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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.


Bandshell Presents: Teengirl Fantasy

Just as the album is one of the most beautiful and unusual things you’re likely to hear, Teengirl Fantasy's shows ...

Bizarre Love Triangle Fest: Tribute to Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure and New Order

Two days after Valentine’s day, DM-NY fanclub celebrates love with the music of the four legendary New Wave bands – ...

The Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is a re-creation of a tropical forest environment filled with over 500 live butterflies. Stroll along a ...

A Celebration of Love & Peace at the Ana Tzarev Gallery

Join the Ana Tzarev Gallery in New York for a global celebration of Love & Peace this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy ...

Composers Now: Rebels+REDS: Falling in Love…with Floanne

Evoking the spirit of Piaf, Floanne takes her audience on a romantic journey in song. From the Metropolitan Room and ...

Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque

Treat yourself and your sweetie to burlesque this Valentine's Day, with a date to Filthy Gorgeous Valentine Burlesque at the ...

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

Enjoy this conversation between three unique voices that some how move together in the world. Lovers Rock will feature Ganessa ...

Heartwalk

Using boardwalk boards salvaged during Sandy’s aftermath—from Long Beach, New York; Sea Girt, New Jersey; and Atlantic City, New Jersey—"Heartwalk" ...

Ice Skating at Bryant Park

The ice skating season is even longer this season at Bryant Park, where the free rink Citi Pond forms the ...

It’s Like My Heart Has Sciatica: SMITH Mag’s Annual Love & Heartbreak Story Show

Whether you're spending the evening with that special someone, taking a stand against a Hallmark holiday or looking to meet ...

Love Unmasked: An Imaginative Night of Music and Poetry

It’s Valentine’s Day, reinterpreted. Join us for an exciting night of music and poetry where we will take a peek ...

The Lovers

This 1958 drama about a bored middle-aged wife's affair established Louis Malle's reputation and made Jeanne Moreau an international icon ...

Missed Connections at Vanderbilt Hall

Anonymous Craigslist postings on the Missed Connections classifieds are the inspiration for this evening of art, poetry, music and romance. ...

Never Sleep Alone

Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and best-selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, ...

Once, The Musical

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of ...

Passion

Discover the power of love in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Tony Award-winning musical. This first fully-mounted New York ...

Picnic

William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Picnic” returns to Broadway in a striking new production helmed by acclaimed director Sam Gold ...

The Red and The Black

Capolavori Productions presents The Red and the Black, a drama in two acts by Deloss Brown, based on the Stendhal ...

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Break out your best ball gown for 'Cinderella' on Broadway! Acclaimed writer Douglas Carter Beane's romantic and hilarious take on ...

Romance Under the Stars

Join us for a cocktail hour along with the music of the Josh Rutner Quartet. Then, join one of our ...

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

This concert features two remarkable works of late Romanticism, performed by Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Strauss’ mercurial musical meditation on ...

Story Slam: Love in the Time of the Internet

Got great stories about looking for “the one” online? Bring your friends and share your best bad dating experiences and ...

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Your Valentine will love these passionate masterpieces by Brahms and Tchaikovsky, performed by an orchestra the critics call .heavenly. The ...

The Tiki Tiki Club by Shaun Leonardo

The day after Valentine's day, join No Longer Empty and artists Shaun Leonardo, Andrew Leonardo and Ivan Monforte in redefining ...

UCBT’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Spectacular

Valentine's Day. Who needs it? Just another made-up holiday to sell more cards and candy and gifts and oh god ...

Valentine’s Day Eve Ladies of Soul Tribute with XAVIER and Friends

XAVIER and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a day early with their ...