Dinner, flowers, a tie, a red dress: been there and done that. Netflix and chocolate ice cream on February the 14th? That too. Instead, here are five totally different ways to show some love (or laugh through the pain of it) this V-Day.
Join this scantily clad, one-mile-ish Valentine’s Day dash to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The event includes a pre-party followed by LINK“the world’s largest organized underwear run,” and finishes with an after-party at Brass Monkey near the Highline. You must register ahead of time ($40-55) and wear some form of undies to participate.
605 W 48th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
Saturday, Feb. 13th.
Comedian Lane Moore, whose work has been featured in The Onion, Cosmopolitan, MTV and McSweeney’s, comes to the stage to show off her Tinder profile, swipe left, message guys that pique her interest and even call them live. She’s later joined by fellow lady comedians Mara Wilson, Selena Coppock, Akilah Hughes and Amy O’Leary to evaluate strangers’ profiles. Get ready to laugh, and perhaps hide your face in embarrassment from the ensuing hilarity.
Union Hall, Park Slope
Saturday, Feb. 13th.
Love or hate romance, we can all agree: chocolate is just the best. Whether you have someone to buy you candy this year or not, head over to this cool Brooklyn venue and gorge on sweet treats from 20 different chefs until you’re cocoa-ed out. Four real-life couples have met and married by attending this mixer, so singles should, perhaps, put on something nice. Still not convinced? The Royal Palms is a destination in itself, with multiple large indoor shuffleboard courts, two bars, and indoor food truck serving up Peruvian snacks, and board and card games galore.
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Gowanus, Brooklyn
Sunday, Feb 14th
Guests don blindfolds as they eat a multi-course meal at chef Abigail Hitchcock’s bistro Camaje. This unusual, choreographed experience is guided along by performance artists acting as your “servers.” The meal is presented as an experiment to test and awaken the senses: smell, sound and touch can become heightened. $125 per person for a Special Valentine’s Weekend Menu four-course meal.
Camaje, West Village
Saturday, Feb. 13th and Sunday, Feb. 14th
Skip the dinner reservations and attend a soiree at the Museum of Natural History’s Center for Earth and Space instead! The night begins among the asteroids in the Cullman Hall of the Universe with an open bar of cocktails, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood. Later, guests cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium beneath a starry sky while an astronomer tells romantic stories based on the mythology of the cosmos. Best. Date. Ever.
Upper West Side
Sunday, Feb. 14. at 6:30 or 9:30PM.