There are more charming ways to spend Valentine’s Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

Old-fashioned lovers might visit romantic classics like “Cinderella” on Broadway, a concert of remarkable Romanticism works at Carnegie Hall, or the enchanting Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History.

The more modern couple—or group of single friends—might head downtown for live storytelling, an on-stage speed-dating show, or stand-up comedy at the heart’s expense. For couples whose idea of fun runs on the kinky side, head straight to the Highline Ballroom for “Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque,” or visit the Museum of Sex to learn a new trick or two.

Scroll down for our full list of things to do on (and around) Valentine’s Day.

    Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids

    Valentine's Day is such a sweet and innocent holiday for kids. Allow them to explore creative ways to say "I love you" to friends and family in these Valentine-themed arts and crafts workshops.

    UCBT’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Spectacular

    Upright Citizens Brigade


    Mon, Feb 04, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Valentine's Day. Who needs it? Just another made-up holiday to sell more cards and candy and gifts and oh god why are we so alone?! Join UCBTNY's funniest performers for a night of celebrating everything awful (and maybe wonderful) about love and relationships.

    Lovers Rock: A Post Valentine’s Day Sade Love Fest

    Joe’s Pub


    Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Enjoy this conversation between three unique voices that some how move together in the world. Lovers Rock will feature Ganessa James, Allison Miller, Kimberly Nichole, Alex Nolan, Morley, Toshi Reagon and Sun Singleton.

    Never Sleep Alone

    Joe’s Pub


    Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 11:30 pm

    Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and best-selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction.

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall


    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 8:00 pm

    This concert features two remarkable works of late Romanticism, performed by Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Strauss’ mercurial musical meditation on death, and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony—a towering work that was the composer’s springboard to international success.

    The Lovers

    Museum of Modern Art


    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 1:30 pm

    This 1958 drama about a bored middle-aged wife's affair established Louis Malle's reputation and made Jeanne Moreau an international icon of erotic wisdom. The sex scenes, tame by today's standards, triggered a legal fight decided in the movie's favor by the U.S. Supreme Court.