the symphony concert hall filled with people

The Symphony

For a more elegant date idea, get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant for dinner. Then afterward go to the symphony. Oh the sweet sounds of the symphony, definitely a night to remember.

Needless to say, this night is classy. It lets your date know that you enjoy the finer things in life, like good music, and it also shows that you are somewhat cultured and are willing to do something other than the ordinary dinner and a movie date. Plus it is a good excuse to get dressed to the nines, and who doesn’t like getting dressed up once in a while. In my experience, most girls enjoy the symphony, but of course, if your date, girlfriend, or spouse doesn’t like that sort of thing this is probably not the best date idea.

Symphony orchestra with violins

There are also some really cool “themed” symphonies you can go to. The music of “Harry Potter” is one that comes to mind here in Arizona. Another themed event in Phoenix is “Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space.” If your date happens to be a Science Fiction fan or loves Harry Potter, either one of those ideas could work. Maybe you want to travel further? Make a long weekend trip and visit someplace like the Iconic New York Philharmonic, or the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. I for one would love to go to London and hear the classic London Symphony Orchestra play the music of John Williams.

What you need for the Symphony date idea: 

It is always good to purchase tickets for events like this in advance for two reasons. You don’t run the risk of having it sell out, and you won’t have to wait in line to get the tickets. Some symphonies may not allow the pre-purchasing of tickets; if that is the case you will probably want to get there early.

This creative date idea might be a good thing to do for an anniversary or some other special day. Or if you don’t mind spending the money you can do it anytime that there are performances. There are always ways to make the date a little cheaper. If you make dinner at home or pick a cheaper restaurant it will cost less. But sometimes you just want to spend money on a really nice evening.

My experience with this creative date idea: 

I chose to do this as a group date one winter evening in Utah. One of my friends wanted to set me up with a friend of hers who actually grew up in the same town that I did. I was very curious to see who this girl was, and I was excited to experience the Utah Symphony. The time came for me to meet my date. When I saw her, I recognized her as someone whom I met a while ago in California. We both laughed and then met the other people in the group who were going to join us.

Dinner, I never say no to Mexican food!

For dinner, we decided on a moderately-priced Mexican restaurant near the symphony hall. We had a really nice dinner, the food was great, of course, it was, Mexican food is awesome. My date, Lisa, was looking cute, smiling at me, and making pleasant conversation throughout dinner. Afterward, we made our way down the few blocks to the symphony.

Amazing Utah Symphony

It was incredible; I always enjoy classical music but had never before heard it live. It was amazing. The acoustics in the hall were mind-blowing, even though we were quite a few rows from the front it felt like we were on the stage.

We had a wonderful time. There was good flirting going on during the symphony. I jokingly put my arm around her, you know the whole stretch the arms out give a yawn, and make the move trick. She laughed and smiled and cuddled up close. My arm didn’t stay long though I played it off as a joke. I was attracted to her, but for some reason, it didn’t click for me. Darn it.

I can’t really explain it, only that sometimes I get a gut feeling that tells me not to date a person anymore. I haven’t always followed my gut, which leads to even more troubles, so I have learned to follow it. Kind of stinks doesn’t it? Still waiting for the cosmic lining of the planets, all the moons, and all the starts, at least it seems like that is what it will take sometimes. Someday it will happen…

Do you have experience with this creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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