Before you go, do your research to make sure it's something that would actually interest you and your date. Mr Free Stuff has shared his list of 40 Great Date Ideas—and they're all free! ]Many cities have local art shows or photography exhibitions that are free to visit. Look in your local newspaper or city's website for listings near you. So-called amateur or open-mic nights tend to showcase local talent in either music or comedy performances, depending on the venue.
If you're more interested in hefting a hammer, look into Habitat for Humanity.
There are volunteer opportunities for all passions, so just find the one that best suits you both and have fun! But who wants to deal with the crowds or expensive drinks at the clubs?
Turn your own home into a club with a particular theme.
You could even do this weekly with rotating themes! Relive your childhoods and have contests to see who can swing the highest or who can do the monkey bars the most times in a row. Many cities now host farmers markets on the weekends.
There are many ways to treat your loved one to a special date without emptying your wallet (or his).