50 best things to do on your birthday

Another trip around the sun, but who says birthdays have to be predictable? We’re here to make this birthday your best one yet with our ultimate list of the 50 best things to do on your birthday.

I’ll admit it. I used to dread birthdays. The forced smiles, the predictable cake, the obligatory Facebook notifications — it all felt so…meh. But then, I realized that birthdays are mine to own. And they’re yours to own, too! So this year, ditch the traditional celebrations and embrace your favorite things!

50 best things to do on your birthday when you're out of ideas

Birthdays aren’t just about another trip around the sun, they’re blank pages in your life’s book. Are you ready to write a chapter with white-water rapids and champagne toasts? Or maybe just curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee? Whatever your jam, make it a story you’ll tell for years to come.

So this year, grab your birthday crown, crank up your joy meter, and get ready for a celebration that’s fit for a birthday legend – YOU! Let the countdown to your most epic birthday yet begin!

Why do people celebrate their birthdays?

A birthday marks the anniversary of our existence. It’s a chance to reflect on how far we’ve come, what we’ve learned, and who we’ve become. It’s a reminder that life is a gift and a time to be grateful for another year on this amazing Earth. Plus, it’s great excuse to eat cake!

No matter your reason for celebrating, birthdays offer a chance to break routine and create exciting memories. Feeling uninspired? Don’t worry! Plenty of birthday adventure awaits, and it doesn’t always require a party.

If you’re looking for fun things to do on your birthday, we’ve got you covered! Add your favorites to your birthday bucket list and start crossing them off each year.

So let’s get into it. Here are 50 best things you can do on your birthday to make it special and unforgettable!

1. Have a party with all your friends!

Having a party – large or small – with your friends is always a fun idea! You can go to a restaurant, club, or bar or have a more intimate gathering at someone’s house. Make sure to include some fun decorations, games, and good food!

2. Go on a trip

Celebrate your birthday with a micro-adventure! Hit the road for a local city break, hop on a plane to explore a new state, or even venture to a dream destination you’ve been eyeing. Just imagine building a birthday collection of experiences – a new place every year, a lifetime of memories!

Here are some top cities to consider for your epic birthday trip:

  • Nashville
  • Miami
  • Las Vegas
  • Palm Springs
  • New York City
  • Chicago

3. Book a staycation

Birthdays call for a break from the ordinary, and sometimes the best escape is right under your nose. Instead of packing your bags, consider a staycation! Trade your usual routine for pampering and relaxation in your own city.

Unwind in style:

  • Immerse yourself in opulence at a local five-star hotel with plush robes, sparkling pools, and a spa day that melts away your stress. 
  • Opt for a quaint and cozy bed and breakfast. Imagine waking up to fresh croissants and homemade jams, followed by exploring charming streets and hidden cafes.

Make it Your own:

  • Go on a culinary adventure within your own city. Sample Michelin-starred restaurants and hidden gems recommended by locals, or try that trendy fusion place you’ve been eyeing.
  • Explore the cultural offerings of your city. Visit museums you’ve never been to, catch a show at a renowned theater, or attend a unique art exhibition.
  • Rediscover the hidden gems of your own backyard. Explore scenic parks, go on a bike ride along the waterfront, or have a picnic in a garden.

Focus on experiences that bring you joy, whether it’s indulging in spa treatments, devouring delicious food, or simply soaking up the local vibes. Let your special day be a chance to unwind, recharge, and create memories that last a lifetime!

4. Get a makeover

Indulge in a head-to-toe makeover! Treat yourself to professional hairstyling, a fresh makeup look, and a luxurious mani-pedi. It’s the perfect way to step into the next year feeling confident and fabulous!

5. Do something adventurous

Craving an adrenaline rush? Take a leap of faith with skydiving or bungee jumping! Scale new heights with rock climbing or soar through the trees on a zip line. For a scenic thrill, try a hot air balloon ride or take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of the city from a helicopter.

6. Make a wish list for the year ahead

Dream big for the new year! Create a wishlist filled with ambitions, from mastering a new skill (whipping up gourmet meals, anyone?) to enrolling in a class. The possibilities are endless – even launching your own venture, a passion project, or a side hustle could be on the horizon!

7. Do something nice for someone else

Turn your special day into a celebration of kindness! Instead of focusing solely on receiving, why not spread joy and make a difference by doing something special for someone else?

