Fall Date Ideas to Make Your Cuffing Season Worthwhile

Swipe right on these cool and culture-approved outings that will bring you closer to coupledom IRL.

It’s no sweat if you’re heading into cuffing season still solo. There’s still plenty of time to connect on a dating app to find someone to shake off the frost. Instead of suggesting a tired Netflix and chill kind of hang that could possibly end with you getting ghosted, enlisted the expertise of Jonathan Kirkland, head of marketing and brand for BLK, for the cheat code to a memorable outing that’s sure to impress.

“Our mission is to celebrate Black love and encourage our users to be unapologetically themselves,” Kirkland notes. And because BLK’s the number one dating app for Black singles, they’re committed to creating opportunities for Black folks to connect in an environment where our culture is fully embraced.

The Ultimate Cuffing Season Playlist

Here, Kirkland shares some unique and fun outings that will foster stronger connections with someone new while also celebrating the vibrancy of Black culture.

  • Hot in Houston

    Create a nice afternoon in the park.
    Create a nice afternoon in the park.

    Beyoncé and Meg Thee Stallion’s hometown has a lot to offer singles looking to make a match while out and about, particularly when average temps still hovering around 70 degrees in the fall. Kirkland suggests creating a nice afternoon experience with a soul food picnic in the park, enjoying the city’s thriving jazz scene or hitting up a Black-centric museum for a dose of culture and conversation.

    BONUS PICK: Visit the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum for their Museum After Dark (M.A.D.) Veterans Holiday Market experience on Nov. 16 and enjoy cocktails, shopping, light bites, games, and more.

  • Atlanta on My Mind

    Enjoy a world-class food scene in Atlanta together.
    Enjoy a world-class food scene in Atlanta together.

    The A hosts cool clubs (with or without the poles), a trap museum, vibrant live music, and a world-class food scene. To get to know someone special, Kirkland suggests a stroll through the Botanical Gardens featuring outdoor art installations, a soul food tour of Atlanta’s top spots or grabbing a blanket and a bottle of wine to enjoy an outdoor movie night.

    BONUS PICK: On the Grant Park Food and Cemetery Tour, you and your date can sample flavorful Southern specialties like shrimp and grits and learn about Atlanta's historic homes and history during a leisurely walking and food tour in the vibrant Grant Park neighborhood.

  • A New York State of Mind

    Get to know someone better in the Big Apple.
    Get to know someone better in the Big Apple.

    In the city that never sleeps, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do. And luckily, there are also many activities to bring like-minded people together. Kirkland suggests new couples take a bike ride through Central Park (once called Seneca Village, the pre-Civil War home to Manhattan’s first significant settlement of Black property owners), then head uptown to one of Harlem’s iconic jazz clubs or craft your own Black art gallery tour.

    BONUS PICK: Visit Masker Orchards" in Warwick, NY for the best apple picking in the Hudson Valley region, and then shop for apple butter, fresh jams, and honey to bake your own Southern-inspired sweet treats at home.

  • A Weekend in Washington, D.C.

    Make plans to learn new things together in D.C.
    Make plans to learn new things together in D.C.

    In the nation’s capitol, our history and culture come alive. Kirkland proposes planning an excursion viewing the monuments by moonlight on foot or via trolley, bike, or luxury bus around the National Mall. Couples can also witness a soul-stirring event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture or if you want to chat and chew, check out the city’s renown food truck festivals.

    BONUS PICK: Visit Allegory, a one-of-a-kind lounge that blends art, literature, and social good with unique craft cocktails and warm hospitality. Enjoy one of their tasty cocktails while discussing the bar’s signature painting—a spell-bounding interpretation of Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass reimagined through the eyes of Ruby Bridges.

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