30 Dreamy 30th Birthday Ideas

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30 Dreamy 30th Birthday Ideas

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Inspiration for your one-of-a-kind day.

Finding the perfect 30th birthday idea can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But celebrate we must. From the perfect location to the perfect theme, we’ve broken down some of the best things to do and places to go for a night you’ll be talking about for years to come.  

Here’s our curated list of out-of-the-box ideas that will make your birthday truly memorable:

30 Unboring 30th Birthday Ideas You’ll Never Forget

Act like a VIP

Your birthday is meant to make you feel special, so what better way than to shop like a celebrity with custom fittings and stylists to help your dress your best. Here are a few ways to spend your birthday like a VIP.

Find the Perfect Shades
Treat yourself to a pair of designer shades at a private sunglass fitting with the help of the experts at Sunglass Hut in Georgetown. The 2-hour, high-end glasses fitting is made more luxurious with the stationed appetizers and selection of beer or wine.
Website | 3251 M St. NW Washington, DC 20007

Update Your Wardrobe
…For the Men
Live like a VIP and treat your friends to the same with a shopping experience at rag & bone in Georgetown. Discover new pieces perfect for your wardrobe with the help of expert stylists who will provide exclusive recommendations.
Website 3067 M St. NW, WashingtonDC 20007

…For the Ladies
For the ladies, we have a retail experience that combines the charm and sophistication of a Parisian shop with the casual elegance of California at Joie in Tysons. The expert staff will help you and your guests find their individual styles just as a professional stylist would for a celebrity.
Website 1758 Galleria at Tysons II, TysonsVA 22102

Experience Exclusive Fine Dining

A personalized shopping experience should just be the beginning of your VIP birthday celebration. Enjoy a tasting menu of uniquely designed items prepared just for you at this DC hot spot.

Discover What a 12-Course Menu Tastes Like
Treat yourself to a night of elegance and indulgence by tasting a 12-course prepared menu at Pineapple and Pearls with accompanying beverages curated by a master chef.
Website | 715 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Tour de Birthday

With so many birthday ideas to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide on one.  Take the pressure off yourself (it is your birthday after all) and celebrate with a tour that will fuel your sense of adventure.

Tour Rural Virginia Wine Country 
Your birthday is the beginning of a whole new year’s worth of adventures. Feed your wanderlust throughout Virginia wine country during an exclusive tasting of the regions world class wines.
Website | 1900 S Eads St., Arlington, VA 22202

Tour a Production Barn
Get out of town and visit one of Virginia’s renowned wineries. Book The Tasting Room at The Winery at Bull Run for you and 200 of your closest friends equipped with copper bars, a fireplace lounge, and spacious patio to celebrate your big day.
Website15950 Lee Hwy. (Rt. 29), Centreville, Virginia 20120

Tour DC’s Finest Wines
Wine tastings bring out the sophisticate in all of us, so dive into the history and subtle notes of a variety of vintages at a wine class or sample the best of the best during a tour of DC’s District Winery.
385 Water St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Tour DC’s Finest Foods
Even if you’ve lived in the city for years, there are dozens of new restaurants popping up every year that you may not have had the chance to visit.  The DC Metro Food Tour features private events and walking tours in your favorite neighborhoods, so why not hit up all these spots in one giant birthday dinner with friends?
809 Princess St. #250, Alexandria, VA 22314

Tour the Quaint Charm of Old Town Alexandria
Learn more about the history of Old Town Alexandria while indulging in the best modern day restaurants and bars that it has to offer. Grab a few friends and discover the hidden gems in Alexandria that you will wish you discovered sooner.
Website221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Tour the Seas (a.k.a. the Potomac)
Set sail, Ahoy matey, weigh anchor; however you prefer to say it, say it while traveling on the Potomac on a Boomerang Party Yacht. See breathtaking views of DC’s most iconic landmarks and transport you and your friends to the Caribbean without leaving the city.
Website | 3100 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Welcome Wellness

Birthdays are a way to restart and plan goals to achieve in the upcoming year. The idea of spending your birthday committing to your wellness goals may be the jump start to your healthiest years, plus you can invite your squad on the journey too. Here are a few ways to be more active and celebrate at the same time.

Lace Up a New Set of Kicks
Kick start a new birthday year with a wellness excursion to Road Runner Sports where you can receive an individual, customized experience to select a new pair of kicks. This event isn’t all work because you still get to enjoy time with friends and stationed hors d’oeuvres.
Website | 1120 W. Broad St. Falls Church, VA 22046

Act Like A Kid Again
Reach new heights at Skyzone, the trampoline facility you wish existed when you were younger. Reserve a space at night and experience a glow stick fueled dance party while bouncing to your favorite songs.
Website | 5325 Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22151

Practice Your Swing
Reserve a Signature Room at The Topgolf Alexandria to showcase your golf skills by playing for points awarded by tracking special, microchipped golf balls. The private room has space for 65 guests and has everything you need to host a party.
Website |
6625 S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria, VA 22315

Choose Your Own Adventure

Life is about building relationships and learning new skills. Birthdays put into perspective all the things you want to try or learn, so take the chance on your birthday to choose your own adventure by attending a cooking class or whatever new activity you want to learn to do.

