Fun things to do with friends this summer

When summer rolls around, we all start looking for fun things to do with friends. It’s amazing how the hours of sunshine and warm weather inspire us to connect with people! But if you’re looking for new, fun things to do with friends, we’ve got you covered! Some classic, some out-of-the-box, check out this list of nine fun things to do with friends this summer:

#1 - Hold a Themed Dinner Party

Who doesn’t love a dinner party? Sitting around the table and laughing together, enjoying good food, what could be better? Well, if you’re looking for fun things to do with friends, it could be time to put a twist on the classic dinner party. Mix it up and give it a theme! 

Fun dinner party with friends at a rustic wooden table set up with various dishes, wine and lemon juice

You could all agree on a cuisine and have everyone bring a dish, or you could hold a ‘bring a friend’ dinner and meet a bunch of new people, or you could go all out and have a costume theme to your party. Make it a poker night or give it a 90s theme; just find fresh ways for your friends to enjoy one another’s company and you’ll have a great time.

#2 - Get in a Hot Tub

You don’t have to be lucky enough to have a jacuzzi in your home for a hot tub to be one of the fun things to do with friends this summer. Get a group together and book an Airbnb or a hotel with a hot tub. You can even rent a hot tub and get it delivered to your house! 

Girl with her hair in a bun and her back to the camera having a pamper time and relaxing at the jacuzzi

A hot tub party at your home could be the jumping off point for so many fun memories. Think about setting up a home movie theatre to enjoy from the hot tub, or getting a spa day together to pamper yourself!

#3 - Have a Competition

There’s nothing like a little competitive spirit! Once you start thinking about it, you’ll realize that so many different activities can become fun things to do with friends when they’re injected with a bit of competition. You could have a sports tournament, a bake-off, a cooking competition, or a quiz. For a more serious competition, pick a DIY project or a redecoration, slap a budget cap on it, and get some friends to judge the final results. For something a little more lighthearted, compete to see who can find the weirdest gift at a thrift shop.

Guy and a girl posing for a fun photo in printed thrift clothing while having a lighthearted competition to see who can find the weirdest things at a thrift shop

Competitions can be a fun things to do with friends and their families. Also, if you have kids, get them to form the judging panel for some hilarious moments.

#4 - Tour Your Area’s Yard Sales

Pick a sunny Saturday, grab breakfast with your friends and take a tour of the neighborhood’s yard sales. This is one of those fun things to do with friends that can be genuinely useful if you’re looking for specific things you want to buy, but on the other hand could end up as a purely fun outing checking out the contents of your neighbor’s garages. Polish it off with a cookout for a day that screams summer!

#5 - Hit the Water

There’s something about the fun you have at the edge of the water that stands apart from other fun things to do with friends.

Three girl friends having fun at the swimming pool with one girl sitting on a flamingo floatie while holding The Adventure Challenge: Friends Edition Book

Whether it’s the beach, a river, a lake, or a swimming hole, or even a swimming pool; finding some water to swim in is a must-do for the summer. This can be even more fun if you don’t live near a water source. Just pile into the car and do a roadtrip!

#6 - Find Some Live Music

Hitting a concert is one of the most fun things to do with friends. Whether it’s a stadium show or a festival, those big crowd, everyone-singing-together, screaming-the-words moments are priceless. But even if you can’t get to a concert, finding live music is a recipe for a memorable evening. Whether it’s a band in the park or a bar with live tunes, enjoying the experience of live music with your friends is a great way to have fun.

Girl wearing sunglasses raising her fist in the air while sitting on her friend's shoulders in the middle of the crowd at a concert, a fun activity to do with friends in Summer 2021

As a side note, if you and your friends are musically inclined, don’t wait for someone else to play! Get together and play with no agenda, just to see where it goes. You won’t regret it!

#7 - Hold a Garage Sale

Fun things to do with friends that double up to make you some money? What a win! Make the chore of a garage sale into a fun day by clubbing together with friends to host an event. Pool your items, get some music in the background and fire up the BBQ. If you’re having fun at your garage sale, you’re more likely to get people coming over to check it out!

#8 - Go Biking

Did you ever go biking with your friends when you were a kid? Recapture some of that nostalgia this summer and get some of your pals together to hit the road.

Two girl friends having fun as they bike around and explore the city in the summer

If you don’t have a bike, they are easy to rent, and for a day of exploring the city or escaping into nature trails together, it’s so worth it.

#9 - Start a Book Club

Is there a book that you and few of your friends have all been meaning to read? This could be the perfect time. Commit to reading the book and then come together to discuss it over a couple of beers or a glass of wine. You could discuss it chapter by chapter on a weekly basis, or you could commit to finishing it by a certain time and discuss it all in one go. 

This is one the fun things to do with friends that will enrich your own life and help you be motivated to meet your goals! And if you love it, you can keep going with the book club and choose another book.

Keep the Memories of These Fun Things to Do with Friends 

Hopefully this list will help you come up with new and fresh fun things to do with friends! It’s what we’re passionate about here at The Adventure Challenge, and we’ve devised ways not only to create great memories, but to keep them forever. Check out our Adventure Challenge: Friends Edition for 50 incredible adventures to take with your friends, and for a way to keep physical memories to look back on!

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