150+ Ideas for Things to Do This Weekend (Adults)

What should we do this weekend? The question can be either exhilerating or annoying.  Exhilerating, if you've got a bunch of cool alternatives to choose from.  Annoying if, after a long week of work, you're simply too pooped to be creative and come up with a bunch of options to choose from. 

I've compiled the following list over the years to prevent annoyance and ensure that my husband and I take advantage of all the entertainment options available here in our community.  Your community may not offer all of these, but perhaps even the non-starters will get you thinking about alternatives.  After all, anything's better than staying home and cleaning, right?
    1. try a restaurant you've never tried before
    2. try an ethnic restaurant - something you've never tried before
    3. try a cocktail you've never tried before
    4. visit a "dive" you wouldn't ordinarily turn your nose up at
    5. take a cooking class
    6. prepare a new recipe
    7. invent a recipe
    8. bake bread
    9. try to replicate a favorite restaurant recipe
    10. cook meals for the week and freeze them
    11. prepare a picnic
    12. dine out of doors
    13. visit a farmer's market
    14. attend a dinner theater
    15. attend a "cook-off" or "Taste of the Town" event
    16. go in search of The Best ________ in town - chili, pizza, pie, etc.
    17. post favorite family recipes to an internet site
    18. create a family cookbook
    19. prepare a meal from old family recipes
    20. invite friends over for dinner
    21. progressive dinner party
    22. participate in a wine tasting
    23. visit a winery
    24. attend a wine festival
    25. sharpen kitchen knives
    26. have a BBQ/grill out
    1. attend a high school sporting event
    2. attend a college sporting event
    3. attend a semi-pro sporting event
    4. attend a professional sporting event
    5. attend a racing event - cars, horses
    6. attend a sport you've never seen before - polo, rugby, etc.
    7. work out at a local gym/athletic facility
    8. participate in an exercise clas
    9. participate in a water sport - swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing
    10. organize a pick-up game
      1. At the YMCA/gym - basketball, volleyball, racquetball, handball, badminton, squash
      2. At the park - football, baseball/softball, soccer, field hockey, rugby, lacrosse, cricket, horseshoes, croquet, frisbee/frisbee golf
      3. Outside - golf, mini-golf, paintball, tennis, paintball
      4. Inside - Bowling, ice skating, ice hockey, roller skating, water polo, pool/billiards, laser tag
    11. participate in an individual sport
      1. at the YMCA/gym - swimming, weightlifting, yoga
      2. at the park - inline skating, biking, walking/hiking/jogging
      3. outside - watersports, spelunking, horseback riding, rock climbing, batting practice, skateboarding
      4. inside - martial arts, boxing, darts
      5. water sports - surfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boating, fishing, white water rafting, scubadiving, snorkling, paddleboats
      6. winter sports - skiing, tubing, boarding, sledding
    1. go camping
    2. cook a meal over a campfire
    3. go hunting/fishing
    4. find a body of water and recreate (swim, canoe, kayak, sail)
    5. visit a scenic area/park
    6. visit a state park
    7. visit a federal park
    8. go birdwatching
    9. take a walk/hike
    10. start an herb garden
    11. start a vegetable garden
    12. start a flower garden
    13. create a terrarium
    14. fly a kite
    15. fly an RC plane (or launch a rocket)
    16. stargaze
    17. feed the birds/ducks
    18. chase fireflies
    19. pick wildflowers
    20. go on a nature walk sponsored by a local park
    21. hunt for fossils, arrowheads, etc
    22. launch (or watch) fireworks
    1. volunteer at a homeless shelter, animal shelter, food kitchen, or thrift store
    2. sort through your belongings and identify things to donate
    3. participate in a fundraiser for a good cause
    4. give blood
    5. offer your services as a teacher/tutor
    6. campaign for a politician or cause
    7. commit random acts of kindness
  5. ARTS
    1. see a high school performance - drama, music
    2. see a college performance - drama, music, lecture
    3. see a professional concert - free/paid, indoor/outdoor
    4. attend a dinner theater
    5. audition for a show
    6. see a movie at home
      1. catch one of AFI's Top 100 films
      2. an old movie you always meant to see
      3. goofy old monster/horror movies
      4. movies from your childhood
    7. see a movie in a theater (or drive-in theater)
    8. go dancing
    9. learn to dance - ballroom, hiphop, etc.
    10. play a musical instrument with which you are familiar
    11. learn to play a musical instrument with which you are not familiar
    12. sing - join a choir, participate in a sing-along, karaoke
    13. attend a comedy club
    14. visit a museum
    15. visit a gallery
    16. expose yourself to a type of music you don't usually listen to - opera, country, celtic, orchestra/classical, etc.
    17. take a class to improve an artistic ability you already possess
    18. take a class to learn an artistic skill you do not possess
    19. start a new art project -
      1. drawing, sketching, painting, cartooning
      2. photography