Find Your Own Venue with Peerspace
Constantly evolving and consistently exciting, the Peerspace venue rental platform opens up a variety of opportunities to curate a unique birthday celebration.  Recently, some of the featured DC spots include a modern dessert parlor equipped with speakers and a dance studio in Dupont Circle.
Website | Various Locations in DC

Master the Art of Sushi Rolling
Bring your friends to learn the art of sushi rolling with expertly paired sake and Asian-inspired cocktails at Sushi Rock in Arlington. Learn a new skill and enjoy the deliciously curated menu.
Website | 1900 Clarendon Blvd., ArlingtonVA 22201

Learn about Tequila from an Expert
The Johnny Pistolas taqueria restaurant and lounge will host 30 of your friends for a 2 hour appetizer and tequila tasting lead by experienced bartenders.
Website | 2333 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Discover Your Inner Action Hero/Villain
You’ve heard of an Escape Room, but have you ever heard of an Escape Bus?  The transportable escape room will kick your evening into second gear during this 40 minute adventure.  Test your action-movie skills or keen detective abilities and break your gang out like bandits in this “prison break” simulation as you Escape the Jail Bus.
3949A University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030

Choose a Strong Theme

Celebrate your birthday at one of DC’s renowned hot spots that make this city the place you love to work and live. There are so many hidden gems in the city that your birthday can shine a light on and your friends will love.

Find a Secret Speakeasy
Choose your own adventure, and your own floor, at The Loft at 600 F. Ranging from low-key space for great conversation to the DJ and Jazz Quartet on the 2nd and 3rd, this venue space is fully equipped with every you may need to host an event. As an added bonus, the basement is home to the secret speakeasy, Denson Liquor Bar, perfect for a night cap with friends.
600 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Create Your Own Mardi Gras
No one knows how to throw a party quite like New Orleans. The NOLA themed bar, Big Chief, features live brass bands, cookouts, and more to help you celebrate like you were in the Big Easy.
Website | 2002 Fenwick St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Pretend to Be Billy Joel
Sing a along with the piano man (or lady) at this Georgetown bar that hosts Dueling Piano events every Friday and Saturday nights. The Piano Bar is a perfect melody of good food, cozy environment, and great music.
Website |
3287 M St. NW Washington, DC 20007

Travel To Europe (Without Leaving the City)
Experience European art and culture without leaving the city at The Dacha Loft at The Dacha Beer Garden.  The curated beer list and menu inspired by traditional Bavarian Beer Gardens gives you plenty of reasons to want to celebrate at this unique Shaw neighborhood restaurant.
Website | 1600 7th St. NW, Washington DC 20004

Showcase Your Southern Charm
Bring a little country to your birthday celebration at the Hill Country private events venue. Offering a variety of service styles, everything from seated to causal cocktail events, this authentic Texas-inspired restaurant will have you ready and rarin’ to go.  Live music is frequently showcased, so choosing the perfect performer for your event should be a breeze.
Website | 410 Seventh St. NW, Washington DC 20004

Have a Ball
Great for groups small or large, the Bowling Bistro, Pinstripes, is a fan favorite in Georgetown. The unique Italian dining experience is amplified by the outdoor fit pits and bocce games.
Website | 1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007

Visit an Italian Town Square
Enjoy the open patio and fire pit that helps set the scene for an evening in Italy.  The tasting menu and cocktails will help complete this venue’s transformation into a true European escape.
Website 2500 Pennsylvania Ave., WashingtonDC 20037

Make History

DC and history go hand-in-hand, so soaking up as much culture in the city is programmed into the lives of people who live here. Dive in deeper at these historical venues where you can celebrate the events of the past and plan for the mark you’ll leave on the future.

Host a Cocktail Party
Only in DC would you find a President themed bar, but LINCOLN does just that.  The tribute restaurant is decorated with an American flag mural and millions of pennies, which helps add to the chic log cabin and modern pop tone of the restaurant.
Website1110 Vermont Ave. NW, WashingtonDC 20005

Enjoy Happy Hour at a Speakeasy
Throw back to Victorian times and the invention of the telephone at this speakeasy inspired by its inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. The cozy space is great for intimate gatherings or happy hour celebration.
Website | 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Live Out Your Firefighter Fantasy
Host a gathering at Engine Company 12, a historic fire house, a meticulously restored landmark in the city.
Website | 1626 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC 20002

Be a Spy
Build a night of intrigue by inviting your friends to the party, the birthday party. Despite the lame James Bond joke, hosting a party at the International Spy Museum is one of the best kept secrets of D.C.
700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024

Star in Your Own “Night at the Museum”
Everyone has heard of Smithsonian Museums, but did you know that you can rent venues in the museums for birthday parties or private events?  These iconic building hosts some of the more notable features of DC, which is the perfect set-up for an iconic birthday celebration.
600 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20002

Host a Home Run
For major league attention for your next birthday, host a party at the Major League Baseball’s Nationals Park Stadium. This larger than life venue is equipped with built-in party features and can even host very special guests, such as your favorite mascots.
1500 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003


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Ursula Lauriston
Ursula Lauriston
Ursula Lauriston is the Editor-in-Chief of CAPITOL STANDARD Magazine-the indispensable lifestyle edit for affluent, high-achieving professionals. A dynamic speaker and syndicated writer, she has been featured in HuffPost, Black Enterprise, The Vault, and more. Find Ursula on Twitter @Urdiggy.