September’s 8 Free Date Night Ideas in Toledo

Back to school supplies, clothes, extracurricular fees, impromptu appliance purchase, etc. which leaves the Date Night fund at, zero! September is one of the most stressful months of the year. Trying to get the entire family back into the swing of things is exhausting & can be strenuous on your relationship. You need a date night more than ever but with $0 in the date night fund makes it tricky! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could spice things up with a Concert by Havana’s top musicians, stargaze at an observatory, see the Toledo Symphony in Concert, allow your inner foodie to come out & play with a cooking instruction class? Guess what? You can do all these & more!

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Here’s September’s 8 Free Date Night Ideas in Toledo…


Friday Night Concert featuring ORQUESTA AKOKÁN-A Big Band collection of Havana’s top musicians

When: Friday Sept. 14th 5:30-10pm

Where: Promenade Park downtown

Cost: Free (meter parking is free on the weekends)


Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Daptone recording artists Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest Cuban musicians, both young and old. Their self-titled debut release is on one of the most critically acclaimed release of 2018. Orquesta Akokán was specifically chosen for this concert to continue the evolving trajectory forward of Momentum to bring original diverse music to our community. The concert will be free for the community.



Toledo Symphony Momentum Concert with Tan Dun

When: Friday, September 15th @ 6:30pm

Where: Promenade Park downtown

Cost: Free (meter parking is free on the weekends)


Grammy Award winning Chinese composer Tan Dun, best known for his music for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and his film scores for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Hero”, has created a visually and sonically spectacular concert experience unlike any other. A trio of sensational percussionists slap, beat, cup and wield water in transparent bowls and specially-crafted instruments to create provocative, amazingly inventive soundscapes.


Flower power! Community, at TMA 

Community, the latest installation at the Toledo Museum of Art is a must-see! As you enter the installation a tidal wave of calm greets you while the cascading beauty & fragrance envelops you.

Best part, free admission Thursdays!

When: Thursdays 5-9pm

Where:Toledo Museum of Art

Cost: Free only on Thursdays from 5-9pm


How it works…claim your free timed ticket at the information desk upon arrival. Each ticket allows a 20 minute window to view the exhibit. Arrive early if possible & if you can not plan on touring the museum until you assigned time.



Latino Quesadilla! Food Demonstration

Enjoy a Hispanic Heritage Month Cooking Program! Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center demonstrates how to cook up a Latino quesadilla using ingredients not normally found in a traditional quesadilla. This program is being offered at 3 different dates/times…

When: Saturday, September 08: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Kent Library (Meeting Room A)

Cost: Free


When: Saturday, September 15: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: King Road Library (Meeting Room A & B)

Cost: Free


When: Saturday, September 22: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Heatherdowns Library (Meeting Room A & B)




Nature at Night!!

Where: Secor Metropark 10000 West Central Avenue Berkey, OH, 43504 (Meet at NCNP parking lot)

When:Friday September 28th 9:30-10:30pm

Cost: Free, but need to register (click on link to register)


Walk in the park after dark and discover the wonders of the night at a time when parks are normally closed. Dress accordingly for the weather and let’s get outside!



Black Holes (August 31st-October 13th)

Where: BGSU Planetarium 112 Physical Sciences Lab Bld, Bowling Green, OH 43403

When: Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm, & Sunday @ 7:30pm


Cost: $1 donation is suggested

Program features a star talk showing the current evening sky followed by a multimedia planetarium show. Weekend programs are followed by stargazing at the Observatory on the roof, weather permitting.



Take a tech class/session together!!

This one looked good for parents…but there are many others to choose from, see website.

Basics-Parental Visibility

Where: Apple Store Franklin Park 5001 Monroe Street Toledo, OH 43623

When: Offered throughout the month click on website


Parents are invited to this 60-minute session to learn the features of iOS that help them manage what their kids see and do with their devices. You’ll get an overview of Family Sharing, parental controls, and more to help make sure children use their devices in the right ways and for the right reasons.



Make a S’mores Station

Where: Home Depot (click on link to register at your store)

When: Thursday September 20th 6:30-8:30pm


Indulge in a rustic tabletop s’mores station ideal for backyard parties, indoor gatherings, family nights or any reason to savor the traditional campfire dessert. In this workshop, our skilled Store Associate will show you how to measure, mark, cut, stain and assemble a station with dividers to display your s’moregasbord of ingredients and roast your marshmallows above food-safe Sterno® flames. In addition, our Store Associate will demonstrate safe practices in using common project power tools and can help you shop for everything you need to create your own project at home. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate-led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. For more information, contact your local Home Depot store.

Need a sitter?

Tag a friend in this post & tell them which one you are interested in…ask them which one they are interested in and then you each take a turn watching the other’s children.

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