From Movie Nights To Food Fests: 20 Fun Things To Do On A Friday Night

by John Griffith

Ah, Friday – the golden doorway to the weekend. While it’s one of the best days of the week, it’s also one filled with opportunity. We’ve all been there – Friday night is nearing with every second, yet you have no idea how to spend it. Some days, I want to have a laid-back evening, just unwind and let the stress of the week melt away. Other times, I crave to do something exciting, something new, something to remember. That’s why I went on a search for things you can do on a Friday night for some inspiration, which I’m here to share with you today.

Friday night offers endless possibilities

Things To Do On A Friday Night

There is a lot of social pressure to make Friday nights fun. However, it’s good to remember that Friday nights are all about you! It’s your time, so it’s important to do things you find enjoyable and relaxing. On the bright side, there are so many ways to wind down that there is something for everyone! Today, I will share with you some interesting things you can do alone or with friends on a Friday, or any day of the week.

Friday nights are your canvas

Host a themed movie marathon

Movies are a great way to unwind after a long week. You can put on your favorite movie or a new release and enjoy it snuggled up on the couch with some snacks. Or, if you are feeling in a more social mood but don’t want to go out, you can host a themed movie marathon. Select a genre – like fantasy or thriller – and let the magic unfold. You can get themed snacks, and some decorations, and make your guests come dressed in style with the theme.

Transform your living room into a cinema of dreams

things to do on a friday night netlix on laptop

Attend a virtual concert

Concerts are amazing, but they are also quite pricey. But if you still want to experience the joy of a concert without breaking the bank, nowadays, it’s possible. Some of the greatest stages in the world are now easily accessible from the comfort of your home. A lot of artists have professional recordings of their concerts you can watch. Set the stage in your own home, dime the lights, and immerse yourself in the experience.

Turn your space into a concert hall


Explore local cuisine

No matter if you live in a big city or a tiny town, there are always plenty of hidden culinary gems you can explore on a Friday night. Take some friends or explore on your own. You can make a food crawl evening, take pics, and upload reviews. Try something you’ve never had!

Venture on a culinary quest in your city

restaurant at night

DIY craft night

I am a crafter. I crochet and I paint. So, I spend most of my Friday nights doing some kind of new project. If you are like me and find doing something with your hands relaxing, then a DIY craft night is a great way to spend your evening. You can try out a new creative hobby, or pick up an old one. Either way, immerse yourself in the joy of making things.

Immerse yourself in creativity

diy craft night

Game night with friends

There is a simple joy in gathering your closest friends for a game night. It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night if you want something to appease your competitive spirits and fill your heart with laughter. You can choose a strategic board game, a quick wit card game, or an immersive experience in the world of video games. Either way, a game night promises a bonding experience like no other.

Gather your crew for a night of strategy and laughter

things to do on a friday night people playing jenga

Outdoor camping

If you are a fan of the outdoors and nature fills you with energy and joy, then pack your bags and find a spot to camp. It can even be in your own backyard. Pitch a tent, get some marshmallows, and reconnect with nature. You can go on your own or take some company with you.

Escape to the great outdoors or your backyard

camping site with tent

Solo culinary adventure

I know how annoying it is to have to come home and start cooking. Especially, after a long work week. However, you can turn it into a fun experience by challenging yourself to a new recipe. Turn it into a peaceful experience, take your time, put on some music or your favorite show, and pour yourself a glass of wine. This is a great opportunity to try new food and nourish the soul.

Transform cooking into an adventure

person cooking

Take a night hike

There is something super peaceful about taking a walk in the evening. Before it’s fully dark outside, put on some comfortable shoes and go out in nature for a hike, or around town. There is always something to see on your walk, time to think, and maybe listen to an audiobook or a podcast. You can go by yourself or take a buddy with you.

Embrace the tranquil beauty of the night

things to do on a friday night person hiking in the mountain

Attend a local sports event

If you are a sports fan, then why not immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of a local sports event? It can be live or you can down to your local bar and cheer along with the crowd. It’s not just about watching a game, but more of enjoying the sense of community it gives you. You can even try out different sports each week to see which one you prefer.