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Spend your day surrounded by furry friends in need at an animal shelter. Walk dogs, play with cats, and spread some much-needed love.
  • Lend a listening ear and share a cup of tea or coffee with an elderly neighbor. A simple gesture can brighten their day and make them feel valued and loved.
  • Support a cause close to your heart by donating to a charity. Whether it’s animal welfare, environmental protection, or helping the less fortunate, your contribution can make a big impact.

8. Relax and pamper yourself

Birthdays are a time for celebration, but amidst the festivities, don’t forget to prioritize yourself! Take the day to unwind, recharge, and reconnect with your inner peace. Take the day off work or school to relax and clear your mind.

9. Eat at a new restaurant

What better way to celebrate your day than by treating yourself to a delicious meal at a new restaurant? Break free from the familiar and test out new flavors and textures. You might even find your new favorite restaurant.

10. Take a dance class

Life is all about letting loose and having fun, so why not rock the day with some dancing Taking a dance class is a fun way to get out of your comfort zone, shake off any birthday jitters, and groove your way into a day you’ll never forget. You can choose from hip-hop, Zumba, Salsa, and ballroom dancing. And if you love country music, you can go line dancing! Don’t want to go out dancing? Have a dance party at home with the kids!

11. Go on a shopping spree

From statement pieces to irresistible sales, your shopping spree awaits! Whether you want a wardrobe refresh or a collection of quirky souvenirs, let your personal style guide the way. Visit luxurious boutiques, quirky vintage shops, or artisan markets – the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

12. Have a picnic

Embrace the sunshine and celebrate with a birthday picnic! Find a hidden oasis – a park, a beach, a lake, or a scenic overlook – and spread out a feast fit for a king (or queen!). Pack your favorite finger foods, refreshing drinks, and maybe even a birthday cake.

13. Go to a concert or show

Treat yourself to a fun performance. Let talented musicians transport you to another world, captivating actors move you to tears, or witty comedians make you laugh until your sides ache. It’s a celebration of creativity, a gift to your soul, and a memory you’ll cherish long after the curtain falls.

14. Get new photos taken

Snag a professional photo shoot to update your portfolio with stunning portraits. Or gather your besties for a DIY photo bash! create a cool backdrop, grab props galore, and crank up the tunes. Get silly, strike your poses, and create Insta-worthy memories that last a lifetime.

15. Make a scrapbook

Break out some old photos, relive cherished moments, and add them to a personalized scrapbook filled with your favorite memories.

16. Go to a museum or art gallery

Immerse yourself in the world of art and history. Explore a local museum overflowing with ancient artifacts or an art gallery showcasing contemporary masterpieces. Discover hidden treasures, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new that sparks your imagination and broadens your perspective.

17. Go camping

Trade city lights for crackling campfires and whispering pines on an adventure under the stars. Pitch your tent, breathe in the fresh air, and explore hidden trails. Roast hot dogs and toast gooey smores around the campfire while sharing laughter and stories with your friends and family.

18. Go stargazing

Share the wonder of twinkling constellations, or cozy up with your special someone under a blanket of stars.

19. Have a themed party

Throw a themed party that’s more than just decorations and food. Plan games, activities, and music that match your personality. Whether you’re busting a move to 80s hits or hula hooping under the Hawaiian sun, let your day be a fun-filled celebration of your personality and the people you love.

20. Go to an amusement park, fair, carnival, or festival

Unleash your inner thrill-seeker, no matter your age! Spend the day soaring through the air on hair-raising roller coasters, twisting through gravity-defying loops, and laughing your way through family-friendly rides. 

21. Go to a professional sports game

Ditch the screen and watch a game in person! Seeing a game live and in person is more than just seeing the action unfold. Feel the buzz of the crowd, the rumble of the stadium, and the shared excitement of witnessing your favorite athletes firsthand.

22. Get a psychic reading 

Curious about your destiny? Consider trying a psychic or tarot card reading! These practices offer unique perspectives on your past, present, and potential future. Invite friends to explore this fascinating aspect of self-discovery with you.

23. Go to a winery or wine festival with friends

Calling all wine enthusiasts!

If you’re passionate about vino, why not gather your friends for a day of swirling, sniffing, and sipping at a winery or wine festival?

Stroll through sun-drenched vineyards, surrounded by the intoxicating aroma of ripening grapes.

