Doing something fun on date night is important, whether it is the first time the two of you have gone out or if you’ve been married for years. Going out for a great meal is a tried and true plan for couples, especially with the wide range of exceptional culinary choices in the Sacramento region. But sometimes you want to do something a bit different than the traditional dinner and movie, something that can make your date more memorable, exciting or unique. For the lucky residents of Sacramento, there is no shortage of options.

The Ballroom Of Sacramento

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(Credit: theballroomofsacramento.com)

6009 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 456-2616
www.theballroomofsacramento.com

If movies like “Dirty Dancing”, “Stomp the Yard” and “Step Up” make you want to hit the dance floor, head for this longstanding East Sac institution. You don’t need major dance moves to enjoy your evening, even if you have two left feet. Before the floor opens for guests, BOS offers fun, affordable lessons on East and West Coast swing dancing, Latin, ballroom, country, rhythm, line dancing and even the Lindy Hop. Lessons are available at levels from basic to advanced, so everyone is ready to go when the real music starts. There is also a special time one afternoon a week for seniors to dance to the music that moved their generation.

Crocker Art Museum

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(credit: CrockerArtMuseum.org)

216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000
crockerartmuseum.org

In addition to being a world class art museum, Crocker has many other options for an evening out with your best girl or guy. For those with a deep appreciation for art, there are special events like a lecture by Emmanuelle Brugerolles, a chief curator for the École des Beaux-Arts academy in Paris, in December, 2015. Attend an evening of live Beat poetry in February 2016 or bring a date to one of the monthly classical music concerts. Check the calendar on the museum website for details, and remember that you can stay to dine on certain evenings at the Crocker Café by Supper Club.

Related: Top Free Date Ideas In Sacramento

MyStudio

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2325 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 476-4121​
www.mystudiosacramento.com

Visit this unique midtown gallery to see one of a kind works exhibited by local, emerging artists. There is a retail space for you to peruse and purchase art, and there are classes and workshops available on a variety of topics. MyStudio also offers several date night specials, including the very popular and reasonably priced “Ghost Experience”. The end result of this fun date is handmade, glazed pottery; no prior knowledge is necessary however, as the more difficult parts of the process are already done. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze never had it so good, and it is always a good time when someone else cleans up after you.

Second Saturday Art Walk
Located between H and Q St. and from 10th to 29th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.2ndsaturdaysacramento.com

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On the evening of the second Saturday of each month, a number of the streets of Midtown are closed off to auto traffic, and the area is filled with entertainment. Live bands compete for attention on different corners, and vendors offer nearly every kind of treat, jewelry, apparel, gift, artwork, décor and gimmick imaginable. Artists, performers and poets can be found showcasing their talents in many a venue, and restaurants and bars along the way offer tempting specials. A fun and funky street faire mood holds sway, making it a perfect way to spend the evening with your date.

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(Credit: VolunteerMatch.org)

In the words of author James Freeman Clarke, “Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.” There are few better ways to make your time together special than by volunteering for a cause in which you both believe. Volunteer time can be spent in wide variety of ways, depending on the organization and your interests, skills and available time. The website Volunteer Match can connect you to local groups and charities that need your help; more than 500 volunteer opportunities are typically listed for Sacramento organizations.Related: Best Indie Movie Theaters In Sacramento

Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at Examiner.com.