Immerse yourself in the communal thrill of the game

person playing football

Yoga or meditation

If you’ve had a stressful week and need a way to unwind, then try out some yoga or meditation. With each deep breath and movement, you will be a step closer to inner peace. Both practices are a great way to connect with ourselves and help build a path to harmony and balance. According to Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD and Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD for Healthline, meditation offers many benefits and can help reduce anxiety and stress.

Find serenity in movement and stillness

things to do on a friday night

Visit a museum

Are you a fan of history or the arts? Then, visiting a museum on a Friday night is just the thing to do. Plenty of museums offer special events you can go to or later hours, so you have plenty of time to explore. It’s a great way to learn something new and enjoy a chill time.

Step into worlds of history and art

art museum with girl

Karaoke night

Do you like singing? Then unleash your inner superstar with a good old karaoke night! Whether it is a solo performance in the shower or at a club with friends, karaoke is the perfect way to let loose. Even if you don’t think singing is your strong point, karaoke is for everyone. Plus, you can do it at home if you are shy. There are plenty of karaoke videos on YouTube.

Unleash your inner star

woman singing karaoke

Host a book club

Gather your fellow bibliophiles for a discussion about your latest reads. You can do it virtually or plan a little evening at home. You don’t need to have read the same book, each of you can share your favorite current read, for example. If you don’t feel like seeing people, curling up at home with a good book is also a great way to spend a Friday night.

Convene with fellow book lovers

picking up a book from pile

Pamper yourself

Create your very own at-home spa for a nice, relaxing Friday evening. Light some candles, draw a bath, put on a mask, and just let the worries of the week slowly dissolve away. You can put on some relaxing music and simply let go. Find ways to pamper yourself and make your night feel special.

Craft your sanctuary of relaxation

things to do on a friday night spa bath with candles


Stargazing is a wonderful way to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of nature. So, take a look-up and lose yourself in the vast tapestry of the cosmos. You can download an app to help see all the constellations the sky has to offer. If you want tot take it up a notch, you can also try looking for a telescope.

Look up and lose yourself in the cosmos

night sky with stars

Attend a workshop

If you have a big thirst for knowledge, then attending a workshop or class is the perfect way to end the work week. Whether it’s pottery, digital art, or a cooking class, there are plenty of new skills you can learn. You can take one online in the comfort of your own home, or take a friend and go to a course at your local community center.

Feed your curiosity and skill

pottery workshop

Plan a scavenger hunt

If you are getting together with friends this Friday night but want to add something fun to the night, planning your very own scavenger hunt is a great way to do that. Tailor the clues to your friends and family, so you are sure everything will go smoothly. Plus, it adds a personal touch. This is an easy way to transform your neighborhood into a playground for people of all ages.

Create a game of discovery and delight

scavenger hunt map


Journaling has become one of my favorite evening hobbies. It’s a great way to peacefully reflect, according to Vogue and I agree. In the quiet hours of the night, let your thoughts run wild and put them on paper. If you are looking to take up journaling, but don’t know where to start, there are plenty of journal prompts you can try to help you out.

Reflect and unwind

journaling at home

Photography exploration

Friday nightlife is a whole different world. And exactly for that issue, it’s the perfect opportunity to take on a photography exploration. Capture the different types of Friday nights through your own personal lens. You can do this on a weekly occurrence. Take pics of the different outings or nights-ins you have and create an album.

Capture the night through your lens

things to do on a friday night photography with camera

Plan a vacation

I don’t know about you, but I find it very relaxing to plan out vacations. Allow yourself to dream big and figure out the details of your next vacay. The planning process is a journey itself, and it gets you excited and dreaming about the travel. Plus, it comes in super handy when the vacation rolls around, cause you’ve already planned out everything!

Dream up your next escape

yearly planning notebook

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Another list of “fun activities”? But bear with me. The charm of Friday nights is that they come with the promise of freedom – two whole days without emails, calls, or early alarms. Whether you’re into the hustle and bustle of the city life or looking for a serene escape, there’s something magical about kicking off the weekend just the right way.

Each of these activities offers a unique way to usher in the weekend

John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.