I'm always looking for things to do during the summertime, because I have a lot more free time. While it's not summer yet for me, it's definitely feeling like it on this Memorial Day weekend. If you're a long time reader of my blog, you might remember my post on totally instagrammable activities to do (if you haven't read it, you're missing out!). This post is super similar to that one, but it's more summer based and has some new activities worth trying.

Things to Do in the Summer | Sunny Rebecca

Go on a photo adventure.

Every place in the world has some totally Instagrammable spots, but you just have to find them! Head to the city nearest you or the closest thing that you have to a city and take a friend with you. Bring your camera and walk around until you find things worthy of going on your Instagram feed. Make it an adventure and hopefully along the way you'll find some gorgeous spots worth documenting.

Have a power out night.

This activity isn't just something that you can do when you lose power, but also something that you can do just for the fun of it. Gather some of your friends and make a pact to turn off all technology. Turn off the lights, break out the lanterns and candles, for that tech-free ambiance, not to mention power saving. Break out some board games and any other activities that are electronic-free for a real and raw night, just you and your friends. This is great for if you just want to talk and have a technology free night. At your power out night, you can play some games, color in some adult coloring books, tackle a DIY, chat, or more. The possibilities are endless!

Have a potluck picnic.

Plan a day with some friends and ask everyone to bring a dish to share. Head out to the park or someone's backyard with a picnic blanket and some music. I'm currently planning a little potluck picnic with my friends and I'm so excited for it. Each person can bring one dish to bring to the picnic, so that you have a buffet at your fingertips. Who needs fancy restaurants when you have friends and the great outdoors?

Learn to cook some new recipes.

This is especially great if you're trying to learn how to adult, use the summer to experiment in the kitchen so that you'll have quick and easy meals that you mastered to use during the school year. If you already know how to cook, take it to the next level and learn something a bit more complicated! A few years ago, I took a cake decorating class over the summer, since I wanted to take my baking to the next level. It was honestly so much fun and a great experience, because now I can decorate a stellar cake. This year, I just might take the time to try out baking macarons, which is told to be a challenge, hopefully one that I can tackle!

Learn a new skill or take a class.

Building off of the aforementioned cake decorating class, the summer is a great time to put a new skill under your belt. You can teach yourself using online resources or take a class to learn more. I think that it would be fun to take an art class or sorts or maybe a photography class, but obviously, pick something that interests you. This might be learning a new instrument, tackling HTML (I did this once over the summer), learning how to sew, or something else. This way, after the summer, you can show off your new skill.


Having a project to do over the summer is a great way for getting things done, but also staying busy. Pick a room (or your whole house if you're feeling adventurous) to redecorate. During the summer, scour the shops for the perfect decor to fill your designated spot with. Maybe even move around your current furniture for something a little different. This summer, my redecorating project will be adding a gallery wall in my room and hopefully finding some other painting and decor to add little touches to the rest of my home.

Earn some extra cash. 

With the time over the summer, why not use it to earn some extra cash? Try looking to get a summer job, this might mean lifeguarding, babysitting, retail, wait staff, something to earn a little money and also give you something to do. During the summer, a lot of people are going out of town, which means that businesses may need to hire some new people for part-time in order to accommodate for the people out traveling. Take advantage of this opportunity to earn some money.

Check for local events.

You know what's totally underrated? Local events. Although I totally get what a lot of people are feeling, like just because they don't live in a big city, there's nothing to do. However, that is not the case. During the summer especially, there are a ton of local events taking place and the majority of them are free. Find out what's happening around you and take advantage of what you have! Don't be afraid to widen your search to a bit out of the way, because you might be missing out on something.

What will you be doing this summer?


  1. I'm working at my school over the summer for the paycheck! I live in a pretty small town, but we have a summer concert series that I enjoy going to mainly for the people watching! Thanks for sharing these ideas. I can't wait to try them!


    1. Glad that you enjoyed them! That concert series sounds like fun!

  2. I can't wait for summer, I'm so excited! Great ideas, there's always so many events and festivals happening during the summer, you can't get bored!


    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

    1. Yes! There's so much happening in the summer, you just have to find out about them!
      Rebecca xo

  3. I love the idea of a power out night! I'll definitely have to try that one out with my friends, especially since we're all so addicted to our phones. It'd be a great way to unplug and just spend quality time together!

    Amelie | A Wanderer's Adventures

    1. I've never tried a power out night, but I'm excited to try one out! We just spend so much time connected that sometimes it's nice to just step away from the technology!