24. Go to a paint-and-sip night

Forget just drinks! Paint-and-sip nights are the hottest trend for a reason. Get creative with a brush in one hand and a glass of your favorite cocktail in the other. It’s the perfect mix of fun, art, and socializing, making it a fantastic night out with friends.

25. Attempt an escape room

Do you thrive on unraveling mysteries and piecing together clues? Then an escape room adventure with your pals is a must-try!

26. Make your own cake

Turn your kitchen into a fun-filled competition! Gather your friends, crank up the music, and see who can create the best-tasting or most visually stunning cake. 

27. Visit a zoo, farm, or aquarium

Do you love animals? Spend the day petting and feeding the animals at a zoo or farm. If underwater creatures are more your thing, visit the aquarium for the day.

28. Have a backyard BBQ or pool party

Celebrate summer under the sun with a backyard bash! Whether you’re sizzling up burgers on the grill or splashing around in the pool, a backyard party is a guaranteed recipe for summer fun. 

Fire up the grill and make burgers, hot dogs, and veggie kebabs. Encourage your friends to bring their favorite dishes for a potluck. Then make a splash and cool off in the pool while playing some fun games.

29. Declutter your house

Celebrate a fresh start and a new year by giving your home a makeover! Decluttering can be a great way to refresh your space, rediscover hidden treasures, and make room for new things. Sort through your belongings, donate what you no longer need, and organize the rest to create a more peaceful and inspiring environment.  

30. Plan a future dream trip

Even if globetrotting is on hold, unleash your inner explorer by planning your dream trip for the future! Map out your paradise, budget like a pro, and get inspired by travel blogs and influencers. This future escape is all about you, so tailor it to your wanderlust. Happy planning!

Top dream destinations:

  • Turks and Caicos
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Maldives

31. Play board games

Are you looking for a chill way to hang out with friends? Ditch the gadgets and embrace a good old-fashioned game night! Invite your favorite people over, dust off your favorite board games, and prepare for an evening of friendly competition. Trust me, game night never gets old!

32.  Go ice skating or roller skating

Lace up your skates and get ready to roll or glide! Whether you’re a roller disco queen or an ice skating champ, a trip to the rink with friends promises an afternoon (or evening!) of fun and endless memories.

33. Hire a private chef

Skip the reservations and crowded restaurants and bring the culinary experience home! Give yourself the gift of a private chef. Imagine no pre-dinner traffic, no fighting for a table, just a personalized experience in the comfort of your own home.

34. Play laser tag or paintball

Ready to let loose? Grab your friends and challenge them to a laser tag or paintball battle! It’s guaranteed to be a blast.

35. Plant a garden

Turn your love for plants and flowers into a beautiful (or vibrant, flourishing) homegrown haven! Spend the day planting a garden – it’s therapeutic and boosts your curb appeal.

36. Go for ice cream

Not a cake fan? No worries! Ice cream awaits! Make your dream sundae at home or visit your local parlor for a custom creation piled high with your favorite toppings.

37. Sing karaoke

Forget shower singing. Let loose at karaoke! Hit those high notes (or maybe stick to the middle octave) with friends for a night of drinks and karaoke!

38. Go to the beach

Turn your birthday into a beach bash! Decorate your beach umbrella, bring frisbees and beach balls for games, and pack a cake or cupcakes to celebrate. Invite your friends for a potluck picnic by the shore.

39. Go bowling

Roll into unforgettable birthday memories! Bowling brings friends and family together for laughter, friendly competition, and cheesy nachos (because what birthday is complete without them?)

40. Have a birthday scavenger hunt with friends

Gather your tribe, grab your clues, and prepare for a thrilling birthday quest filled with twists, turns, and hidden surprises with a fun scavenger hunt!

41. Go on a brewery tour or attend a brew fest

Skip the candles and party hats, craft beer lovers! Celebrate your day with a unique experience, like exploring local breweries with friends. Taste different brews, from crisp IPAs to smoky porters, and discover your new favorite taproom. Or, get your friends together for a fun time at a brew fest – think beer tastings and live music.

42. Go to a waterpark

Bring back childhood memories and go to a fun waterpark! Zoom down slides, float along lazy rivers, and splash in wave pools – the fun awaits indoors or outdoors. And for a guaranteed good time, check out Kalahari, with locations across the country offering thrilling rides and relaxing escapes. 

