Museums are always a classy cultural date idea.
Not to mention it's something easy to do, especially when it's FREE. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on Grand Avenue is free to the public on Thursday evenings, 5-8 PM. Please note that this is separate from The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, which is also located in Downtown LA but on North Central Avenue. Say thank you to Wells Fargo for saving $10 pp. If Thursdays don't work, get 2-for-1 admission by taking the metro, but the museum usually closes early at 5 or 6 PM even on the weekends (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). In case art is not your forte, take advantage of the free conversational tours of the current exhibits, which is available every day at various hours, including Thursday evening at 5, 6 and 7 PM (see schedule online).
Parking is $9 flat rate at the parking garage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with MOCA validation. Click HERE for directions and more info. Make the most of your date by arriving earlier to enjoy the outdoor water feature in the center of the LA Music Center Plaza. This spot makes a great photo op, especially at sunset, or wait until later for some nighttime romantic shots at the water feature. For ideas on what else to do here, the LA Music Center offers suggested itineraries online, which mention a FREE 1-hour tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Whether or not you appreciate music, the architecture is worth admiring. Come back during summer and the holidays to enjoy FREE concerts in the plaza, such as Cheap Date Idea #58.
Approximate cost of creative date idea = Free Admission + $9 Parking.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = $29 Total.