Milestone birthdays call for major celebrations! Whether you’re going all out for a 21st or honoring a loved one’s 50th, “Birthdays by the Ages” shares the best tips for celebrating some of life’s biggest moments. In this article, we explore 30 30th birthday idea for celebrating this important milestone.

You did it — you survived your 20s! Over the past decade, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, and you’ve probably burnt a dinner or two along the way. But most importantly, you learned a lot about yourself and how you want your life to be, which we think warrants a celebration. If the fact that you’re turning 30 has left you feeling a little overwhelmed, take the guesswork out of celebrating and embrace this momentous milestone with something from our list of 30 fun ways to celebrate your 30th birthday.

30th birthday ideas

  1. Go wine tasting at a local vineyard or at home. Try a virtual wine tasting, which you can find hosted by wine experts or vineyards, for a COVID-friendly alternative.
  2. Backyard Picnic with Friends. Want to keep things more low-key? Ring in your birthday while reconnecting with good friends who helped you survive your 20s:
  1. Camping. Or, since you’re now 30 and probably don’t want to sleep on the floor anymore, glamping.
  2. Watch a movie and have a picnic in your backyard. Consider a drive-in movie or a watch party through a streaming service.
  3. Tour a brewery. Skip the bottling and packaging altogether and enjoy your beer straight from the source.
  4. Go on a road trip. If there’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit, do it now for your milestone birthday.
  5. Get a haircut or dye your hair. Now’s a great time to usher in the new decade with a new look.
  6. Go skydiving. Today is the day you finally check this off of your bucket list!
A woman gives a thumbs up as she celebrates her 30th birthday while skydiving.
  1. Paintballing. Not thrilled about turning 30? This is the perfect place to take out some aggression.
  2. Try your luck. Even if you don’t typically play the lottery, consider buying 30 lottery cards and see if you hit the jackpot.
  3. Try an escape room or scavenger hunt. You can always do a virtual escape room for a COVID-friendly alternative.
  4. Join the tattoo club. Come on, you know you’ve always wanted one.
  5. Ice cream party. All we’re saying is, there are 31 flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream (meaning there’s even one left over for good luck).
  6. Rock climbing. If you’re not ready to scale real rocks on your own, you can always go to an indoor climbing wall.
  7. Horseback riding. What’s a more picturesque way to enter your thirties than this?
One unique 30th birthday idea is horseback riding with friends, like those in this image.
  1. Trampoline park. Just because you’re turning 30, that doesn’t mean you can’t still act like a kid every once in awhile!
  2. Put together a turning 30 playlist. Make a list of the most popular song from each year that you’ve been alive and listen to the playlist straight through. 
  3. Shopping spree. “Thirties you” deserves a new wardrobe!
  4. Dine at an expensive restaurant. Or, treat yourself to the most expensive thing from your favorite restaurant.
  5. Participate in a race. If running isn’t totally your thing, there are plenty of shorter, more casual races you can sign up for, too.
  6. Go bungee jumping. Along with skydiving, this is another adrenaline-packed activity to cross off your bucket list this year.
  7. Host a theme party. Halloween isn’t the only time it’s fun to dress up.
  8. Take off work. No matter what you end up doing, it’ll be more fun than sitting at work!
  9. Try your luck. Feeling lucky? Buy 30 lottery cards and see if you hit the jackpot.
  10. Throwbacks only. Make a list of the most popular song from each year that you’ve been alive and listen to them all day.
  11. Treat yourself. Flowers, chocolates, drinks — whatever it is, you deserve it!
A woman picks out flowers to celebrate a 30th birthday.
  1. Psychic reading. Whether you truly believe in them or not, it’s a fun way to look forward to your future!
  2. Take to the sky. Why does it seem like people have gotten really into hot air balloon rides recently?
  3. Dollar Tree spree. Spend $30 at your local dollar store and find fun ways to use your presents throughout the day.
  4. Be thankful. Take a minute to appreciate all of the people who made you the person you are today by telling 30 people in your life, “thank you!” is a great source of 30th birthday celebration ideas.


Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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