If you’re a romantic like me you are always thinking of the perfect date night with that special someone (especially if you are single). In the 1950s, the perfect date was going to a drive-in burger joint and then finishing the night with a movie. But in 2017, we are constantly bombarded with new and exciting things to do Everything from escape rooms and magic shows to scavenger hunts and boozy bike tours. There are endless things to do in the Fox Cities that would make great unique date ideas, so I’ve sifted through all of October’s events to bring you the top three date night ideas that would impress anyone. The best part is that they range from FREE to Fancy, so there’s no excuse for you to not go to at least one of these awesome events!

1. No Money? No Problem! – Total Cost, Free!

The secret to planning a great free date is to make it something you would pay for. The University Of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be hosting Cycropia Arial Dance for a free performance at the Horizon Ampitheater .


“Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Cycropia combines modern dance, athleticism, and the magic of defying gravity in their dynamic performances. The aerial dance troupe performs in fantastical costumes using single-point trapeze, bungee, lyra, and aerial fabric suspended from a custom steel apparatus.”

Combining circus performance, dance, and a little illusion, the Cycropia Arial Dance performance is free to the public and a great date that will make a memory you can talk about forever. Make sure to pick up some food in Downtown Oshkosh before you go!

2. Gator Bites and Comedy – Total Cost, $20/Person

The traditional dinner date is overdone. The concept of dinner and a movie is a cliche. Also, the point of a date is to get to know someone, and the point of a movie is to sit quietly for two hours. The solution? An interactive show at Skyline Comedy Cafe. Skyline features incredible “as seen on TV”  comics every weekend for only $15/ticket. Skyline is the best comedy club in the Fox Cities and for a good reason, they bring in the best professional touring comedians. Plus, laughter is a great way to break the ice on a first date! If you happen to get hungry because of all the laughter you can pop downstairs to Stone Arch Brew Pub, (one of the best restaurants in the Fox Cities,) and enjoy their delicious alligator bites.

3. Pop Up to a dinner date- Total Cost,  $35/Person

This date is for the foodies that don’t want to spend a ton of money on great food. Popupfoxcities is an affordable (typically) 5-course dinner. Every dinner is in a different location in the Fox Cities! Sometimes places that aren’t even meant to serve food, and that’s what makes them so unique. The catch? There are open tables and no private seating. This might put some people on edge, but it is actually a very cool experience. It forces you to talk to other people around you, make friends, and have a better time being social.

Whether the dinner is in a rustic cafe, a garden, or a museum the food is always absolutely delicious. I had the pleasure of going to a 5-course meal hosted by Timshell Cafe in Neenah. It was only $35 and it was by far the best food I have ever had the pleasure of eating, and I am a self-proclaimed foodie.  From rich slow-cooked pork marinated in coffee (the best thing I have ever put in my mouth), to creamy au gratin sweet potatoes, to bone marrow butter on fresh hot pita bread and even coo sweet goat’s milk ice cream for dessert. Chef Tracy Darling leaves you stuffed and happy, and the food just keeps coming. Besides being in a different unique location every time, Popup Fox Cities has different themes for each event. There has been a comedy dinner show, a vegan dinner, a vegetarian dinner, featured poetry, and I have even worked with the company to produce a dinner magic show. I cannot recommend this dinner enough especially if you are the traditional dinner date type. Try something new, I promise it will be all you can talk about for weeks.

3. Fancy Formal Night Out– Total Cost, $150/Person

I am personally going to this event and am super excited. This unique, fun, and food filled event will impress anyone who goes. “So You Think You Can Cook” is a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum of GreenBay like you’ve never seen.

So You Think You Can Cook

“Over the course of the night, our amateur chefs will compete for three awards, “Raise The Most Dough,” “People’s Choice,” and the “Master Chef” award. Guests will have ample opportunity to sample the competing chefs’ creations and cast their vote toward the “People’s Choice” award. Other offerings include professional hors-d’oeuvres from, a cash bar and wine wall, live music from local musicians, and a silent auction!”

If you like eating delicious food; being stuffed with strolling hors-d’oeuvres, wine, music, dancing; and charity, this event is going to be one of the best events of the year. It is the perfect formal night out, and the best part… It’s for a great cause!

About the Author

Venture Wisconsin is proud to announce that this is our first contributor post. Written by Rajon Lynch. RJ is a student at UW Oshkosh,  a young entrepreneur, and professional magician. He spends his free time planning magic based events, teaching magic classes, and finding things to in the Fox Cities. Check out his Facebook page to find his upcoming events. RJ the Magician will be writing more blogs with us in the future!


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