      3. needlecraft/textiles - sewing, xstitch, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, quilting, rug making, tiedying, weaving
      4. woodcraft - carpentry, carving, whittling, woodburning, turning
      5. sculpting/modeling - sculpting, pottery, mosaicwork
      6. papercraft - scrapbooking, calligraphy, collage, cardmaking, stamping, origami, paper mache,
      7. plantcraft - basketry, bonzai, flower arranging, flowerpressing
      8. glasswork - stained glass, etching, glass painting
      9. other - jewelrymaking, beading, balloon animals, ironworking, silversmithing, rubbings
    1. attend a lecture (live or on-line)
    2. listen to podcasts
    3. visit the library
    4. read a book
    5. participate in a book discussion group
    6. watch a documentary
    7. tackle a writing project
      1. start a journal
      2. non-fiction
        1. magazine article
        2. professional paper
        3. memoirs
      3. fiction
      4. internet publications
        1. post to a blog (yours or someone else's)
        2. post to a wiki
        3. submit a reveiw to a reveiw website
      5. poetry
      6. write a letter
    8. attend a reading/signing - book reading, poetry reading
    9. participate in a writing discussion book
    10. attend a cultural festival
    11. attend an event sponsored by a local embassy or government office
    12. attend an event sponsored by a local museum
    13. attend an event sponsored by the local library 
    14. start learning to speak a foreign language (or practice one you've already learned)
    15. solve a puzzle (jigsaw, crossword, sudoku, etc.)
    16. invent something useful
    1. spruce up a room - paint, rearrange furniture, change out accessories, etc.
    2. beautify an outdoor area
    3. yardwork
    4. work on a collection - organize, catalog
    5. work on your family's geneology
    6. organize photos into albums (paper or online)
    7. enter contests/sweepstakes
    8. tackle a household maintenance project
    9. create a list of household maintenance projects
    10. download useful software/apps
    11. figure out how to use a software program you haven't yet mastered
    12. start a compost bin
    13. clip coupons
    14. clean out a closet
    15. groom your pet
    16. clean/fix up the car
    1. spend the weekend at a bed & breakfast
    2. watch a sunset
    3. skinnydip
    4. schedule time at a spa; get messages
    5. bubblebaths
    6. reenact a romantic scene from a favorite movie
    7. snuggle next to the fireplace
    8. dedicate songs to each other
    9. read aloud to each other
    10. have a pillow fight
    11. take a moonlight walk
    1. babysit a child
    2. babysit a pet
    3. visit a family member
    4. play with your dog/cat/pet
    1. play board games
    2. organize a card party - bridge, poker, etc.
    3. organize a "games" party (Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, etc.)
    4. organize a progressive dinner party
    5. organize a cocktail party
    6. organize a murder mystery party
    7. meet a neighbor
    8. organize a neighborhood "block" party
    9. organize a video game competition
    10. host a sleep-over
    11. visit the gravesites of family members
    12. get a family portrait taken by a professional photographer
    1. visit the beach
    2. visit the mountains
    3. visit a body of water
    4. visit a historic site
    5. visit a public garden
    6. go on a scenic drive
    7. visit places that have a special meaning for you
    8. visit a zoo, animal park, farm, or dude ranch
    9. visit a spa
    10. visit flea markets/garage sales/antique stores/antique malls in search of treasures
    11. ride on a train
    12. take a trip to the Big City (whatever your Big City may be!)
    13. visit a cave or cavern
    14. go on a cruise
    15. go to an amusement park
    16. go to a water park
    17. go shopping
    18. go window shopping for something extravagant (jewelry, ballgowns, etc.)
    19. attend church
    20. visit a planaterium
    21. visit the local airport and watch airplanes take off/land
    22. go on a pub/bar crawl
    23. attend a happy hour
    24. attend a fashion show
    25. drive to an orchard/farm and pick your own produce
    26. attend a craft show
    27. attend a local or state festival/fair
    28. visit a circus
    29. visit an air show
    30. go on a factory tour
    31. attend a Rennaissance fair/festival
    32. go hot air ballooning
    33. sign up for a ghost tour
  11. QUIRKY
    1. participate in a murder mystery weekend
    2. learn to juggle
    3. change your hair
    4. visit open houses
    5. test drive new cars
    6. take a long bath
    7. take a nap
    8. blow bubbles
    9. meditate
    10. join a club or group
    11. go on a scavenger hunt
    12. make a time capsule
    13. have a water balloon fight
    14. have an eating contest (hot dogs, pie)
    15. make prank phone calls
    16. gamble (games, races, stock market)
    17. listen to people communicate via CB radio
    18. play flashlight freeze tag
    19. get a tattoo (or bodypiercing)
    20. schedule a mani/pedi
    21. look up your horoscope; learn about your astrological sign
    22. learn to tell fortunes (palm reading, tarot)
    23. take an online personality quiz
    24. start (or add to) your bucket list
    25. make an obstacle course and then run it
    26. climb a tree

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