levels. You’ll need a mic, decent speakers and a karaoke app for your phone. 

Check out this full guide to Karaoke from techlifegeek.com to help you get started

Cook Dinner for Your Parents 

Our parents spend a huge chunk of their lives bringing us up, feeding us and generally making sure our every need is taken care of. 

Every once in a while return the favour by cooking them a meal. Even if you have to go round to their house. It might sometimes seem like a chore but remember your parents were your age once and they had fully formed lives before you came along. 

And they sacrificed all their fun things to do at night to bring you up. So try it. Trust me; they’ll be so thrilled that you made the effort it won’t matter how terrible your cooking skills are.

And if the food really ends up being inedible you can always get take out as a backup. It’s the catching up and time spent with loved ones that counts.  

Go Watch Some Nature

It sounds stupid but sometimes I’ve noticed whenever I go to my local park that when people encounter the bird life, squirrels and… well that’s it really… they just stop and stare. In fact I do sometimes too.

It’s almost as if we humans are so unused to seeing any form of nature or wildlife that we are kind of fascinated by it when we encounter it. 

Going out for an evening walk and simply watching nature, either alone or with friends, can be a really great way to reconnect to the natural forces of the environment.

It might not be one of the wildest, fun things to do at night but it’s definitely one of the most relaxing. And it’s not surprising really, nature is where we come from, but in the modern world with all of our devices and technology it’s easy to forget that there’s a natural world out there doing its thing and cycling onwards through the rhymes and rhythms of life. 

Every once in a while… go check it out.  

What Are You Going To Do?

Thinking about fun things to do at night can sometimes seem difficult, especially when you want to catch up with friends, relax and socialise after a long week at work.

But you don’t always have to drink and hit the bars. In fact your wallet, body, brain and general wellbeing will probably thank you if you try something new. 

This list will help get you started for some amazing, fun, free or cheap things to do at the weekend. Whether you spend your time with family or friends, are looking to get active or learn something new, make sure to make the most of your spare time because when it’s gone, it’s gone forever.


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