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damn good datesIt’s January and you’ve resolved to do better, dare I say – to date better. Start by breaking your rut – dinner and a movie, dinner and movie, lunch and a movie. Come on, people. You’re better than that. Don’t bore the one you adore…Read on for inspired outings for you and your Boo!

E.T. & Pizza
Monday, January 15
Grab your movie ticket online to see the screening of E.T. as part of Filmbar’s new “Spielberg Film School.” Join ASU film professor Joe Fortunato as he provides live commentary analyzing the film.
815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix

After the film, head to Federal Pizza for a late dinner. On Mondays after 8 pm, it’s only $20 for a bottle of vino and a pizza.
5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix


Tequila Pairing Dinner at T. Cooks
Friday, January 19
Join Chef Todd Allison of T. Cooks for a three-course dinner including tequila pairings. Learn about how tequila is made and what makes each type unique, all while enjoying delicious Mexican food. Fingers crossed for enchiladas.
5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

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Burgers & Basketball
Friday, January 26
Get tickets to see the Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks. The game is sponsored by Carls Jr., so if you grab your ticket online, you’ll get a burger with your ticket to hold you over during the game.
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Hit up Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Cityscape for a drinks post game. Anything with their chai liquor is bomb.com.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix


Arizona Balloon Classic
Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28
This annual event features balloon races, a helicopter demonstration, games, food, and promised perfect weather. If you’re feeling extra romantic, take a balloon ride for two (for an additional cost, of course).
1933 S Ballpark Way, Goodyear

Stop by Black Bear Diner for the best bacon pancakes in town before heading to the festival. (Pro tip: Get a bear claw to-go because they are too good to pass up)
980 N Dysart Rd., Goodyear


Get Fancy at The Symphony
Sunday, January 28
Chandler Symphony plays free concerts once a month with a great mix of genres. From popular movie music to the most famous classical concertos, the music they present is a great intro to classical music. Even if the orchestral music isn’t your jam, their conductor, Jack Herriman, is a real hoot to watch run around the stage. He has a wild head of Einstein-like hair and his over-emphasized conducting style is entertainment in itself. 10/10 would recommend.
250 N Arizona Ave., Chandler

Extend your date night by grabbing dinner after the show in Downtown Chandler. Try San Tan Brewery for a laid-back atmosphere, or La Bocca if you’re tryna be fancy.


Be Canadian for a Day!
Saturday, February 3
Did you know we have a Canadian Festival? Better yet, it’s a Canadian PICNIC – and it promises live music, classic cars on display, games, and food trucks a’plenty. Grab a date and goof around at the festival, grub on food truck poutine, and play some field hockey. Now, what do you think aboot that?
South Mountain Park
10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix