Fashion-able: Stylish Dates Under $20

There are lots of great potential dates in Hogtown, but they don’t always come cheap. Hop on the TTC, bike or walk to any of these fun spots for a date that’s low on cost and high on awesome.

Fun in the sun: daytime dates

Inside: Beakers and Bunsen burnersOntario Science Centre
Discover your inner science nerd with a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. You’ll be amazed all over again at how electricity makes your hair stand on end. Make a day of it and pack a lunch. There are lots of cool spots to sit, munch and take it all in.
Where: 770 Don Mills Road
When: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $18 for regular admission

Outdoors: Down by the waterHarbourfront Festival
Enjoy the summer sun and some cultural education at the Harbourfront Centre this summer. This gorgeous waterfront event space hosts something great every weekend. Check out their site for complete listings. Here are some favourites:
Love, Saskatchewan (Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25): Finally, some love for the “center” of Canada. Experience rodeo, Aboriginal art and cowboy culture. Yee haw!
Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Friday, August 13 to Sunday, August 15): NOW Magazine dishes up hot, spicy, sultry and sweet foods all weekend.
Fortune Cooking Food Festival (Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22): Notice a theme? We like food. There’s a Fortune Cooking Iron Chef competition. Amazing.
Where: Harbourfront Center, Queens Quay West 
When: Weekends, until September 6
Cost: FREE (some festivals charge for food)

By the light of the moon: romantic nighttime outings

Inside: Movies In The Mess HallThe Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel goes retro with their summer-long curated film screenings. Each movie is a fun old-school flick, like Arizona Dream (Tuesday, July 27) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Tuesday, August 24). For a mere $5, you get a Sloppy Joe, beer and popcorn. Deal!
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West 
When: Until Tuesday, August 31
Cost: $5

Outdoors: “A thousand times good night” Romeo and Juliet
Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park once again lures Torontonians to grassy hills to drink in Shakespeare under the stars. This production of Romeo and Juliet is at once modern and classic, and Jeff Irving and Christine Horne have buzzing chemistry on stage. Bring some wine, snacks, a cozy blanket and cuddle up to one of the most romantic plays ever written.
Where: High Park Amphitheatre, just east of the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park 
When: Tuesday to Sunday, July 5 to September 25, 8 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Pay what you can ($20 suggested donation)