It'll run you $10 for two plus food tax and tip to get you fed and out to two separate events.

This is a Thursday night special cheap date idea. It'll run you $10 for two plus food tax and tip to get you fed and out to two separate events. Nifty, eh?

For dinner work up an appetite for a good ol' fashion burger and head to Louie's on the plaza for their $4.99 burger special. Munch your tasty meal along the creek, at the bar or at one of the tables. The environment is conducive to meeting new people or enjoying a private conversation with your companion.

Allow enough time to stroll across the plaza and over to one of the nightly (except for Monday) free Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show performances, where you can enjoy a range of music, dance and other performances that begin at 7:15 p.m.

These performances typically last about a half an hour. Your burger should have digested by the end and provide you with plenty of energy to head on up to the band shell in Lithia Park to lay in the cool grass and enjoy free music by the Ashland City Band, a 70-piece big band with a heritage spanning more than a century.

These performances typically end around 8:30 p.m., leaving you with the rest of the evening to contemplate the meaning of life or sign in to the Cheap Dates group page of connectashland.com and share your favorite cheap date idea with us.

A schedule of Green Show performances can be found at www.osfashland.org.