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.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 10:00 pm
Just as the album is one of the most beautiful and unusual things you’re likely to hear, Teengirl Fantasy's shows are unmissable events, and rare opportunities to see the pair ...
Sat, Feb 16, 2013, 11:00 pm
Two days after Valentine’s day, DM-NY fanclub celebrates love with the music of the four legendary New Wave bands – Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Smiths and New Order.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
Evoking the spirit of Piaf, Floanne takes her audience on a romantic journey in song. From the Metropolitan Room and The Triad to NPR, this original and charming chanteuse offers ...
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 8:00 pm
Treat yourself and your sweetie to burlesque this Valentine's Day, with a date to Filthy Gorgeous Valentine Burlesque at the Highline Ballroom. This amazing event features live music and bawdy ...
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 ...
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 7:00 pm
Whether you're spending the evening with that special someone, taking a stand against a Hallmark holiday or looking to meet a like-minded story lover, come out for a night of ...
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, ...
Opened in 2002, the Museum of Sex is an institution with little precedent in the art world. Founded by Daniel Gluck, the museum devotes itself to the positive exploration and ...
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 ...
Break out your best ball gown for 'Cinderella' on Broadway! Acclaimed writer Douglas Carter Beane's romantic and hilarious take on the ultimate makeover story features all the classic elements you ...
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 6:30 pm
Join us for a cocktail hour along with the music of the Josh Rutner Quartet. Then, join one of our astronomers in the planetarium for a view of the night ...
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 ...
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 7:00 pm
Got great stories about looking for “the one” online? Bring your friends and share your best bad dating experiences and your triumphs at this Moth-inspired story slam.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
The day after Valentine's day, join No Longer Empty and artists Shaun Leonardo, Andrew Leonardo and Ivan Monforte in redefining the Tiki Tiki club, a popular Queens nightclub phenomenon.
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 ...
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 ...
Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 9:30 pm
XAVIER and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a day early with their salute to soul music's leading ladies.