Dishes on 5 Hot Summer Dates for Singles

Nights (and days) will crackle with excitement during any of these affordable, way-fun activities

TORONTO, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - There is no better time to be single than the summer. The weather is hot, the attire minimal and al fresco parties are abundant. Plus, people just seem to be freer and more approachable during July and August. That's especially true in North America, where winter casts a long and nasty pall over much of the rest of the year.

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"Summer plants a smile on everyone's face which is exactly the kind of positivity singles should be broadcasting in their search for a mate," says Kim Hughes, Dating and Relationship expert with "It follows that summer events can really maximize those good vibes, complementing an online dater's itinerary."

Recently, polled its members about their favorite summer date. Of nearly 1,000 respondents, more than half – 61 percent – said "drinks on the patio," followed by "music festival" (25 percent) and "outdoor movies" (13 percent).

With those stats in tow, humbly presents our top five recommendations for can't-miss summer dates. Even if you don't end up meeting "The One," you're guaranteed to have a ball, create some great memories and gather some fun new pictures to add to your online profile.

1. Patio Power

OK, so we're not reinventing the wheel, but few things in life are as consistently satisfying as cocktails and conversation on a well-chosen patio with great sightlines and good tunes. Plus, the advent of the mixologist means summer drink cards needn't begin and end with boring light beers and sauvignon blancs.

2. Maximum Music

You may not think a summer music festival is an ideal date but think again. If a date is going really well, you'll bond over hot tunes while forging shared memories of just how well guitars pair with sunshine. On the flip side, a festival lets you shift focus away from an awkward date and onto something breezier. Either way, it's a slam-dunk.

3. Cinema Under the Stars

From Washington State to Illinois, Manhattan to Montreal, outdoor movie screenings are a great summer tradition, pairing classic or near-classic films with cool breezes and twinkling stars. Usually free and thematically smarter than summer blockbuster fare, al fresco films are a great excuse for picnicking after dark; easy post-film conversation an added bonus.

4. Carnival Magic

There's just something wildly romantic about amusement parks: the corny-but-sweet notion of a guy winning his girl a teddy bear at a game of skill; shared cotton candy or the heart-stopping thrill of a rollercoaster ride. Be kids again, if just for a day.

5. Theatre Thrills

Shakespeare in the Park presentations abound in communities large and small during summer and few things are as cost-effective as taking in a play from a grassy knoll, picnic basket - or takeout sushi - optional. Honorable mention also goes to baseball games (think neighborhood teams rather than the major leagues) and early morning bike rides.


For further information:

Kim Hughes,, +1-647-402-6108

PRN Photo Desk,

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