Going to a bar or a club on a Friday night is a traditional way to celebrate the end of another working week. But while no one can argue that mingling with friends and strangers with the help of liquor and loud music isn’t fun, sometimes you just need a change of pace. That’s why you should check out this list of 28 things to do on a Friday night with your friends.
So, no matter what kind of fun you are looking for, adventure, lowkey, or unusual, you’ll find it on this list! Let’s check it out!
Adventurous Things to Do on a Friday Night with Your Friends
1. Go on a Ghost Tour
Many towns offer ghost tours of the local haunted houses. So, you can grab your friends and hit the ones in your city for a Friday night spookfest. Or, if most of you have already been to those spots, you can drive to the towns closest to you and hear some of their scary tales.
2. Play Hide and Seek in the Dark
After five straight days of having to deal with work, school, as well as other obligations, the weekend is a perfect time to relax and let your inner child out. Playing old childhood games will remind you of happier times and also help you feel more energized. So, decide on an area, wait for the sunset, grab a few flashlights, and start playing hide and seek. It will be a little bit spooky and a great deal of fun!
3. Truth or Dare: the Night Version
Add an exciting twist to yet another well-known childhood game — truth or dare. The rules stay the same, but something changes in people when it’s dark around, and they are more willing to do crazy things. Perhaps it’s because they feel they won’t be caught or seen at night.
Weird? Yes. Fun? Also, yes!
4. Go to a Shooting Range
Booking an hour at a shooting range after a stressful week might be just what you needed. Never fired a gun before? No problem. Such places have instructors who will teach you the basics and stay with you until you feel comfortable enough to shoot on your own.
It’ll be cool to learn something new. Also, you can have a competition with your friends and see who has the best aim!
5. Skinny Dipping
If you and your friends feel comfortable enough to be naked around each other, you can always go skinny dipping. Although you’ve probably already been at the pool together, it feels different, more adventurous, when you do it nude. You can go for a swim in your own pool, a lake, or the ocean, but make sure it’s safe first!
6. Go Dumpster Diving
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Dumpster diving with your friends is another one of the crazy things to do on a Friday night. Not only is this activity diverting, but there’s also a good chance you’ll end up with a few valuable items. However, before you gather your friends and go on your treasure hunt, make sure dumpster diving is legal in your state.
7. Scavenger Hunt
Split into teams and go on a scavenger hunt around your town. The goal is to find different things like a special place, a vintage sign, an old coffee shop, etc. So, decide on a prize, such as a loser team has to pay for dinner, and let the games begin.
Riding go-karts is amazing, no matter how old you are. So, book a race track and let the adrenaline rush wash all your stress away.
Things to Do on a Friday Night While Staying at Home
9. Put Together a Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are a fantastic lowkey activity that can keep you entertained for hours. Have your friends chip in, and together you can buy one of those huge puzzles with a few thousand pieces. That’s guaranteed to have you occupied for a few weekends, at least. You can also chat for hours, drink wine and simply enjoy this peaceful activity.
10. Play Card Games
With card games all available on our smartphones, we’ve forgotten how fun it is to gather a group of friends and play poker in real life. So, ban the phones for a few hours, bring out your old stack of cards, and put your best poker face on. You might even learn that some of your friends have skills and a trick or two up their sleeves you had no idea about.
Not a fan of poker? No problem. You can always go for the classics like Solitaire, Blackjack, Hearts, Go Fish, or Crazy Eights.
11. Organize a Potluck Dinner
While considering all the things to do on a Friday night, you should give potluck dinner a shot. It goes like this. Everyone has to make a dish and bring it to your get-together. Each Friday, someone else from the group gets to be a host, and you can enjoy a meal together.
To make things a bit more interesting, you can also focus on a different cuisine every time. For instance, everyone has to make a traditional Italian or Greek dish. Such themed dinner parties inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and challenge your cooking skills.
12. Play Dress Up
An idea you can try on its own or as a part of your dinner party is dressing up. Simply agree on the theme, and when you meet at someone’s house, you can have fancy clothes or last year’s Halloween costumes on. The choices are endless, and you can have so much fun coming up with new themes and being creative.
13. Make Smores
You don’t have to be camping to enjoy this delicious treat with your friends. A toaster oven, marshmallows, and melted chocolate are all you need to end the working week on the right note.
14. Playing Charades
This one is an oldie but goldie. Simply put your suggestions in a hat and let every team or player pick. We guarantee this timeless game will get your friends’ competitive spirit all riled up.
