15 Things to Do on Your Birthday

Everyone has an over-the-top birthday friend. You know, the one who plans an elaborate get together, every single year. I admire these people, but I am not one of them. When my birthday comes along, I experience this very familiar combination of excitement and dread. Yes, I want to do something fun. No, I don't have anything in mind. And please don't make me plan it. That's why I compiled this list of things to do on your birthday, whether you're spending the day with friends, famnily, or just yourself. Enjoy a stress-free day of celebrating another trip around the sun!

brewery tour


Brewery Tour

Nothing clears up busy schedules faster than the promise of free beer, and brewery tours usually conclude with at least a few samples included in the price of admission.  After a few sips, they’ll hopefully feel generous enough to buy you a birthday round.




Paintball is one of those activities that everyone wants to try, but hasn’t yet, so why not plan an afternoon around the colorful sport? Not into the whole getting-splattered-with-paint thing? Try booking a laser-tag party instead.



If one of your favorite artists just happens to be in town for your birthday, take it as a sign and treat yourself to a couple of tickets, then grab your best friends and decide who’s treating you to a birthday dinner beforehand.


Roller Skating

Do you dread coming up with things to do on your birthday because you fear nothing will top that roller skating party you had when you turned 8? Well, lace up those skates because it’s 100% okay to throw an adults-only roller skating party in 2019. Just be advised that the falls hurt a lot more when you’re post-30. Like a lot more.

packed suitcase


Weekend Trip

Everyone likes an excuse to get away for the weekend, so it shouldn’t be hard to convince a few of your pals to pack their overnight bags and head somewhere fun. Some suggestions: New Orleans, Vegas, or New York City… or whatever city sounds fun to you! It’s your birthday, after all.



If you can’t spoil yourself with a massage on your birthday, when can you? To make the experience extra special, look to book at a massage studio that offers add-ons to the massage, such as hot stones, or even a complimentary glass of champagne.

kids at a museum


Museum Visit

A birthday is a great excuse to take the day off of work and broaden your mind at one of your city’s best cultural institutions. Of course, you’ll have to make an impossible choice: do you spend your birthday with Van Gogh or mummies?

house cleaning


House Cleaning

No one and we mean no one should have to clean their own house on their birthday, so put your feet up, queue up your favorite shows, and leave the clean up to a team of pros. You home will be left so sparkling clean, you might just throw yourself that birthday party you were too tired to plan.

couple skydiving



You won’t really have to do this alone since you’ll be strapped to a professional skydiving instructor. Even so, you might want to plan to meet some folks for drinks afterward—after all, you survived jumping from a plane on your birthday, and how often does that happen?


Spa Day

Massages are great and all, but as long as you’ve penciled in the “me” time, why not spend the entire day getting pampered? Whether you choose a facial, mani-pedi, sauna session or a combination of all of the above, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face another year.


Escape Game

Do you ever feel the urge to escape from Thanksgiving dinner by any means necessary? Use that feeling to your advantage by getting the family together for an escape room outing. You’ll have to work together to solve clues if you hope to escape on time, so your birthday celebration might just bring everyone closer in the end.

baseball game


Ball Game

No matter what your differences are, most family members find they can come together just fine to root for their favorite team. Bonus points if everyone comes wearing their very best fan gear.


Night at the Theater

Are you the last person in the whole world who hasn’t seen—insert name of trendy musical here—? Correcting that cultural wrong seems like a rather delightful thing to do on your birthday, as well as a great excuse to get dressed to the nines.


Fancy Dinner

One of the very best things to do on your birthday is to enjoy an expensive meal… that someone else pays for. Milk the day for all it’s worth and snag a seat in that hot new place everyone is talking about.


Family Vacation

The older you get, the harder it is to get the whole family together, especially for a trip, so you’ll want to start planning this one at least a few months in advance. It’ll be hard work, but it’s likely to be a birthday you—and they—never forget.

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