Hot Dates at Cool Prices

Your Guide to Hot Dates in Hampton Roads that Won’'t Burn a Hole in Your Wallet

Affordable dates

As the weather heats up, it’'s a great time to hit the town with your significant other. Yet, the current economic climate may make it hard to justify blowing too much cash. Here are several suggestions for fun summer affordable dates that won’'t burn a hole in your wallet.

For the Music Lover: Take your sweetheart to the annual Patriotic Festival. Held in Virginia Beach, the festival celebrates the military with free general admission concerts.

For the Classical Music Lover: Head to Chandler Hall in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center at Old Dominion University to hear new music created by promising composers, performed and staged by leading talents of the industry, including members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The concert is part of the Masterworks in the Making series and is free to the public.

For the Outdoor Concert Fan: From June 8–-11, head to downtown Norfolk'’s Harborfest and listen to free tunes by singers Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat and Edwin McCain. On Friday, June 8, win your date over by looking into their eyes while listening to Caillat’'s “Fallin’ for You,” and sing along to McCain’'s classic hits “I’'ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More

For the Film Aficionado: As theaters release the latest summer blockbusters, don’t hesitate to head to a showing with your sweetheart. Instead of shelling out the price for a nighttime ticket, attend a matinee. Enjoy the charming experience of a movie in a classic theater at the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk’'s Ghent neighborhood. Tickets for matinee showings cost $6.50, while evening showings for adults cost $9.

For the History Buff: Travel back in time to the Blackbeard Pirate Festival in downtown Hampton. The festival, which is free of charge, takes place June 1–3 and allows visitors to experience the city as it once was in the 1700s as —a busy seaport home to the legendary pirate, Blackbeard, infamous for terrorizing ships and citizens along the Chesapeake Bay. The seaport city comes alive with pirate re-enactors in historically accurate costumes, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors and arts and crafts.

For the Outdoor Art Lover: Head to Virginia Beach for the Boardwalk Art Show and Festival June 14–-17. The outdoor art show features more than 300 artists, entertainment and shopping. Produced by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the show is consistently ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine’'s Top 50 Fine Art Shows.

For the Indoor Art Lover: As an artsy alternative, check out the 30 Americans: Masterpieces of Contemporary African-American Art exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The exhibit, on display through July 15, brings together 75 works in a variety of mediums by African-American artists. Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

For the Nature Enthusiast: Get some exercise and enjoy time with your significant other taking by a hike at Mariners’ Museum Park. Located in Newport News, the park is 550 acres of privately maintained, naturally wooded property. At the center of the park is the 167-acre Lake Maury, named for the famed 19th-century oceanographer and native Virginian. The park is free and open daily to the public.