15. Look at the Childhood Photos
Have you ever wondered what your friends looked like when they were kids? Now it’s time to find out! Have everyone bring their favorite childhood photos and spend the evening sharing cute as well as some embarrassing stories. With some wine and favorite snacks, it’s safe to say you’ll have plenty of laughs and get to know your friends a bit more in the process.
16. Movie Night
Movie night is probably one of the first ideas that popped into your head when you were thinking about things to do on a Friday night. But since our love for Netflix and binging is just too deep, there’s no way we could have omitted this suggestion from our list.
There are so many ways to go about it. You can choose a series to binge-watch, go through all the movies listed under your favorite genre, or have a different person pick a movie each time. In any case, don’t forget to prepare lots of popcorn!
17. Game Night
Monopoly, Risk, Pictionary, Cards Against Humanity — those are just a couple of all-time favorite board games. Also, since you don’t have to get up early tomorrow, Friday gives you a great opportunity to stay up all night playing games with your friends and catching up.
Unusual Things to Do on a Friday Night with Your Friends
18. Learn a New Hobby
Are you all into music? Then everyone from your group can pick an instrument to learn. Get together on a Friday night to practice, show off what you’ve learned, or try playing a song together.
Also, the same goes for any other hobby. If you and your friends like crafting, try decoupage, making a patchwork, or jewelry. Or, in case you all love reading, starting a book club might be an excellent choice.
Of course, you don’t have to choose the same hobby at all. You can simply use your Friday nights to share your passion and progress with your friends or just enjoy their company while you’re practicing your new skill.
We get it. You and your friends don’t want to spend your limited free time doing something pointless like getting drunk and falling asleep on your couch. Certainly, there are other things you can do to make your Friday nights more meaningful, like volunteering.
So, check if you can help at the local homeless shelter. Surely, you and your friends can make some children laugh at the local hospital, too. Animal shelters might also appreciate you being there to make the animals feel safe and loved. Who knows, you might even get a couple of new friends or a pet in return.
20. Put Together a Photo Book
Every one of you must have different photos of your time spent together. Since those are truly precious memories, maybe you can honor them by making a photo book. So, select the best pictures, add funny quotes, stories, and dates, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful collection of the best moments you’ve spent with your friends.
If you need to get away from the crowds and noise, take your friends outside of the city for stargazing. On a clear night, you might be able to see constellations or even a shooting star.
You don’t have to have a telescope to experience that sense of tranquility that comes from looking at our universe. But if you do, it’ll be an incredible experience. Also, you can use an app that helps you recognize constellations and planets you are observing.
22. Practice to Break a Guinness World Record
Go through the Guinness World Records and find one that you and your friends feel like you can break. It can be something you already enjoy doing or a completely new skill you can spend countless weekends practicing. That will undoubtedly be an amazing bonding experience, not even counting the great time and lots of laughs you will have.
And if you manage to succeed in breaking the record, even better. You’ll go down in history as legends.
Interesting Things to Do on a Friday Night
23. Check the Local Community Calendar
Look through your city’s Facebook page or website to inform yourself about upcoming events. There’s usually something happening like theater in the open, concerts, or gallery openings.
24. Go Bowling
Take your friends bowling. You’ll have a great time, and the loser team can even buy burgers and fries for everyone. It’ll be a real 2003 throwback!
25. Shoot Pool
Shooting pool is also a cool thing you can do with your friends, and you don’t even have to be good at it! If you miss more than you hit, it will just make the whole game that much funnier. But to avoid unpleasant surprises, make sure to ask if the pool place charges by the hour or per person.
26. Visit Fairs and Carnivals
Check if there’s a carnival or fair in your area because there you’ll find great food, games, music, and rides. Is there a better way to unwind after a stressful week? We hardly think so.
What’s even more, you don’t have to spend a dime if you don’t want to. You can just walk around, have an amazing time with your friends, and enjoy the crowd.
27. Have a Bonfire
There’s something special about sitting around a bonfire and talking with your friends. The unique setting inspires you to discuss deeper topics and share your hopes and dreams.
Also, don’t worry if your neighborhood doesn’t allow bonfires. Today you can buy or even build a firepit. So, all you need to do is get folding chairs, blankets, and drinks, and you are in for some quality friends time.
28. Restaurant Crawl
One of the things to do on a Friday night is to try a restaurant crawl. So, choose an appetizer from one restaurant, an entree from another, and a dessert from a third! The group can also split the charge for each location, lowering the overall cost.
But keep in mind that the whole thing doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s the experience and time spent with people you love that matter.