43. Spend the day at a botanical garden

Escape the daily grind and find your zen at a botanical garden. Stroll through tranquil gardens, breathe in the calming scents of nature, and let the beauty of a botanical garden wash over you. 

44. Go bar hopping with friends

Ditch the cake and grab a cocktail! Your birthday calls for a bar-hopping adventure with your crew. Craft your route to hit the hottest spots, sip delicious drinks, and create memories that’ll make you laugh for years to come. Pro tip: matching bar-hopping tees will level up your squad goals!

45. Host a video game night

Game on! Celebrate your birthday with a video game night, friendly competition, and a feast of pizza and snacks. Level up your fun!

46. Host a backyard movie party

Plan a fun backyard cinema adventure! Big screen, comfy seats, starlight ceiling, epic movie snack bar – celebrate under the stars with a movie marathon of all your favorite flicks!

47. Go to a casino

Celebrate your birthday with a unique twist! The casino offers a world of entertainment beyond the games, from dazzling shows to delicious dining. Enjoy the atmosphere, explore the options, and maybe try your hand at a friendly blackjack game or spin a few reels on the slots.

48. Rent a limo or party bus for a night out on the town

Ready to light up the night? Gather your besties, book your chariot of choice, and get ready to conquer the city! Dress to dazzle, curate your playlist, and hit the streets with your own private party on wheels. From vibrant bars to trendy clubs, the only limit is your imagination (and maybe the battery life on your phone)!

49. Go to a yoga or meditation class

Whether you’re a seasoned seeker or a curious newbie, yoga, and meditation, offer a personalized journey to a calmer you. Unwind with gentle stretches, quiet your mind with meditation, and discover the positive impact on your mind, body, and spirit.

50. Enjoy a magic show

Imagine cards floating through the air, spoons twisting at your command, and minds being read right before your eyes at a magic show. Prepare for gasps of amazement, whispers of disbelief, and enough mind-bending tricks to keep everyone talking for years to come.

What to do on your birthday if you are alone?

If you find yourself alone on your birthday, don’t worry! You can still do plenty of things to make the day special. You can go see a movie, grab some good takeout, go shopping, or relax at home with your favorite show and snacks.

How can I make my birthday special without friends?

If you don’t have any friends to celebrate with you on your birthday, don’t let that get you down! There are many activities you can do to make the day unforgettable. Make the day all about you and do something you love and enjoy.

Is it OK to spend your birthday alone?

Yes, it’s perfectly fine to spend your birthday alone. In fact, many people enjoy spending their birthdays alone because it gives them a chance to reflect on their lives and celebrate another year. Birthdays are a time for celebration, so even if you don’t have anyone to celebrate with, make sure to treat yourself to something special on your big day!

How do you make a birthday party interesting?

One way to make a party interesting is to add some fun things that will surprise and delight your guests. Some ideas for doing this include adding a special theme, hiring entertainers, or creating interactive games and activities. Another way to make a party enjoyable is to personalize it for the guest of honor by including their favorite activities, music, food, or decorations. 

How can I make my birthday special without money?

There are plenty of ways to make your birthday special without spending lots of money. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Have a picnic in your backyard or at a nearby park
  • Make a special dessert at home
  • Go for a hike or walk in nature
  • Spend the day doing something you love, like reading, crafting, or playing sports
  • Volunteer for a local charity or cause close to your heart
  • Have a movie marathon with your favorite desserts
  • Spend time with loved ones and create new memories together

 Extra special things to do on your birthday

  • Grab this FREE Printable Birthday Gratitude List and write down the goals you’ve achieved and things you’re grateful for
  • Go around to different restaurants collecting your free birthday meals or desserts
  • Go to a bakery and buy cookies and a birthday cake for yourself

Virtual birthday ideas

Do you live in a city far away from family and friends? Here are some fun virtual ideas:

  • Host a virtual game night
  • Virtual escape room
  • Virtual party
  • Online cooking class
  • Virtual movie marathon

So there you have it! Ditch the ordinary and plan an extraordinary day just for YOU! With restrictions lifted, the canvas is yours to paint. Whether it’s a solo spa retreat, a stargazing picnic with friends, or a family cooking class, tailor your celebration to your passions. This year, make your day a reflection of your unique spirit and embrace the freedom to experience it all!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done to celebrate another trip around the sun? Let us know in the comments below.

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